Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wings by Apprilynne Pike

Book One in the Laurel Series

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Synopsis:

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Ratings:

Character Development: 6/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 6/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 7/10
Total: 54/70

Grade: A


Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Not too bad.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: None.
Sexual Content: Occasionally part of conversation
Disturbing Images: None.

Review:

Wings was worth reading, I'll give it that. I enjoyed it and had a good time reading it. I think the second one will be awesome. But the truth is, the book just started picking up the pace closer to the end than I would have liked. The first half is rushed and the hastiness is confusing and not so intimate. The narrative pace bothered me a lot, but Pike's writing and creativity--especially in times of stillness, when Laurel wasn't on the move--was unnervingly beautiful.

I liked most of her characters, especially David and Chelsea and Tamani. I did not like Laurel. She came off as kind of slow or oblivious at times. Her differences are emphasized over and over in the narration, and eventually it becomes tedious and we're just waiting for Laurel to realize that obviously she's something other than human.

Which brings us to faeries. Pike's vision of this supernatural world is completely unique, as far as I know. She creates a nearly logical explanation for them, weaving in evolution and fact and knowledge of plants to form a whole other species. Though I wouldn't call it possible, at least her view was somewhat realistic, and I enjoyed learning about this. I only wish that there had been more information given to us regarding that world, instead of having so many gaping holes in what we know.

All in all, I thought Wings was a good debut novel, but I'm fairly sure, based on the latter half of the book, that the second installment in the Laurel series can only be better.

4 comments:

  1. I'm actually looking forward to reading this book. Nice review! And that seems to be a common theme... everyone has been saying the second one can only be better. Oo and we share the same name. xD

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  4. Nice review. I enjoyed reading your perspective. I have been on the fence with this one. Some reviews have gushed and others have been not so thrilled. You definitely put me closer to the "read it" side with a good explanation of what you liked and what was not so thrilling.

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