Wings

Wings

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An extraordinary faerie tale of magic and mystery, romance and danger, described by Stephenie Meyer as 'a remarkable debut'. Laurel is an ordinary fifteen-year-old high school girl. But something incredible is happening to her. She is changing. Now Laurel is about to discover that a deep and powerful magic holds the key to her destiny.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 130 x 185 x 26mm | 240g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007314361
  • 9780007314362
  • 103,758

About Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. She completed her BA in creative writing at the age of twenty at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Arizona. You can visit her online and read her blog at www.aprilynnepike.com.show more

Review Text

In the current crop of supernatural romances, this one stands out for pleasant, non-angsty prose but also for a blunt, archaic equation of physical beauty with moral goodness. Tropes fulfilled - new school: check; hidden ancestry: check; mysterious hottie knowing more about the heroine than she does: check - never encumber the silky narration as 15-year-old Laurel finds a blossom growing from her back. Scientific experiments with cute mortal David and explanations from steamy faerie Tamani reveal that Laurel's a faerie - and faeries are plants. She was placed with unknowing human parents to inherit the land that holds the faerie gates to Avalon. Overly idealized physical descriptions smack of wish-fulfillment (flawless, zit-less Laurel needs no shampoo to keep her blond hair perfect) and over-ripen into absurdity when the text insists that (light-skinned) beauty embodies goodness. Glimpses of Avalon are painfully cliched but short ("an emerald-green tree, a sliver of cerulean sky, rays of sunshine that sparkled like diamonds"). Woe unto readers with facial or bodily asymmetry, but the overwritten passages pass quickly and the rest is delicious escapism. (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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'Wings is a great example of the urban faerie tale' TheBookBag.co.ukshow more

Our customer reviews

I was initially attracted to this book by the gorgeous cover and once I had read what it was about I was completely intrigued and had to buy it. I was hooked as soon as I started reading and I knew that this would end up as another one day read because I just couldn't put it down! The clear way this book has been written meant that it was easy and comfortable to read, and the storyline was just fantastic - it was so imaginative and different and that is what kept me turning the pages until the end. I liked the friendship between Laurel and David, it was always just on the edge of something more and even by the end you don't fully know where things will go with them. They worked well as a team trying to figure out what Laurel was and what it all meant, this was fun to read especially as everything began to unfold and more details were revealed. Laurel's first meeting with Tamani was great, it was exciting and dangerous and signalled the moment that I had been anticipating most - Laurel discovering what she is. Tamani was very intriguing and Laurel was definitely attracted to him but wouldn't admit it to anyone else. I think this will be the beginning of a fantastic love triangle, at the moment nothing is very clear-cut, she has feelings for them both but hasn't really committed herself to anything so I believe she could still go either way. I look forward to seeing how this evolves in the next book. As I was reading this book I could picture everything so vividly and I think it would make a great movie. The ending was beautiful, it was emotional and left me wanting so much more. Actually that would be the only negative thing I have to say about this book - it went too quickly and I just didn't want it to end. I have already ordered the next book in the series Spells and I can't wait for it to arrive so I can find out what's next for Laurel. This is a magical, different story - a real page turner.show more
by Kate Verrier
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by Ceren
Beautifully written debut novel. Aimed at tweens rather than YA but it still contains some adult sexual themes. An unusual and creative take on a faerie story. Lovely nature imagery which worked wonders with my technicolour imagination. Clever use of science to reinforce the plot - it might even encourage tweens to study science ;) Ingenious linking of Shakespearean characters with mythological characters added an extra dimension to the storyline. A heart wrenching ending that lingers in your imagination long after closing the book. A truly enchanting story.show more
by Emma Davies
Laurel is just your average teenage girl; ok, so she has the looks of a model, the grace of a bird, is up with the sun and has weird (healthy) eating habits, but she is still normal. Right? One morning Laurel wakes to find a zit, her first zit, right in the middle of her back. Although a bit disgusted she also a little relieved, it was normal for teenagers to get zits. But as the days go buy the zit does not disappear, instead it is growing bigger. At some stage Laurel has to admit that this is no normal zit, its something else. At first Laurel is convinced it is a tumour, she has cancer. But as the thing gets bigger and finally reveals itself, Laurel now knows it is not a tumour. But she is not so sure that this is any better. With the help of her friend David, Laurel is about to learn a lot more about herself then she ever knew before. Laurel is not human, she is a fairy. And she is not the only one. There is a whole other world that Laurel is about to learn about, a world of magic and beauty, but also of danger and old enemies. Laurel has to learn to live between two worlds, the world of humans and the world of fairies. This is highlighted between her feeling of being torn between her two friends, a human David and a fairy Tamani; the two boys for whom Laurel has feelings for. It is a story of fairies as you've never seen them before, full of charm, mystery, adventure and excitement. A highly entertaining book that stirs the imagination and leaves you with a sense of wonder. Wings is the first of four books to be published in this new series. I loved this story and not just because it is about fairies. It is a beautiful and warm story that manages to remain innocent despite its violence. A highly recommended read and a stunning debut novel.show more
by Larissa McGrath
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