Monday, February 21, 2011

Wings and Spells by Aprilynne Pike

In the first book,Wings, Laurel has never really worried about the things that make her different than other people.  Sure, she only eats fruits and vegetables, she never has to wash her hair and she has never had a cut or scrape that she can remember.  But that isn’t so odd, is it?  Then one day Laurel realizes there is something growing on her back.  At first she thinks it’s just a pimple, but when it grows to the size of a softball, she knows something is definitely different.  The flowers that bloom from her back are not normal and a trip to the forest where she meets Tamani confirms her theory.  She is faerie.  And the faerie people need her help to save the land they live on and protect the gateway from our world to theirs.

In the second book called Spells, we find Laurel at the academy in the faerie world.  She is struggling to learn the things that will help keep herself and those she loves safe from the evils that would take it all away.  Her time in Avalon is brief yet enlightening and her feelings for Tamani grow but human life, her family and especially her boyfriend call Laurel back. Tensions are high as Laurel waits for the trolls to resurface because it's not a matter of if.  It's a matter of when.  Will she be prepared?  Will she be able to protect those she loves?  And how will she deal with two guys from different worlds?

Oh, for the love of faeries!  What a love triangle here.  I have enjoyed reading these books.  They are light, easy reading.  I don't have to think too hard, the story line is simple and just a wee bit predictable.  But, it's fun, right? The second book left a cliffhanger, which will, of course, ensure I pick up the next book because now I NEED to know.  I have my theories though.  I guess I'll just have to wait it out and see if I'm right.  (For those interested, there is some swearing in these books.)

So, in the world of paranormal love triangles, how does this rank?  Not so high for me, I've read better.  (I'm thinking Nightshade most recently) but if I'm casting my lot in with someone here, it's going to be Tamani.  Of course it is.  The stud faerie who has loved Laurel from the beginning?  Yup, I'm rooting for the underdog. 

How about you?  Team David or Tamani?


  1. As far as love triangles go, I don't rank it high, either. My problem with it is that the number of scenes with all three of them together is slim. It makes Laurel seem like she's jumping from guy to guy just because one isn't there. Still, I can't give up the series! It is fun, light reading, like you said!

    I'm totally team Tamani. He's a great character and David, well, I don't think he'll ever understand Laurel like Tamani!!!

  2. I love these covers they are so simple but beautiful, but I have the UK covers =( and they make it look like it's a 7yr olds book. Ahh well atleast the contents the same lol =D
    Team Tamani all the way lol.


  3. Not sure about the team b/c I still need to read this series! I like the idea though, so I will definitely keep an eye out. I wrote a short story once about faeries living in a tree in my front yard when I was in middle school. It was awesome (looking back) b/c it was about a faerie who is trying to escape from a brutal orphanage...maybe I should I look at it again. lol.

  4. Team Tamani all of the way! I am also wondering what will happen in the 3rd book.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I am a follower of your blog now. Your reading challenge goal blows my away. I thought my goal of reading 125 this year would be good. Good luck getting your 200 in. ~~Sheila

  5. I usually always have a favorite in love triangles (Team Ren, btw) but with this series...I haven't chosen yet. Although Tam is in more of a lead than David.

    Jess @ Gone with the Words

  6. Hm.. I've read the Wings and I Loved it, then i started to read the Spells but somehow i couldn't read more than 100 pages... It's no fun to skip half a book just to read the good parts...I'm tired of her complaining how it's not, "fair to David, Tamani, or even her."

    My biggest problem with this book is that the story is just flat. There's not much relationship going on between Laurel and David , there's some going on between Lauren and Tam but it's left WIDE OPEN

    But seriously, Laurel... GO WITH TAMINI
    The only thing that might save this book is Tam

  7. @ Andie,

    You are right, the first part of book two is slower. It picks up though and the third book is even better.

    I get frustrated with Laurel too. :)

    But not every book is for every reader. That's what makes us all great. We like different things.

    Thanks to all of you for your comments here. I love reading them.


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