Aprilynne Pike’s Wings lifts readers up and sweeps them into a world with a faerie realm at their fingertips. When Laurel and her family move to a new town, she has a hard time fitting in her new high school, what with her unusual eating habits and attachment to the outdoors despite the cold. Once a zit on her back blossoms into lovely petals, Laurel becomes determined to figure out what makes her different. With the help of her only friend (and perhaps more…), David, and the dangerous Tamani she meets in the woods by her old home, Laurel begins to learn the truth about herself and figure out what’s worth fighting for.
In this first installment of a tetralogy, Aprilynne Pike creates a world of faeries and wonder that readers can escape to. This new take on faeries and their origins is absolutely refreshing. Aprilynne Pike’s writing is marvelously fluid and filled with remarkable imagery that will draw the reader in to Laurel’s story. While the romance between Laurel and David is not as developed as I would have liked it to be, the love triangle that develops once Tamani is introduced adds interest to this story. Readers are likely to pick one to root for throughout the course of the novel and those to come (I’ll admit that personally I’m going for Tam). I would say that Wings is geared towards a younger teen audience, so I probably would have appreciated it more a few years ago. Nonetheless, Wings is an impressively charming quick read. 9 out of 10.
P.S. I assume everyone’s already heard about the possibility of a movie by Disney, so instead check out deleted scenes from Wings at Aprilynne Pike’s website.