Wings by Aprilynne Pike is an enchanting tale of becoming your true self, fighting for your family, and first love. Laurel’s family has decided to embark on an adventure and have moved to a new town to open up a bookstore. Things have definitely changed for Laurel and now she finds herself attending public school. On the upside, she has made friends and her life is starting to return to a routine , until she wakes up with petals coming out of her back and learns that she is a faerie. Needless to say, the semblance of a typical teenage girl is gone, and now Laurel finds herself in a fight to save her dad’s life and the faerie realm.
Pike’s fantasy novel was filled with new faerie myths and an engaging plot. I was a bit leery to read a story where faeries are plants, but I found myself really liking this twist. It made Laurel a much more interesting character and it was fun to explore all of her new abilities. If you are at all a faerie fan, than this would be a perfect series to read.— Jody
Spring '09 Kids List
“What a great modern day twist on typical fairy stories! Laurel is that newbie high school girl who happens to find out she's really a fairy. Never believing in that sort of thing she finds herself in situations and adventures she never dreamed of. I can't wait for the sequel!”
— Hallie Wilkins, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things. 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.
Laurel's life is the very definition of normal . . . until the morning when she wakes up to discover a flower blooming from her back. As it turns out, nothing in Laurel's life is what it seems. Now, with the help of an alluring faerie sentry who holds the key to her true past, Laurel must race to save her human family from the centuries-old faerie enemies who walk among them.
About the Author
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning 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 children in Arizona.
“Aprilynne Pike’s WINGS is a remarkable debut; the ingenuity of the mythology is matched only by the startling loveliness with which the story unfolds.”
— Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga
“In the current crop of supernatural romances, this one stands out. Silky narration...delicious escapism.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“The book has a nice mix of danger and romance, with well-developed characters and a quick-moving plot.”
— School Library Journal