Wings by Aprilynne Pike (Laurel Series, Book 1): Goodreads Review
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So, this book has been on my nook forever. I finally sat down and read it after hearing so many reviews about it. Great, another new series to keep track of, LOL!
Laurel has always been different from other kids her age. For one thing, she is adopted–she was left on her parents’ doorstep as a toddler. (I know…a little cliche, right?) She has pale blond hair and fair skin. She is a strict vegan and would rather spend all her time outdoors than in. You see where this is going, right?
Laurel’s parents move from her childhood home to a town where she will be attending high school for the first time ever. She becomes fast friends-with-an-undertone-of-being-more with a sweet guy named David. One day Laurel discovers what she thinks is her first ever zit on her back. But then it doesn’t go away. In fact, it gets bigger and bigger, until one morning she wakes up to find she has a whole friggin set of flowery wings sprouting from her back!
David sticks by her side and helps her learn the truth that yes, she is indeed a faerie. On a trip back to her old home, she walks into the forest behind her house and meets a faerie guardian, the too gorgeous for words Tamani. He seems familiar but she is not sure why. Together with the help of both her guys, Laurel finds out the hard to believe truth about herself and why she must be kept safe at all costs.
At first I was wondering if I was going to like Laurel. I couldn’t decide if she was socially inadequate from being home schooled or just plain old snobby. Fortunately as the book went on she got more tolerable, and eventually even showed a bit of backbone and took some action when it was necessary.
I’m also anxious to see who she’s going to end up with. Both guys are likable to me, and I can’t see how she could choose one over the other. At first, some of the things that were happening were a little, “Come on, really?” I think I still feel like that a little. This book was very short, only 200 pages. And it took more than half the book for some substantial action to actually occur! I hope to get a bit more character development in the next book. Finding out why Laurel is so important to the faerie kingdom, and seeing what happens with her two guys, are enough reasons to make me want to continue to read this series.