Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday=Book Review Time--YA fairies

Up for today: WINGS by Aprilynne Pike

Wings by Aprilynne Pike by harperteenbooks

Why I bought it? I picked it up because of the cover. It is so cool. I love the wings made out of flower petals. The colors are so pretty, etc., etc. Nice job cover crew. The book hook inside the front cover was interesting, so I passed it to my daughter to see if she was interested. She was too, so cha-ching. Purchase.

Synopsis: Laurel has been homeschooled her whole life and begins her first year of public school. She has a problem though and it's not your everyday kind of thing. Her back starts sprouting something that looks strangely like wings. She has to discover who she really is and what she has to do to fulfill her destiny.

What I thought? I enjoyed the uniqueness of the story quite a bit. It unfolds with romance and mystery. There were some slow spots where I started drifting away, but for the most part it was a fun read. The writing could have been a little more crafted, but most teens won't fault it for that. The book is engaging and fresh with an interesting twist on the fantasy world.

My daughter's rating: ****1/2 out of 5 stars. 

My rating: **** out of 5.

Cleanness Score: 3 out of 10, There was some kissing and several references to sex. Nothing explicit though. Only a couple swear words. Mild violence.

19 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Wow, this is the second review I've seen for this today. I think this is a sign.

T. Anne said...

I picked it up at Target right when it came out and paroosed it. It read a lot like twilight to me and had certain similarities. I love Aprylynne. I've been following her blog for a while.

Silicon Valley Diva said...

As I was perusing my dashboard on blogger, the picture of the cover caught my eye too lol. Striking cover!!!

Lady Glamis said...

Nice. I love that cover. I love anything that has to do with wings. :)

Natalie said...

I just picked this up and put it in my massive pile of things to read. Glad to see you didn't give it a 2 or something, heh.

Yunaleska said...

One more for the 'books I'd like' list!

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow ... that is a gorgeous cover! Informative review ... thank you!

Jody Hedlund said...

Sounds really interesting! Thanks for the review.

Cindy said...

This sounds interesting. I've never heard of this book. Thanks for the review.

beth said...

This book has been on my radar for awhile...it may be my next book to purchase!

Danyelle said...

I loved the cover too. Now that you mention it, yes, I can see the similarities. :D

Tess said...

Love a good book review...thanks! I think my daughter would really like this one.

Alyssa said...

Sounds like it may be a good read. I might have to check it out. :)

lotusgirl said...

Wow! This is the first chance I've had to get back to the blog today. I hope those who do read this will enjoy it. As T. Anne says, there are some similarities to Twilight but a lot of differences as well. There were a couple of times that the similarities really struck me. I think it's interesting that Aprilynne Pike and Stephenie Meyer have the same agent. I wonder if this could be part of the reason for the similarities.

Angela said...

Looks like a great read.

Rabbit Reader said...

lotusgirl: great review! I read this and didn't like it that much but I'm glad to see different views.

Stephenie Meyer and Aprilynne Pike have the same agent but I remember reading on her blog that they're good friends I think. I think they used to be critique partners? That might also be the similarities. I haven't seen Stephenie Meyer mention this book on her blog though.

Justus M. Bowman said...

What's "kissing" mean?

lotusgirl said...

RR, That's interesting to know. I bet it is part of why there are similarities.

Justus, uh? osculation.

Alexa said...

I'm adding this to my wish list, it sounds my kind of thing.

Thanks for the review