Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wings by Aprilynne Pike (Wings Series, Book 1)

Yay for another buddy review with Heather from A High and Hidden Place. To see her review, click here.

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. 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.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

1. What did you think of the twist of the flower petals/flower in Laurel’s back?
This was my least favourite part of the novel. I just thought it was all a little weird. I do like it when authors are creative, otherwise I wouldn't read fantasy, but I guess I couldn't really suspend my disbelief that she had flowers petals growing out of her back as wings. It was just too weird for me. Obviously her wings were going to be an important part of the story because of the title, but I guess I thought it would be a bit differently handled. I guess the author was trying to make fairies different than regular books, but I think I prefer plain ordinary fairies to be truthful. So, yeah, didn't work for me.

2. And what did you think of the Arthurian legend being incorporated into the plot?
The Arthurian legend incorporated into the plot, though, was actually pretty cool. I was surprised because it sort of came out of no where, but it worked. I love Arthurian legends, so I guess it doesn't take a lot to work for me. The weaving in of the Arthurian legend is actually why I plan to read the next book in the series, actually. I want to see if anymore is done with it now that the story has been revealed.

3. What did you think of David, Laurel’s extremely nice and understanding potential boyfriend?
Oh, god. Could he be anymore perfect? He was so perfect that he was unbelievable. He drove me crazy! He had his moments where I didn't mind him, but overall he was too understanding and too nice. It's all a bit fishy, really. No one is that nice in the real world. He accepted everything that was done and didn't have a problem with anything. Even though Laurel had two guys in the running... He was sort of the back-up guy and her reasoning for being with him doesn't make a lot of sense. But, he accepts everything. I'll be interested to see if he can maintain this being perfect and nice as the series continues and if it will become a bit more believable or if it will stay fake.

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  1. I find the botanical twist a little weird too, but still refreshing. I hope the next installment would be better.

  2. I do really like the sound of this and am looking forward to reading it. I didn't know there was an Arthurian twist.

  3. Yeah, not a fan of this book. I didn't like the writing, I didn't like the play-up on how all mythical creatures were either irrisistably beautiful or horribly ugly (depending if they're good or bad), didn't like the hackneyed plot. Just overall didn't like it. I doubt I'll be reading the next book.

    I didn't catch the Arthurian thing. I guess I'm not familiar enough with Arthurian legends. What was it in this book?

  4. I guess we agree on David. Just too perfect and I am so tired of these perfect boyfriend characters. Just because EDWARD was sooooo gread (sarcasm) doesn't mean your version of him will be too. That was my biggest problem with the book.

  5. great. SO GREAT. *sigh*

  6. I enjoyed this one. I think it was marketed to a younger crowd than some of the darker books for YA out there. I look forward to reading the next one and yes, David was just a little too nice. But nice boys do exist!! LOL!!

  7. Anonymous12:40 AM

    O-kay you lost me with the word fantasy but you got me back with Arthurian.
    find myself ever so slightly curious.

    thanks for the Twit-Lure

    in OZ

  8. I've got this one on my radar!

  9. I'm not sure if this is my kind of book but it's interesting!


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