Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Wings #1
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
The Overview: 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.
As I’ve mentioned before, teen romances have a way of sounding alike, so I am always impressed when an author manages to deliver original elements to go along with the ever-present love triangle. The story is a clever interpretation of Arthurian lore, particularly that involving the fae. Although in this version, the fae aren’t just one with nature, they are nature – beings who are actually plants at the cellular level. It was a really cool idea that the author took further by developing an entire world with hierarchy’s involving each “season” of fairy.
I really appreciated all that originality and world-building, but you really don’t find out much about that stuff until some of the later books. The first novel seemed more like a set-up book for greater things to come and read like any other average teen romance novel (hence the lower rating). The entire series, however, was pretty magical, earning a solid 4/5 stars. I recommend it for those wanting a good wholesome love story because even though it was typical, it was still really sweet.
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