Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen (an imprint of HarperCollins)
Release Date: May 1, 2009
* Purchased on my own.
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.
Maybe I'm weird, but this felt like a really short book to me--with not enough Tamani in my opinion, but I guess that shows you what team I'm on. Also, personally, I'm not so keen on the cover although I understand the reference and thus, why it is what it is. With that said, this is probably the most original take on faeries that I've heard of thus far.
Laurel has always been different. She eats only vegetables, fruit, and assorted green plants; she doesn't get hungry often, she hates being indoors for too long, and lately, there's been this weird zit growing on her back. Or at least, that's what she thinks it is. While at her new school she meets a boy named Daniel who immediately starts spending a lot of time with her and inviting her along to do things. Happy to make a new friend, she does end up spending a lot of time with him and once she finds out her secret, she shares it with him. Even I've got to admit that he accepts what she is pretty well and most of Wings focuses on the combination of Daniel and Laurel as Laurel tries to accept what she is. However, the main plot for Wings revolves around Laurel's old house, which happens to sit on a very important piece of land--that Trolls happen to be after it. They'll stop at nothing to gain it, and Laurel will need Tamani's help to stop them.
So, I'm going to be completely honest and say that Daniel seemed a little flat to me. A little devoid of personality--although I do admire his dedication to Laurel. With that said, I'm definitely thinking about picking up the second book--because I have my fingers crossed for more Tamani--and I'm hoping that Daniel and Tamani will start acting more like competition towards one another.
Overall Rating: ★★★