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Wings Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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Anyways, I agree with the reviewer who stated that the book starts a little slowly. I wasn't too enamored with David, as he's nice but nothing very interesting. When protagonist Laurel started growing flowers out of her back, that's when it caught my attention. Alas, not enough to interrupt my afternoon nap, but still, I continued the book after dinner.
About half-way through, it started getting really interesting.
First, we meet Tam. This guy has all the charms of Edward and none of the obnoxiousness. We meet him once, then spend some more time playing detective, and all the while I'm thinking "homg...homg... when are we going to see forestboy again?" Fortunately, there was no disappointment in sight! Hurrah! (Random Book-Thought Moment: Tam, you need to wear gloves whenever Laurel's in bloom. We readers can see right through your shenanigans. <wink>) We got to see him multiple more times, and even lead up to a very pleasing climax, with lots of action and kick butt. As fascinating as he is, I'm glad he's not invincible. It's nice to have the heroine have some part in the butt-kicking ending.
Speaking of the butt-kick ending, I loved that. I apologize for using ambiguous terms in this review, but I'm avoiding spoiling any plot bunnies for readers on the fence who might be reading this review.Read more ›
What happens when you find out that you are different? Not just a little different but really DIFFERENT?!
Laurel finds herself in public school for the first time when she is a sophomore. She has been homeschooled in a small cabin in the forest. Her parents moved to Crescent City, in Northern California, about an hour away from her cabin to open a bookstore.
At her high school Laurel meets David, and he invites her to join his group of friends. He also becomes her best friend.
As she is getting settled into her new life, she gets a bump on her back - which grows bigger and bigger until she sprouts a pretty blue blossom. This blossom makes her look like she has wings.
She manages to hide it from her family and the people at school, but she and David begin to investigate. He looks at cells of her blossom and her cheeks and comes to the conclusion that she is made of plant cells.
Laurel goes back to her cabin home in search of answers. There she meets Tamani, a gorgeous young man who tells her that she is a fairy. She has been helping the fairies guard a secret that is by her cabin home.
Later, her dad takes ill and Laurel and David risk their lives fighting trolls, who are trying to acquire Laurel's forest home. These trolls are scary! They are big, strong, and the main one is smart.
WINGS is the first of four books, and it leaves us with Laurel living two different lives. Should she go back to her fairy life with Tamani, or stay and guard her adoptive parents and be with David, who Laurel also has feelings for?
I really loved this book. It had everything: love, chases, close escapes, dramatic choices, and lots of magic.Read more ›
At first things seem to be going well for Laurel as she meets David, a cute, popular boy in her class. David not only accepts her dietary habits (vegan) as well as her need to be outside at lunch instead of in the cafeteria,introduces her to his friends who also immediately accept her. Then one day Laurel notices an odd bump on her back and things begin to change.
The best YA books are simply good books. I have more than one shelf with books that gripped and interested me from a very young age. I pull them down and reread them at times. This book wouldn't have made this shelf-- it's ok, but not gripping. Although important things are said to be at risk, the author does not manage to make the reader feel that possibly something important would be lost if the heroine doesn't win. The author also seems to have neutralized any potential conflict between the younger characters from the start. They are just too "understanding" and reliable to be real teens.
Wings is being touted as a teen book, but it would likely be suitable for younger advanced readers. There's some violence but nothing terribly disturbing. There's some age appropriate boy/girl interaction--not explicit. The publishers scored a blurb from Stephenie Meyer, but the Twilight fan may find the book emotionally tepid.
As for the story, it's not very demanding.Read more ›
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I HAVE READ THIS BOOK AT THE LEAST 50 TIMES AND I NEED TO READ THE SECOND BOOK O I WILL DIE AND I WILL CRIPPL TO TINY LITTLE PIECES OF DUST. 😊Published 3 months ago by Ermina
I can honesty say that this is a wonderful take on faerie lore and a love triangle.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Laurel has always been different, only eating fruits and vegetables and drinking Sprite. She has never been to the doctor, either. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Belle's Beastly Book Blog
Wow. This book is totally different than what I thought it would be. I wasn’t sure what to think when I read the plot for the book but oh my god it was so good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer