Wings[PDF] ✅ Wings Author Aprilynne Pike – Laurel was mesmerized staring at the pale things with wide eyes They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for wordsLaurel turned to the mirror again her eyes on the hovering petals that floated Laurel was mesmerized staring at the pale things with wide eyes They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for wordsLaurel turned to the mirror again her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head They looked almost like WingsIn this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue romance and danger everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever. I probably shouldn't have read this If you read the pre read section at the bottom of the review you'll see that I didn't even intend to order it Yet since I had it I thought I'd give it a goI lasted 24 pages because that's all my sanity could take Laurel is a magazine beautiful waif like teenager who leaves homeschooling in grade 10 in order to begin her high school career And that's when the story stops making sense Not that the above makes any sense either Models in magazines aren't even as airbrushed beautiful as models in magazines I would just like to point that out nowThe comment could fly past as poor characterization and sloppy writing if it didn't go hand in hand with Laurel's horrible relationship with food In fact a great deal of emphasis is placed on what she eats Once again not entirely a problem except attention is also placed on how she feels when she eats Which is guilty and like a battle has been lost when she eats half a pear and half a cup of juice I know Nickhun I knowThe writing is just terrible and the characterization can't even be mentioned because I'm pretty sure Goodread's lax profanity rules would not cover what I would end up sayingMostly it's all so very saccharine sweet and ickly chaste yet oddly kinky and unbelievably tame I feel like I'm describing Disneyland here but if I do that might make people think of fun Notice I deliberately left fun off the list But luckily there was comparable amounts of vomit Spoilers below folksApparently APPARENTLY Laurel is not actually a human but a fairy And the reason she is a vegan is because she is a plant Like as in she is not a red blooded mammal but is an actual plantI'm sorry I'm going to need a judge's ruling on that Thank you Steve Carell I think you've said it allLook you just You don't do that You justdon't I mean what school of biology did you go to? The Stephanie Meyer School of Biology that's whatI mean and correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't 8th grade biology talk a lot about how plants photosynthesize to make energy and how they do respire but at night when there's no light and about how they don't have things like digestive systems and they don't have blood but hey they do have Chloroplasts and Chlorophylls And how they don't digest nutrients by eating them but by absorbing them through their roots There just doesn't seem to be a lot of thought put into thisI mean look at organs like the brain How does her brain work? They need A LOT Of protein A huge amount actually Which you can get by eating a healthy vegan diet but she's not even doing that Scientists don't look at an ape like creature and have this conversationSo Doctor Rosenbaum what do you think it is? Mammal? Reptile? Plant? Rock?I don't know I just don't know If only there was some way of determining these things Look just to be safe put it down as a bird Just because it doesn't fly doesn't mean it can'tI used to think that the old troll argument of You're overthinking it Stop thinking so much and you'll enjoy it was full of shit But in this case they're right My highly developed mammalian brain just can not handle this level of stupidity But even if I could somehow switch it off Well there enough other bad stuff in here that would spoil it anywayPre read commentsI'm not entirely sure why I'm reading this For some reason I thought there was some controversy over this author and that I'd barred it but it's not on my Do Not Read shelf so I must have been mistaken I went to pick up books from the library this afternoon and it was among them I don't clearly remember ordering it so I asked for the order date and went home to Mr Kennedy The conversation went something like thisMe Hey honey was I drinking heavily on the 15th of December?Mr Kennedy Hmmmthe 15th was a Thursday That's Corona dayMe Ugh Okay definitely drunk That explains itMr Kennedy Let me guess you found traffic cones and police hats again?Me Thinks for a second That probably would have been the preferable outcome Spoiler Alert Spoiler Alert This book contains content that can cause a reader to inflict bodily harm to oneself Proceed with caution Oh and my review might contain a spoiler or two you've been warned Don't worry I'll keep my distance from your blossom I know whose petals I'm allowed to get into and whose I'm not he inhaled deeply Mmmmm As fabulous as you smell your petals are off limits to meWhoaaaaaaaaa Get your mind out of the gutter This is a YA book about fairie flowers for crying out loud Yes you heard me right fairies that are PLANTS Yes PLANTS Oh fine I'll admit I had trouble grasping the concept as well It was all really face palm worthy and I was actually perplexed to find Stephenie Meyer endorsed this book until I found out that the author Aprilynne Pike is a friend of hers so that answers that ^^I really struggled with this book if you couldn't tell by now and there are so many head desk issues with the writing and concept that I actually called it uits and couldn't finish it This book reeks of Mary Sues and Gary Stus You have the main character Laurel that's ohhh soooo beautiful with amazing eyes luminous blond hair a thin willowy body with translucent white skin Oh And she's vegan and smells good and she's got this great guy that's too good to be true tripping over her and falling in lurves with her despite the fact that she blossoms a flower on her back and he doesn't find that the least bit weird David she's a PLANT Yes A PLANT shakes headPutting the Mary Sue and PLANT issue aside the writing is extremely simplistic and the storyline is developed in a way that makes it hard to suspend one's reality and appreciate the story for what it's worth There were so many insignificant incidences and events that I kept losing interest and I never really came to care for Laurel or David Oh and did I mention she's a PLANT? Overall I'd say that the concept had potential but noooo she's a PLANT It takes a talented author to create a fantastical realm and launch an idea that reuires imaginary suspension and unfortunately IMHO Aprilynne Pike didn't deliver so lucky for Pike that she has friends in high places to get her book off the groundFinal point err uestion rather Why is this book called Wings if it's really a PLANT and Laurel can't fly with the flower that blossoms on her back? Didn't uite get that but I am not going to continue to read this series to find out No thankswalks away mumbling 'she's a PLANT??? WT??' ^^ Kate limps in the kitchen Roommate looks upRoommate What happened to you?Kate Fell through too many plotholesYou know at least in one aspect the caption doesn't lie You do get a different viewpoint on faeries fairies? As for the magic intrigue romance and danger I didn't get much on that and the extraordinary bit kind of slipped me as wellGood things first the novel is short and reads easy You're not given too much time to groan and despair over the things you hate I admit I didn't try to delve way too deep into the book mostly because I've already read five other books in this genre and I really really don't need to antagonize over it Or agonize Oh waitSo Laurel is your ordinary fifteen year old girl whose hippy parents move into a new town oops there goes the first drink She has been previously homeschooled but now has to attend public school and meets science nerdBaywatch castoff David in biology class oops there goes the second After their romancing stage three chapters long ends Laurel wakes up one day with a swell on her back Within a few days the thing grows to the size of a softball and then bursts into a huge flower Laurel immediately goes to David for help because that's what you do go to the guy you know for a total of two weeks and after a lot of experimentation it turns out that Laurel is actually a plantWait what? Long story short Laurel is a faerie who's been sent to the human realm with a special mission Along the way comes a hot faerie man called Tamani who fills the roles of mentorsecond love interestfierce warrior David bless him isn't much good in that department Plot kicks in about two thirds into the book and you guessed it our heroes need to save the world OF COURSEI'm not sure what to say here On one hand the whole concept is original barely but on the other it wasn't very entertaining Again this short book could have been great if only the author elaborated on some concepts put the plot in sooner and oh yeah given us better characters Seriously Laurel is Bella Swan with blond hair and anorexic eating habits David is a pushover and Tamani acts like a total prick in spite of his accredited maturity keeping track of those drinks? I'm notThe abovementioned plot holes really are a problem Let's take Laurel's parents for example they don't believe in doctors? Fine They support the fact that their daughter is a vegan? Admirable They completely disregard the fact that she considers half a peach to be a sinful indulgence? Her mother isn't even slightly worried that Laurel hasn't had her period yet? Not coolAlso at the early stages of the book when Laurel still doesn't know what the blossom on her back is she tells David that she didn't tell her parents because she didn't want to be turned into a medical freak Not to nip pick here but if her mother shrugs off textbook anorexia symptoms I doubt that the flower would be that much of a problem especially if Laurel made her attitude known Besides it's established that Laurel loves her mother and that they're close thank God one book where the parents are normal why wouldn't Laurel trust her if she trusts some guy she barely knows with a huge secret?Not to mention I find it extremely amusing that while Laurel's reproductive system is thoroughly explained nobody mentiones the less pleasant and much obvious changes in her physiology She has no blood right? Well if that's the case she must not have kidneys either or a bladder for that matter How did her parents miss that ? Seriously people it's ninth grade biology tee heeI really really don't get why these books not just Wings but the rest of the Twilight kin are so popular Do people find them that wonderful? I mean the entertainment factor is there sure but what about meaning? Not everything should ponder the purpose of life but I don't think it's that far fetched to say that stories to reflect the world around us I'm just trying to imagine pre pubescent girls reading this stuff and thinking they'll go into high school and immediately be approached by at least two guys and one of them will be the ONE Sorry kids some of us will have to wait a little longer for that I'm not suggesting that they would think a vampire would approach them nor do I think it's impossible to meet the love of your life while in high school but nevertheless it's hardly the type of love they describe in YA literature nowadaysDon't believe me? Here's what love euals to in Twilight Hush Hush Shiver Ever Fallen and Wings stalking passiveagressive abuse on the part of the male submission and indecisiveness on the part of the female sexual harrassment and possessiveness Those of you who have your better half is this really all there is to love? I doubt it From the top of my head I can probably think of a dozen books worth your time than these sixI know this may appear a little too much but think about it the authors don't choose which books become famous oh how much easier would that be the fans do I know there are accessible easy to read books out there with much better messages than Wings or Twilight or Fallen but the general public doesn't want to read To Kill a Mockingbird or Unwind or 'Let The Right One In do they? No they want and abusive relationship disguised as paranormal romance Sorry folks not me Not any Wings was my first ever fairy book and I adored it Aprilynne Pike is so clever and creative She has such a uniue twist on fairies and I kept reading passages over and over again because they were just so interesting I go to a lot of conventions and comic cons While I'm there I usually pick up a sampling of books from my fellow writers Sometimes I am given free copies I don't think I let that affect my reviews but I like to be transparent about such things This is one that I bought for the intriguing premise and the charming author signed it to meAs always I wish to avoid spoilers but as the back cover of the book reveals that Laurel has to deal that a blossom similar to wings is opening up on her back I think I'll share that with you right away Laurel is also a young woman with a mysterious past who is trying to merge into normal high school life in a small town She has always felt she was different and now she will discover just how different she is And how specialThis could have been a very formulaic tale about the teenage girl on the outskirts of high school society who discovers she is not only different but different in a wonderful way Aprilynne Pike dodges that Laurel will discover that her differences while possibly marvelous also put her in the way of great dangers By the end of the book first in a series the reader can foresee that she is going to have to face some very difficult choices in the days to come She is going to have to grope her way forward to find her destiny and her survival This isn't a book where the happy ending is that everything was reset to the once normal life the protagonist enjoyed First in the series Avalon I will admit this up front I've been doing a Summer reading project analysing the impact and influence the popularity of the Twilight series has had on paranormal YA and since this book had a Meyer uote raving it on the front I thought I'd see what it was like I didn't go in with very high expectation but even then I was just sullen faced and WTF ing by the end of this bookThe story starts of in a basic enough manner with Laurel going to her first day of high school after moving to a new town and a lifetime of home schooling She sits in biology class – take your first Twilight drink now – And immediately gets all tongue tied and shy over an extremely attractive science nerd called David To give Pike some credit at least she’s setting up her love story early and not kicking her heels with pointless descriptions of everything else going on like Meyer but give her time and that’ll change Soon enough she makes a distinctly Bella Swan style comment comes through“Below the eyes was a warm but casual smile with very straight teeth Braces probably Laurel thought as her tongue unconsciously ran over her own naturally straight teeth”How nice of her to zero in on appearances so uickly into the story Sets her priorities up uickly and believe me it gets worse towards the end The first 3 chapters are pretty slow moving and unremarkable same with the characters David seems like the sort of guy you could imagine starring in a non threatening Disney family sitcom as the doting boyfriend of Miley Cyrus or something while tweens drool over him at Hot Topic signings On a related side note the movies rights for the book are optioned by Disney with Miley Cyrus attached to star This seems particularly fitting because there are points where I just want to throw things at Laurel’s face in the same way I do with Cyrus Laurel isn’t particularly fun smart caring special or in possession of any sort of personality trait She seldom eats anything other than fruit vegetables and cans of Sprite haha I see what you did there Pike which doesn’t seem to be of much concern to her medicine hating hippie parents she’s skinny and proud of it comparing herself to supermodels and was abandoned on her parents’ doorstep in a basket under mysterious circumstances This is all told to us there’s very little showing in this book unless it’s something to do with flowers or David’s abs seriously which 15 year old boy is ripped? They make Channel 5 documentaries about body building teens and not to be complimentary which get their own tacked on scene which is completely unnecessary to the story I can’t call it a plot because nothing resembling any sort of conflict or anything interesting happens until about 280 pages in So yeah grab a pillow and some caramel shortbread 4 chapters in something finally happens Well if you can call a zit a plot device Typically for teen girls Laurel worries about the blemish my back looked like the Himalaya mountain range for most of my teenage years but after her earlier shallow comments reading her worries about this rapidly growing bump turning into “something ugly” whilst being uietly judgemental about girls with similar situations doesn’t exactly warm me to the leading ‘heroine’ Eventually the bump turns out not to be cancerous or God forbid a zit and soon it sprouts into a giant flower I will relent a little here and say this was a pretty interesting take on the fairy mythos At least it was enough to recapture my interest after the 5 chapters of non plot and characters that give Julian Sands hope in the personality and charisma department It’s serviceable stuff but it’s not exactly a page turner unless you mean in the sense that you want to turn the pages just to get on with something else important Does she tell her parents? Of course not that would reuire giving them an active role in the story At least they actually seem to care unlike Bella’s parents in Twilight who exist to serve no other purpose than to make sure child services aren’t called out They’re pretty useless but they occasionally show some interest in their daughter Instead Laurel tells David who views it with geekish glee which was kind of cute don’t judge me scientists are hot and decides to do some experiments where it emerges that Laurel is actually a plant Yep a plant Somehow I can’t imagine the Twilight meadows scene being as devastatingly romantic for Twi hards if Edward had been a plant“Say it Bella Say it”“Poinsettia”Chapter 8 introduces us to the generic suspicious figure here to buy Laurel’s family’s old house from them How do we know he’s suspicious? Because he’s ugly He doesn’t even say anything particularly devious but we know he’s evil and out to ruin Laurel’s life immediately because he’s unattractive This particularly cruel element of the story only gets worse believe me And for those who are taking notes now is the time to note the introduction of the unnecessary 3rd wheel in the most pointless love triangle ever He’s a big smug but otherwise of the same devastatingly gorgeous young male figures with no other personality traits and his name is Tamani He’s here to tell Laurel all about her true identity as a faerie Laurel doesn’t believe him – having giant freaking plants grow out of your back is as normal a part of puberty as growing boobs and wanting to kill everyone for 4 days a month – and runs off We’re 128 pages in – 10 chapters – and there’s no sign of a plot or any action beyond moping and boy perving But now we’ve got Tamani on the scene and Laurel can’t deny the amazing passionate connection they shared despite barely speaking or doing anything Y’ know – true love To uote the phrase that left a million nerds fuming “It’s magic we don’t have to explain it” When it comes to the revelation of Laurel’s true identity it’s all described in a very tell don’t show manner; surely that’s writing rule 1 broken already? Tamani describes the faerie court and their particular purposes and then the most awkward part of the book until another 171 pages happens It turns out the flower on Laurel’s back is the faerie euivalent of that kind of flower Faeries use their blossom found only in female faeries to pollinate and reproduce In their first scene together Tamani accidentally got sparkly pollen all over Laurel’s arm surely the faerie euivalent of premature ejaculation He didn’t mean to do it of course; it had just been so long since he’d been around a woman that he couldn’t help himself She was asking for it Showing off that flower like it was a short skirt in a dingy nightclub The extra kicker comes when Tamani takes glee in telling Laurel that faeries may use pollination for reproducing but sex is for fun Responsibility free sex; no risk of pregnancy or STDs other than maybe a little prick Way to appeal to your base Pike Seriously this is appealing to teen fantasies than free cupcakes The topic of sex and puberty is mentioned but it’s never expanded upon It just feels like Pike’s trying to be adult and ‘edgy’ for a YA audience even though the writing itself seems suited to a pre teen audience Along with his habit of fabulously coming over Laurel it turns out that Laurel volunteered to be a faerie plant in the human world because faeries age mentally much uicker than their bodies suggest sort of like the uterus chewing demon child in reverse and Tamani has been watching her for her entire life As he says it’s not spying it’s helping I wonder how distraught he was when there weren’t any opportunities to sneak into her room to watch her sleep Laurel is also older than she thinks and is 19 instead of 16 Instant age of consent About 250 pages in we get some sort of plot twist barely one with Laurel’s dad falling extremely ill With this comes Laurel and David’s overwhelming urge to investigate the ugly suspicious man who is going to buy the old Sewell house the gateway to the faerie land of Avalon is on the land 2 of the man Barnes’s henchmen are described as “downright grotesue” continuing the theme of ugly EVIL Initiate slow clap seuence We get a bit of action with the henchmen attempting to kill Laurel and David in a good old fashioned drowning But luckily Laurel’s oxygen producing breath saves David Finally a life saving snog I’ve never seen that beforewaitWe get further tell don’t show description of faerie mythology combining King Arthur with Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream tell me that’s not a crossover you’ve love to see but it’s just shoved in there to give the illusion of Pike giving a damn about anything other than the extremely contrived love triangle But along with this comes the scene that made this book turn from ‘meh’ material to ‘oh Christ what the hell?’ Tamani goes into a description of the villains of the story the trolls in which the topic of symmetry is discussed The symmetrical one’s face is the beautiful they are like Laurel and Tamani Trolls lack this symmetry ergo they are ugly Not just ugly; hideous The trolls lack any other defining characteristic beyond being ugly and stupid because apparently these things go hand in hand and apparently their hideousness bothers the trolls themselves Troll mothers are known to abandon their babies if they’re too ugly or “misshapen” “When evolution has given up on you death is unavoidable”Seriously? Really Pike? Of all the elements of fail I expected to find in “Wings” ableism was not one of them So if one is ugly mentally or physically impaired we should just give up on them because evolution has clearly tried to weed them out? Forgive me if I’m a bit sensitive here I’m not a fan of such blatant displays of privilege in books aimed at an 11 audience To give the book credit it took 300 pages before it really pissed me off which is 299 than Twilight Maybe Bella and Laurel could get together to drink Sprite and judge the less than perfect they’d get along like a house on fire I’m just getting annoyed now time to wrap this up Blah blah blah Laurel stops the trolls Tamani is shot but he’s returned to Avalon where Laurel is presented with magic potion to cure her dad and a big arse diamond to give her parents enough money to be able to keep the old house and it’s all business as usual Laurel even gets to kiss both guys It turns out that Tamani was her former faerie BFF when they were precocious kiddies in Avalon and is hopelessly in love with her I’d say Pike just shoved in the love triangle to make up for the lack of plot but she seems to have just shoved every plot element into the story without any real structure or thought According to her blog Pike wrote the book in 6 weeks and it shows Overall the meh factor for this book was at an all time highlow It was an easy enough read although there are a few moments where Pike tries to Meyer out on the dialogue The mythos is interesting enough but never focused on instead spending page after page telling us unnecessary things shoving in covers to fill the plot holes with no care and mooning over a love triangle that couldn’t be contrived if it tried The characters are dull and everything is handled in a serviceable but lifeless manner The attempt to shove a plot in with the introduction of the ugly evil trolls just pissed me off; not only was it shallow and ableist it was just plain lazy writing Pike got a 4 book deal from this story so I guess there’s hope for us all It’s often described as Twilight with faeries and it feels a lot like a Twilight inspiredrip off I can see how it would appeal to the Twilight crowd and it’s relatively undemanding stuff I’ll probably forget all about it in the morning A very intriguing take on faeries However I feel that not a lot happened in the first third of the novel; it was mostly Laurel finding out who and what she is Though beautifully written it seemed of an intro to the next book than a novel in itself Still it kept me turning pages the characters were well developed and the love triangle inspired many aww moments I'm anxious to see what will happen in the next book TBR Reduction Challange #5 KirstenAlright guys I’m throwing in the towel I just can’t get over the fact that the girl has a giant flower growing out of her back Ew I mean eeeew Yeah and then there are some things that just plain annoy me Dialogues like this one for exampleIt took her a few seconds to find her voiceWho are you?He paused and studied her with a strange unflinching look in his eyesWell? Laurel promptedYou don’t know me do you? He askedUm I don’t know about you but I think the uestion Who are you kind of implies that she does not know him headdeskWhat I have to admit though is that this book is uite funny Unintentionally so but still funnyStatements like Don’t worry I’ll keep my distance from your blossom had me in tears because I was laughing so hard For on that check out Arlene’s awesome reviewI’ve read 112 pages now and I’m still not hooked and I just don’t feel like finishing it Further the whole plant thing makes it incredibly hard if not impossible for me to take any of this seriously I’m bursting out laughing every other sentenceI don't know maybe I would have gotten used to the plant thing if I had kept on reading but as I said I don't feel like it so for now Wings is going to find its way back into the depths of my shelves where it has been hiding out for the past year Thanks for the push anyway Kirsten Wings was definitely a uniue take on fairy mythology And I finally get the significance of the cover now which I have to say fits the novel perfectly I’m a huge fan of the FaeryFairyFae was it is really? genre or rather sub genre I wasn’t surprised that I really liked this novel Sensational plot line really different than anything I’ve read The first part of the novel moved a little slow for me But once I became fully engrossed in the world that Pike created I couldn’t get through the pages fast enough The writing was outstanding it flowed really well It’s one of those instances where you don’t realize your reading it’s so easy to read Maybe that’s just something that happens to me personally but I love when it does The characters were also really well depicted Although we don’t know much about Laurel’s history I still felt like I really knew her as a character and even though Tamani’s presence in the novel is few and far between he is probably my favorite character which says a lot for Pike’s character development And then of course one of my personal favorite elements in any story the love triangle I can’t wait to see of that in the future novels as far as I’m aware I believe there are to be three consisting of a four book series I could be wrong Overall a exciting and beautifully written novel OH MY GOD OH MY GOD UM THIS IS THE FIRST AND ONLY FAIRIE BOOK I'VE READ THAT I LIKED AND I FLIPPIN LOVED IT

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  • Hardcover
  • 290 pages
  • Wings
  • Aprilynne Pike
  • English
  • 24 August 2016
  • 9780061668036