Authoress: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Condensed: Laurel was normal. I mean sure her parents were naturalist ex-hippies who homeschooled her but she was normal. Until the bump on her back (that she was hoping was a zit) grew to the size of a softball and started sprouting. Suddenly her pasts comes in to question and with the help of her super cute almost boyfriend David she goes about exploring who or what she's really made of.
My take: The first couple of pages seemed very Twilightesque. But before I knew it Wings grew wings of it's own. I was completely enraptured with Laurel's transformation. Pike's writing style also reminded me of Stephenie Meyer. It's simple yet very compelling and brings a new fresh take to an old legend. My only complaint is that I'm on pins-and-needles waiting for part two.
Adventure-o-meter: Medium adventure with a high dose of intrigue.
Kiddie-o-meter: While sex is mentioned a couple times - no one actually engages in the activity. Some light violence and no social commentary. Overall, I'm completely comfortable recommending this to any teen or tween.
Adult-o-meter: A super fun intriguing read.
My rating: 5 stars
Worth-a-read?: Yes. Most definitely run out and read this one. I'll even go a step further and recommend you buy it. I'm a total library hound and therefore rarely buy books but this is one I need to own.
Noteables: If you're interested visit Wings on Harper Teen. You can take a quiz, enter a contest, sign-up for updates, listen to Aprilynne's podcast, and/or watch her talk about the book. In listening to the podcast I learned there will be a total of 4 books in the series. One will be released each May. Through Aprilynne's blog I've learned the name of the next book: Spells.
Share worthy: "They laughed together and Laurel marveled at the soft, tinkling quality of Tamani's voice. It made a warm tingle shiver up her back. She glanced at her watch. "I...need to get going," she said, apology heavy in her voice."
Final say: I think I have another literary crush. Tamani tears at my heart strings. I can't wait until next May.