Paperback, 356 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Children's Booksmore details...
0007314361 (ISBN13: 9780007314362)
Crescent City, California (United States)
Aprilynne Pike's best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl named Laurel who discovers she is a faerie. When Laurel is thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she's torn between a human and a faerie love. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever. Available now from HarperTeen.
I think what I liked about this book was the simplicity of it. The author had clearly planned out a ver basic story and had then gone on to write it in a very basic style. There was a lot of imagination and creativity to the book, but at the same time it wasn't pushed to be the best written thing. It was written in it's own sort of style which for me was a very attractive thing because it meant that I settled right down into the book without really needing to overthink about it. The novel itself was not lacking in imagination, imagery or creativity at all. It really pulled you into the book so that you could experience what it was offering and showing to you. Yes I suppose in someways the book itself was a little to simple, perhaps a little too basic. But it was still very well written and with a lot of room for potential. Its one of those "I want an easy but interesting read" type of books, because it wasnt over complicated with long words or odd creatures. It was kept to the roots but with a twist within it which made it different.
Yes the beginning did feel a little rushed and a little predictable. She seemed to instantly fall in love with David without needing to glance around with anyone else. and she didn't really seem to connect with any of the other student except clare. I admit that there was a small section of interaction between the two female characters, but I suppose it would have been nice to have seen some more teenage interactivity going on. Just something to liven it up that little bit more. But the whole potential and depth of the novel was certainly there. I instantly fell in love with the bad boy tough guy fairy who had been sent to watch over her, because he was your cliche, softy underneath. And he really did want to do the best. I admit, this was not the best book in the world that I have read, But I think the fact that I was able to enjoy it whilst I was reading it without getting bored or feeling as if I need to skim over the pages, wone me over. far too many young adult books are becoming too complicated because there are all trying to be the best. Sometimes less is more.
The ending though was a little disappointing. I suppose I was expecting some sort of awesome cliffhanger that would leave me wishing I had the next book. But instead it was one of those ending that made you go "oh.... is that it..." Like I know there is clearly more to come because Ive alread seen that there is more out in the series, but at the same time I can't help but feel let down. It just feels like there was so many ways to end that novel and none of them were put in place. But... none the less I really did enjoy it and look forward to reading the next one at some point.