Book Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

wingsTitle: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First line: Laurel’s shoes flipped a cheerful rhythm that defied her dark mood.

I can’t remember where I saw the first review of Aprilynne PIke’s Wings, but I immediately requested it from my library’s web site. Apparently, lots of other people had the same idea, because even after they purchased a copy, I had to wait ages until my name came to the top of the hold list. It was completely worth the wait.

Laurel has always been a little different. Homeschooled until eighth grade, raised by her medicine-spurning, herb-loving mother and bookstore owning father, Laurel has a hard time fitting in at her new high school. Not only is it the first time she’s been in public school, but she prefers to spend the majority of her time outdoors, and all of the indoor class time is stifling.

With the help of her new friend, David, Laurel begins to feel at home in her new town and school – and then she starts to change in a way that has her questioning her history and identity. Who – and what – is she?

I devoured this book. I just started it yesterday – and I couldn’t put it down! I made my daughter gasp in horror when I told her I thought it was better than Twilight, which we both loved. Aprilynne Pike has written a wonderful story and created a truly unique fantasy world, as well as given us characters to love – and a juicy love triangle. As the conflict in the story began to unfold, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next.

The story ends with more resolution than some series fantasy I’ve read, but it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered and lots of future possibilities to explore. I was happy to discover that this is the first in a series of four – and appalled that I have to wait until next June to read the next one!

Highly recommended.

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  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Nice! As much as I’ve declared a love/hate relationship with Twilight, I was hooked and obsessed until I’d read them all! I will keep my eyes open for this one!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Gdansk #2 =-.

  3. Kathy says:

    I’m really curious to know how Laurel has changed after your review.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Wondrous Words Wednesday =-.

  4. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    I think YA will be the next genre I ‘experiment’ with.

  5. Aw, darn. I passed this one up when I was at Sam’s. Mistake?
    .-= Bookfool, aka Nancy´s last blog ..Refuge by Bruce Beakley & John and Bessie Gonleh (sneak peek) =-.

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  7. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Sandy – I think you’d really like it!

    Kathy – Believe me, it was a challenge to write a plot synopsis for this one without giving too much away!

    JoAnn – I’ve been reading a lot of YA this year and thoroughly enjoying it. 🙂

    Nancy – Maybe your library has it? 🙂

  8. Savanah says:

    This book was brilliant. I read Twilight up to book three and loved it to pieces, but when the movie came out Twilight was ruined for me, so the fact that people have related this to Twilight made me second guess my idea to get ‘Wings’, but to me the character development, storyline, and dark yet light characters were all wonderfully put together. There were some funny parts and some parts that made me cry, books don’t tend to do that to me! 😛

    Anywho, this review is dead on.

    Whoot whoot

  9. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Savannah – thanks! 🙂

  10. Melody says:

    I enjoyed reading this book! I definitely look forward to reading the sequel soon… I can’t wait!
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..Young Adult Book Challenge Wrap Up =-.

  11. The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Pitstop at the USAF Academy (Part 6) =-.

  12. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Melody – I hate that we have to wait until next spring!

    LF – I did love it. I heard today they’re doing a movie, and Miley Cyrus was cast as the main character. She’s not at all what I pictured, but I’ll try to keep an open mind.

  13. iliana says:

    I think I first heard of this one from Melody and I know I added to my radar then. It sounds so fun.
    .-= iliana´s last blog ..Some New Books =-.

  14. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK

    My 12 year old daughter loved, loved, loved this book. We’re passing it around all of her friends.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Fighting Global Warming? An Environmentalist? Then Careful Where you Buy your Books! =-.

  15. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Iliana – It is fun – a great page-turner!

    Kim – I told my 12-year-old she should read it, but she told me it would have to go at the end of her to-read list, because it’s too long. Like mother, like daughter!

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  17. Wings Book says:

    It really is a fantastic book. I didn’t sleep all night because I couldn’t sleep not knowing what was going to happen, I totally agree that it’s a real page-turner. You are not alone in thinking it was better than Twilight. I loved Twilight but I thought this book was much more developed, which is strange seeing as it is targeted at a younger audience! Great review.
    .-= Wings Book´s last blog ..Wings 10 weeks on New York Times bestseller list =-.

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  20. Krystal says:

    I don’t know how old you are, but this was one of the silliest YA books I’ve read in a while (and I’m a librarian, so I read a LOT). The writing was meant for upper elementary, maybe middle school at the absolute highest. Honestly, I couldn’t even finish the book it was so poorly written.

    To compare it favorably to Twilight is the strangest thing I have ever heard! Obviously your taste in books is very unlike the typical reader’s. Maybe you shouldn’t be writing reviews…

    • J. Kaye says:

      Amy is way nicer than I am going to be. It’s true what she says – Amy, not the rude librarian. Book bloggers have a different take on things. That and we are cooler. I have heard that some librarians are upset over book bloggers reviewing books. I read where they think we lack the professionalism and so on. Krystal proves it’s not book bloggers who are lacking.

      Carrie, thanks for leaving the comment here. Viewers who read it can visually see the venomous creature lurking inside her begging to come out and play with us. It gives us the opportunity to slap her back. It’s like playing bop the idiot. Fun game.
      .-= J. Kaye´s last blog ..Reminder: August Giveaways =-.

      • Krystal, please say you’re only pretending to be a librarian. I don’t know of any librarian who isn’t virtually *imbued* with an appreciation for patrons who enjoy books as well as respect for a wide variety of reactions to a book. You make two observations in particular with which I would like to take issue:

        The first is that “Obviously your taste in books is very unlike the typical reader’s.” On the contrary, judging from the comments garnered by this review, I believe it is you who is not the “typical” reader. Secondly, you state, “Maybe you shouldn’t be writing reviews…” That is just plain rude, and not what I would think would ever leave the lips of a librarian, who is trained to understand the overwhelming importance of “the reader in the text” – that is (since obviously you could not have gone to library school): texts do not stand alone; rather, their interpretation is a combination of inputs from both the writer and the reader. An actual librarian would understand this and even celebrate the multiplicity of reactions to a text.

        I believe the one who should not be writing anything is, unfortunately, you yourself.

    • Debbie
      Twitter: debworldofbooks

      Wow, I thought this book was just ok but I think Krystal’s comment is pretty rude. Everyone has different tastes in books and not everyone is going to agree on what is a great book. I for one love the reviews posted on this blog.
      .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Awards catch up =-.

    • Joseph says:

      I remember when Twilight came out and “everyone” talked about what a cheesy, lame, poorly-written book it was. Then, I guess a lot of people still talk about what a cheesy, lame, poorly-written book it is. I also remember when Eclipse and Breaking Dawn basically kept booksellers solvent a couple years running. Oh, and I heard something about a movie?

      Krystal, the fact that you read “a lot” may actually make you a very poor judge of what “the typical reader” would enjoy. There are many reasons to read a book, from education and enlightenment to entertainment and a shared cultural experience. To find a book “silly” is clearly a matter of taste, but outside a few exceptional cases, “poorly written” is usually code for anti-commercial snobbery.

      Not everyone is a librarian, and not everyone reads to critique. Some of us read because we enjoy the experience, and enjoy sharing that experience, and don’t want to poison the experience by lording our superior taste over others.

      Carrie, nice review.

  21. I”ve read some mixed reviews on this book so I”m glad you enjoyed it!

    Krystal…book bloggers might be able to give you a run for your money in how much they read. And we generally don’t care about reading levels which are defined in so many different ways! But most importantly I value Carrie’s right to read and review whatever the heck she wants because what we need is a mixture of voices when talking about books
    .-= Amy @ My Friend Amy´s last blog ..Faith ‘n’ Fiction Saturday: The Pastor Character =-.

  22. I have read so many positive reviews on this book! I am glad to see it differs from Twilight which I did like a bit but wasn’t overly excited about. Not gonna run out and get the tattoo or anything.

    Krystal, I am surprised as a librarian you feel the need to read an opinion piece and attack the author for having a different opinion than your own. I find it a bit odd that because you didn’t enjoy this title you think no one else possibly could either. Also if you are saying the book is upper elementary shouldn’t you call it Middle Grade instead of YA? When someone writes a review, they have read the book and enjoyed it or not in their own time, it is their opinion that they are sharing with you. No one can be wrong about their own personal level of enjoyment. A lot of commenters above you have read and enjoyed this boook, and as I stated before I have seen many positive reviews on this title.
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  23. Amy Steele says:

    I wrote the same thing on twitter but I’m repeating it here: How many books you read per week/per month has nothing to do w/ how well you can review something. And Carrie can review.

    She backs up her opinions and provides enough information on a book so that you get a sense what it’s about without giving away important details. Churning through book after book is not always the best thing. When we read, we want to absorb, think and reflect on the words, not just fly through for numbers sake. It’s not a contest. I read about a book a week, sometimes more, sometimes less (depending).
    .-= Amy Steele´s last blog ..Paper Heart: a film review =-.

  24. Chris@bookarama
    Twitter: Chrisbookarama

    Since this is Carrie’s blog and her opinion, she can write whatever she likes! The internet is great that way. Unfortunately, the rude people always find someway to express themselves as well.
    .-= Chris@bookarama´s last blog ..Friday Bookish Buzz: Buzzing Out! =-.

  25. Ladybug says:

    Krystal: As a librarian you ought to know that people have different tastes when it comes to literature. CarrieK is free to make comparisons to what ever book she feels like. People are different and sometimes we perceive the same things very differently from each other. I think it is great that we’re all entitled to our own opinion, it is sad that you seem to think we should all feel the same. Even if we don’t always agree with others there is no need to be rude!

    CarrieK: Keep up the good work! I love your reviews and I do hope that mean comments won’t keep you from writing what you mean.
    .-= Ladybug´s last blog ..Friday Finds – August 7th. =-.

  26. Missy says:

    Why are there so many rude people in the world?

    CarrieK….love your reviews. Keep up the good work.

    Rude, narrow-minded commenters….please keep your nasty comments to yourself. They do not belong here.

  27. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Thanks for all your lovely comments, ladies. 🙂

  28. blodeuedd says:

    Hi Carrie,
    Read about this on Ladybugs blog so had to come and check it out. Lovely review and the book sounds nice. So so didn’t deserve to get a comment like that. I would have been really upset, but remember all those who stood up for you instead 🙂

    Keep writing what you feel, and don’t let rude people stop you. Especially not librarians, who should tell people to borrow and love books instead of trashing like that
    .-= blodeuedd´s last blog ..Free Book Saturday =-.

  29. Carrie,

    My library tends to run way behind the rest of the world, so nope . . . not yet. I think I’ll be patient and see if they get it, though. It’s no longer available at Sam’s. I just looked.

    Incidentally, I loved your review. I don’t know what’s up with the rude librarian, but I read books for all levels – even picture books for toddlers, although my kids are grown. I hope you ignored that snarky comment.
    .-= Bookfool, aka Nancy´s last blog ..The Fabric of a Woman by Pamela Hines – DNF =-.

  30. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Blodeudd – thanks.

    Nancy – the cool thing is that I didn’t even have to respond – all of you lovely people did it for me!

  31. kiki says:

    hi i love the book wings but is there going to be anymore arfter wings

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kiki – Yes, the second book in the series is coming out in the spring. 🙂

  32. Amy says:

    Hi guys,
    I read the book and I also think it was poorly written. I really dont think the writing can compare to that of Twilight at all. The story maybe interesting but really, the descriptions are stuttered at best….if this is what a middle grader should be reading, I think we should be concerned. This is my opinion, so please dont attack me for expressing it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Amy – of course we won’t attack you for expressing your opinion! If you notice in the above comments, the people who came down on Krystal did so because she attacked my right to have an opinion by telling me I shoudln’t be writing reviews. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on a book – they are not, however, entitled to shut down anyone else who disagrees.

  33. Read2live says:

    I am a long way from the 12-14 year old girl I think this book is aimed at. Maybe that is why I did not care for it. Then again, I’ve been addicted to reading all my life, so I have to believe that even at 13 I would’ve had the sense to know this story just plain sucked.

    The heroine was not someone I could relate to. A tall, beautiful, vegan who taught herself to play guitar? Her human love interest is wallpaper. No real insight into him or the other friend she manages to make. Her parents are two dimensional (well, all the characters are, really) and MIA until they are needed for a plot device. The only character with even a breath of life is Tam the fairy – and he doesn’t show up until 80 pages in – then promptly disappears.

    My main gripe is this book had no passion. No, I’m not talking steam – I mean a sense of identification, urgency and emotion that would make me care whether any of these people lived or fell off a cliff. I didn’t care about them or the story at all.

    So why 2 stars instead of 1? It wasn’t awful, just boring. 1 star would denote a level of intensity (even if it was negative) that this book was lacking. Pike does know something about wordcraft. If I’d bought it as a paperback, I might have even been generous and given it 3 stars. It’s a new author, after all. But I let myself get suckered in by Meyers plug on the cover. I didn’t necessarily like all of the Twilight series, but I thought if Meyers could come up with that concept she might enjoy the same books as me. Guess not.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Read2live – thanks for expressing your opinion – the great thing is that you can choose to skip the sequels!

  34. Kate says:

    I loved the book, but I think Aprilynne Pikes should make a sequel. Every time I reed it, it was like It kept leaving a chapter out, like the book wasn’t finished when it was so I think there should be a sequel, “hence” I don’t think It should stop where it left off, I think there is still more to come

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  38. alanna says:

    wow i have read wiings it rocks

  39. alanna says:

    iam so in love with tamani he rocks you really should have not finished it like that

  40. Taylor says:

    when will the nxt book in the series come out or is there even going to be a nxt book

  41. Kate says:

    there is another book coming out, i think theres three in the series

  42. Danielle says:

    the majority comments about the wings movie are against the decision of mily cyrus playing the role. i also seriously disagree with mily playing laurel. i feel that if they go through with the movie with mily as laurel, the popularity of the book series will dramatically decrease. please don’t ruin this epic and amazing series with mily. if the majority of all wings fans are against it, shouldn’t you hear them out? they are the ones who made this book series so popular to begin with. they deserve to have their voices heard. take a vote, a poll, a petition, anything, just listen to them. Plaese, as fans of aprilynne pike and wings, please reconsider these decisions.