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Wings | [Aprilynne Pike]

Wings

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful - too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Aprilyne Pike's debut, Wings, is the first in a saga that follows Laurel, a high school girl who's coming-of-age story differs from most girls her age when she discovers her true self; she's a fairie! This blend of teen drama and supernatural fantasy presents its own universe with a unique take on fairie folk that will intrigue young listeners. In her performance, Mandy Siegfried sets the tone of the series blending confusion, wonder, and burgeoning romance as Laurel's identity grows and she must choose between the fairie and human in herself and in potential boyfriends.

Publisher's Summary

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes.They were terrifyingly beautiful - too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

©2009 Aprilynne Pike; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Fine escapist fare, this neatly mixes the everyday with the otherworldly." (Booklist)
"In the current crop of supernatural romances, this one stands out. Silky narration...delicious escapism." (Kirkus Reviews)

What Members Say

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    Francesca@UTCBookBlog Brooklyn, NY 06-24-09
    Francesca@UTCBookBlog Brooklyn, NY 06-24-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good book for young teens"

    It's a cute story, definitely for a young audience.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-16-11
    Jonathan Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Nice"

    Not what I expected at first, but when it finally got into the, I really loved it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 04-02-10
    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Twilight...with fairies"

    Not sure what to say here. It reads like a lighter take on Twilight. I did not like that book, so I do not enjoy this one. There is some potential with the story, but it definitely was written for the tween set. Apparently Miley Cyrus is tapped to play the lead character in the movie version of this novel. If you like Hannah Montana I am sure you will like this.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    GG PLEASANT HILL, IA, United States 09-19-13
    GG PLEASANT HILL, IA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Gale

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    "Wonderful story of the fairy world!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wings the most enjoyable?

    I love any story that has to do with fairies!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laurel she had quite a bit happen to her and her family and she was really a very strong character.


    What does Mandy Siegfried bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful voice!!! Just fantastic adapting to different characters!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yeah!! I couldn't wait to get my credits so I could get to the next book!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series!!! My granddaughter recommended it so its fun to call her and talk about the books!!! Considering I'm a librarian and order Pre-school thru Teen books!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hambro VA, United States 04-04-13
    hambro VA, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like Twilight, you will like this series"
    What made the experience of listening to Wings the most enjoyable?

    I think the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life! I have listened to this more than once and really hear each person


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Tamani! How can you not with that great accent and passion?


    What about Mandy Siegfried’s performance did you like?

    Each character is so distinct!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the first time Laurel meets Tamani. To find out what she is and realize her connection to him.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Twilight, you will like Wings. Give it a chance and you will be hooked. It is a different supernatural, but just as fun with a great love triangle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 07-26-12
    Lynn Tucson, AZ, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2011

    EOD wife and loving mother!!!

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    "Different, but cute"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'd say so. It was a little corny, but still worth reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I still don't have a good image of what her flower looks like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 05-25-12
    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 05-25-12

    KD

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    "Charming"

    I stopped when I had 1/2 hour left to run to the computer to see if this was a series. I enjoyed it so much I do not want the story to end. I want the rest of the series downloaded before I finish this one. I hope the rest of the series is as enjoyable as this one. I found it believable the teenage main character is afraid of what was happening to her (tumor? cancer?) then not wanting to accept her new reality until finally having scientific proof that she is not human explained to her by her new friend. Her reasoning for not going to her parents and later the police are also very believable. I found the frustration by the main character in not being able to find out useful information on the internet interesting as I totally relate. I liked the main characters immediately (very important to me). I am 58 - not a teen myself, but I found I really related to her being thrown into a new environment as a new kid in school. Excellent narrator. Kathy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 03-23-12
    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2009

    I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.

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    "Excellent concept; excellent execution."

    Brilliant mixture of science and magic. The book is also a smooth mixture of genres. It starts as a new-kid-in-town teen high school story (AKA romance), but the mystery and danger slowly ramp up into a good-vs.-evil action adventure. If the book hadn't included the usual boring love triangle, I'd have given it 5 stars. Great story all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Oracle, AZ, USA 06-18-09
    Theresa Oracle, AZ, USA 06-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "wingy"

    it was the best book i reed in a long time.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Clare
    England
    11/10/10
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    "Sweet"

    This book although a little young for me (I?m 21) was a great relief from all the vampire stories that seam to dominate the world at the moment. Its not like your normal fairy book it is more realistic and easier to believe it could be real. Any 10-16 year old will love the love story as well as the danger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    2/4/10
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    "Wonderful debut novel"

    Stephenie Meyer described this book as a "remarkable debut" which I admit influenced me to give it a try. The synopsis also caught my interest. Well, now I can add my own recommendation to Stephenie's. Wings is beautifully written with strong characters. It has just the right balance of magic, danger and romance and moves at a steady pace without ever feeling dragged out or rushed. The author's fairy world is well imagined and beautifully described. This is indeed a modern fairytale of the best kind. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    11/21/09
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    "A Fairy Tale With An Interesting Twist"

    Forget everything you know about Fairies when you read this debut novel by Aprilynne Pike, as you follow Laurel's seemingly ordinary life with a few exceptions to the routines of many teenagers and discover with her of her destiny.

    Recommended hightly by Stephenie Meyer and myself by saying this is a unique twist on everything you have ever known about fairies, and beginning of what I have come to believe a four part series. Wonderfully imaginative and engrossing you will be dying like me to find out what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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