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Editorial 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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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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

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

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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Could have been better

There were parts of the story I really enjoyed, and others that were just sappy and very unrealistic! It could have used a lot more action. Some of the voices were decent but the bad guys voice was done horribly. I will definitely be reading the next one not listening to it.

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Great Book!

I ausolutely love this book. I never have time to sit and read so it's great that I could listen to it.

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Simple elegant A story you can go back to over and over

I first listen to the story I think I was back in middle school. But throughout my life I keep going back to the story over and over again. It makes me feel happy and free. So even though I can get this book at the library for free. So amazing I have a buy it for myself. In fact this book is so great I want to name my son if I ever have after the male fairy character.

I will omit the voice actor isn't the best. But the book is so good I don't care

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Loved it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it's a nice story anyone would enjoy

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book when I read it and loved the audio version, I love the narrators version of Tamani.

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  • GG
  • 09-19-13

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!!!

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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.

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  • Lynn
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • 07-26-12

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.

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  • Clare
  • 11-10-10

No more vampires yay

If like me your fed up of vampires then read it. It has all the thrill of twilight but with a lead character that doesn't have depression and is believable.

My fave bit was when the two lead characters end up fighting for there life in a river.

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  • Nadia
  • 02-04-10

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.

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  • Kelly
  • 11-21-09

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.