Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life-especially her boyfriend, David-to return to the faerie world. BUT when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurels feelings for the charasmatic faerie sentry are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice- a choice that could break her heart.
Overall Review: GOOD BAD UGLY
WOW!! That is my reaction after reading the first book in this series. It was also the same reaction I had to this book. Pike has created a beautiful faerie world the likes of most movies couldn't replicate. I want to live in Avalon! Her descriptions paint a vivid picture of this perfect world. As I have said before I love when a series get better with each book and this one does. I can't wait for the next book since we were left with a frustrating cliffhanger. Pike's characters are multidimensional, although it doesn't seem that way at first. Laurel is a beautiful faerie who has been raised in the human world, and has only found out about her heritage in the past year. Along with her heritage, she found out about Tamani, a faerie sentry who has both protected her and loved her whole life. And Laurel can't deny she has strong feelings for him as well. However, she is also in love with her loving boyfriend David, who loves and accepts her for who and what she is. This is a great love triangle because both boys are absolutely wonderful and readers are left once again picking a "team" This book brought the love triangle to ahead early in the series, whereas most authors draw it out. However, regardless of Laurel's choice in this book, readers are left with the hope that she might change her mind later. I absolutely adore a good love triangle! We meet some new characters in this book and are curious about what they mean for the series. This is a must read, and I recommend it for readers of younger ages (tweens) and older ages alike. Be sure to read Wings before you read Spells.