Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Spells

Series: Wings Series
Book #: Two
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Source: Bought

Published: 2010

Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable? (taken from

Amber's thoughts:
For some reason, Spells just didn't captivate me like Wings did. Maybe it's because I disagreed with most of Laurel's decisions. Maybe it's because the element of mystery about Laurel's faerie past is gone. Either way, I didn't enjoySpells as much as I did Wings. I didn't dislike it, but I think it could've been better. 

In the beginning of the book, Laurel travels to the fantastical land of Avalon to learn the ways of Fall faeries. In my opinion, Pike could've done so much with this. I felt like I barely saw any of Laurel's training or the beautiful Avalon. It was almost as though Pike was checking a box. "Okay, Laurel knows how to be a fairy now. Check." Laurel was quickly ready to return to the human world, but as the reader, I still wanted to linger in the magical world.

Like many other YA novels, Spells encompasses a romantic and intense love triangle. On one hand, there's Tamani, the faerie who's spent his entire life watching and protecting Laurel. On the other, there's David, an average human boy who helped Laurel to discover her faerie origins and fight off monstrous trolls. I won't say who she choses, but I think she made the wrong choice. That made it hard for me to enjoy any of the romance. I kept thinking of the other guy.... *sighs* If you've read this series, you can probably guess which team I'm on.

Despite everything I've said, the story ended with promise. I've heard that there's going to be a sequel, and I'm definitely going to buy it as soon as it hits the shelves. If Pike expands on the little clues she left dangling at the end of Spells, I think we could all be in for a treat with this next installment of the Wings series.


1 comment:

Amelia said...

ohh very interesting! I love how objective you are :)
I haven't even read WINGS yet, but I've been keeping my eye on the reviews for it and SPELLS. I definitely know what you mean about being on a different "team" than the main character!
Thanks for such an awesome review!