Monday, August 16, 2010

Spells

Spells
By Aprilynne Pike
2010
359 pages
Part 2 in Series


Summary: Laurel is spending the summer at Avalon in order to learn some magic to protect her family against the trolls she ran into last year. Even though she has accepted that she is a faerie, she still struggles with who she is supposed to be. Now that she’s spending more time in her world, Tamani is getting bolder with respect to his feelings for her, and she is starting to get confused despite the fact that David is waiting for her at home. Lauren will have to choose between the world of the faerie or the world of humans and between David and Tamani in order to find her true home and destiny.

Review: Spells was a lovely sequel to Wings. In this second book, character development takes precedence over plot and story development, and it’s not until the end that we see some action. Laurel is a beautifully crafted main character with a relatable voice and enough charm and sincerity to win over even the toughest reader. Pike does an excellent job at the juxtaposition of the two worlds and the two men with Laurel struggling at the centre. Readers who enjoyed the love triangle in Wings will not be disappointed as the choice for Laurel becomes even harder in this sequel (go team David!). There is a good balance between fantasy and realistic fiction, so I think this book has a wide appeal. Overall, a very enjoyable read and Pike has once again proven her immense talent.

Also by Aprilynne Pike: Wings

If you liked Spells you might also enjoy: Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore, Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, Ash by Malindo Lo, Fallen by Lauren Kate

Additional Info: According to Aprilynne herself, the title Enhancements which was released on Amazon Canada for some reason, is 99.9% not going to be the title of the third book. She also has said that it might be out in May 2011, although there is no official date. Also, in case you thought this was a trilogy, there is a forth book!

Author website: http://www.aprilynnepike.com/

Rating: W3.5/4 C4/4 P3.5/4 O4/4 PP3.5/4 CR4/4
Grade level Interest: JS

4 comments:

Melissa said...

This is such a great review! I loved Wings, so I hope I love this, too :)

Katie said...

Thanks so much Melissa. You'll have to let me know if you do.

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

I have not heard of this series but am putting it on my list now---I enjoyed the books you said it is similar to so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too! I love a good love triangle. :)

Katie said...

Hi Kelli,
It's a great series and the author is super nice. I think you will really like it!

 
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