Wings by Aprilynne Pike
'Hell Of A First Zit'
Laurel is just your average teenage girl; ok, so she has the looks of a model, the grace of a bird, is up with the sun and has weird (healthy) eating habits, but she's still normal. Right?
One morning Laurel wakes to find a zit, her first zit, right in the middle of her back. Although a bit disgusted she's also a little relieved, it was normal for teenagers to get zits. But as the days go by the zit does not disappear, instead it is growing bigger. At some stage Laurel has to admit that this is no normal zit, its something else. At first Laurel is convinced it is a tumour; she has cancer. But as the thing gets bigger and finally reveals itself, Laurel now knows it is not a tumour. But she is not so sure that this is any better.
With the help of her friend David, Laurel is about to learn a lot more about herself then she ever knew before. Laurel is not human, she is a fairy. And she is not the only one. There is a whole other world that Laurel is about to learn about, a world of magic and beauty, but also of danger and old enemies. Laurel must learn to live between two worlds, the world of humans and the world of fairies. This is highlighted by her feeling of being torn between her two friends, a human David and a fairy Tamani; the two boys for whom Laurel has feelings for.
Wings is a story of fairies as you've never seen them before, full of charm, mystery, adventure and excitement. An entertaining book that stirs the imagination and leaves you with a sense of wonder. This is the first of four books to be published in this new series. I loved this story and not just because it's about fairies. It is a beautiful and warm story that manages to remain innocent despite its violence. A highly recommended read and a stunning debut novel.
On sale: 01 August 2009Price (AU): $19.99
Recommended age: 10+
In a word: Wings
Re-read it: yes
Star rating: four out of five