Saturday, September 25, 2010

Review : Spells (Wings #2)

Title: Spells (Wings #2)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Published: April 20th 2010 by HarperCollins
**Special thanks to my friend Catie at Book Bound who not only sent me a copy of Spells, but also had it signed and personalized! I luff you, Catie!**

Synopsis: "I can't just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can't ‘steal' you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you'll ask," Tamani said."And if I don't?" Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper."Then I guess I'll be waiting forever."Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life—and especially her boyfriend, David—to return to the faerie world.But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel's feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice—a choice that could break her heart.

Thoughts: The thing about any sequel is, you never know whether or not it'll be as good as the first book. Fear not loyal readers because Spells is every bit as marvelous as Wings. I'll admit, when I first read Wings, I thought "Good, but not great." Now, I'm hooked. I want more, and I want it now!

For those who have yet to read Wings, I recommend stopping here. This review of Spells might ruin the experience for you.

Spells begins about 6 months after Wings ends. Remember when Laurel promised to visit Tamani as soon as she could? Well, it didn't really turn out that way. Now, she's been called to Avalon to learn more about not only her heritage, but also how to be a Fall faerie. Remember in Wings how Fall faeries are healers? They contribute to Avalon by mixing remedies, cures and poisons which help protect and keep other faeries alive.

Onto her classes! Laurel's classes are anything but easy. Though strenuous and demanding, Laurel can't help but feel the allure and yes, magic, which surrounds her. I mean, who wouldn't want to live in paradise and learn faerie magic? Plus, her outtings with Tamani? Think of your idea of the perfect date. Now multiply that by 10. That's what they're like.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. First off, faerie politics in Avalon are less than ideal. Laurel can't wrap her mind around it and refuses to abide. And what about her life at home? She has to remember (and keeps reminding herself) her life is with her parents and David, not Avalon and Tamani.

When Laurel does return to her real life back home, she can't help but think about Avalon and Tamani. She knows it's wrong, but why can't she have both? To top it all off, things with her mother have been awkward and strange. Plus, what about David Barnes and the trolls? Laurel knows they're after her. What will happen when they finally meet again? Will she have to fight them in order to protect her family, friends and David or will Tamani and the other sentries ward them off?

Dun, dun, dun. I guess you'll have to read it to find out!

One thing I'll say about Spells is, it's definitely a page turner. Though it doesn't have a lot of action, what it offers it's readers are an array of emotions and a feel good, fun time. You'll want to live, breathe and devour Spells until the very end.

At times, I found the pacing to be a bit slow. Maybe this is because I couldn't fully enjoy any scene without Tamani? Probably. I mean, if Prince Charming was a faerie, his name would be Tamani. I love his arrogance, his passion and his overall bravado. He's more than just your typical two-deminional character. He's the kind of guy you love to hate yet love to love. Yes, I understand, David's a sweetheart too...but he's no Tamani. RAWR!

OH, and the ending! Talk about cliffhangers. I hate them, but this one? Wow. While my selfish need for more screamed "WHAT?! WHAT?!", my enjoyment for genuinely good books couldn't help, but think "Touche. Nicely done."

Overall, I really enjoyed Spells. I forgot how much I missed Aprilynne's world until I started reading Spells. Now, I must wait another 100 months (kidding, not that much, but it feels like it!) before the release of Wings #3. If you liked Wings, you'll absolutely adore Spells. But do take caution: Make sure you get plenty of rest before you open this one up. Once you start, you won't want to stop!

Rating: 4/5

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