Fellow Utah native Stephenie Meyer, says of author Aprilynne Pike's novel, "Wings is a remarkable debut." It is a truly unique novel that had this reviewer engaged from the moment I picked it up.
You think you know all about fairies, trolls, King Arthur, Merlin and Avalon, but then you read Wings. Highly readable and thoroughly engaging, paranormal and romance fans will love this book. Readers may believe in fairies after meeting Laurel--just a normal girl who happens to be home schooled and never has seen a doctor. Oh, and Laurel never remembers being injured or bleeding either.
The truth is--Laurel doesn't have red blood at all--she discovers her cells are actually plant cells. If that isn't strange enough, she soon encounters others like her and must choose between her "human" life and a life with the fairies. April is about to find herself fighting for the land that has been in her family for generations and faced with a choice. Should she choose her reliable human friend, David, or an attractive faerie named Tamini?
Recommended for YA collections grades 8-up. Some violence--but it's against trolls, not humans.
Recommendd by Pamela Thompson, Librarian.
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Having been homeschooled all of her life, Laurel has finally convinced her adoptive mother to allow her to attend a public high school. Almost immediately she meets a kind (and cute) boy named David and they quickly become friends. Laurel has strange eating habits and gets very nervous when David asks her to join him and his friends for lunch. Her fears are soon set to rest when the few probing questions from Chelsea are quickly dropped and Laurel begins to fit in with the group. Her new-found happiness soon vanishes when she wakes up one morning with a strange bump growing in the middle of her back. Not wanting to upset her mother - who shuns traditional medicine for a natural, herbal approach to healing - Laurel keeps the growth a secret until one morning she realizes the bump has turned into huge flower petals in the shape of wings. Can she trust David with the truth? Will going back to the home where she was found in a basket on the doorstep help her answer some questions? What if her new friends discover she is some kind of freak of nature? Laurel struggles to come to terms with who - or what - she is while navigating high school, a first love, and a dangerous man who seems intent on taking away the one thing she must protect at all costs.
Recommended by Susan Grigsby, Teacher-Librarian, Georgia