Series Review: Wings

 Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful - too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

"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

"I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying."

Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful - and deadly - of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

 I don't think anyone can go wrong with this series. It's certainly a unique twist on the faeries. All faeries belong to a season and that season dedicates what their specific powers are.

Laurel is special. She's a fairy planted in the human world to save the sacred land that her fellow faeries live on. She grew up without knowledge of what she was. She was gorgeous, but was unaware to the way people viewed her beauty. She's a vegetarian that only drinks sprite because it helps her hair keep its light blond hue. She's never gotten sick, nor does she bleed, and she was home-schooled for most of her life. That is... until now...

Throughout the series, Laurel slowly discovers her identity, her purpose in life, and takes her destiny into her own hands so she can decide what to do with her future. Constantly battling different forms of evils, like an unlikable Fairy Queen, trolls, and double-sided people with evil intentions, Laurel learns to be confident in herself and to hold the people that mean the most to her close to her heart.

This series has a continuous love triangle that I, surprisingly, couldn't get enough of. The two love interests? Tamani and David. David is a human boy that loves science. He may have run a few experiments on Laurel to discover what she truly is--a super advanced type of plant--but he loves her and is intrigued by her heritage and the fact that in his eyes she is one of a kind. Tamani has known Laurel since before she was placed in the human world. He, too, is a fairy, though his season is of lesser rank than Laurel's. He is simply there to create other faeries, his hands giving off pollen whenever he is near a fairy in blossom, and to defend the gates. But he considers himself Laurel's personal protector because she holds such an important place in his heart. He will literally jump in front of a bullet for her. Like any love triangle, Laurel's thoughts are slightly frustrating, but I was happy with who she picked in the end.

The final book in this series, Destined, is full of action. It'll have you flipping pages as loose ends begin to get tied up and people's true colors are revealed. The faeries are fighting to survive against a combined evil force that may just win. With death's that will make your heart stop and a love that'll make your heart beat faster, I couldn't imagine a better end to the series. The epilogue literally killed me and Pike did succeed in drawing a few tears from me with it. While I hated to see this series go, I couldn't imagine writing it any better myself.

While some parts are rocky, I definitely recommend checking it out. This is a solid 4 star series. It has a unique twist on faeries and is full of fairy lore. This is a cute read full of action and characters that you can easily relate to. If you ever have the time to pick it up, I highly recommend doing so.


 I absolutely love the covers in this series. They're visually appealing and all-around beautiful. Years ago, it is what made me first pull Wings off of the shelf to read. Now, years later, I'm still loving the covers and the series, despite being extremely sad to see it go. I mean, just look at them! Who can hate those beautiful covers?! Amazing choices.

4 star series


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