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Wings - Aprilynne Pike Laurel is a pretty typical girl, just moved to a new town with her parents so her father could fulfill his dream of owning a bookstore. She's attending high school for the first time after being homeschooled her whole life. She also can only eat fruits and vegetables without getting sick, is deathly pale and skinny, doesn't bleed, and is growing a flower out of her back.
I REALLY REALLY wanted to like this book, as anyone who knows me, knows I simply ADORE my faery books. And this one, I'm noticing, is growing a fan base rather quickly.
While I was reading this I was a little weighed down with the whole process of Laurel discovering she's a faery and most of all: Coming to Terms with It. Being the impatient fiend that I am, I wanted some action. David conducting blood tests and peering at various cell samples under his microscope which were only taken from Laurel by having her sit behind him with her arms around his torso while he pricked her finger because OF COURSE she is afraid of a FINGER PRICK (because she is afraid of EVERYTHING), doesn't exactly grab my interest. Especially because I just finished a Heck of a biology course and I don't ever want to look at anything containing the word 'cell' again. Fortunately, action eventually came in the form of Tamani, the faery love interest, and the Epic Battle achieved at the conclusion of the book, which somewhat satisfied my blood lust.
Which brings me to another problem. The love triangle fairly screamed Twilight. Laurel, in some future episode, is going to have to chose between her friendship and gratitude with human David, or her Epic and Eventual Pairing with faery Tamani. Sound familiar? Not that I don't appreciate my love triangles, but using the basic plot of Twilight and slapping faeries into it instead of vampires just...doesn't do it.