Today I am reviewing the book Spells by the lovely Aprilynne Pike. Spells is the sequel to "Wings". Now, I don't like spoiler reviews, so I do tend to keep my reviews on the books vague. OK. Here we go!
: Spells :
By: Aprilynne Pike
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (May 4, 2010)
- Language: English
Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.
When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?
Friends. Let me tell you that I adored this book. I read it in a week, which for me is a LONG time to read 1 book. But as you know, my business has been keeping my time pretty limited lately. I was just glad to finish a book! And man was this book good!! It hight exceeded my expectations. Like I said, I really liked Wings (so did Stephenie Meyer, by the way), and really hoped that Spells would be just as good. Of course I had to request Spells ASAP from HarperTeen! Getting on with it...
Spells wasn't just good. It was great! It had a lot more action, a lot of nail biting moments where I was literally standing and pacing while reading. I even found myself yelling at Laurel a few times. haha!! Books like Spells really remind me why I love reading so much. I felt like I was watching the story unfold before me as I read.
I will say that I was a little frustrated with Laurel, though. She is indecisive and naive. I want her to make a decision already! And stick with it. But then I get mad when the decision she makes is not the one I want her to make, or the one I think she should make. :) I am funny like that, what can I say? Laurel is wishy washy and that drives me crazy, but at the same time, all of those things are what makes her endearing and easily lovable. She thinks a lot about her actions before she acts on them, which is a great character quality.
The events in Avalon were beautifully descriptive. I want to live in Avalon.
Be warned!!! Spells ends with a ginormous cliffhanger!! One that will make you yell and scream "WHAT?! NOOOO!!!" "Aprilynne! How could this be?!" haha! That is exactly what I said out loud when I realized that is was true. That was THE END, and I have to actually wait for the next one! But, let me tell you. She has left me wanting more, and when that 3rd book comes out, I will be waiting impatiently for the store to open so I can grab it up immediately.
Way to go Mrs. Pike! Spells sucked me in just as fast as Wings did. What a great fast paced, intriguing, book that was full of so much wonderful!
Spells gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me!!