Title: Spells (Wings, book 2)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Teen Romance Fantasy
Verdict: Well, see what Mom Chops has to say about it:
Today's Chop is a special guest Chop by none other than my own mom! Here's her verdict after finishing an ARC of Spells:
I thought Aprilynne Pike’s debut novel Wings was a fresh concept and her follow-up novel proves she’s got the stuff to carry out the fantasy. I want to make it very clear, I’m on team Tamani. David is a nice guy, but he’s not as invested as Tamani is. I didn’t feel cheated by the lack of details of how well Laurel knew people on Avalon. I think it’s a layer of the onion the author will surely in the future. I like the focus on relationships and the new faerie lore was not as overwhelming as books with an older target market can be. Descriptions were just detailed enough to progress the story but not so verbose that I felt I’d never get out of a bog of heavy details.
Laurel’s characters is blossoming well. She’s not perfect, and yet she’s not the pity-party type either. She’s essentially having to re-learn all her faerie skills, but it’s not like riding a bike. She’s really having to work at it. She’s given a warning about what will happen if she lets her guard down when she returns to the human world. It was brilliant how I just watched her do it without even realizing I should have been screaming “No, Laurel!”
David is a nice guy. He’s supportive and does have a jealous streak. He’s getting a bit more frisky with Laurel, and I think it shows a lack of respect for her. He’s also a bit more reckless and that caused some concern for me.
Tamani is the guy every mother wants for her daughter, but he’s an excellent voice/bridge between the fae and human worlds. He’s not the only fae to explain their world, but he is best at clarifying what does and doesn’t relate between Laurel’s human point of view and her attempt to apply it to the fae world.
New characters are going to be lots of fun to watch develop. No plot spoilers here, but I’m 100% behind Laurel on her caution. Nice roundup for the end of this book, she’s not as brutal as James Dashner with the cliffhangers, but she leaves you wanting the next book like NOW!
I’d give this book 4 ½ stars, only because I don’t like boys with roving hands, boys in girls’ rooms, and definitely no boys sleeping over. No apologies, those are just the rules that keep you safe. When you blur certain lines, trolls get in and things get ugly.