Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Inspection: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Plot Sketch: Laurel has been home schooled her entire life. Now that her parents have moved out of Orkin, population 500, to Crescent City, a slightly larger city, she has been enrolled in public school. Her parents moved to Crescent City and purchased a bookstore there, where Laurel occasionally helped out. After her first day of public school, she begged to be able to be home schooled again, but her mother felt that she was unable to provide a good enough education on her own. Plus, there were the social benefits, Laurel needed to learn how to interact with people her own age. At school, a boy named David befriends her, and they begin a wonderful friendship. She tells him about her strict vegan diet--she only eats fruits and vegetables and drinks water and Sprite--and he accepts her for who she is and introduces her into his clique. When she decides that she has a tumor on her spine, but wakes up to find a ginormous flower growing out of her back, it is David that she confides in. Read the book to find out more about what Laurel is and how her relationship with David develops, with some other characters as well.

Verdict: I Heart It, but I can see why it sometimes gets negative reviews. I'd venture to say it's half-well-written. It's like you're reading along and the cheese factor goes waaaay up and then returns to normal. Then you're reading along and you hit awkward patches where the editing is sub-par. On top of that, there were some elements introduced around page 231 that made me almost put down the book referring to King Arthur and Oberon. I felt like they were a little far-fetched even for urban fantasy and that the book would have been a lot better without them. Also, the characters feel underdeveloped at times like they do things that are out of character for their descriptions to that point. I also don't think the element of time was handled well; there were several breaks mid-chapter that should have either had the *** time pause inserted or become new chapters on their own. The same goes for the consistency of the few ***'s that were in the book, it felt like they were inserted at awkward times. Wings' redeeming factor, honestly, is like the last 10 pages. It made me want to read another book about Laurel, Tamani, and David, and left it open so that there can be more drama in the future.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Crescent City, California, USA

What is the main character's name?
Laurel Sewell

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
I like Laurel.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
half a day

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
Page 231, re: King Arthur. I put the book down and was like, "Whatever. That's just stupid." If there would have been more than 50 pages left, I probably would have just quit it, even though that part doesn't even factor into the plot that much at the end.

Is this a good read for Monster?
My Monster wouldn't like it, but I could see men who liked Twilight liking it. I'm not comparing the book to Twilight, just saying if they enjoyed it, they might enjoy this too.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
It was plenty interesting, but I'd lose the King Arthur and Oberon references, they just sound so hinky.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
"You taste like honey."

How many chapters were in the book?
25

Stats:


Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: May 5, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061668036


Acquire It:

Hardback

Notes:

  • Aprilynne's Wings podcast on Harper Teen.
  • Find out more about the characters with introductions on Harper Teen.
  • Take the Wings quiz to find out if you have blossomed yet. (apparently I'm part faerie)
  • Check out the original opening to Wings (which I linked to in a Shareworthy post)
  • Wings has been optioned for film by Disney with Miley Cyrus to play Laurel, and Aprilynne thinks its a good fit. Read her reaction to the announcement.
  • Check out Aprilynne's blog, Apparently!
  • Apparently, Aprilynne now lives in Phoenix, AZ (which is kinda close to me!)
  • Watch an interview with Aprilynne about the book from Harper Teen:

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