Book Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Spells by Aprilynne Pike

“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.”
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In this sequel to Wings, Laurel tries to balance her faerie life with her human life…and has to make a decision between which side she’s going to cling to the most.

This book started off slowly, and I wasn’t hooked from the beginning. It did get better as it went on, but unfortunately, I can’t say that it’s better than the first. It was still good, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed reading it. And Pike does some great things with world- and character-development in this novel.

I think the overall story line was disappointing because it was very similar to Wings. There are trolls, Barnes (the head honcho troll) is again the biggest threat, and the big win in the end seems too easy. I didn’t care much about that story line…it was the new things that were barely touched on, the new characters and problems introduced that I was interested in reading about. And I felt like this book was a filler between book one and book two…a filler that I wasn’t sure needed to be there.

I can partly see why the book didn’t move on too quickly though. There was a lot of world-building and character development that happened in this novel that was fantastic. First, we get to see more of Tamani. In Wings, we found out what a great guy David is, and now it’s Tamani’s turn. (And I still can’t decide who I like better! I like it.)

We also get to see a lot more of the faerie world–and it’s beautiful. Laurel actually gets to go there on a couple occasions, and we learn about how their society works. Pike sets up a great contrast to how different their world is and how difficult it will be for Laurel to be in this society when she’s grown up thinking like a human.

So while I think there could’ve been a better balance between plot and “building,” I enjoyed Laurel’s inner struggles and was happy that she made a firm decision at the end of the book. And the new little tidbits that were thrown out in this book promise for an exciting next novel in the series.

*news about spells*

Author connect: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | MySpace | LiveJournal
Sequels: Wings (Book 1)
Similar books: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


*for writers*

Agent: Jodi Reamer from Writers House

A Page from Aprilynne Pike’s Book: Sometimes it’s fun just to show parts of your world simply for the beauty of it. And making connections between our world and your fantasy world can be fun for the readers. Pike has a scene in which Laurel is watching performers in the faerie realm. It reveals things about the world, but it also is just fun to read. Find it in chapters 21-23.

About Karen Krueger

I write for teens when I'm not chasing after two cute kids. I love to sing and eat cereal (though not at the same time), and I most certainly am not a vampire because I'm addicted to sunshine.
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