Review - Wings was definitely not my cup of tea. Poor characterisation, a plodding plot and unnatural dialogue did not make this a pleasant read. Scoffing quite often joined my grimaces and sighs as the pages slowly turned.
Laurel has to be one of the more insipid protagonists in recent YA literature. She's beautiful, subsides on lettuce and has a tendency to fall for guys as boring as she is. She's also a faery with a blossom (no this isn't a double entendre). Her worst character trait is her utter lack of intelligence and sense. Her insensitivity to David and Tamani's very evident feelings is abhorrent and Pike attempts to make it understandable by indicating that Laurel is oblivious. It's hard not to be snarky when there is so little to like about this novel. The concept is great but the execution is poor.
The dialogue was simplistic and clunky. Each line clanged as it read, no subtlety, no fluidity, no grace. Pike doesn't seem to be all that familiar with the fundamental rule of authorship - show, don't tell. Even the action scenes were unbelievably ponderous. My biggest pet peeve was a numerous page discussion between Laurel and Tamani about her faery origins where at no point did she bother to ask about her parents. As Laurel's an adopted child, I find it unbelievably ridiculous that this much needed topic is is forfeited for a discussion on pollen/blossom. I would argue that Laurel would still want to know who's blossom and pollen ...well, ah meshed. This frustrates me so much because I suspect that her "parentage" will become a factor in subsequent titles in this series. More than anything the exposition level in this book alone was excessive and clunky - free flowing, light handed plot development was needed.
Published: August 2009
Format: Paperback, 356 pages
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**8th April 2010 - It has been nearly a year since this post's comment section has been closed I am reopening it. Be nice. I would also like to clarify that I didn't remove Johnathan's comments, he chose to delete them himself. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.