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Book Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Vampires Are So Last Year…Faeries Invading Your Local High-School Now!

wings_cover_sidebarNewcomer Aprilynne Pike is taking the Young Adult fiction market by storm with her debut novel Wings. The book managed to break through to the top 10 YA fiction list in it’s first week. Although it does beg some comparison to the award winning work of her good friend Stephenie Meyer, author of the best-selling Twilight Saga, who calls the book, “A remarkable debut,” I’m betting those who couldn’t get enough of the Meyers’ vampire world will be just as enchanted, if not more by Pikes’ tailored weaving together of her human and not-so-human realms in Wings. This fantasy novel, the first in a new series through Harper Teen, follows a quirky high-school sophomore named Laurel who discovers that she is not quite as human as she had been raised to believe. Her realization that she is a faerie is not only enchanting, it’s humorous, exciting, heart-wrenching, and most-shocking of all, believable.

I have to admit, although charmed by the characters from page one, it took me a while to wrap my rational brain around the existence of faeries…especially in the familiar modern world in which her creatures live and breath. But Pike seems to be aware of this and skillfully builds upon her mythology, giving you time to suspend the disbelief and just fall in love with it. Her approach won me over, erasing any doubts about the reality of the two entwined worlds her characters inhabited. She also manages to present us with an entirely novel take on faeries, which is both surprising and delightful. We think we know where a scene is leading, but the legends veer off in unexpected and exciting directions.

Living plants, trolls, a bit of magic, and even King Arthur and Avalon make their way into this fascinating world. And the love triangle created between Laurel and her human and faerie suitors is both heart-wrenching and complicated. You will find yourself hard pressed to make up your mind about this fabulous development and more than likely unable to put this marvelous debut down.

For more on Wings and what the future holds for Laurel, catch author Lisa Damien’s interview with Aprilynne Pike on Blogcritics.

And for much much more from Aprilynne on the writing life…visit her fabulous FAQ on her site.   A great primer for any writer dreaming of their own Best-Selling debut!

Catch LA Times Interview with Playmate Turned Author Lily Burana

I love a man in Uniform

“Burana, a former punk rocker who wrote a memoir about stripping (“Strip City”) and once posed for Playboy, might seem  an odd candidate to marry a military man. But that’s exactly what she did, about seven years ago, before her then-boyfriend Mike, an Army officer, shipped out for Iraq. Her new memoir, “I Love a Man in Uniform,” is about that experience and the many unexpected issues it raised for her”

Don’t let the flashy image fool you.  This author knows what it’s like to get down and  dirty in the writing trenches and how to come out muddied and proud and profound.

The LA Times full interview here.

Library of America Continues to Grow


Weighing in with it’s newest offerings at 202 volumes, the Library of America series, which began compiling American authors in 1979 is still going strong.  Latest offerings from Lafcadio Hearn, Katherine Anne Porter and John Cheever.

The books, which tend to run to about 1,000 pages each, are of manageable size, though the thin paper can at times prove something of an annoyance. There are no critical introductions. Instead, each volume has a detailed chronology of the author’s life, which can be quite fascinating.

More from the Philidelphia Enquirer

And check out Amazon’s Pretty Pricetag for the Complete Set.  Glittery!

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