Title: Wings Author: Aprilynne Pages: 294 Rating: Why the hell...
Why the hell did I tried this one? It’s completely absurd and since I obviously can’t find a nice word to say, let’s just say it in plain and simple words – I didn’t like it. People were right, if it wasn’t endorsed by Stephanie Meyer I might not pick this book at all. I mean flower blossoming at your back, definitely a sign of bizarre plot on its way. I should trust my instinct with this one, the very reason I was shunning away from this book.
Let me clear this first, I love fairies. I love, love them. I love Need and The Iron Fey series, so as much I pretty open to any genre, I absolutely more open to any twisted fairly lore the YA can offer. But Wings? Just no. And why is it named Wings in the first place, I mean she doesn’t have wings (sorry for being too literal). Because the flower in her back look like a wing? I can understand if it was named Petals, or something. Something related to flowers, if you know what I mean. But wings, I really can’t see the connection.
Ridiculous sentiments aside, I just didn’t like the concept that fairies are, um, plant. I know that they are popularly known to be living in the forest, they are these tiny size beautiful creatures who, in some way or another, might be living inside a flower (that’s how I knew them before I read a bunch of YA book and introduced me to a strange world of fairies). Basically one with the nature but not the nature. I probably preferred the soulless fairies in the Iron Fey series, but plant, as in walking, talking plant? No, just, argh, NO.
I know that authors are trying their hardest to make their book/story as unique as possible, and I commend them for that. What can they offered new, if every freaking thing is already out there. All they can do is to introduce us to something familiar and make that concept as refreshing as possible. Look what J.K. Rowling did with witches, and her friend, Stephanie Meyer did with vampires. As much as I wanted to appreciate the author’s effort for trying, it didn’t work for me. I can attest that I’m not the only one who has the same reaction. Sorry, it just, it wasn’t good. I think the thing that might make it appealing and unique became its downfall.
The characters weren’t all that great, no one stuck to me. Laurel? Tamani? David? My answers are all the same – no, no and no. And if I didn’t like any characters then it’s mean I didn’t like it. Characters are for me, one of the driving forces of the story. If the plot wasn’t good, I, sometimes hang on the potentiality of the characters. No one shine here, so that saying there’s nothing to cling – nothing to hold me, interest me to continue reading. That is enough reason to put the book down and move on, but I almost towards the end of the book when I realize this. And I was hoping more on Tamani since he somehow reminded me of Puck (and I adore Puck) but he isn’t Puck, not even close. My initial view on him didn’t change after the book end.
I decided to read the second book but after a few pages (like one fourth of it), I stop. There’s nothing this book can offer to me that I might enjoy it. That’s it – dead end. No way to reverse it. That’s all there is.