Author: Aprilynne Pike
Description: One day Laurel discovers a lump on her back. A few days more and the lump has … sprouted? Sure enough, she appears to be blossoming wing-like appendages. It’s hard enough to be the new kid in high school without turning into a freak, so she hides the wings from everyone but her new friend David. Soon enough other mystical occurrences leave her wondering about her identity, her parents, and her destiny.
Review source: kindle book was free on Amazon at one point.
Plot: This book has one of those odd plots where two separate books seem to be stitched together. Book #1 (first half) is the coming-of-age novel. “oh, what is happening to me? Flowers are growing from my back. I am a freakazoid.” Book#2 is a non-stop action novel. “My father will die if I don’t escape from these bad guys, save both my friends’ lives, and rush this healing potion to him by sunrise.”
Characters: The book is a love triangle, with Laurel, David, and Tamani, the mysterious fellow Laurel meets at her family’s old homestead. These characters are all engaging, though the secondary characters—even the bad guys—are pretty forgettable.
Writing style: Not much stands out except the constant agonizing over which boy is right for me. Curse you Twilight and Hunger Games!
Audience: YA girls.
Wrap-up: I seem to have been reading a lot of YA recently, considering that it’s not one of those genres I tend to go after. I always feel sorry for those genres, since I never know how much I’m giving stars to the book vs. taking stars away for the genre. Anyway, enough agonizing. A pleasant enough 3/5*.