Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful–too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Published: May 5th 2009 by Harper Teen
Received: Borrowed from Amy
Rating: 5 of 5
My thoughts: I saw this book on Amy’s bookshelf when I was at her husband’s birthday party. Naturally, I’ve always been curious about this book so having the opportunity to borrow it made me say yeah okay I’ll read it.
I’m glad I did and it’s for a few reasons. No, the writing is not spectacular. It did not make me want to jump out of my seat and go WOW! It was average, a little juvenile, which makes sense since this book is aimed for twelve years olds and I am not twelve. I can completely overlook the writing though because of the characters, the plots and the freaking amazing accurate metaphysics.
Laurel is a faery, but she’s not your garden variety, actually she is, she’s actually a plant. She’s not organic matter, she’s plant matter. Which I found intrinsically interesting about her. She doesn’t have a heartbeat, she doesn’t bleed blood, she blossoms like a flower would, and well that’s an interesting kind of puberty for any girl to go through.
Admittedly, I liked David. I wasn’t too sure about Temani, or his connection with Laurel. I was rooting for David the whole time and was a bit off put by the end. I liked the idea of fighting against trolls, that made sense. The best bits were the science, how she was a plant and a faery, the info on the gateway to Avalon, and the explanations about the land of the faeries. I found all of that info to be authentic and believable if not actually true. (If you’ve read Flame of Surrender you’ll know that the Children of Avristar are born in hollows of trees or thickets of grass, born to land itself.) So of course I find Aprilynne Pike’s take on faeries fascinating.
I have the next two books in the series and I’m both hesitant and excited to get into them. I don’t know where this Laurel and Temani thing is going and I don’t want to see it go south with David. I’ve got them on my list and will get to them when the time is right. Until then if you have not read this series you should!