Wings is just so sweet. I haven't read widely in the faerie genre; Tinkerbell and the nasty, biting things from Labyrinth make up about the extent of my faerie knowledge. So I'm not sure if it's common to weave Arthurian references to Avalon and Excalibur into faerie stories, as Aprilynne Pike has done. I liked the familiar mythological references, but what I really found interesting was Pike's take on faerie physiology. It's an unexpected blend of science and magic, and because David's such a whiz with a microscope we get to see the process of discovery for ourselves, rather than it be regurgitated as a piece of lore.
There's something relaxing about reading Wings. There's no melodrama; no rushing hither and thither in a huge panic; no prologue that sets an ominous tone for the rest of the novel. Laurel's a bit of a teary girl, but I found her wussiness to be endearing rather than annoying because ultimately she's a sensible girl. I get the feeling she doesn't smile a lot, poor thing. As is common with series right now, there's a love triangle: David, a human boy, in one corner, and Tamani the faerie in the other.* It'll be interesting to see how the relationship pans out over the series as
After reading Wings I can safely say that Miley Cyrus is NOT the right choice to play
Book two in the series, Spells, will be released in 2010, and book three, Enchantments, will be out in (grumble) 2011. No cover yet for Spells as far as I can see, and no teasers either. Has anyone heard anything about it?
All in all, Wings is a pleasant read. It's whetted my appetite for the genre, too. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog.
*I'll reserve my full judgement until I've read further into the series, but I'm tending towards "Team Tamani". He's a seriously spunky faerie. Though hot-nerd David does have his attractions.
AGENT NEWS: Yesterday a partial manuscript request turned in a full manuscript request, which I'm very pleased about as it means my first fifty pages wasn't a complete turn-off! It also means there's going to be MORE waiting. Gah. For those of you who've just tuned in, I'm writing a YA fantasy trilogy. The first one, Lharmell, has been requested by five agents and been with them for the last four to six weeks, as either a partial or a full. I'm in an agony of anticipation!