June 27, 2009
Fifteen-year-old Laurel has led a sheltered, home schooled life in a very small town, so when her parents decide to move and enroll her in high school, she has trouble getting used to her new life. A life, as it turns out, that’s not at all like those of other kids. One clear sign is a winglike blossom that blooms on her back. Oh, and her new best friend, the scientifically minded David, reveals under a microscope that her cells are more plant than animal. But it takes an encounter at her old home with the handsome but decidedly different Tamani to convince her that she is a faerie. She also learns it’s up to her to save her land from the evil influences that are trying to take it away from her and her family.
This was a great debut book by Aprilynne Pike. She draws you into the setting and makes you feel as if you know the characters. Throughout the book Laurel is faced with changes to herself and her family that she must conquer. This book is like a combination of many other fantasy books. For example Wicked Lovely and Twilight. But at the same time it is it's own book completely. If you liked either of those books you would probably like this book, but even if you hate those other books this book still has something in it for you! I enjoyed the character's personalities and how Laurel was so completely different than any other main characters in any book I have read!