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Find my reviews on Blogger Reviews by Bookish Sarah Okay, seriously, just pack my suitcases right now I am moving to Avalon Spells begins a number of months after the events of Wings The time has come for Laurel to depart from her normal life to the academy in Avalon, where she will be taught what it means to be a Fall faerie Laurel struggles with learning all of the things she missed and has forgotten while posing as a human She isn t sure what to make of just about any of her peers at the academy Some seemed to have missed her, others seem to wish she wouldn t have come back, while others seem to be indifferent altogether She also learns that in faerie hierarchy, Spring fae like her friend than friend Tamani are treated as no than servants and she does not like standing by quietly while it happens.While Laurel is in Avalon, she and Tamani grow closer than ever and when it s time to go back home to David, she becomes confused I have to say that I hated Laurel at some parts in this book She treats Tamani pretty badly and I just wanted to reach my foot into the book and give her a swift kick in the derri re As far as the love triangle goes, I truly hope she ends up with Tamani David is nice and all, but his character is boring and doesn t have much development After trying to balance her two worlds, human and faerie Laurel fails miserably After lying to both David and Tamani, she just may end up losing it all.Then all the while Laurel is having problems with her love life and trying to hone her Fall abilities, the trolls are causing trouble again BIG TROUBLE A couple new plot twists are introduced in this book as well It should make for an interesting third installment The pace of this book was nice A little slow to start, but not really a big deal for me I knew the goods were coming I feel like I am the minority here, but I enjoyed this book oodles than Wings Spells just had so much magic and being able to follow Laurel and Tamani around Avalon was my favorite part Pike painted a magnificent picture Amazing imagery I honestly could read about Avalon all day For me, this was a wonderful follow up and I am planning to read Illusions sometime in the next week. Hi.My name is Laurel and I m the most perfect creature to ever walk the earth That s because I m a faerie, and every autumn a beautiful flower grows out of my back That makes me special, because I m not human But when I go and live with the faeries, I m not faerie either, because I was adopted by humans So I can lord around the intricately built faerie culture and tell them how stupid their caste system is, and break all the rules with no repercussions Because did I mention I m special I also cry at everything I cry when people are nice to me because that NEVER happens , I cry when people are angry at me, I cry when I m talking to someone and I cry when I can t do something right I m a big fat crybaby But it s okay, because even though I m a plant, I do still have tear ducts But they probably don t cry saltwater, because saltwater is icky on my plant pores and saps my strength.Anyway, I ve just spent my summer at the faerie Academy, where of course I couldn t do anything right for no specified reason It makes me cry I m probably too human, but that s okay, because I m really a faerie, remember Faeries are totally awesome because despite being plants they are graceful and in school everyone pays attention all the time and no one gets laughed at when they fail Did I mention faeries are totally superior to humans Because they are.Anyway I went to the Academy to learn how to protect my adopted family from the trolls that are bound to attack me because I m just that special But even though I learnt a lot and then some other irrelevant stuff happened, al that I really remember is dating two boys one a human and the other the hottest fairy EVER OMG did I mention I have two boyfriends I should cry about this.In the end, I didn t even manage to protect my loved ones and needed rescuing AGAIN Sigh What s a perfect flower girl to do Maybe I ll go off and cry for a bit. I Can T Just Storm In And Proclaim My Intentions I Can T Steal You Away I Just Have To Wait And Hope That, Someday, You Ll Ask, Tamani Said And If I Don T Laurel Said, Her Voice Barely Above A Whisper Then I Guess I Ll Be Waiting Forever Although Laurel Has Come To Accept Her True Identity As A Faerie, She Refuses To Turn Her Back On Her Human Life And Especially Her Boyfriend, David To Return To The Faerie WorldBut When She Is Summoned To Avalon, Laurel S Feelings For The Charismatic Faerie Sentry Tamani Are Undeniable She Is Forced To Make A Choice A Choice That Could Break Her Heart It is funny, the last time I read this book I rated it 4 stars and never finished the series Well, I am now determined to finish it, with only 2 books left to read. In the sequel to Wings, a year has passed for Laurel who found out that she was a faerie Although she completely accepts who and what she is, she refuses to turn her back on the life that she has always known, her life with human parents and friends This is causing a few problems in Avalon as Laurel really needs to learn what it means to be a real faerie and Tamani begins to show his true feelings After spending the whole summer relearning her magic in Avalon, Laurel knows she cannot hide her feelings for Tamani but actually choosing between him and David could mean losing one of them for good Laurel also knew that the troll problem wasn t completely gone but she thought that she and David were being protected Her magic hasn t been going very well so far but it could save both the human and faerie world if she can finally get something right As I said in my review of Wings, I couldn t wait to start on this book and I ended up reading it in one sitting The story was both interesting and exciting at different times which was helped by the mix of settings throughout I really liked the fact that the book is pretty much split in two The first half seems to be about knowledge and explanations while the second half is all about adventure and excitement I know this could seem like there is just a slow build up but there was enough going on for me to stay interested With Laurel heading off to Avalon for the summer, we get to find out a lot about her relationship with Tamani and what happened between them before they erased Laurel s memory I loved hearing about their past, meeting Tamani s family which gave me a bigger insight into his character and also what the other faeries thought about the relationship I was hoping for some of this in Wings but I m glad it was saved for this book as it was possible for certain things to be explored thoroughly The time in Avalon was lovely to read about as Pike s descriptions were magical in themselves I truly felt like I was walking through the different areas and could understand the faerie hierarchy better because of this It is stated in Wings that Laurel was sent to live with humans for a reason but it is never specified and the same goes for this book It s obvious that she is a whole lot important than anyone is letting on which is easily seen by how others act around her or look at her when she is in Avalon I m hoping that this part of the story is cleared up in book 3 instead of making readers wait until the very last instalment to find out what is really going on In both Wings and Spells, I felt that the chemistry between Laurel and David was lacking but this wasn t the case with her and Tamani While Laurel is unsure about who she should be with, it is clear to me that she is extremely drawn to Tamani and nothing seems to get rid of the feelings she has for him The small amount of time that they actually spend together proves that there is so much chemistry and could be passion between the two I m personally routing for Tamani to get the girl The very last chapter sees Laurel finally making a choice between David and Tamani and for me, the most exciting in the whole book The way the story was left made me want immediately because I am dying to know what happens next Just when I though things were finalised, the very last paragraph changed everything Luckily, there are going to be a total of 4 books in this series and I know I will be buying 3 as soon as it is released All of the main characters really come into their own in Spells I hate to see characters left with hardly any development but everyone changed enough to convince me that they were real, with the events of both books taking a toll on their lives It seems as though every little thing was taken into account when writing these characters, not leaving any stone unturned when it came to what they were feeling about everything Not only does this book explore the relationships between Laurel, David and Tamani but also her relationship with her parents I felt like these parts of the book were written so well that I could believe in what was going on Laurel s mother and father have different views on their daughter being a faerie and I can see both of their reasons being realistic It would be only natural to act differently, in both good and bad ways, towards someone you have known for years when they suddenly change I loved Wings but I loved Spells even There was enough of different aspects in the story to keep it entertaining with a mixture of paces and it made me feel for the characters so much than the first book I m dying to know when book 3 is going to be released It will be one of my most highly anticipated releases. . I liked this book because we saw of Tamani and Avalon What I didn t like was how Laural handled Tam lol I agree with Shar that she has been unfair to Tam I am so Team Tam I like david ok, but I love Tam I really hope that this works out Now I have to wait to see what Tam is planning and hope he doesn t get killedugh I m looking forward for the next one. 3,5 5 I picked up this book simply because I wanted to know what happened to these Mary Sues I had no interest in the plot I had no interest in the story itself And because I would enjoy a good laugh I didn t This was so bad that it didn t even let me laugh at its stupidity It was that stupid First of all, Pike s writing is exactly like Meyer s They both describe the most irrelevant things They both have an adjective for every noun on each freaking page It bothers me to complete death Second, the main character, Laurel, toys with these boys hearts all along One time she s with David, and then comes back to her faerie world to be with Tamani She claims she s just friends with him when they clearly HOLD HANDS and have so much sexual tension It s so stupid She s just like Bella She s a moron who doesn t know what the hell she wants IdiotsCan I just give up on books now Lol, just kidding. What a way to leave a girl hanging Aprilynne Pike has now mastered the cliff hanger ending, right down to the last paragraph Man, now how do I possibly wait until 2011 for Illusions This was a great novel from Aprilynne Pike I really enjoyed the building of characters and the glimpse into the life of Laurel before she was human The world of faerie according to Aprilynne is fascinating, and she really gets me thinking about how Laurel s character might change the faerie world some day.Now, I really like David He is an acceptional teenage human boy, who truely loves Laurel But, in all human and other creature relationships, its not going to be perfect forever Laurel is not going to age for sometime and it will start to be noticeable as David does She is going to stay a faerie and David will age I like their relationship but I am a bigger fan of Tamani and Laurel Who wouldn t be Tamani has made sacrifices all his life for his true love, even when she can t remember how it used to be Tamani would never give up on her no matter what, even when he knows how Laurel feels about David David was willing to serender, but Tamani will never falter I think Laurel is just afraid of giving into her Faerie life, truthfullyTell me, he said, his voice sharp and demanding Tell me David is all you need or want in your life His face was close to her, his soft breath caressing her face That you never think of me when you re kissing him That you don t dream about me the way I dream about you Tell me you don t love meTamaniMy heart melted like a popsicle, when I read this What true love it must be to have the passion he does I like the excitement that this book held, the twists and the drama I am excited to find out who and what Klea s character will hold I m just excited for the continuation of this seriesYou ready for this Shar asked Yeah, Tamani said, a grin spreading across his face, Oh, yeah