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Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to Avalon. Now, Laurel has been summoned to spend her summer at the Academy in Avalon in order to hone her skills as a Fall Faerie. She expects to be able to return to normal life after her classes have ended, but she quickly realizes that danger is still lurking.
With her strong and steady human boyfriend, David, by her side, she stands at the ready to protect her parents and friends from danger. But as the trolls encroach, she must turn to Tamani - the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable.
I didn't enjoy this book. Needed more action.
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Spells is the sequel to Aprilynne Pike #1 New York TImes best-selling debut. I enjoyed this book and I recommend this book to people who are 13 - 17 years old. Girls that love a bit of fantasy, romance and action will enjoy this book. People who have read the first book must read the second.
Aprilynne Pike has written the "Wings" quartet which is new yorks best-selling series. Aprilynne likes running, singing, acting, reading and also works as a childbirth educator when she's not writing. When she was 20 she received a BA in Creative Writing at Lewis-Clark state college. Aprilnne is married with 4 kids and lives in Arizona.
Laurel is just a normal high school girl with a boyfriend. But then one day her old friend tells her that she is a faerie. Laurel is caught between two world. Should she live in the real world with her boyfriend David? Or should she live in Avalon with her friend Tamani who is in love with her?
At the start of the book it was ok. The author does use a lot of descriptive language but, sometime it is hard to visualise because its a fantasy type novel. As you get further and further through the book you start to enjoy it more. In the middle of the book you cant put it down because you just have to know what happens next. Usually in some books I'm disappointed by the ending, but this book has the best ending.
I have read the first book in this series, Wings. Wings was amazing, from the first word you were delved into a whole new world. But I believe that this book, the sequel to Wings, Spells wasn’t quite as good as Wings. Even though there was more detail about relationships between Laurel and both David and Tamani, I think that there was too much on it. I would have liked to have seen more about Avalon, and Laurel finding out more about her fairy history and the spells that she could use.
In this book April-Lynne Pike really built on the characters more, and did a good job in showing their personalities and their emotions towards both Laurel and other characters. But I really didn’t like the character that April- Lynne changed Laurel into. Laurel turned into, for me, somebody who didn’t take others feelings into account and only thought for herself. This mainly talking about the situation with Tamani, and the fact that she only thought what was best for herself and never what he would want and what emotions where running through him. I was left, at the end of the book feeling heart-broken for Tamani.
Even though Laurels character didn’t quite turn out the way I thought it would, the world of Avalon that Pike created was still mesmerising. The way that she explained the show that was displayed on New Years Eve and the way that Pike described The Academy and Avalon was also fabulous as well. I just thought that maybe more of the story could have been based around the ‘trolls’ that are featured in both the books. I felt as though Pike left the exciting and suspenseful part until the very end of the book and it wasn’t particularly long. I would have liked more depth and detail and maybe even something more to happen because for me, this is what exciting books are about.
Spells was a book that I enjoyed and would recommend to a friend but I wouldn’t necessarily rave and rant about. I have to say that I much preferred Wings. But Spells was also very imaginative and did have a couple of moments where I could just picture what was happening in my mind so clearly, like I wasn’t even reading the story and it was just being acted out in front of me. I would very much like to see these books as movies as well.
Overall though, for me Spells was a well written and well thought out book, where at some points your imagination was captivated and the book was just so hard to put down. But then at other points the book wasn’t as entertaining and the characters just weren’t what I imagined them to be. Despite this though, Spells was a good book, that was quite an interesting read and that I would maybe think about reading again.
Six months ago Laurel found out she was a faerie, she also found out about the Tolls, natural enemies to the faeries, and made a great enemy in the Troll named Barnes. But since then Laurel has returned to her human life with David, however her faerie heritage has never been far from her mind and neither has Tamani.
With the threat of the Trolls still looming Laurel's choice to stay with David and her human parents has not left her exiled from the faerie world, far from it. Laurel has been summoned to Avalon to continue her faerie training so that when the Tolls strike again she will not be left helpless. However the faerie world brings her more then just new skills and new dresses, it also brings her closer to Tamani.
Laurel has made a choice, she has chosen to be with David, a human, and she couldn't be happier. So why then is she repeatedly drawn to Tamani, a faerie like herself, she just can't seem to get him out of her mind. Straddling two worlds Laurel is never able to fully commit to one world or one boy. Although she is with David she is still holding onto an image of Tamani. But the time has finally come to choose, or else she threatens to put not just the humans she loves in danger but the faeries also.
Spells is not just a story of potions and magic, it is an introduction into the faerie world of Avalon. Slow to start as the world of Avalon is introduced and explored, it builds up to an exciting showdown. At its heart this is a story of relationships; family and friendships and love. These faeries will give new meaning to the term flower faeries, but before you dive in make sure to acquaint yourself with book one Wings, there is a lot of history to be learnt. A gorgeous and tender story that remains pure in spite of allusions of intimacy and the constant threat of danger.