Monday, September 3, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

Destined
by Aprilynne Pike

Flap Copy Description:
Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.
She hated how much it felt like good-bye.
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful - and deadly - of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.

My Thoughts:
Destined is the conclusion to Ms. Pike's Wings series - it is by far the best book in her quartet of novels. In this fourth book, we learn the choice that the protagonist, Laurel, makes between her two male admirers, Tamani and David. We also learn if she will live in the Redwoods of California, or the faerie world of Avalon. However, where this book really shines is in the surprising and suspenseful finale. Aprilynne Pike weaves together all of the seemingly minor points of the previous three books to reveal the secrets that lead to an enchanting ending. Since all of the books in this magical series have a bit of innocence compared to most YA novels, I would recommend this book to readers from the age of twelve and up.
To learn more about the author, Aprilynne Pike, click here:
http://www.aprilynnepike.com/about-aprilynne

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great review, Victoria. Loved the excerpt you shared. I clicked over to Aprilynne's site to learn more. . .wow, her books have beautiful covers, don't they?!

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    1. I know what you mean, Ruth. It's easy to see how YA fans get enthralled with the amazing covers - Aprilynne Pike's are awesome.

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  2. Oh I love it when a forth book doesn't disappoint!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya. Ms. Pike's novels seemed to improve with each subsequent book.

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  3. I've heard such a wide variety of things about her books. Guess I'll have to read them and see for myself.

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    1. I have too, Sara. It just depends on your taste. For some readers Ms. Pikes books would be considered a "light read." I felt her character development and plot progression were awesome.

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  4. Sounds interesting! I have an eleven year old girl who is into fairies, but NOT boys. Not yet anyway- and I'm not rushing that one :) Nice to meet you.

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    1. Rose, it's nice to meet you too! This book does have a love interest for the main character, Laurel. If that is a problem, try this book I reviewed a couple of weeks ago: "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making" by Valente. By the way...I'm working on a book with an eleven-year-old girl in a setting that is somewhat magical. I'll let you know if and when I get it published. THANKS!

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  5. I love a book with a strong ending. It's so satisfying.

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