April 28, 2012

Destined by Aprilynne Pike: Review

Spoiler Alert. If you have not read Illusions, there may be spoilers ahead.

Publisher: HarperTeen (May 1, 2012)
ARC: 320 Pages
Series: Wings #4 (My Reviews of Wings, Spells, Illusions)
Genre: YA Paranormal (Faeries)
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From Goodreads. Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Review by Kate
DESTINED, by Aprilynne Pike, is the final book in the Wings series. Goodness there is so much I want to say about this book but most of it will spoil the ending. I can't tell you if I loved or hated the end because then you will know who Laurel chooses (If you don't know already, I am 100% Team Tamani). I am going to navigate this review very delicately so bear with me.

I have been waiting to get this book in my hands since I finished the jaw-dropping end of Illusions. Yuki turned out to be something I never expected but yet I was curious about her. Tamani, Laurel, Shar, David, and Chelsea were trying to get information from Yuki to no avail. Klea turned out to be the bad baddy, a very dangerous one at that. This book starts off where Illusions ended so I was ready to delve in right away.

After the first chapter, this book was non-stop action. And Tamani, Laurel, David, and Chelsea found themselves in the thick of it. Klea's plan to destroy Avalon left these four no choice but to return to Avalon to warn the fey. Klea and her army of trolls were always nipping at their heels and the fights that ensued were bloody and horrific. Pike did an AMAZING job writing the action scenes. I felt that I was right in the thick of the action and my heart pounded each time one of the main character's was close to getting hurt (or did in some cases).

Pike had built up to this moment throughout all the books and I find myself wanting to re-read them all in order to experience it again. Klea's plans were present throughout the series and I was completely duped. Even though Klea was not a good character, I found myself very interested in her background and how she became that way.

There were small moments of swoon-worthy romance between Tamani and Laurel that I cherished. But a majority of the book was them fighting for Avalon and their lives. No character was safe in this book but I felt that it made their situation more real and made me read the book that much faster to see who would survive!

I will not say if I liked the ending...but I liked how Pike left part of it open so that (hopefully!) in the future she could return to write more books about my favorite characters! Also, when the book ended there was a little Afterword from Pike giving the ending to the series the way she wanted to. I didn't know if I would like it, but I wished she would have made it the actual ending. It was bittersweet but with the preface of creating a story about what a human would do if they found out about magic I thought it was perfect.

Cover note: I loved all the covers in the series, but this one is my favorite. I love the colors and lighting of the flower very much!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review! I haven't read this series before, but I'm definitely checking it out now. Thank you for sharing! :)


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