by Aprilynne Pike
When nature girl Laurel discovers a lump forming in the middle of her back, she figures that it is a pimple, and will eventually pop and go away. But when this pimple grows to the size of a softball, and suddenly sprouts huge petals that look like wings, Laurel discovers that she is a fairy, sent to live with the humans to guard the gate that leads into Fairyland.
This is the kind of book you just want to read over and over. It was like the perfect modern fairy tale. It has some rather Twilight-y concepts, like having lovers from both races. A human, and a fairy that Laurel apparently knew and loved before going to live with the humans. There were some twists that I would never have thought of, like fairies being actual plants, meaning that while they looked like normal people, though insanely beautiful of course, they were actually made of plant matter. In the beginning, the author really explains who laurel is, her relationship with her family, how much she loves nature, you just really get to no her. In fact, you get to know all the characters. I can't wait for the next book. I just hope its going to be as good as this one.
The cover was really cute. The way the petals were arranged so that you couldn't tell if they were wings or just fallen petals was cool. The colors and the simplicity of the cover really stands out.
Clare Schuett is 13 and lives in Sebastopol California. She is a lover of books and a voracious reader. She reviews YA books, prior to their publication, for the American Library Association. We have the privilege of posting her reviews on our blog.
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