6.2.2013 | Sunday


category: Book Reviews

Illusionstitle: Illusions
author: Aprilynne Pike
series: Wings #3
published: 3 May 2011
publisher: HarperTeen
genre(s): fantasy, folklore, romance
pages: 400
source: bought
format: eBook
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rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

"I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying."

Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

my review

There is even more of the mythology that I love so much in this book.  Like in Spells, Shakespeare’s writings are the human retellings  of faery lore, Shakespeare being one of the few mortals allowed into the confidence of the fae.  There are also other “human” faery tales that are mentioned as a part of the mythology of this faery world.  All of this means that there is much more of the reimagined Avalon and the mythology of King Arthur and Camelot.  Mab of traditional faery lore is also a part of the story line this time.

I loved the humor involved with bringing technology to the faerie sentries of Avalon on temporary duty in the human world.  Not only do they have iPhones, but the little detail of mythology that the touch screens don’t work as well with the plant cells of the faerie as they do with the animal cells of the humans and their innate electrical currents is hilarious as  they try and try to make them work.

I also liked that the boy rivalry between David and Tamani, although faerie versus human, was typical of boy struggles that we all know of.  Chelsea’s moment of vulnerability came when she confessed to Laurel about her feelings for David, a touching moment, but one that seemed less realistic than the situation between David and Tamani.  This isn’t really a normal teenage girl situation, especially handled as it was in the book.  I really loved that this whole situation wasn’t glossed over at all.  In fact, sometimes Laurel’s inability to get it together was downright annoying.  But these are very human traits and reactions and made her character one that a reader could feel for.  I liked that Laurel was portrayed as more personally strong with the two boys than she had been, no longer wary of sticking up for herself.

Laurel really grew in this book, seeming to embrace her faerie side far more than she had in the previous books.  The increased sentry presence in the woods behind her house prompted her to make potions and powders to keep them safe, showing more confidence in her faerie skills than we’ve seen before.  She also became more of a “thinker” in this book.  Her growth as a person was obvious in how she handled situations and choices that had to be made.  She spent more time thinking things through than she previously had.

Things to love…

  • The mythology.  There was even more in this book, which I loved.
  • The characters.  They were engaging and interesting and always evoking emotion.
  • Tamani.  While I liked Tamani in the previous books, I always felt like he only existed, both for the author and for the story itself, in support of Laurel.  Everything about his character was about Laurel, with nothing of Tamani himself.  That expanded with this story, especially in his dealings with Yuki and his conflicted feelings with her.
  • The tone.  The last 25% of the book was much darker than the rest of the book, and the rest of the series.  That was probably my favorite part because it became much more intense and intriguing for me.  It made the book a bit of a changing point for the story, really amplifying the struggle between the human world and the faerie world of Avalon.

Things I wanted more or less of…

  • A little more progress.  For much of the book, the entire premise was to discover the truth about Klea and Yuki.  The true action and progression only took place in the last 25% of the book.  I still enjoyed the book, and there was progression, it was just a bit drawn out.  90% of the climax of the book took place in the second to last chapter, just before concluding in a cliffhanger.

some quotastic goodness…

As soon as their eyes locked, the months since she’d last seen Tamani shrank from an eternity to an instant (3).

He’d been back for about two weeks, and everything in Laurel’s life had been thrown into chaos.  Sexy, sexy chaos (40).

“I just don’t want to cozy up to the guy whose girl I have every intention of stealing,” he said flatly, without looking at her (51).

“But love is something that has to be as selfish as it is unselfish. You can’t make yourself love someone because you feel like you should. Just wanting to love someone isn’t enough (113).”

I absolutely love this series!  I definately recommend this one, but only after reading Wings and Spells.

About Aprilynne Pike

Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.

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