Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable? [via GoodReads]

I'm saddened to say that I really did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first in the series [Wings]. I really loved Wings. I loved learning about faeries and their unique traits. It was nice to make these discoveries along with Laurel.

Spells did have things that I did like. For instance, I loved learning more about Avalon as well as potion-making, plants, and their magical worth. But there wasn't enough Laurel/Tamani time. (Sorry, I'm a Tamani girl!) I also felt that there wasn't enough action to make it flow for me. It was very slow-paced. In the beginning it was okay, then it really nose-dived for me, then it sorta picked back up towards the latter half, but still it ended and it was just blah. The characters left off back where they were at the end of the first book. There was nothing of significance in this book to really need to read it. Laurel is still a novice at her fairy skills, Tamani and David are still part of the love triangle, and trolls are still out to get her. It felt like a filler book - which mostly consisted of a lot of information about Avalon, the different faeries (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), etc.

My final say, do you need to read this, no, not really. If you do feel the need to read it, get a copy from the library. Will I be reading the next book in the series? Absolutely. I'm still intrigued. I truly enjoyed Wings and am looking forward to how it all turns out (Enchantments - April 2011). But in the end it just wasn't my cup of tea... sorry.

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Emidy said...

Aw, sorry to hear that! I read another review of this and the person (I can't remember who) really liked it. So I guess it's just a matter of taste. Excellent review, though!

miss cindy :) said...

Really? I loved Wings too, and I am sad to hear this wasn't so good. I will definitely be reading it though. Great review :)

Juju at Tales of said...

I'm reading this right now...
so far I'm not enjoying it as much either.
BUT I do LOVE all the scenes with Tamani ;)

Nina said...

Oooh, I thought this would be so great. I still am going to read it, just because I enjoyed the first book. My hopes are still pretty high for it. :) Loved your review.

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