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Review: Destined (Wings, Book Four) by Aprilynne Pike

Summary: The final battle begins as Klea prepares to strike with trolls, Yuki the Winter faerie, and her  own twisted brand of dark magic. Laurel, Tamani, David, and Chelsea must keep their wits about them if they even have a chance of defending the faerie world.

Review: You’ll notice the summary is pretty short. This is because the epic battle takes up the bulk of the last book, just like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two. I’ve always thought of the Wings  books as a sort of “Twilight with faeries,” except much more intelligent and with better world building. Concluding books in young adults series generally do follow a certain formula, but I appreciated that this series has a fairly thoughtful resolution. It’s dark, but doesn’t contain an excess of despair; nor does it go for the typical “fairy tale” ending (haha). Pike actually offers a sort of “optional” epilogue – before you flip the page, she leaves an author’s note describing whose fate it details (though it involves several characters) and leaving it up to you whether or not you choose to read it. I wish she’d had just included it at the end without explanation – I think it’s bittersweet and realistic.

In short: It fits well with the rest of the series and provides a satisfying ending that isn’t likely to disappoint fans of the first three books.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Something similar: Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater is an edgier take on human-faerie relations in the modern world.

Cover & Title: What’s up with one word young adult titles these days? Anyway, the white flower makes sense with the story, and it’s very pretty.

Where I got the book: Shelves of the local library.



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This entry was posted on June 15, 2012 by in 4 Stars, Books, Faeries, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Young Adult and tagged , , , , , , .
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