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Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 4th 2010
Bronze star (2/5 stars)

Synopsis: 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?

Review: While I thoroughly enjoyed Wings, Spells was a huge disappointment for me and I finished the book shaking my head in utter disappointment. The major problem with Spells was that it lacked a good plot line. Throughout the novel, there was no action and the suppose ‘danger’ Avalon was facing was nowhere to be found. It wasn’t until more than 3/4 of the book when the action picked up. A good book requires a good plot. While there are many other supernatural books out there, the Vampire Academy books, for example, have cringe-worthy dialogue and yet everyone reads the books. Why? Because of the exciting plot. The need to find out what happens next is enough to convince the reader to continue with the series, no matter how juvenile they are.

Moving on, Laurel’s stay in Avalon was completely boring. There was no action and instead of showing how the potions worked, Pike told the readers how it worked instead. Laurel irritated me many times. I was frustrated by how she kept repeating herself and not seem to be doing anything to I hated how conflicted she was and she was turning into — you guessed it– BELLA SWAN.

The love triangle was dragged out and by the end of the book, I officially reached the point where I simply didn’t care who Laurel chooses in the end. I was sick of reading about her conflicted feelings. Another major flaw in the book was that the supposedly bad guys were not evil at all. If the trolls were actually scary and did actual harm, the story would have been more exciting. Instead, Laurel would harp constantly about how dangerous they were and the actual fight scene was a miserable portion of the book and gave me the impression that Pike had the scene just to add some drama to the plot. Honestly, the rest of the book was like a tortoise crawling at snail pace. And the big reveal about Chelsea was a complete flop. It was out of place with no hints in the book indicating the big reveal.

It may seem like I have nothing nice to say about the book I admit, I like Pike’s writing which was the main reason why I adored Wings. In conclusion of my long rant on why I didn’t like this novel, reading Spells was like ordering a cheesecake but only to be served a muffin. It fell short and I had expected more. I don’t recommend this book, at all. Even if you enjoyed Wings. Get it from the library if you want to. Do give Wings a chance though, it had a lot of potential.

Review copy provided by publisher.