Spells – Aprilynne Pike

Summary:
“I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said.
“And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.
“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever”
Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life-and especially her boyfriend, David-to return to the faerie world.
But when she’s summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice-a choice that could break her heart.

Review:
The second book in the Wings series, Spells, starts six months after the first ends. It opens with Laurel being thrown into the faerie world. She’s been summoned to Avalon to attend the Academy to basically learn how to be a fall faerie. Spells was definitely less silly than Wings was. It had a slightly more serious tone, and was more focused on how important it was for Laurel to learn the faerie ways. It’s also very descriptive, almost too much so, but not quite.
While at the Academy, Laurel meets many people that remember her from before she left for the human world. Laurel, having had her memory erased, doesn’t remember any of them. This causes a large amount of awkwardness and a slight bit of drama. She handles the whole situation very well. She doesn’t let any of that distract her from her studies, which she is significantly behind on. She stays focused on why she’s there and doesn’t let it bring her down. Laurel does take some time to explore Avalon with Tamani as her tour guide. This time that the two spend together definitely brings them closer together and gives her a taste of what she could have if she was to choose to be with Tamani.
In Avalon things work much differently than in the human world. Laurel sometimes has a bit of difficulty with this. Being a Fall faerie, she is in a more respected position than Tamani, which is something she adamantly opposes. She has a hard time adjusting to the rules of this new world and fights them every chance she gets. But the summer ends quickly and she has to return to her human life.
After she returns home, she keeps her focus on improving her faerie skills. And even though she seems to fail miserably, she doesn’t give up. I liked this about Laurel very much. Despite still having to go to regular school and make time for David and her friends she does not let that interfere with her fae studies.
Her relationship with David is going well, even though she can’t stop thinking about Tamani. Which I didn’t mind because I totally want her to choose him over David. But her indecisiveness between the two, even though David is her boyfriend, kind of aggravated me. If she’s dating David then focus on him and if she can’t stop thinking about Tamani then break up with David and be with him! Any time she sees Tamani after she’s home she definitely acts more friendly with him than David would approve. She ends up getting herself in pretty big trouble with the two of them by telling lies that brought along more trouble than was necessary, almost causing the loss of both guys. In the end, Laurel does the right thing and tells Tamani that she’s choosing David and she isn’t going to come see him anymore. I think her doing this made me like her a bit more. She did the right thing and chose to stop hurting both of them.
As much as Laurel does stay focused on what’s important, she makes the mistake of letting her guard down and going to a party. The day is saved by some mysterious woman, Klea, that David is fascinated by, but Laurel doesn’t quite trust. If I were Laurel, I would not have trusted Klea either. After this night, she goes back to being one hundred percent focused on practicing and studying. I didn’t think any less of her for loosing focus. I thought it made the whole “I’m a teenage girl” facade more believable.
Throughout the whole book Laurel never stops thinking about her loved ones first. And she never stops trying to put them first. There are some issues with her mom that I think she handled very well, for the most part. It definitely shows that Laurel has learned a significant amount from everything she’s been through.
Now onto the ending of the book. Pike clearly knows a thing or two about cliffhangers because THE BOOK JUST FUCKING ENDS. IT JUST ENDS, AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. Sorry, I don’t do well with cliffhangers. If you had a bit of a hard time getting through Wings and aren’t sure whether or not to continue the series I strongly suggest that you do. Because Spells, in my opinion, was without a doubt better than Wings. Overall, I like this series so far, but if you disagree or have any opinions you’d like to voice, you’re more than welcome to do so.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

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