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Aprilynne Pike

Aprilynne Pike Aprilynne Pike received a BA in Creative Writing. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. She lives with her husband and three kids in Utah. Learn more at Aprilynne Pike’s website.

Wings: A sorta fairytale

Wings  by Aprilynne Pike

Wow, faeries are everywhere in YA fantasy lately. Aprilynne Pike adds to this growing subgenre with a novel that stands out in some ways but not in others.

Pike's best touch is her take on how faeries differ from humans biologically. It's clever, it's well-thought-out, and it makes sense. It's easy to imagine how these beings could give rise to the stories humans tell about faeries.  Laurel's plantlike biology also turns out to be crucial to the plot, late in the novel.

The pace is slow in the beginning; the early chapters focus on Laurel's school life and on her mounting worry over something strange that's happening to her body. All novels that deal with a teen undergoing metamorphosis can be read as metaphors for puberty, but for a little while, Laurel's "blossoming" seemed almost too obvious, too heavy-handed a metaphor. Maybe it was Laurel's skipping a beach party due ... Read More

More fantasy by Aprilynne Pike

Life After Theft — (2013) Publisher: Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so — in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history — he agrees to help her complete her “unfinished business.” But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff’s new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he’s made the right choice. Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike.

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Earthbound — (2013-2015) Publisher: Love, fate, and power collide in this new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike! Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon to discover that she’s an Earthbound — someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing — and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.

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