Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Destined (Wings #4) by Aprilynne Pike

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Source: ARC from HarperTeen for review
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**Warning!! This is the 4th and final book of the Wings series. There will be no spoilers for this book, but there will be spoilers for the previous ones!! Even the overview is spoilery so please read at your own risk or turn away now!!

Overview

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.
My Thoughts

This book is the final one in the Wings series and it was absolutely fantastic!! Almost right from the start we are thrown into the action. Emotions are running high, trolls are running wild, and Avalon is at stake. Laurel is still struggling to make the choice between David and Tamani, but with all of the fairy realm at risk there is not much time to think about that. This book had me on the edge of my seat!! I was completely sucked back into the story and did not want to come out! The characters are still just as great and the story had me pumped up on an adrenaline rush.

The whole situation with Yuki gets very tense and complicated. It's a bit sad at times because you do get to see Yuki's vulnerability. You can't help but feel a bit sorry for her. Chelsea and David are big parts in this book too. I know that they have always played a role in the series, but they really step up in this one. In fact this book is totally David's. Yes Laurel is trying to do what she can to save Avalon and so is Tamani, but David is front and center in this one!! I love David, so it's nice to see him the way he is in this book. I know that is really vague, but I am trying to keep this spoiler free.

Even though this final installment is packed full of action, don't think there isn't still some romance and heart wrenching moments. For me this book was going to break my heart either way. I love both David and Tamani so whoever Laurel would choose to be with would leave me wounded. This is a love triangle done right! I don't typically like love triangles, but some are just done so well that you totally understand them. This is one of those. And as if the heartbreak wasn't enough, Aprilynne Pike also has put a letter at the end of the book that had me aching as my heart constricted in my chest.

I can't really say much about this book with it being the 4th one and all, so I will just tell you how amazing it was. This book was a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series! It will keep you turning pages until you are finished. The action is incredible, the characters are just as awesome as they have been previously, and of course you need to know the outcome of everything. Will they be able to save Avalon? Who will Laurel choose to be with? Will everyone survive this? This series was so great, and as sad as I am that it is over, I can't say enough how well it was all wrapped up. To me it couldn't have been any better, especially with the letter at the end. 5 out of 5 stars!

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    1. It's a very good series! I fell in love with it instantly!

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  2. I only skimmed the review bc I haven't read any of these books (not like I would remember any spoilers I read but just in case lol). It sounds like a great series I had seen mixed reviews on the first book when it first came out but people seem to be really into it. I'll have to check it out. I always like an action packed series :)

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    1. Yeah, I figured with it being a final book I should put a spoiler tag on it. Even the overview is a bit spoilery if you haven't read the previous books.

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  3. Really lovely review! Also, major kudos on staying spoiler-free--I haven't read any of these books yet, and I don't feel like any major plot points have been spoiled for me. But, in any case, this review makes me want to give it a try. I've heard mixed things on this series, but I'm tempted to try them out and see what I think.

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    1. I really enjoyed the series. I actually probably never would have picked it up, but it was a freebie on a free book Friday for my nook last year. I started it and I was instantly hooked.

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  4. Okay...I didn't read the review (sadface) b/c I haven't read the series yet. I do have Wings on my kindle. Hopefully, I'll get to it sooner rather than later. I'm happy you enjoyed it!!

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    1. Yes, I figured a lot of people wouldn't read the review since it's the 4th book of a series. That was why I made sure to put the big warning at the top. It's a very good series and I hope that when you get to it, you enjoy it. :)

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  5. I also won an ARC of Destined. Please check out my review on Goodreads!

    http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/286923958
    Thanks! :)

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  6. First Impressions: The ending of the last book in this series, Illusions, killed me. Killed me! Talk about a major cliffhanger! AND this new book took FOREVER to come out at least that is the way it felt.

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