Destined by Aprilynne Pike
US Release Date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Wings #4
Hardcover, 307 pages
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful–and deadly–of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer or destroy Avalon. But Klea’s reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon’s final days.
Summary from the author’s website
Pretty much all the book is about the final battle in Avalon. There’s a lot of action and no time to breathe between the attacks. Every characters lived up to the task of defending the magic land, every character but one. I found Laurel to be more of a nuisance than helpful. The three-quarter of the book, she’s not doing anything but follow Tamani and David around. She can’t fight but she doesn’t stop putting herself in dangerous situations where someone has to save her. She even screams at Tamani because he let David fight alone, I didn’t really understood why she was blaming him for that since he has the sword. Anyway. But, of course, she saves the day at the end!
I was a little bit disappointed by that. It was so easy for Laurel to find the answer to years of research. But maybe it was because only a human could have think about it. I was afraid the end would be a happily-ever-after. You can choose it to be. Fortunately, you can choose the real ending, the letter one. It was the perfect ending for me. Like the author writes, it’s a bitter-sweet one but it’s also a realistic one. I was sad to read it but with everything the characters went through, it was likely that something like that would happen.
Overall it was a good series but I’m also glad to be done with it. I started this series a year and a half ago. You change a lot in a long period of time like that and I found myself not liking the last book as much as the three others because of that. I was 17 years old with not many experiences in life or in love. I’m older now and this wasn’t enough for me to make it a great book.
Tamani pressed his forehead against the chilly windowpane, fighting back a wave of exhaustion.”
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. At the age of 20, she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Pike can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant mothers as a childbirth educator and doula. Pike currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates. From Harper Teen.