Monday, May 14, 2012

Book Review: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Monday, May 14, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Wings #4 (Last book)
Source: Borrowed from a friend
*May contain spoilers if you haven't read the first 3 books. If you HAVE read the first 3, continue on with this post.*
Destined (Wings, #4)
Illusions ended with the discovery that Yuki was a Winter faerie, and Destined picks right where the story left off. Laurel, Tamani, David, and Chelsea are uncertain of what this means, of Klea's intentions, and of the danger they're in, but they'll soon find out. It could mean the end of Avalon, and their lives.

Let me just get the emotional part out of the way before I start gushing:
I haven't been so pleased or heartbroken with a series's end since The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. I actually got choked up because of how masterful, beautiful, and heart-wrenching it is.

Okay, now to the (proper) review.

My favorite thing about the Wings series is how exquisitely magical the books feel, and Destined was no exception. Even among the chaos that much of this book consists of, the beauty of Avalon still shines through. Laurel, David, Chelsea, and Tamani are pushed to new extremes and have to face impossible challenges, and the strength of their friendship is truly revealed.

Destined is action-packed, from beginning to end. The battle scenes are, to put it lightly, suspenseful and will have you holding your breath. This isn't a clean ending either- be prepared to see a more gruesome picture of war than you would expect in a book about faeries. It makes the novel realistic, though, and really fantastic.

What varies in the conclusion, as compared to the first three books, is that it feels much more like Tamani's story as opposed to Laurel's. While I *love* Tamani and enjoyed this change, it was a little disappointing that Laurel wasn't doing anything. It's not like I expected her to pick up a sword and announce herself ruler (not all heroines can follow the ridiculous footsteps of Keira Knightley in Pirates), but it took her around 200 pages to really do anything. However, Laurel definitely redeems herself, and David and Chelsea prove themselves as well.

In the end, Destined is a stunning conclusion to a remarkable series. My only real complaint? That it had to end at all!
*5 stars*
What's your favorite faerie-themed myth?
Other Books in this Series: Wings, Spells, Illusions

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