Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Series: Wings, book three
Source: ARC received from publisher
***May contain spoilers for books one and two***
About the Book: Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.
My Thoughts: My notes from while I was reading literally say, "Aprilynne! What are you trying to do to me?!?!?" That line is underlined and bolded and contains way more ??? and !!! but you get the idea. I enjoyed Wings and Spells but I adored Illusions... and not just because we get more Tamani (although that probably played a role!) It kept me totally engaged. I wasn't just interested in what happened to the characters; I was emotionally invested!
The book starts on Laurel's first day of senior year. She is barely through the door when she sees someone she never thought she'd encounter at school... Tamani. Yep, that's right... Laurel, David, and Tamani ALL TOGETHER! Oh how I love the romantic tension! Laurel is happy to see him but also worried because his presence:
a.) is kinda awkward since she still has feelings for him even though she chose David
b.) usually means she is in some sort of trouble!
Of course both a and b come to play in the story. Old friends, "friends," and enemies abound. We also meet Yuki, a "foreign exchange" student with secrets of her own. There mystery, danger, adventure and romance... oh, the romance!
You guys... I can't even begin to tell you how much I love the Laurel/David/Tamani thing. I mean, it would suck to be Laurel but to read about it... ***sigh*** I love that she wears the bracelet from David and the necklace from Tamani. It's such a great representation of how her heart (and life!) is divided. I am SO pro-Tamani. I love that he is unapologetically in love with her. He knows that she is with David but he flat out says he won't give up. Plus they have so much history! I can't imagine what it must be like for him to have to watch her with David. Oh, he just breaks my heart... the poor lovesick boy!
Okay, I could go on and on with the gushings... there are a lot of hearts surrounding my notes for this book! I'll just end by saying this was my favorite book so far. I love the growth that we see in the characters and the changes that occur. It definitely left me chomping at the bit for book four! I mean.... the ending? Aprilynne! What are you trying to do to me?!?!?
Read the first eight (that's right... EIGHT!) chapters of Illusions here. Click on "Read Now" under the cover image.