Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Synopsis from publisher:
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
This was another random library grab - I loved the cover, and always enjoy it when a publisher tells me Everything I Know About (whatever random topic) Will Be Changed Forever. It's like a personal challenge - really? Everything? Okay, I'll bite.
And for the first part of the novel, it was nice, and pleasant, but I certainly didn't feel like anything much was being changed. Laurel is a fun, spunky heroine, David is her practicaly perfect Prince Charming new friend, Laurel's parents are firm but kind - it was well written, but the basic components were nothing new.
And them Pike introduced Tam, and things started changing. It felt like a burst of energy had been injected into the novel, and the pace picked up, the characters seemed to get a little bit more interesting, and the big reveal was, honestly, shocking. And I loved it. And I'm not telling you any more, because I don't want to ruin it for you.
I think this is the first of a series - I sure hope so, because I NEED to know what happens next! It is definitely a young adult novel, but one I'd be happy to recommend to the young girls I know.
Source: Franklin Avenue Library