Friday, May 6, 2011

Review for Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel has returned for her senior year of high school in Crescent City with her best friend Chelsea and her boyfriend David. Everything seems to be off to a normal and uneventful school year until a few foreign exchange students arrive who are not exactly human. One of them is Laurel's friend and fairy guardian Tamani, returned from his long disappearance after Laurel made her choice to be with David. The other is a girl from Japan named Luki. Luki is a mystery that must be solved. Is a she a threat to Laurel or just a distraction? Klea has asked Laurel to keep an eye on Luki, but Tamani and Laurel are not sure if Klea should be trusted. The sentries in Laurel's back yard have discovered evidence which suggests the return of trolls and Laurel is once again considered to be in danger.

This book was as captivating and fun to read as it's predecessors, Wings and Spells. Tamani is finally living in Laurel's human world for a change and it is interesting to follow his adaptation. Laurel continues to learn more about herself on this journey. She is still warring with her love life, human life and fae life, but now she begins to realize that there are some things she can't avoid or completely remedy. I found every chapter of this book thrilling and enjoyable but I was surprised by Ms. Pike's choice of ending. It ended abruptly at a very intense moment and I needed the author to bring me out of the situation and clarify the characters emotions and actions. There was no sense of closure at the end of the story. It was OK that she chose not to resolve the matter at hand. I could wait for the issues to be sorted out in the next installment, but when I reached the last page of the book the story felt unfinished. I especially wanted to know what Laurel was thinking and feeling in that moment.

Overall, it was a great read and I would recommend it to everyone. I still look forward to the next installment but the end was a bit of a let down.

I give this book 3.5 stars!

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