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Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. She completed her BA in creative writing at the age of twenty at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Arizona. You can visit her online and read her blog at www.aprilynnepike.com.

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"[Pike's] solid writing, particularly in her descriptions, will have readers hooked" - Publishers Weekly

"[A] promising start to a new series that offers history, romance, and action...." - Kirkus Reviews

Pike (the Wings series) opens a new series with a plane crash, and soon lays out more themes popular in recent YA-inexplicable survival, loss of memory, an unknown stalker, apocalyptic showdown, and the protagonist's transcendent secret identity. Tavia, the 18-year-old survivor, is in rehab and finishing her senior year online. She has time to look at the world with attentive eyes, and what she sees is often unnerving: glowing triangles on the historic houses of Portsmouth, N.H., or pedestrians who flicker. She tries to attribute these visions to the brain injury she sustained in the crash, but she can't dismiss the stalker with a blond ponytail so easily. Nor do the important people in her life-Elizabeth, an uncannily insightful therapist, and Benson, a sympathetic library intern-encourage her to ignore the growing strangeness. Though Pike's plot points may riff a little too blatantly on the zeitgeist, her solid writing, particularly in her descriptions, will have readers hooked. Tavia's low-tech revelation via ChapStick works better than any superbattle to convey what's at stake in her life and choices. Ages 12-up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Gr 7 Up-Eighteen-year-old Tavia Michaels is currently living with an aunt and uncle she just met after surviving the plane crash that killed her parents. She has cut ties with everyone from her past and is starting over. The only people she talks to, besides her aunt and uncle, are her psychiatrist and Benson, her crush. While trying to adjust to life after the accident, Tavia begins seeing a mysterious boy dressed in Revolutionary-period clothing to whom she is inexplicably attracted. She soon finds herself torn between her feelings for this stranger named Quinn Avery and those for Benson. While trying to decide between them, Tavia discovers that she has special powers, that things are not what they seem, and that everything she thought she knew was a farce. This is an action-packed novel filled with longing and secrets. The characters are well developed and the narrative is easy to follow. At times, Tavia's vacillations are tediously drawn out, and Pike does take a while to get to the heart of the matter, but overall the story is compelling. Readers of supernatural romances will be clamoring for this one.-Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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