May 6, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Wild by Aprilynne Pike

*I hate spoilers in a review and therefore will only include the blurb for this book and refrain from giving away anything else for the benefit of those who may still have this on their TBR piles.*

Wild (aka Illusions)
Aprilynne Pike
Source: Won

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


I was lucky enough to win a signed copy from the author herself (yay!) and I eagerly watched the mailbox for its arrival. Thanks to some speedy international carrier pigeons it only took a week.


From the very first page I was enthralled.
And it all seems so perfect-Laurel is with David, her best friend Chelsea is happy with her boyfriend Ryan, and they're seniors in high school.
I was tingling with anticipation. What could go wrong? When would the excitement begin? Where was Tamani?
I needn't have worried because guess who showed up before the end of the third page? Tamani.
Tamani. Tamani. Tamani.
I am totally, completely, eternally, in complete and utter love with Tamani!!
At every turn of the page I was transported into the body of a giggling teenage girl when Tamani was around. I became teenage marshmallow!!
In fact I find all of Aprilynne Pike's characters to be real, like-able, and interesting. Both the 'real' world and the 'faerie' world that the author has created are vibrant, exciting and addictive.
Full of interesting characters, both the ones we already love, and the ones who may now drive us insane, and twists and turns abound, Wild is an exceptional continuation of a fascinating story.
I really want to say so much more but don't want to ruin it for you with spoilers, it is really, REALLY good.
Definitely a 5 star read. 

The Giveaway


Okay so as I earlier stated I won my copy of this book and with it I received some gorgeous swag which I'm happy to share.
So I have 2 'runners up' prizes of bracelets, pins and more and 1 'main' prize winner will receive the swag AND a paperback copy of SPELLS, the second book in this series.
To enter tell me this.....If you could choose which flower grew from your back, what flower would it be and why?
Leave your answer in the comments section with an email address for me to contact you should you win. Contest will end 25th May 2011 and IS international.

32 comments:

  1. hey great review and thanks for the interview, i would like to be entered but not for the book, i have it lol. but i love swag :)

    ok so i would choose the FORGET ME NOT flower, that has always been my favourite flower, its beautiful

    alice
    danielsangel101@yahoo.co.uk

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  2. Great review.And nice question.

    I would like a purple orchid to grow from my back. Its absolutely gorgeous and its my favorite flower.

    Clarissa Pereira
    claroxide@yahoo.co.in

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  3. What a great prize pack! This book sounds awesome. I just started reading Wings and love it so far. I'd want lavender, because it smells amazing.

    JessicaLiegel@yahoo.com

    Thanks for the give away :)

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  4. I know a dandelion is technically a weed, but I'd choose a dandelion anyway because it's my favorite plant ever. I mean, it grants wishes. How do you say no to that?

    lcintocable[at]gmail[dot]com

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  5. If I could choose what flower grew on my back it would be Jasmine, because I love this smell and it really pretty, it my favorite flower.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I already read the first two, I can't wait to read this one.

    alice13188 at yahoo dot com

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  6. Oh this is an awesome question! Hmmmm...let me ponder this. Well, if could have a flower grow from my back (which would totally be cool)I would pick the anemone. I absolutely LOVE this flower because it's so simple, like me, but it's also very sophisticated and pretty. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    jen72684(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Oh my - I have not read this series and the idea of a flower growing out of my back is certainly intriguing. Well I would certainly like something that smells very good, perhaps a lavender - the blossoms are lovely, smell wonderful, and would float in the wind. Thank for for the chance to win the giveaway!
    dz59001@gmail.com

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  8. My favorite flower is the Oriental Lily. It's so pretty with a dash of pink. Plus it smells amazing. That's what I'd choose.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  9. I would choose the Narcissus. It's my favorite flower, and although rediculed by its lore, I am it's opposite. It's like a bitter irony if I had it on my back. It stands for vanity, and i honestly have no vain part in my body.

    Tezza V.
    TValeros18 @ gmail [dot] com

    Thanks for the creative challenge + giveaway!!

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  10. Congrats on the win and good review.
    Like your question.. I think I'd choose to have a Maypop passionflower vine on my back (sounds like a lolly). I just love the shades of purple it has.

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com
    Gabbie

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  11. I really loved your review! YOu make me want to read it more!

    I'd want a Oriental Poppy growing on my back! It's just so beautiful and so captivating! I remember when I first saw it and just really wanted to stare at it.

    E-mail address: kimson_dino@yahoo.com

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  12. I'm going with lilies because there's just something so pure about it.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    I have never really considered having a flower grow out of my back and I would think it would be rather a problem if one did. How would I put on a blouse or anything ?

    Still if I had to have one I suppose I would go for an orchid of some kind for the look rather than the scent.

    Carol T

    buddytho{at} gmail DOT com

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  14. Wow, thinking about which flower should I choose to grow from my back is a little shocking, I have to say xD But I would choose the tulip. I love tulips since I first read Alyson Noel's Evermore - it means eternal love, and since I'm such a romantic person, I think it would fit me - as much as a flower grown from my back can fit me :P

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway,
    mikki-mano@hotmail.com

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  15. My Favourite flower is the peony and I love the deep purple ones, so.... a deep purple peony would be beautiful I think! I just finished reading wings so I`d love to win Spells!!

    Christie
    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

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  16. Hmm, it's really difficult to choose a flower, but I'd have to say an orchid, since they really bring me back to my childhood. Thanks for hosting this giveaway- quite generous of you. :)

    mcrs_venin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I'd choose a pink peony. I love that flower!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  18. Hey everyone!!

    Some really great answers there:)

    I hope everyone is having an awesome weekend.
    Its Mothers Day here in New Zealand so I hope all the Mothers out there are having a fantastic day getting spoilt by their kids ♥

    Cath

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  19. I'd definitely choose a bleeding heart. One, they are gorgeous, and two, it perfectly signifies how I wear my heart on my sleeve, or well.. on my back I guess :P.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    breakkanamexd[at]aol[dot]com

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  20. Thank you for the giveaway!
    If I could choose, I would like an orchid to grow from my back. I love this flower, I think it's beautiful and exotic!

    Célia
    celia_cc_70[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  21. I'd choose rose. It wouldn't be comfortable, but at least I'd smell nice:)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  22. amazing review! so buying it right away :)
    i think honeysuckle would be an amazing flower to have. They look so beautiful, and would smell so good... the perfect flowe! :D
    christiannashane@live.co.uk

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  23. I think I would like to have an orchid on my back.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    scarlet_kira(at)live.com

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  24. Thanks for this great giveaway! :)
    I would love to have either a rose or a tulip on my back. They're my favorite flowers.

    fictionaldistraction (at) live (dot) de

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  25. Probably Stargazers since they're my favourite flowers.
    tirachii@yahoo.com

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  26. I would like a white orchid since they're my father's fave flower. Besides, they're so pretty! :)


    livingsun211@yahoo.com

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  27. I would have to say a Rose:)
    They are always pretty and smell good.They also look really good on almost anything..
    Thanks so much for the great giveaway!!

    elliott2668 at yahoo dot com

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  28. Wow! Great contest, thanks for making it International!
    As for the flower I'd like... It would be a lily. Because it's pretty and delicate, yet it's strong and can stand on it's own. Cool!:D

    xoxo
    andreea.c88(at)gmail.com

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  29. Great review :) If I could have a flower grow from my back, I'd pick Rose of Sharon as Sharon is my name and they're also very pretty :)

    misery-business@live.co.uk

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  30. Wow. This is the most amazing question I have ever heard! :)

    I don't know if I could handle a flower on my back but if I had to choose one it would be my favorite -- Stargazer lilies.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!
    Amy
    amydelrosso(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. WoW Cath, I loved that review, I cant wait to read the 3rd book in the series. Book 2 kinda left us hanging didn't it. So your giveaway would be a dream come true to win and If I could choose what flower I would love to grow on my back it would be this one (Sorry I don't know its name but here is the link to its picture "http://on.fb.me/mJFGuY" I think its beautiful and it sayz the color of its petals change with what ever soil it is planted in and what the weather in the area is like as well)so its kinda like a mood ring but in plants. So I think it would be beautiful to have a flower like that on my back.

    Natasha @ Paranormal Goddess Blog

    enchanted (DOT)ramblings (AT)hotmail (DOT)com

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  32. HI EVERYONE........
    CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED AND I HOPE TO NOTIFY AND POST LIST OF WINNERS TOMORROW, PLEASE BEAR WITH ME THOUGH AS MY MUM HAD A CAR ACCIDENT LAST NIGHT AND I'M LOOKING AFTER HER AT THE MOMENT SO IT MIGHT BE SLIGHTLY DELAYED.
    SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE-CATH

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