Books by Aprilynne Pike

SHATTER by Aprilynne Pike
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A delicious drama of morally imperfect characters in a fantastical future world with timely, relevant politics. (Romantic thriller/science fiction. 12-adult)"
In this sci-fi duology closer, Queen Danica must embrace her role to find a way to break out of her gilded, 22nd-century cage. Read full book review >
GLITTER by Aprilynne Pike
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Poufy gowns and corsets in a futuristic setting make for an interesting spin on a perennially popular genre. (Romantic thriller. 12-18)"
In the 22rd century, major corporate executives and their families re-create Versailles, complete with their own King. Read full book review >
EARTHQUAKE by Aprilynne Pike
Released: July 15, 2014

"A twisty, fun read for the paranormal faithful. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Following Earthbound (2013), Tavia's missing memories hold the key to saving the world. Read full book review >
SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike
Released: April 29, 2014

"Faults aside, this supernatural mystery will appeal to fans of the genre, and the story's conclusion leaves wide the door for possible future installments. (Supernatural thriller. 15-17)"
If you knew something bad was going to happen, would you try to change the future? Read full book review >
EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike
Released: July 30, 2013

"A mostly promising start to a new series that offers history, romance and action to patient readers. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A supernatural adventure blends a present-day manhunt with a 200-year-old romance. Read full book review >
LIFE AFTER THEFT by Aprilynne Pike
Released: April 30, 2013

"Aside from its heavenly premise, this brisk, down-to-earth thriller should appeal equally to male and female readers. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
"There's something about having a fight with a ghost that makes you paranoid in the morning." Read full book review >
DESTINED by Aprilynne Pike
Released: May 1, 2012

"With mediocre exposition and with battles superseding the previous volumes' fluttery abstinence-romance scenes, this won't attract new fans, but it will gratify loyal followers by providing closure. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up) "
The bloom is off the rose in the conclusion of a paranormal romance featuring faeries who are, biologically, plants. Read full book review >
ILLUSIONS by Aprilynne Pike
Released: May 3, 2011

"Fans will revel in the idealized characterizations, breathless abstinence romance, lurking danger and newly explicit Arthurian parallels. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The third in this four-leaf series wilts at the outset, with prose more clichéd than its predecessors, but perks up in the second half. Read full book review >
SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike
Released: May 1, 2010

In clean, fresh prose, never wilting in momentum as some middle volumes do, this second installment stays fragrant throughout. Laurel's a faerie, and faeries are plants. On her back, a blossom sprouts annually; she binds it down under her shirt to keep the secret. Briefly visiting magical Avalon, where she was born (but which she doesn't recall), she studies plant lore and faerie society. As is traditional in supernatural romance, two boys want her: human David, warm and devoted, and faerie sentry Tamani, sizzlingly attractive and pining for Laurel's return. Trolls stalk and entrap Laurel and her loved ones in the human world, seeking revenge and the gateway into Avalon, while a slick human woman with a special-ops team helps defeat trolls but rouses Laurel's suspicion. As in Wings (2009), Pike brazenly codes physical deformity and asymmetry as evil, and her engagingly clear prose sometimes blunders into floridness when describing Avalon. Among the current cornucopia of supernatural romances (and despite the presumably unintentional humor of a heroine who literally tastes like nectar), though, this one blooms. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
WINGS  by Aprilynne Pike
Released: May 5, 2009

In the current crop of supernatural romances, this one stands out for pleasant, non-angsty prose but also for a blunt, archaic equation of physical beauty with moral goodness. Tropes fulfilled—new school: check; hidden ancestry: check; mysterious hottie knowing more about the heroine than she does: check—never encumber the silky narration as 15-year-old Laurel finds a blossom growing from her back. Scientific experiments with cute mortal David and explanations from steamy faerie Tamani reveal that Laurel's a faerie—and faeries are plants. She was placed with unknowing human parents to inherit the land that holds the faerie gates to Avalon. Overly idealized physical descriptions smack of wish-fulfillment (flawless, zit-less Laurel needs no shampoo to keep her blond hair perfect) and over-ripen into absurdity when the text insists that (light-skinned) beauty embodies goodness. Glimpses of Avalon are painfully clichéd but short ("an emerald-green tree, a sliver of cerulean sky, rays of sunshine that sparkled like diamonds"). Woe unto readers with facial or bodily asymmetry, but the overwritten passages pass quickly and the rest is delicious escapism. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >