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Illusions & Destined


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Alright, alright, alright, finally a review!! Cue all the screaming and excitement since it has been a LONG time since I’ve brought myself to actually sit down and do this because they’ve been piling up for ages. Also, since these are the third and fourth books in the Wings series I’m not going to have a description so I don’t have a chance to accidentally give anything away to those of you who have not read the series yet. For those who don’t know what this series is about, it’s a mythological series about fairies. Now this isn’t your typical fairy that you’ve read about, these fairies are basically plants that look like humans. I know. crazy stuff, but if that’s your genre than go for it.

Now for the review.  As usual, this is just basically going to be a kind of overview of what I thought without giving much of anything away so you have a chance to enjoy it yourself if you find it interesting so you can be surprised by everything that happens.

Laurel…just…no. She still seems to just annoy me in the series, she just seems really selfish at times and doesn’t ever have really selfless moments that I was hoping that she as a character would show as she grew throughout the series. She was almost the biggest disappointment in the series was her lack of growth. There’s just not much more for me to really say about her that doesn’t involve me ranting a bit so I’m just going to move on to Tamani. Gah! Tamani is still my favorite character in this series, he’s just funny, witty, and is really selfless when it comes to Laurel. Just…


I could talk about Tamani for days, and I wouldn’t mind doing that, so go read to find out more so I’m not tempted to do just that. For the story line I feel that it was just kind of blah; it moved along but it was just kind of bumping along a straight path that was at times predictable and didn’t have super exciting moments that I was really hoping for. It just made me sad in the end because I felt like it was just a settled, bland, and really just a unremarkable ending that just didn’t do for what I had hoped it would.

Just go give the series a chance and see if it’s a better fit for you than it was for me, and if not just do it for the glory of Tamani.

-Chelsea K.





Goodreads Description:

“I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said.

“And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever.”

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life – and especially her boyfriend, David – to return to the faerie world.

But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice – a choice that could break her heart.

This is the second book in the Wings series and I never really have had super strong feelings about this series and this book just kept my feelings the same. Wings, the first book, is about a girl who discovers that she is actually a faerie and that she was left her with this family so that she could later inherit the land that was owned by her adoptive parents. Also, she has feelings for two different guys, one farie and one human, and has to decide which one she wants to be with.

Spells is about her going off and learning her faerie trade and the rest is mainly about her going back to school and trying to keep safe from the trolls. It can be a bit bleh at times, but I mainly stick it out for those bits with Tamani in it. I am in love with Tamani, who is a summer faerie. I’m in love with his snark, his attitude, just generally makes me swoon and squeak whenever he is mentioned.


I really don’t have much else to say for this book, so just try it out if you like mythical YA books and just see if you like it. It’s definitely different, but it can have its moments that can make it great.

-Chelsea K.