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  Booklist Review

The third installment of the series that started with Wings (2009) continues, this time with a twist. Tamani, Laurel's protector from the faerie world, turns up at her high school as an exchange student (ha!). His arrival makes her this-world love, David, most unhappy, and Laurel even more confused about which guy to choose. Though the danger of trolls continues to pervade Laurel's life, the plot mostly focuses on the triangle, with the added dimension of a new girl, Yuki, who has her own faerie connections. A dramatic conclusion will leave readers anxious for the next installment.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The third in this four-leaf series wilts at the outset, with prose more clichd than its predecessors, but perks up in the second half.Laurel's back in her real-world hometown of Crescent City, Calif., trying to live a normal teenage life without pining for Avalon, her faerie homeland. Trolls are probably hunting her, but they don't attack often, so Laurel's biggest quandary in this installment is deciding betweenchime in, paranormal romance fans!the two dreamy boys who adore her. Steadfast David is human, while steamy Tamani is Lauren's personal faerie guardian; they're equally loyal and equally smitten. Daily life becomes precarious when Klea, a tough special-ops fighter who frequently saves Laurel's life but emanates untrustworthiness, asks Laurel to befriend Yuki, an exchange student who's obviously hiding things. As a plant (in this world, faeries are biologically plants), Laurel works with powders and beakers and pestles trying to determine Yuki's secretis Yuki a faerie too? Pike's third-person narration uses Tamani's perspective sometimes, conveniently showing readers scenes behind Laurel's back. It's unclear how Laurel and Tamani shift from knowing that Yuki and Klea's motivations are unknown, to assuming they comprehend who Yuki and Klea really are (they have no evidence), but those unfounded assumptions underlie the climax's surprise.Fans will revel in the idealized characterizations, breathless abstinence romance, lurking danger and newly explicit Arthurian parallels. (Paranormal romance. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>"I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life, I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying."</p> <p>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.</p> <p>But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes 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.</p>
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