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Short review: A short picture book with very detailed and nice artwork. The main character is a girl who doesn't want wings, but finds out that she loves having them anyway. It's positive in that way, but I don't think that the story describes much "someone who is winged deep in their soul". It's not a bad book for parents to buy for children though as it teaches that it's okay to be unique, and older people might like it for the art.

Writing: It's hard to say really... since there is not much writing in this book. The story is very simple. It has a nice natural feeling to the conversations though.

From a winged person's perspective...: Angela doesn't seem very much like she wants to be winged... although she learns to love it, the story is short so goes into no detail about what that feels like. Really, the lack of "feeling" is why I think this book is not so relevant for winged people, but maybe some people will find that feeling in the pictures, which are very beautiful, and the later pictures do show the joy of flying. There is also a small comment about how it's really a shame if you have wings and don't use them.

Trigger warnings: None that I can see.

More thoughts...: The parts I liked best about this book were the pictures, which have really pretty wings and flying, and lots of different wings poses and details (like little birds in the background), and the dedication... "For Steven Roxburgh, who saw my wings and gave me the sky". This gives you some feeling that there is a winged person's heart behind the story... but this book is too short and has too little detail to give anyone the feeling of what it is like to be winged.

The message of the story is good for young children who are struggling with the feeling of being different, but there is not much for older people. So I would give it a two... or a four if you just want it for the pictures.
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Short review: A boy who hates change and a girl with a dream of flight work to uncover the secret of their town. An adventure story for children that can get quite silly, but is very thoughtful about people with wings.... it has some great twists on the usual way these stories go. Recommended for winged people, if you can put up with all the silly jokes, and the fact that it is a typical sort of story.

Writing: The writing is quite average... and the jokes are terrible! The story is also not very surprising. There is some good philosophy throughout the book though.

From a winged person's perspective...: On this scale, the book scores almost perfectly! The girl who longs to fly is consistent about her feelings and doesn't regret her changes at all. Everyone thinks she is a bad influence with too much imagination, but she doesn't care how people see her and keeps her dreams to the very end... her feelings are described well too, and many winged people and people who dream of flight will see themselves in her... from the way that she keeps her room to her nervous excitement of someone who holds a secret very close and precious, when it comes to telling someone about her dreams. A number of other characters who experience that longing are shown too. The book avoids some human-centric thinking that it could have fallen into. The people who shy away from dreams of flight because they don't want their children to be "weird" are not supported. There's a lot of education about butterflies also. The only problem is shown in the strange way that the main girl character reacts to some later events.

Trigger warnings: A mention of rips in wings, though it is not detailed. May spoil the story )

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Short review: A boy feels disappointed with the new home his family move to, so he tries to get back to the old home using wings from a mysterious wing shop, but it doesn't go as he planned. I loved the pictures in this book... they have a soft delicate watercolour feeling and lots and lots of detail. Sadly the pictures are the only good things about it... the story is very silly and simple, even for children, and the boy doesn't feel any connection to the wings at all. I don't recommend it unless you just want to look at the pictures... they could make some very beautiful art on a wall.

Writing: Sadly not that good... I think that the message of the story is supposed to be "if your family makes you move home, don't worry, you will like the new place anyway. Also don't try anything silly to get back to the old one". For a story about wings it's very anti-wonder... I mean... what child wants to read a story where all it says is, in a really over-the-top and not subtle way, "you will end up liking this thing you really don't like now and you shouldn't misbehave or you will get into trouble"? I think a parent would buy this for their child to try and make them feel better, but it's not so good for the children.

From a winged person's perspective...: Lots of beautiful pictures... but that's it. There aren't any things in this story that a winged person would connect with I don't think... the boy only wants the wings so he can get home. Not because he wants to fly at all. And the book doesn't have much to do with the sense of wonder.

Trigger warnings: None that I can see.

More thoughts...: Heh... it's hard to have more thoughts about this book because it is a really simple book, just like what I said above. A lot of children's picture books come up in my search for flying books somehow. Some of them are good for even adults, but this one is not so much, and it's not even good for younger children. I give it one out of five, but the art is a four out of five.
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Short review: The second in the series from Mercedes Lackey (which begins with The Black Gryphon). Has a less of a confusing plot, and stronger and more interesting plot, than the first book... although slightly less content for winged people I think, there's still a lot of attention to the culture of gryphons that is built around flying creatures, and the plot will keep you reading. The villain is also not as badly done this time... still evil with no good qualities, but he is more of a full character and not just mysterious darkness in the distance. I recommend reading both books, but this is still a great book!

Writing: Again, this is a greatly-written plot with lots of twists and turns, just like the first book. Lots of fun to read!

From a winged person's perspective...: Like the first book, this has lots and lots of little details that make the gryphons feel like real winged people... not just humans with a different shape that is "conveniently" forgotten for most of the book. There is a little more in the first book that might be interesting to otherkin and winged people specifically, such as the "species-queer" elements, and the discussion of human-centric thinking... they are not so much in this book. There's not a lot of flying either so people who look for detailed descriptions of flight, it's not the book for you. And the gryphons are in it a slight bit less I felt. But there are still lots of details and realism to make winged people happy, and a society that seems to have grown naturally around these people with lots of bird metaphors common. Also, there are two adorable baby gryphons! ^v^

Trigger warnings: Violent torture with some sexual aspect. May spoil the book ) One of the characters gets stressed and becomes close to plucking her own feathers. As far as triggers go, this is not nearly as bad as the first book, for winged people, though there is still a lot of violence.

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These are reviews of two short picture books I read... there's not enough content really to give proper reviews and both of them are for very young children, there's not much in them for adults (unlike some other short books like Hawk, I'm Your Brother which any age can enjoy). But, to be complete, and for the sake of anyone who wants to buy books for their children, I'll give these short reviews.


Leonardo's Dream... I actually found it by chance. I made a long list of library books that I wanted to review. By chance, I was going by the picture shelves and I saw this book, with a penguin on the front wearing artificial wings strapped to his small penguin wings. I thought, haha, what a lucky find! So, I picked it up.

This book is basically what it looks like on the cover. All the other penguins like to swim, but one penguin feels different from the others. He only wants to fly. As in many books, this part of the book is written well with his descriptions of longing to fly. But as in many books, too, the story gets let down later on. He manages to build his artificial wings, but crashes. The crash landing helps him find a plane which he then uses to finally fly and take all the other penguins flying too... but the plane runs out of fuel. The albatross who was standing by him all through the book tells him sadly that it was his first, and last flight because now the fuel is gone. (If a penguin can fly a plane with goggles and a pilot's hat, he can't also find more fuel?) But he doesn't mind, because he got to have his dream and now practices swimming with all the other penguins.

Obviously, from the story you can see that there is good and bad to this book. Good, because the penguin found something amazing by following his dreams. But it's bad in terms of representing winged people... because for any real winged person I really imagine flying once would not be enough... and part of the message seems to be that after you've tried your dream once, you should go back to being normal. It's hard to say what the message was... and I don't think it is that good because of that. What will children get out of this book? It's hard to say. So, with a mixed message like that, I don't think it is very useful.


Flamboyan is quite a simple and dreamy story about a girl who sits under a tree and dreams that she is flying... or, by the end, is she really flying? It isn't explained. There's nothing negative in this book... it's just a story about a girl who takes joy in flying. It's suggested too that she will fly many more times in the future. As a joyful book for children, I recommend it, just to show children that dreams are beautiful, that loving who you are is beautiful, and to have a book about that with no harsh messages, or feelings that you should give up your dreams. For Flamboyan there is a time to fly and a time to be with family, but she can always fly again.


I don't think I can give scores for either of these books. The plot is described simply here, so that should be enough to decide whether you want these books for your children.
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Short review: A fantasy story, quite unrealistic, but beautiful, of a girl who always believed she could fly, and learns to fly with a goose who becomes her friend. Unfortunately, this story has a very painful ending. But for most of it, it's beautiful, and has a lot of refreshing differences from most books like this, although the writing has a simple sort of feeling.

Writing: It's not as good as it could be... a little average. Though the things that happen generally make up for it.

From a winged person's perspective...: The main character in the story has wings in her soul for sure. Like the boy in Wings, she believes in her flying from an early age while her family long to "cure" her and make her "normal", but she keeps flying and believing. A lot of flight scenes, in fact, most of the book is this. The book is very good at not being negative about non-humans.

Trigger warnings: There is a big sub-plot about hunting and shooting geese with some vivid descriptions.

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Short review: An anthology of stories about people who are caught between human and not... "beings that stand between the two worlds feeling the emotions, thrills and confusions of both". From an otherkin perspective, it's mixed with some stories about longing to be more human and some stories about longing to be more not, although most of the stories have something in them about accepting both parts even if it is very near the end. From a winged person's perspective, there are three stories about winged people and a fourth that mentions them: one doesn't have anything about the wings, one has only a tiny bit, one is negative, and a fourth is positive or negative depending on how you look at it, but has a lot of beauty. That one story is quite worth reading but how you feel about the ending may vary. There is also a poem that mentions winged people and other species. I think otherkin and winged people will find more interest in it than not, although there are some very negative things said about being non-human.

For the information of otherkin, the species in these stories are: medusa, mermaid, selkie, tree-person, mixed (poem), scarecrow, centaur, half-dragon, half-hawk, and fallen angel. The selkie one is by far the best! I'm pleased for any selkies out there, because this is a great story. ^-^

Writing: This book is an anthology of stories by various authors, so the writing varies, although I thought they were all well written in a technical way, though maybe offensive to some.

From a winged person's perspective...: The one story that I thought was most relevant to winged people in this anthology was Soaring by Tim Waggoner, which has powerful descriptions of the need to fly, although I have mixed feelings about the ending. The poem How To Make A Human by Lawrence Schimel is quite negative towards both birds and humans, but does have some beauty for fliers and those who long to fly. The story Becoming, by Nancy Springer, mentions winged people but is very negative about them. The story The Hardest, Kindest Gift by Bruce Coville has a winged character but doesn't mention anything about the experience, and Princess Dragonblood by Jude Mandell has only a very small mention. I think for Soaring it is worth reading.

Trigger warnings: In Becoming, there are mentions of cutting off wings in order to become more human which is seen as a positive thing. In many stories, there is the use of words like "freaks", "monsters", etc. to describe non-humans or half-humans.

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Short review: This book can't be described in a short review so well without spoiling it... or even a long review without spoiling it. All I will say is it's a strange, beautiful, ethereal feeling story that is absolutely recommended for everyone with the heart of a flyer... and also just as a great story... you won't understand why for a while, but it is worth waiting for as it slowly unfolds, and in the meantime, the rest of the story unfolding is a joy. Even the cover and the size of the book are part of the beauty.

Writing: Amazing... full of poetry, a beautiful sort of melancholy wistful feeling, mystery, and hope. The writing never lets this book down.

From a winged person's perspective...: At first, this book may not seem that it has much for winged people. The main character is a girl who is so light that the wind carries her, but soon she is bound to the ground. But you will understand in time why this book is called "Bird". All through the book, too, you will get an indirect feeling of her love for the air... in the way that she always describes the weather and the quality of the air and the feeling of being up high... more subtle than most books, but it is all through the story in a way that makes it really a story about a flyer, in a way that is rare, and realistic. To say more would spoil it....

Trigger warnings: A child is imprisoned and treated poorly.

Extra note: This book is by Rita Murphy who also wrote Night Flying (which I review at that link). Clearly, she has an attachment to this idea... flyers may want to watch out for her work in the future.

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Short review: A short picture book with beautiful words, that managed to amaze me by being very powerful. It directly speaks to the experience of people who want to fly. The ending may be disappointing or delightful depending on how you look at it... but it's very worth reading, even though it is a short book.

Writing: This book has a beautiful poetry... it's simple enough that children can understand it, but very lovely. There's just one issue with the writing at the end, but otherwise, it's really good.

From a winged person's perspective...: This book directly talks about someone who longs to fly and feels that birds are their kin (which is the reason for the title). It captures the desire for flight and the nature of such a person very well... in a heart-aching way that other books miss. I think that most winged people will feel that the dream of this book speaks to them, at least in the beginning. Whether you feel that the ending is magical, or is denying of the things said earlier in the book, is up to your perspective.

Trigger warnings: A hawk is tied up and kept in a cage.

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Short review: A boy, trapped in a desperate situation, is given a chance to exchange his life with the life of the "loblolly boy", a mysterious winged spirit... but he finds out that the life of the loblolly boy is not all he had hoped. I have very mixed feelings about this book... despite that it suggests that being human is the best way to live, it's full of the joy of flying and very fun to read. It's worth reading for just how beautiful some of the descriptions are.

Writing: Very good! It's so fun that even though I felt it was very human-centric, I enjoyed reading it anyway and didn't ever feel bored for a page. The story takes lots of good twists and has fun ideas.

From a winged person's perspective...: The descriptions of wings and flight are enchanting and ethereal feeling and all through the book. You can really feel like you're flying, and appreciate the wonder of the world up high through the descriptions. At the same time, this story has its roots in the horror of being not what you really are identity-wise... and that "being who you really are" is presented only from the perspective of humans. Just once I'd like a book about being who you really are as a winged person! The only character who seems to enjoy being the loblolly boy is shown as using the power for cruelty. There is still some joy here for the winged I feel though.

Trigger warnings: A person's wings being touched against their will, and the person showing they are uncomfortable with this. Also, when people changed bodies they are called by the pronouns of their body, not their self inside; no one seems to mind this or feel uncomfortable with it, though that also might bother some people.

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Short review: A heroic war story of a similar type to The Black Gryphon, in which a people threatened by a strange monstrous enemy discover that what they believed about their world and its history is not what it seems. However, for this sort of story, I liked The Black Gryphon much more. The different races were interesting and there were some beautiful descriptions in some places, but it's hard to like the characters so the story feels slow... I can't really recommend it. There's also some sexist aspects and a lot of violent scenes.

Writing: As said before, I found that the characters weren't people I could like easily... at the beginning you get a feeling that what they believe is wrong, which has a plot reason, but it means that it's hard to sympathise. I also felt that there were a lot of places where the book could have gone into detail about what a character's feelings were and had some interesting story, but it just skimmed over the surface so the emotional connections didn't feel deep. It feels more like a description of what people did than what they felt, which I guess is just not the kind of story I like.

From a winged person's perspective...: The winged people in this book are interesting... they had some habits that seemed false for me but also some that seemed realistic. There are some beautiful parts like how one of the children's wings had to be sung into being. May spoil the story ) They come into it quite late though so for most of the book you don't see them, and I felt in general that there were a lot of opportunities to explore what "being a winged person meant" since the book was all about conflict between races, but I didn't see it at all. Most of the time you see them they're being injured. I don't think there's enough of them in here to recommend it just for that.

Trigger warnings: Rape. Mistreating women. A lot of horrific war violence that's described graphically, including a lot of damage to wings. Some characters lose their wings in the war.

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Dragonwings

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Short review: A young boy from China travels to a foreign land to be with his father, full of strange people they see as "demons", and try to live among them. But the father, Windrider, believes in a secret heritage he carries inside... and though few people there understand it, with the help of his son, who believes, he tries to bring it to life, to live as a dragon in the modern world.

Writing: It's a slow book, but has a lot of an atmospheric feel of (for me) a very different culture.

From a winged person's perspective...: Even though Windrider chooses to explore his dragon nature by building a device for flight, there isn't a lot about wings... this book is more about identity. It's about a man's faith to live as a dragon, even without his dragon body, and despite that few people believe him, by doing what he thinks a dragon should do. Ultimately the feeling behind it is "a desire to pursue a dream of being yourself, even if most people don't think it's sensible". The "living as a dragon" is subtle and it might be a good model for otherkin, "how to bring your inner self into the human world, while still living in a human way".

Trigger warnings: There weren't any for me, but others might find them.

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Short review: From the day Ben was born, he knew that he was meant to have wings. Or, to look at it another way, from the day Ben could talk about his feelings, his family knew he had a strange delusion. A battle of wills between Ben's beliefs and his family's fear grows and grows... but who is right? This is a really amazing book, with lots of philosophy, and a good message, about how strange people can hold a quiet and beautiful wisdom. Even for non-winged people, it's a book about seeing things beyond the obvious... for winged people it's really amazing.

Writing: The writing is good, with some wonderful details and some moments of poetry. It has more to think about in the story than just wings too.

From a winged person's perspective...: For any person who ever dreamed of flight, or is winged otherkin... this is amazing. Everything is exactly as a person with wings would feel about it. Some people might find it too detailed because of the description of wings that feel trapped and are trying to push out of the skin... if otherkin know that feeling... then it may bring it back very strongly. But it's otherwise good. There is a sense that even though Ben is the only person he knows like himself, he created a small "culture", having additional meanings for words like "grounding", and hating to be trapped indoors. He sees flying as expressing his identity.

Trigger warnings: Lots of graphic descriptions of wings trapped under skin and trying to escape. Ben imagines sometimes scenes where wings are torn up or damaged. People making a big point of not wanting to use Ben's chosen name, but the one he was born with. Some people who pretend to believe in him who are overheard making fun of him later.

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Short review: A girl discovers that she is born into a lineage of winged people... but also into a lineage that secretly disagrees on what should be done about their wings. She's taken to a remote sanctuary and given time to find herself, and think about her place in the world. A good story, with a sombre feeling, that focuses realistically on life with wings without making it sound too ideal or too horrible.

Writing: The writing style is good... it doesn't stand out as truly good or truly bad. The plot is realistic and the story has a slight melancholy feel, but not as much as Night Flying. It's rather a feel that makes you take it seriously.

From a winged person's perspective...: This book is all about the winged person's perspective and has a lot of little details that make the book feel very real! There is no specific question of whether the people feel they have a "winged person identity" or a "non-winged person identity", but there are many clues that the thought of losing their wings would horrify them. They feel restless indoors and the need to stretch their wings and the urge to fly, and small details are noticed and described that are unusual in most books, like the feeling of rain on bare wings (I really loved that one!). The description of the backs of their clothing to fit the wings seemed very realistic too. The flight abilities are also treated as realistic. I think it's very well done.

Trigger warnings: Cruelty to wings: binding wings to deform them and cutting them off is mentioned often and graphically. Characters with this done are called "cutwings" in a casual manner. This book is not easy on the stomach. Also some describing of the characters as "freaks" and "mutants" by themselves, sometimes in a joking way.

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Short review: A girl living in a world surrounded by people who can fly discovers her own power: to become invisible. But many other people are interested in having her power too, and try to capture her. Together with a boy named Bug, who dreams of flying, they flee from criminals and discover a lot of strange secrets. The focus of this story is mostly on the mystery and the weirdness and the strange adventures that the author can put in front of the characters: it's not much on the experience of flying people, and so I think for winged people reading it for that, it might feel beside the point. I think I was also very biased, though, so others may like it more than I did.

Writing: It's a very clever and funny book, in terms of its writing. Like Zahrah the Windseeker, it likes to play with ideas, and I think it has more of a success than that book did. By all accounts, this should be a great book. I just didn't feel it though, I feel that its kind of horrifying comedy-mystery isn't my style. So, I'll say I'm not the best person to review this book. It has received a lot of good reviews, and I think that as a book on its own it's very good... it's just not my style.

From a winged person's perspective...: This is another book where the fliers don't actually have wings... what is with these books? It's a trend now? The main character is a girl who's jealous of those who fly and feels negatively about them, while the teachers seem to worship birds and flight in a way that seems you're supposed to think it's a little obnoxious. It has something of a "sour grapes feeling". A second character wants to be a flier, and there is some exploration of how it feels to fly and the first character comes to understand why you would want to, experiencing its wonder.

Trigger warnings: Some name-calling and bullying in the beginning... sadly, this book couldn't hold my attention and so I can't give details for much further :( I did read it... but not in close detail.

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Short review: A girl named Zahrah is born with mysterious vined hair that tells of a dada (shaman)'s nature in her, but the society around her is fearful of the unknown. The village is surrounded by a forest that everyone fears, but Zahrah is forced to enter it one day, at the same time as struggling with her power as a dada... the power to fly.

Writing: I think I expected this to be less light-hearted and silly feeling... I read in another review that it's trying to be an "African Alice in Wonderland" and it has that feeling. The unusual ideas are really interesting but they're not explored much so often they just seem put there to sound strange... There's a lot of feeling that Zahrah is putting herself through a ritual test but it's made less powerful by the fact that the story feels light-hearted, and the story structure it is based on is a very old one meaning you get a good sense of what will happen.

From a winged person's perspective...: There really aren't any wings, just floating. At the very end, there's a description of her flying, but it may as well have not been in the story at all... the flying is very secondary to the story.

Trigger warnings: Some use of "freak" and name-calling towards the girl for being a shaman, and a general sense of prejudice towards the unknown. But this book is light and unfrightening... even if some bad things happen, the way the story is told makes it feel as if they will easily pass, which is one of its weaknesses.

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Short review: A sixteen-year-old girl, living in a family of people who can fly, anticipates her initiation into the world of flying solo, while also struggling with the oppressive family that surrounds her. Has a very melancholy feeling because of the controlling family.

Writing: I liked the writing a lot... it twists and turns and doesn't let you know what to expect. The ending is more predictable though. Most of the characters seem to have a negative side along with the positive, which makes the story realistic but also a bit depressing. There are some stereotypes against vegans and all-women groups.

From a winged person's perspective...: Well... this book actually isn't much about wings. ^-^ The characters don't fly with wings, they fly with magic. However, flight is an important ritual to them and makes up a rite of passage. They compare themselves to birds and feel a kinship when looking up into the sky to see them. Will spoil the ending )

Trigger warnings: A very controlling and oppressive family atmosphere. A brief mention of hunting birds.

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Short review: A far too complex book to really say what it's "about"... it starts out seeming to be about war, but there are so many other plots, and character goals, and reasons for people to be doing things that mostly you don't see much war at all. It's not very much about war until close to the end. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story... and it has a very sympathetic approach to the winged nonhumans. It wasn't my "usual type" of story, but I can't find any reason to fault it except that some of the villains are a bit stereotyped. I can't wait to read the sequel!

Writing: It's well-written and you get lots and lots of nice description. Everyone's preference is different of course, but there's no way I can say this is "bad writing". Twists and turns keep you reading and the overall plot ends up not being quite what you expect a lot. Don't stop until the very last page, because just when you think something is over, more things occur! As I said before, it could use not having a "stereotyped evil", or having most of the evil be in ugly creatures... but that's most of the problem I see.

From a winged person's perspective...: This is a book that really feels like it interacts with its winged people as winged. They're not my winged people (being gryphons) but I could see a lot of similarities in the needs for their care, and they are treated as having a full culture that centres about what they are. It's very natural feeling. May spoil the story ) It has some "species-queer" elements also, to do with what if you aren't quite one species or another, but a new thing. The book is even aware of human-centric thinking and mentions it by that name! It's very good about this. In all of that, there aren't actually many "traditional" flying descriptions, but a lot of detailed battle flying and tactics.

Trigger warnings: Cruel methods of punishment: cutting off wings, removal of skin, other tortures. Mentions of neglect of a deformed child. People feeling they are freaks (though not just for being winged). Clipping of wings. Various war horrors. Not a gentle book in general.

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Short review: This is obviously part of a large series yet it can be enjoyed on its own. It's a short and fast book in a series involving shapeshifting teenagers and alien enemies. In this particular book, the main character is trapped in the body of a hawk. He struggles with the pull between being hawk and being human, but his end decision is a little thoughtful.

Writing: It felt a lot like a better version of Maximum Ride. The plot is similar in sound and structure (but the narration is not so annoying!) and even the warning in the beginning about how "This is my true story, and it could really happen to you, so be careful!" is the same. I wonder if Maximum Ride was based on this book. The villains also feel quite typically evil, but that may be just for this book. It feels like there are more complex things going on behind the scenes though. It's more fun to read, less clunky.

From a winged person's perspective...: There's a lot of description of how it feels to be part bird, but mostly the description seems to be presented as a frightening thing, showing how the protagonist's mind is changing in ways he doesn't want. It's also a little shallow on description. A very short mention of "I always looked at the sky and wondered what flying would be like, and now I know" but it's left at that. There's some actual flying description but compared to other books I've read, not as much and it feels more brief. The end has some interesting philosophy though, worth a second look.

Trigger warnings: Horrors of war. Protagonist being depressed all the time and temporarily losing his mind. Use of words like "freak" and "living nightmare" to describe non-humans. May spoil the story )

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Short review: A young ice-skater girl ends up with wings, leading to some strange experiences on the ice rink. It doesn't feel like much of a "winged person" book, more a story of a human girl's trials with unexpected wings, and any actual winged people will probably be disappointed at how human it feels. But it's very well-written as a story... just probably not the type of story most people want.

Writing: I really liked the writing. The plot isn't any big shocking thing, but in terms of just the prose, it was joyful to read, describing things well, but not overwhelming. Just as a story by itself, without the winged person element, I liked it... although since it is a typical kind of story also I probably wouldn't have read it if not for that.

From a winged person's perspective...: It's not really a book about a winged person but a book about a human with wings. Like all the books I've read so far there's a good scene about the joy of flying though. The main character does seem to feel a little affinity for wings, but soon gets tired of the trouble they cause. The wings almost seem to have some small personality of their own, which some winged people might have noticed. The girl tries to be anatomically correct while creating her imaginary wings.

Trigger warnings: Lots of wing injuries, tearing and stabbing. Talk about wing amputation. Use of words like "mutant" in reference to non-humans. A description of how "some types of wings aren't anatomically realistic" which might bother some people; it's a bit species-ist? May spoil the story )

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