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Broken Wings

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  281 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In a magical world where being different is the norm, why must Rye Woods fear for her life if the truth about her hidden identity is revealed?

When Rye Woods, a fairy, meets the beautiful dryad Flora Withe, her libido, as squashed and hidden as her wings, reawakens along with her heart. But Rye is a poor builder's labourer with a teenage sister to raise, while Flora is a w

Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Bold Strokes Books
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It was an easy read but despite generally liking fantasy and sci-fi, I just could not get into this one.

It felt as if the story suffered from multiple personality disorder. The one moment it felt like reading a fairy tale for children or young adults ---oh, they are having sex. Then, oh cute, the fairies are eating buttercups and drinking honey---oh, they are naked on the floor. Oh wow, they are flying around on brooms and living in trees---uhm, they are stripping each others clothes off.

Not th
Andi Marquette
L-J Baker is one of the best writers you may never have heard of. This is her first, released in 2006, and it's a book that I still think about and re-read parts of (and yes, I just ended a sentence with a preposition. Oh, well).

Rye Woods is a fairy who escaped Fairyland in order to give her younger sister, Holly, a better life. Rye took another identity, and she keeps her wings taped securely down beneath her shirt, because fairy-phobia is alive and well in the city where they reside. Should an
Frank Van Meer
This is a fun read and at the same time a commentary on social issues. The best thing is that is wrapped up in a love story set in some futuristic fantasy land, filled with all creatures fairy and fey. Fairies with cellphones? Sign me up.

I think about every issue is covered here, from illigal immigrants to homophobia. I love it that Rey is so social awkward. I stopped counting the sentences that started with "Um." Yet at the same time she works her butt of to provide a life and education for her
The latter third or so was what made me give this four stars instead of three. I liked the first part a lot, but for me there was far too much sex, and it started to feel gratuitous... actually, it felt that way from the first time they did it, in the flying carpet.

ALSO. Since when do *carpets* have windows and tops and doors and boots? Gah. :P

But I liked Rye a lot, she was a great character. Flora, I didn't see the huge appeal in so I wasn't as invested in their relationship as much as I would
When I stated this book, I nearly put it down after the first couple of pages where the main character's broom dies and she's forced to walk to her sister's school.

First thought "omigod, this is going to be too cute for words". My last thought "omigod, its three o'clock in the morning. Wow, that was a good book." Obviously it grew on me.

The story revolves around a fairy named Rye Woods who, with her younger sister, has escaped from a the ultra conservative and religious fairy realm. The two ar
4.5 Stars.
Fantasy is not my go to genre. Sure I grew up devouring Tolkien's LOTR and Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern. But then I became that boring adult who only had time for "literature."
Thank you L.J. Baker for bringing me back to a genre I forgot how much I truly enjoy. I loved the imagery and the world of dryads, fairies and sylphs. I got a kick out of the nature related expletives and the various ways to make algae and borage sound tasty. I may just start spouting Oh Branch instead
Elaine Burnes
I really enjoyed Broken Wings. Don't be turned off by the fact that it's fantasy with fairies (I almost was). It is a fun romp, but it also has a very serious side. The characters are extremely vivid and likable. In this fantasy world, magic brooms break down and teenagers are still teenagers. Rye Woods is just a struggling builder's laborer, trying to raise her teenage sister, Holly, who's an absolute stitch. Rye meets and falls for a successful artist named Flora, who Holly happens to idolize. ...more
Although this was a fantasy, it is really relatable to real life. A lot of themes and ideas in this book made me think and reflect on our current world. Most of them resonated with me. It was also frustrating at times because a lot of Rye's actions were repetitive. Nonetheless, it is definitely a book I'd recommend.
Female Person
This was a total snooze fest. The characters absolutely annoying and frustrating, especially Rye and her sister Holly. Flora, poor poor Flora, all I felt for this woman throughout the whole book was sorry. Jeez she kept offering her unconditional love while she was constantly hurt, rejected and disregarded. Throughout their relationship, Rye was completely selfish and narrow minded. The romance was very unengaged. I was not captured by it, I couldn't feel or get a sense of their love.

This book i
Natasja Hellenthal
Although I really tried to like this book and did find some things original such as having to hide her wings(but not the strange eating habits which was just weird). I just couldn't warm to the characters. There was too much swearing, which for me spoilt it and the story was a bit unbelievable and the plot hard going. I had to stop half way through, because I found myself only wanting to find out what happened to Rye and her sister (will they be deported back to Fairyland?) but did not enjoy the ...more
L-J Baker’s Broken Wings is a creative romp through a world inhabited with fairies, dryads, and numerous other mythical creatures. Have no worries about this story falling in fantasy clichés, however. These characters are rich, creative renderings while the plot is full of wry humor and thought-provoking issues. I highly recommend for any reader wanting to immerse him/herself in a truly unique world.
This book is incredible. I rarely write a review and if there better than a five star rating I would give it. The wonderful emotional journey that Rye Woods travels will have you laughing and sobbing. The world is so realistic despite the mythological creatures inhabiting it. You can imagine the events unfolding in our own society all too easily. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone.
It really drag me into fantasies of fairy world. And how hard Rye struggle to feed her little sister, Holly, and both of them. But the ending just great feeling ever !!!
Enthralling. It is always pleasant to read good f/f. I also liked that one of the major characters was a fibre artist
Rachel Miller
Broken Wings was such a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. I didn't want the story to end.
Slow but very interesting. I am not much in to fantasy but it told a nice story.
I really enjoyed this book!! It was a really fun read!
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L-J Baker lives in New Zealand with her civilly united spouse, more cats than is sensible, and various other critters. She spent a long time at school pursuing studies that had nothing to do with writing. She is the site admin for the online Lesbian Fiction Forum. And, yes, L-J really is her whole name.
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