Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting


Goodreads Summary
Gallery Books | Paperback, 400 pages
March 4th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Romance | Erotica
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Back when I was a full-pledged fanfiction addict, hhunting was one of those authors whose story updates became a weekly injection of my chosen drug. When I re-discovered my love for books, and have started blogging, I’ve thought about fanfic writers who truly could go toe-to-toe with the best of them. Helena Hunting is one of those writers.

Tenley and Hayden relive their own personal hell every day; the root of all is the debilitating guilt that they each had a hand over the loss of their loved ones. In an act of serendipity, these two will find a way to find absolution in each other. But the road to get there is not going to be easy, as their journey will be reaped with people from their past and present who refused to Β give them a fighting chance.

Having read the original work, I can see how Helena worked hard to give her characters new identities; identities that would separate them from the characters they were originally cloned. Β Indeed, if you read this book without any preconceived notions of who they were, it would be easy to fall into their respective stories without bias.

Gone also is the gratuitous foul language from Hayden. The author left enough just to make him own the character of a tattoo artist with his background. Tenley, however, was kept relatively close from her original character.

The story had gone through considerable overhaul. Because this was a favorite, and even though I’ve read it forever ago, I still remember all the things that happened in the original work. I’m glad she “cleaned” it up some; meaning, she eased up on the sex. This is just the first of two books, however. I don’t know what’s in store in the second. I think the bulk of the angst is yet to come.

I don’t care what anyone says about fanfic writers looking to make some money off the Twilight fandom. I say if you can back it up with talent, go for it. I know I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author.

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  • I got approved for this on NetGalley! Woohoo!

  • I don’t normally read FanFiction but would definitely check them out when recommended and I remember this being recommended in an Amazon forum I follow but it was already pulled to publish so I didn’t get the chance to read it. I’ve read books that I enjoyed that I had NO idea it used to be FF so I have no issue with these stories being pulled to publish because if they are good enough to be noticed by a publisher and actually stand out on its own and be their own book, then more power. I will definitely be reading this but I might wait for all two books to be published first. I like that the author still did an overhaul though, it shows that she still really worked on a story to set it apart from her fanfiction work. Great review Joy!

    • Thanks, Amir. It’s refreshing to find such credibility from an author. I mean, some would just find and replace the names and instances of the former work but Helena actually trimmed it and revamp some of the story elements. She’s awesome. πŸ™‚

  • Christy

    I’ve never read fan fiction. Not because I look down on it or anything, I just don’t know where to start. I’ve read some great books and found out later that they started as fanfic … like Cinder. I mean, I can’t even tell most of the time unless someone tells me. lol.

  • Great to hear how the author did a great job developing what was once her fanfiction. I enjoy fanfiction now and again, but I never thought they were actual books. I’d love to see where this one could go. Great review!

    • Thanks, Marianne. I was a certifiable addict back in the day. Lol. I hope you’ll give it a chance.

  • Great to hear that she made it her own. I loved fanfic too, but never got around to this one.

    • This one was pretty great, Brandi. I hope you’ll give the published work a chance. πŸ™‚

  • Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    I’ve never really read much of fanfic, so not sure I would know or recognize which one is this, but now I’m curious! πŸ™‚

    • You might enjoy this one, Victoria. It has an inked, short-tempered hero and a skittish heroine who can show her claws from time to time. πŸ™‚

  • Whoop whoop! New WordPress blog here! Congrats on the move first of all! Second of all, great review, this one sounds interesting.

    Happpy Reading Joy!
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

    • Thanks, Patrick. It wasn’t fun, for sure but I’m loving it.

  • sarabara081

    Welcome to WordPress!

    So happy to see a review for this one from someone who read the fanfiction version like me too, and doesn’t use it to be biased. I also loved the original and looked forward to every update and I like the changes you mentioned in this book version. I think this is one I might have to pick up. Thanks for your review Joy!

    • Thanks, Sara!

      Yes, you have to pick this up so, as much as it’s not an original, I think HHunting did a great job of making it just so. πŸ™‚

  • Great review! I admit I have never read fanfiction but I am so glad that there are some great authors out there in the genre and ones that can really make the story their own.

    • Thanks, hun. This author in particular, I’d wished to get published. She’s really great.

  • This sounds so interesting, Joy. I also love the cover. I’m trying to remember if I had read books that were fanfic first but I can’t remember me reading any. Ah! Isn’t 50 Shades fanfic? Anyway, great review, girl. I’m looking forward to this one.

    • 50 Shades, was indeed a fanfic. I remember these two authors conversing on twitter before E.L. James became a household name.

  • I almost didn’t recognise this! It has a different cover in the UK (though I definitely prefer this one). I didn’t realise it was originally a work of fanfiction, though. It’s not something I would buy myself, but I’m glad it worked for you, Joy. I hope the second book will, too. Lovely review, my dear!

    • Thanks, Sam. I don’t say no to books of any kind nowadays, so this one being an original fanfic didn’t deter me from buying. I’m happy it turned out so great in the end as well. πŸ˜‰

  • Great review Joy. <3 I read this as a fanfic too. But it has been yeeeears. And I can't remember everything (A) but I do remember loving it. But now that I think back, I seem to remember A LOT of angst. As in too much for me these days, lol. But anyway. I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this book. <3 It sounds awesome. Will have to see what you think of the second one before I decide if I should (re)read them πŸ™‚

    • Oh I hope you’ll give it a chance someday, Carina. I really liked what she’s done here.