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Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Evil, bloodthirsty fae were the subjects of this new book, and boy, were they creepy. Our two heroes, Ivy and Ren have quite a job trailing fae and figuring out who is the big bad behind all the ruckus in New Orleans. Not to mention Ivy and Ren have undeniable and palpable chemistry. As in any good JLA book, there’s romance a plenty, but there are also great action scenes and lots of supernatural elements, including a fun side character in the form of a tiny, sassy, winged faerie.
Content wise, this is New Adult, so there’s some language, some sex, and violence. Not by any means the worst I’ve read, but it’s a step beyond her YA series (though not as much sex as her NA Contemporary). All in all a very fun, fast-paced, thrilling read that will please any Paranormal Romance fan.
Review by Jessica @ Ramblings on Readings
I'll get what I didn't like out of the way so I can focus more on what I did like. For the first half of the book I was annoyed and highlighting a LOT. I've never noticed it before in her writing but in this book she drops modern day references CONSTANTLY in the first half. Just to name a few: Twilight, Harry Potter, Rule, Jay Crownover, Braveheart, Resident Evil, Marked Men novel, Amazon, bath salts (as in the drug), Theo James, Jensen Ackles. UGH! One or two modern name drops I'll roll my eyes at but not make a big deal out of it. But this was way overkill. So much so that it annoyed me too much and most definitely lowered my overall rating of the book. Second to this annoyance are the mass of analogies used. (Here's just one example - 2 analogies in the same sentence: David had the personality of a rabid chupacabra and Laurie was as sweet as a praline.) These two things combined just had me feeling exasperated through the first half of the book.
Now, let's move on to the story itself. Ivy is a college student living in New Orleans (I think about 21 years old) but her identity comes from a secret group she's apart of, The Order. The Order fights beings from the Otherworld, namely Faes, protecting humans from them. Her entire family was killed by Faes so she is loyal to The Order and their cause. Due to an increase in Fae activity in New Orleans, and too many Order members being killed in a short period of time, a new member is transferred from Colorado to help out. This is Ren. (tongue roll here for yumminess factor!) Ren and Ivy have serious chemistry but she isn't willing to get close to anyone seeing as how their life expectancy is very short due to the dangers of their job. She isn't willing to get her heart broken again by losing someone.
Mysterious Ren....that always amps up the hot factor of any 6 foot 3 inch dude, don't ya think? Seems like Ren is withholding some vital information.
Then there's Tink. He is a brownie that Ivy rescued and he's been living with Ivy ever since. He's a creature from the Otherworld, she could get in major trouble for keeping him a secret. But he's hilarious and adds some light humor to the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this paranormal romance. There's action, there's hotness, there's humor. So yeah, if you're a fan of Armentrout's you'll enjoy this story too. I'll definitely check out the next book in the series, especially after that ending. If I could wave my magic wand it would be to not read any more modern name dropping and overkill of analogies in this series. That would boost my rating for sure.
No Favorite Quotes - this is highly unusual for me as I usually feature my top 5 spoiler-free favorites from each story. I was so distracted from highlighting what I didn't like that I never highlighted any favorite quotes.
Final Rating - 3.5 stars
Unfortunately, Wicked wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. While the paranormal elements are different than other JLA paranormal reads, the plot line was scarily similar:
Snarky heroine manages to catch the eye of the devastatingly hot hero (check)
The world is about to be destroyed and it's up to the heroine and hero to save the day (check)
Heroine ends up being a halfling/half-blood/half-alien/half-something (check)
I couldn't help but be reminded of both the Lux and Covenant series. The only difference here was there was more sex - which is not a bad thing. While I love first person POV, I felt like I barely got any insight into Ren as a character...other than the fact that he was hot, and thought Ivy was beautiful. Honestly, the way these two went on about how the other looked got a little old after awhile. We get it, JLA. Ren and Ivy are the two most gorgeous people on the planet.
And the plot did nothing to make up for this. I saw the various "twists" coming from a mile away. Toward the end, I was skimming.
Needless to say, I don't think this is a series I'll be sticking with. Not only do series/trilogies generally annoy me, but there wasn't much that stood out about this one. This is disappointing since I'm a big JLA fan...which you probably couldn't guess that from my review.