- Series: A Wicked Trilogy
- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988982951
- ISBN-13: 978-0988982956
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (448 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 8, 2014
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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
I have to admit that I'm not Ivy's biggest fan. She grew on me through the book but she's not my favorite character ever. I like her well enough in the end so this is fine for now. I did love her relationship with Ren, though. Which brings us to Ren. Holy hotness! That guy left me in a perpetual state of having to fan myself. I really gives her other male character's a run for their money.
I also have to say that at first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because it took me a few chapters to really get into it. But in the end JLA managed to do her thing again and make me obsessed with one of her books. So the fae... I love fae books, especially if the fae are bad. Wicked kind of reminded me of Darkfever because of the evil fae and Night Huntress without the vampires in some way. This is a good thing, by the way!
I love that this book was new adult. I love JLA's young adult books but sometimes a girl just needs some hotness in her books. And the romantic scene were pretty sizzling. I loved it! And let's talk about Tink. He was by far my favorite character. He was freaking hilarious and I laughed my ass off whenever he was in a scene. Best. Character. Ever!
I had seen most of the major twists coming, almost right from the start. I didn't really like that it was that obvious so I couldn't give it five stars, unfortunately. But still, it was fantastic and I loved all the references to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Theo James (of course), and so on and on.
All in all, Wicked was funny, sexy, action-packed and awesome in the way only Jennifer L. Armentrout can write books. There were quite a few shocking though obvious twists that I know will set the pace for the next book. I for one can't wait to read it! I would definitely recommend this really great new adult paranormal book.