Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
Alright, alright, I can probably guess what all of you are thinking right now. “Are you seriously reading another book written by Jennifer L. Armentrout? Really?” Why yes, yes I am. I already told you, my mission in life as of right now is to read every single book she’s ever written. And I mean every book. Not sure if I can physically own every book but it’s a start. I’m getting carried away. Back to the point. I picked this up because, clearly, I’m on a mission and it sounded like a super interesting read so I gave it a shot. I not only enjoyed this book a great deal but I was also thoroughly entertained throughout. It had an intriguing plot, fantastic characters, and a solid balance not only between genres but between the contents of those genres. It was never a dull moment reading this book and it added to my ever growing love for all things Jennifer L. Armentrout.
- I think my favourite thing about this book was how well balanced it felt. I know I said this before when I was reviewing the Lux series, how Armentrout had a really good balance between the alien shenanigans and the romance between Katy and Daemon, and she did it again here. But I feel like this balance went beyond that because it was rooted in the balance between YA and NA, and it’s something I’ve been wanting for a long time. When I first got into reading NA, I noticed that a lot of the books in this genre were just contemporary romances and honestly that’s mostly what I expected to get out of this genre. But after I’d read a NA book I’d have to go and pick up a YA book because I wanted to get back into those fantasy worlds filled with magic and more. It made me yearn for a fantasy NA book, or a YA-NA hybrid if you will, and this book satisfied that need completely. It had the standard fantasy-like and paranormal elements found in YA but it also had the typical contemporary moments and romantic scenes found in NA. And what I loved most was that it was such a solid balance between the two genres and it never felt like one overpowered the other or that one aspect was more important than the other. Sure, the romance between Ivy and Ren was important, but so was the fae storyline and the Order stuff. It’s like regardless of what angle you look at it from it was refreshing and it definitely satisfied all of my reading needs. I’m sure this wasn’t the first fantasy paranormal NA book to ever exist, but it’s the first one I read and I loved it.
- I don’t know what it is about Armentrout’s female protagonists, but they have continually been fantastic in my opinion. I can also appreciate her male protagonists/love interests but man, her females are something else. I love that she always makes them so strong, both physically, mentally, and emotionally, and there’s always something in them that comes off as relatable and even admirable. One of the biggest parts of Ivy’s storyline was the fact that this great tragedy happened to her loved ones when she was 18 and that led to her not allowing people to get close to her and ultimately not letting people in. I liked that this was the flaw in her system and it’s one of the things that makes her relatable. And it was also central to her development in this first book because getting over this tragedy and learning to let people in adds to her overall strength and it’s one of the things I love seeing in strong female characters. Ivy was a complete badass in so many different ways and I loved how quick witted she was. She had some amazing one liners. I truly loved and enjoyed the way Armentrout wrote her character and Ivy was definitely a highlight of this book.
- While I loved Ivy and I loved the whole hunting fae storyline and all that jazz, those weren’t my favourite things of this book. Hands down, my favourite thing was the character of Tink. I don’t know what made Armentrout think of creating this character or how she even came up with half the things he did and said, but he was fantastic. It’s almost like Ivy had the male version of Tinkerbell, hence the name, but he was hilarious and inappropriate and just on a constant sugar high. While he served as comedic relief majority of the time, Tink still had layers to him and a lot of it was rooted in how protective he was of Ivy. I’m sure getting nursed back to health helped with that a lot but still, he was more than just a funny character. I feel like if this book had a spirit, it would be Tink.
- There wasn’t really anything that I can pinpoint as being blatantly bad about this book but the one thing I didn’t really care for was the plot twist at the end. On one hand it was good because Armentrout kind of threw us off by denying this particular plot twist earlier, but I was kind of hoping that this plot twist didn’t really happen. I get why it happened, I understand it happening, but I was hoping that we’d go a slightly different route here.
- Just to have another point for funsies, I really liked Ren but I didn’t love him as fast as I loved Daemon or even Aiden. This was probably due to the fact that I just couldn’t trust him from the get go, and I’m now ashamed at how much I didn’t trust him, but he’s still fine as hell and I now love him. So yeah. That’s it, I guess.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Obviously if you love Jennifer L. Armentrout like I do then you’re gonna love this book. But what is truly great and appealing about this book is how it’s a hybrid of YA and NA and can serve as a fantastic bridge between the two genres. Whether you love one of these genres or both, I truly believe you’ll enjoy this book and be as entertained as I was.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: December 8, 2014
Pages: 376 (eBook)
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