Series: A Wicked Saga, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Paranormal/ Romance/ Urban Fantasy
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Wow. Oh man. Another series for me to be addicted to. Armentrout is by far one of my favorite authors and this book proves she can tell a kick ass story! Wicked was way more than I expected and completely mind-blowing. There was a lot of awesome in this book.
First things first, I must talk about the setting. Being a native to New Orleans, I loved that she mentioned some of my favorite places! Jackson Squire, Café De Monde (they really do have some amazing beignets), and a few other places. What I loved about that was I could actually imagine where the characters where. So I was able to get fully absorbed into the setting of the book. New Orleans really does have a paranormal feel as well, so the paranormal aspect of the book went well with the setting.
“The fae went down, and before he could retaliate, I went all Van Helsing on his ass.”
Like nearly all of Armentrout’s female characters, Ivy was a tough character. Her world is one that demands instincts to survive, a dangerous world filled with some very dangerous creatures. But Ivy also felt real, in her emotions and thoughts. I loved that she is tough, ready to fight, but also that she uses her head – though she does have a tendency to just start kicking butt.
Then there is Ren. Lordy Almighty! Armentrout creates some swoon worthy guys and Ren is no exception. He’s like a mix of Daemon and Roth combined, swoony and so delectable. But he is also a very kind and sweet guy. But he is more than he appears. He shows up in Ivy’s world with secrets that turn Ivy’s world upside-down. All in all, I just couldn’t get enough of Ren.
I must also talk about Tink. Yes, a little creature that makes quite a few appearances in the book. I ADORED this little creature! I couldn’t get enough of his cocky attitude and every time he appeared I wanted more of him. He was probably my favorite character other than Ren. But the book is also filled with some very interesting characters. Some that end up surprising me.
The paranormal aspect of the book was also something I’m not used to. I have, in fact, never read a book based on fae before. So going into that type of world was quite different. But in true Armentrout style, she blew me away and made me very interested in her world. She made it scary, dark, and very frightening, but also interesting, believable, and quite amazing. She blended the paranormal and normal world quite well. The writing style is something I have always enjoyed about Armentrout’s work, and she doesn’t disappoint in Wicked. The chemistry was intense between Ren and Ivy, I ate it up! Though I was able to figure one major plot twist out another one left my mouth on the floor. And then we have that ending! What a cliffhanger!
“I didn't need your permission," I spat back. Ren smirked. "Honey, I know what you need and you're going to get it.”
But all in all, Armentrout has created another phenomenal world filled with wicked creatures and characters I just can’t help but love.