Wings of the Wicked (Hardback)
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Short Description for Wings of the Wicked Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined. Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven's warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell's strongest reapers.
- Published: 31 January 2012
- Format: Hardback 528 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062002365 ISBN 10: 0062002368
- Sales rank: 61,307
Reviews for Wings of the Wicked
review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the first book.
First, what I didn't like. Wasn't so much a fan if the constant action I this one. Felt like to much.Also frustrated with Ellie for awhile about flippant way she seemed to regard the safety of those she loved although I guess she had to learn the lesson hard way and by the end, I saw so much growth and change in her.
There were a couple of secondary characters that I enjoyed. Marcus was one of them. He made me smile. Also, Her conversations with Nathaniel were a bright spot. I was also pretty intigued with Cadan and what his angle was. I liked their banter though, and the scenes he was in.
Loved the romance. This was something that did not change. I fawn over Will and he was as amazing and dedicated as I remembered from the first.
I will def be reading the 3rd soon, in fact, already on the wait list from the library, because I was left hanging, and I have to know what is going to happen.
Bottom Line: Good second book with a few issues. by Brandi Kosiner
LOVE LOVE LOVE it
It'd be nice to be a normal senior in high school with normal teenage problems but no suck luck for Ellie. She's the Preliator, hunter of demons, vessel to Gabriel, and a teenager in love with a gorgeous older guy who is totally off limits. Complicated doesn't begin to cover it. Warned of the hunt for relics that will lead to the lose of her soul, Ellie tries to get her homework done. But everything crushes to a stop when she is betrayed by one who should love her. Coping with some much loss, Ellie can't manage the strength to go on but Will is there to hold her together. But even he may not be enough to stop Bastian's evil plans to destroy her soul and the world.
5 stars - a must read
I fell in love with the world that Courtney created in Anglefire. She combines heaven and humanity in a different, compelling way that has the reading turning the pages in rapid fire. Tipping the scales at over 500 pages, this book flew by. And believe me I didn't want it to end. It has a heartbeaking cliffhanger ending that had me jumping to goodreads to find the release date for book three. No good there, 2013 is too broad a range and way to far away!
As for the characters, I love them. Ellie is brilliant. She's the human teen that is trying so hard to be normal but she's not normal. She's the badass fighter send from heaven to fight the demonic reapers. It's a hard to line to walk but she pulls it off. She not perfect. She struggles and falls down but she doesn't break. I love that about her. I've seen authors break their heroines/heroes to prove something and I don't like it. Ellie hurts but she stays Ellie. Well done. As for Will, well what can I say about the gorgeous green eyed, dark haired Will. Badass doesn't even begin to describe his abilities. I love that he's a little different than most angelic reapers. (Okay not saying how - read the book). There needs to be that something extra to explain him. His devotion to Ellie is one of the things I love about him most. He would do anything to protect her, to make her happy but at the same time he doesn't try and shelter from being who she is. She fights with him. So sexy.
Oh and I need to say one little word about Cadan - he's so cute. That's it.
The story in this book is fast paced and at times brutal. From page one, Ellie is fighting for her life. There were some sweet moments and some grief but the action was strong, not to mention some steamy passion, lots of that too.
If you read Anglefire, this is a MUST read. If you didn't read Anglefire, what are you waiting for? This is a must read series for YA paranormal fans. by Valerie Fink
Had Potential, But Lots of Problems
Wings of the Wicked is book two in the Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton. If you read my review of Angelfire, you'll know I wasn't a big fan of that book. In general, I actually liked the overall concept of the series, but a lot of the choices and the writing style just didn't connect with me. I went into Wings of the Wicked hoping for the best. I wanted to like the book, the characters, and hoped that the writing had improved. All of that did happen, to an extent.
Let me start with what didn't work for me with Angelfire and still doesn't work in Wings of the Wicked. The demonic Reapers. They're just not frightening. When they pop up from the Grim, slobbering, screeching and basically announcing their arrival by saying things such as "Come out and play!", I laugh. Funny = not scary. I will admit, the demons towards the end of the book do pack more of a punch, but nothing that will keep me up at night.
Another issue I had with book one was the problem of showing vs. telling. Every time Ellie "felt" any strong emotion, no matter how devastating, romantic, frightened, I only knew because I was told she felt that way. The author did a better job of conveying the emotions of the characters, especially during a part in which Ellie experiences a catastrophic loss, but still, it could have been so much better. For example, she mentions that Will says something "in that way of his that turned my insides to jelly" as if I know what she means. But, I don't. Show me the effect it has on you, how it makes you feel. Don't just tell me that it creates that response in you, because I'm not going to simply take your word for it. Here is another example of a lost opportunity: in the beginning of the book, Will introduces Ellie to Marcus, another "good" Reaper she knew in past lives. Instead of Ellie sharing a flash of memory or a burst of emotion tied to her past, she simply mentions how his face is familiar, that she has a flood of memories and that Marcus is her friend, simple as that. Later she is hesitant to take Marcus out with her friends because she knew "how rowdy Marcus could get", as if I know what she's talking about. Give me a snippet of a memory to go along with the observations. I can't become fully vested if I'm not involved in the important aspects of the story.
In my review of Angelfire I mentioned that the revelation of Ellie's true nature really bothered me. Guess what? It still does, a lot. Without giving it away, I'll say that it's just weird. Surely there was a way to make Ellie unobtainable and fearsome and place a huge block between her and Will without going "there". What Ellie really is is a hard pill for me to swallow. I get that the author is probably trying to make the stakes very, very high, which would make a payoff at the end of the series extremely satisfying. But this hurdle seems impossible without a lot of backtracking or no happy resolution. Maybe I will be forced to eat my words with the series conclusion. I actually hope so, believe it or not.
I spent a good bit of time during Wings of the Wicked, as I did during Angelfire, re-reading lines and paragraphs to make sure that I understood what I had just read. Some of the lines felt redundant, saying the same thing but in a different way. For example: "I need to have a normal life on top of all this. I need some kind of normalcy" (pg 48, ARC) . It's not necessary and makes the book way longer than it needed to be. Another example, not necessary (and redundant), are passages like this:
"Some part of me believed him when he said he'd never eaten a human before. It was hard to imagine a boy that hot eating people, and eating people was just all kinds of wrong." (pg 32, ARC)
Now for my last gripe, I promise. I think, based on what I've seen other people say, and from a few spots in the book, that Wings of the Wicked is supposed to contain a love triangle. Will loves Ellie, and Ellie loves Will. But Cadan also loves Ellie, or so he says. Cadan had such a small impact on me in Angelfire that I never mentioned him in my review. He plays a larger role in this book, but not much. I don't know offhand how many scenes he has (five, maybe six?), and they are short portions of time, but in that small bit, he has fallen hopelessly in love with Ellie and will love her until he dies. The love he has for Ellie causes him to make a few great choices that do change the course of the story, but I just didn't get where the undying love came from.
Alright, now for what I did like. I did admire the fact that though Ellie is deeply in love with Will, she intends to remain her own person with her own identity separate from him. She doesn't give up her friends, family, or school life (including the PROM! Yay!). Having said that, I'm just going to pretend that the fact she hangs out with humans puts them all in the same danger she faces every day. Anyway, I admire that about the character, because so many heroines give an outside life up at the first sign of true love.
Speaking of true love, I do love Ellie and Will. But I'm not going to lie, that's mainly due to Will. He is honorable, respectful, and brave; but also kind, self-sacrificing, and hot, carrying himself with a certain princely charm. I am sort of smitten with Will and hate that he must endure the many challenges he faces, like Ellie's mood swings, not to mention almost certain death at any moment.
The action sequences. They simply kicked butt. When other portions of the story seemed to drag for me, the fights woke me up and got my heart pumping. I know I said the demonic Reapers aren't scary, and they aren't. But the way Ellie and Will fight them is so fierce. That girl has a wicked way with a sword!
When I sit here and try to sift through my thoughts of Wings of the Wicked, I'm very conflicted. It was a definite improvement on Angelfire, that's for sure. There were several things about it that bothered me, such as some of the writing and choices. For a large portion of the book, I could have set it down and left it, without a moment's bother. But the last half of the book, the last two hundred pages or so, I found myself very interested in the outcome. I'm still not sure if it's because I was truly enjoying it or because I had invested so much time that I wanted to see the story through. But I was reading, and I actually cared. So that in itself says something about Wings of the Wicked.
"He really was terrified, as if the most frightening reaper on the planet was no scarier than a mouse, and yet put him in a tux and it was the Apocalypse." (pg. 492, ARC)
* I received an ARC of Wings of the Wicked from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. * by Andrea Thompsonunder review
Incredible Sequel! This is a series you don't want to miss!
Wowza! I loved the first book in this series, Angelfire, and Wings of the Wicked definitely managed to live up to the high expectations I had for it. I loved absolutely every moment of it! The crazy demonic reapers, the new angelic ones that we meet, Ellie's fierceness...and Will, oh I love me some Will! :D
At the beginning of Wings of the Wicked, you're thrust immediately into a killer action scene. Ellie and Will are battling some old demonic reapers...meaning they're seriously strong, and it is INTENSE! Yes, so intense that I totally put it intense all in caps, and the best part is that the intensity just skyrockets the further you get into the book!
One of the things that I loved most about Wings of the Wicked was that you see even more of Ellie's memories from her past lives. You learn about her past selves, and people that she associated with in her pasts. You even get to experience some Will and Ellie moments from her previous lives, which I totally loved. Along with Ellie's past, we learn some more about Will and his family. I'm a serious sucker for anything Will related, so obviously I loved that part...seriously, the boy just gets me every time! ;)
For all those Cadan fans, you'll be thrilled to know that he also makes some appearances in Wings of the Wicked, and I really enjoyed them. He and Ellie have some amazing banter when they're together. :) Bastian's also back, and he brings with him a bunch of powerful demonic reapers...like I said, it gets INTENSE!
I was incredibly impressed with Wings of the Wicked. Not surprised though--figured I would loved it--but I was impressed because Courtney has written a sequel that not only lives up to its predecessor but manages to build on to it in a way where you feel as if you've been with the characters for forever...it's as if you've lived some of their past lives with them. Also, I felt that the action was incredibly well done. It didn't go overboard, and it kept me completely hooked and absorbed in the story.
I love that this series is full of action, while still managing to maintain an emotional element that keeps you attached to the characters and their feelings. Throughout Wings of the Wicked I was kept on my toes. I was anxious about what would happen next, and I worried with the characters over things that happened. I was tormented when they were, and was drawn into their upward and downward spirals. I felt everything that they went through.
The fact that Courtney can make me feel so strongly over the things that her characters go through, while also creating such vivid action sequences, never ceases to amaze me. Once again I was blown away by her writing, and I can't recommend this series enough. If you haven't started it yet, seriously go out and get yourself a copy of Angelfire, and as soon as you can...get yourself a copy of Wings of the Wicked, too. This is one series you do not want to miss!
*I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
*This review was originally posted on my blog, Burning Impossibly Bright. by Ambur Hostyn