06 February, 2012

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton.

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire, #2) 
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ings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton.

Pages: 528.
31st January 2012/HarperCollins-Katherine Tegen Books.

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"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. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night. 
She’s been warned. 
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself. 
She’ll be betrayed. 
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay."

Wings of the Wicked, sequel to Angelfire, pretty much picks off where the first one left off. Ellie is still patrolling the streets with her Guardian, Will. The book is full of action and romance and a tinge of humor here and there. 

The positives include:
+Concept: I love the concept in this series. Good and bad. Ellie being Gabriel's vessel. You can tell I'm a Supernatural fan, can't you? The educational  stories in the book about fallen angels, Lilith etc. are really interesting and are some of my favorite scenes in the book.
+Action: When Ellie is not being beaten and we have to read about it, then the action scenes are great to read.
+Cadan: I love Cadan. I do. I prefer him to Will because I love his personality more. The scene he is in with Ellie show Ellie's funnier, more feisty side which is often lost. I must say I think I may be a Callie shipper.
+Twists: There are deaths in this book that I DID NOT expect and they made me all sad and stuff yet there were definitely interesting twists. Along with that the ending to the book is also quite a plot turner that will take the third book in a whole new direction. The plot twist gave the book a well needed push in the right direction.

There was a few negative parts in Wings of the Wicked:
-Romance: Firstly, the whining. We are aware Ellie loves Will and Will loves Ellie. Are they actually in love? It is actually never said they are in love but only that they love each other and since that is brought up in practically every page of the book it's hard to forget. I felt that sometimes the book was over-flowing in teenage hormones and romance. Then you have the hot and cold aspect between Ellie and Will that is thrown back and forth throughout the book.
-Ellie: What irritated me about Ellie was how she is meant to be the Preliator yet during the most of the fight sequences she was on the ground at the mercy of Virs and what not. She was always being saved. Towards the end of the book, she became a little tougher but for the most part, she was careless and reckless throughout fights.  Also, the lack of maturity she shows during the book is frankly annoying. She is only seventeen and I was seventeen once but I don't remember being that emotionally unstable. There has to be about twenty crying scenes throughout the book. Also, how she acts about Will and Ava was just embarrassing. Damn girl, you were dead. You have no right to make him feel guilty about getting it on ONCE with angelic reaper.
-Will: I liked Will in the first book but in Wings of the Wicked, he had seemed to have taken on quite the Edward Cullen role. We get it, you have to protect the Preliator, but picking Ellie up and throwing her over your shoulder because she isn't doing you say will get you a red card from me.
-Plot: The plot needs to be tightened up. The last few chapters of the book had a lot of unnecessary scenes which in no way gave the story and progression. Moulton's writing, I felt was a bit too repetitive at times.

Wings of the Wicked does include underage drinking, domestic violence, attempted rape (we think) and a lot of violence in general so I advise this definitely for older YA readers. I am torn between what to give Wings of the Wicked. The book is split in two half which the second half being a lot better. When I was reading the great parts of the book, I forgot about the not so great parts which is why I think I am torn. I have give it a three and half. I enjoyed it and will read the third book but there is too many negatives which does pull the rating down.

Rating: 3.5/5.


  1. Oohhh, too bad this is not as swoon-worthy as I'd thought. I read the first book last month, but I didn't really love it. Check out my review HERE.

    1. Yeah, I was pretty disappointed with it!

  2. Great review. You covered a lot of aspects of the book. Like you, I'm a total fan of Cadan and Ellie's distress at Will & Ava's one night really bothered me. Actually, I almost wrote a whole post/rant about how I don't understand why people get so upset about significant others having sexual relationships before their current relationship. It makes absolutely no sense to me & I always hate when I see it in YA books. If I have the time, I still might write that rant. ;)

    Happy reading!

  3. You should write that rant so I don't feel so alone!! :P