Title: Wings of the Wicked
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I started Wings of the Wicked as soon as I was done with Angelfire and I did enoy being able to immediately jump back into Ellie’s story. Of course Wings of the Wicked starts off with Ellie and Will at odds due to the fact that they love each other but Will thinks it would be best if he stayed away from her for fear of what Michael would do to him if he found out about their relationship. So of course things are off to a rocky start but all of that has to be put aside for some great battle scenes. I swear it is rare to find battle scenes like this in a YA series and I really love what Moulton does each and every time they go to battle. Now Angelfire had a ton of fights so I was pleasantly surprised to see some fights in Wing of the Wicked but I felt Moulton found a better balance this time around.
So since the battles were taking a back seat for portions of the book I bet you are wondering exactly what was going on for 500+ pages. Well there is a lot of teenage drama and emotions flying around. I really liked this at first because it was so sad and yet lovely to watch Ellie and Will struggle with their love and want of each other without giving in. While all of their drama is happening there are still advancements in the storyline about what is going on with the demonic reapers, who are of course out to get Ellie once again. So the storyline did move forward in many ways but it also stalled in a few. Sometimes the length of this novel was actually shown when a scene would happen and then the next chapter seemed to be a repeat of those same feelings or the same knowledge we already learned about. So in some ways this book did end up being the second in a series, you all should know what I mean, in ways this book was a filler book.
So while I appreciate the fact that the storyline did move forward in some ways and I did enjoy watching Ellie and Will come together and have problems then come together and have problems it was a little exhausting over time. It was a little bit of a repeat at times and I think a couple of the scenes or chapters could have been cut out just to set the pace a little better. If you read my review of Angelfire you know a problem that I had were all of the Twilight inspired scenes, I think that was mostly cleared up in this book but there was one scene that had me laughing because of the light Twilight inspiration behind it. So this book certainly gets some props for moving away from what I originally thought was a slight take on things that played out in Twilight.
Overall, I still enjoyed this book and it certainly took a step up from some of the things I didn’t like in Angelfire, and I haven’t even told you my favorite part of Wings of the Wicked yet! I must say that I do like Ellie and Will but I have to say I enjoyed learning more about Cadan in this book. I swear I don’t know what it is but Cadan just does it for me, I think I’ve been developing more crushes on the ‘bad’ boys lately! I know Will is the guy she should be with and yada yada yada but I just love Cadan, he has the wit and style that I wish Will had. In all honesty, Will bores me at times with how simple he can be, ok he loves Ellie, I get that but I need more from him sometimes, which is where Cadan fills the gap in my heart. So even if my love of Cadan is a wasted effort because she loves Will I just can’t help myself. I’m rooting for the losing team this time around and I know my heart will break a little in the end. Oh and just so you all are prepared Wings of the Wicked ends on a wicked cliffhanger. This one gets 4.5 hearts from me for being a step up from Angelfire but still not lighting my fire all the way.