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.
Aw, how refreshing it was to read another JLA book. It’s always satisfying when you go into a book knowing there is no way you’ll hate it cause it’s by one of your favorite authors! Wicked definitely delivered, though not to the highest amount as some of her other series have.
Wicked takes place in the lovely/paranormal filled New Orleans. Ivy has been a hunter of the Fae for years, she has conquered many foes through her time, but she has also known great loss, so great a loss that she guards her heart against most attachment, especially of the romantic sort. Her heart soon changes when she meets the new hunter in town: Ren. Though she tries her best not to, Ivy soon finds herself falling for him. However, as their feelings for one another grow stronger, secrets are revealed, and they discover the master plan behind the Fae’s actions in their town, which threatens their lives and the lives of all those they hold dear.
Though Wicked was not nearly as exciting/suspenseful as Armentrout’s books usually are, it didn’t fail in keeping me entertained throughout. Ivy’s relationship with Ren was steamy and thoroughly enjoyable in every way. There was the struggle (per Armentrout usual), the tension, the frustration of stupid decisions made by characters, then of course the actions taken in regards to their emotions *swoons*, and this was a New Adult book folks, so expect some good stuffs. 😉
I have read quite a few “evil fae” books, but Armentrout still found a way to make the lore behind the Fae’s existence/powers unique! And though I said there wasn’t as much suspense in this book, there were definitely some good fight scenes between the humans and Fae. And of course, the classic JLA humor was present throughout! There were quite a few Harry Potter references in this one, that had me dying of laughter, not to mention there were plenty of other fantastic pop culture references that I appreciated oh so much!
Once the ending rolled around, and the big showdown was coming, I can’t help but admit that the big “reveal” was pretty predictable. Of course that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a cliffhanger worth continuing with, cause it most certainly is! I can’t wait to see what’s coming next, and I’m sure it’s going to be an absolute emotional mess! Book two is titled Torn, and will release sometime this year.
I would definitely recommend you read Wicked, especially if you are a JLA fan! Buy it on Amazon here!