Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Is your memory of a book ever better than your original reaction was? Do you ever remember a book as being awesome – or at least really good – only to go back, read your review, and end up surprised? That happened to me this week. I remembered Angelfire much better than I apparently thought if it upon completion. When I read books that are second (or later) in a series, I often go back and read my review of the previous book(s) to help jog my memory. (There are so many books between readings that it’s necessary more often than not.) This time, unfortunately, I think that ended up biting me in the ass. I can’t help but wonder whether I would have enjoyed Wings of the Wicked better if I went into it believing that I loved Angelfire. But, it had been so long since I’d read Angelfire I felt I needed the refresher. Oh, well. Too late now!
So, in case you can’t tell, I wasn’t too impressed. First time around, I found Ellie annoying, spoiled, and anything but likable. Unfortunately, she’s not much better this time, either. *sigh* I so wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, my dislike for, and soon impatience with, Ellie just couldn’t be overcome. I wish I could say that the book was so well-written that I could overlook this and just enjoy the writing. Unfortunately, I can’t. I felt like things were overly dramatic, although perhaps that’s because it’s from Ellie’s perspective – and she is on helluva drama queen! Plus, some of the writing made it impossible for me to picture things as they happened.
I let out a choking sob and collapsed at her feet as our arms wound around each other. ~ page 439 (ARC)
First of all, this is the perfect example of Ellie’s selfishness and melodramatic tendencies. She is not the one who should be collapsing. Secondly, I found envisioning this to be somewhat difficult. Embracing each other while one collapses? Seems a bit difficult. I dunno.
The snowflakes landing in my hair were tangling it. ~ pages 320-321 (ARC)
I just can’t help but wonder how that works. Snowflakes tangling hair? I’ve never had that happen, and I have always lived where it snows during winter. I’ve only had it melt in my hair, making it wet. Never tangling it. But then, I suppose if she uses a LOT of styling product, then maybe it’d tangle it. But, not really, that’d be more if the product getting sticky as the snow melts, making her hair a gross, sticky, icky mess. Yuck. Either way, it gave me pause.
Back to Ellie. I can’t say it enough. She’s whiny, spoiled, etc. Complain, complain, complain. Woe is me. Rather than bucking up, accepting her destiny, and finding a way to make the most of it, she whines and complains. “I, I, I … me, me me.” I got so tired of her I almost threw in the towel. But, I finished the book hoping it’d pay off.
I’m not so sure it did.
Can you say predictable? None of what someone might call plot twists took me by surprise. Not a single one. And some, I saw coming a mile away. And the end is a cliffhanger. An annoying one at that.
A slightly redeeming moment comes before the very end, when you see just a tiny bit of character growth. Ellie has some revelations that cause some introspection and some decisions about how she’s going to carry on. That was good to see, but would be even better if she’d get an attitude adjustment.
There’s so much more I want to say, but I think I’ve said enough. The things I could say would only make this an even more negative review, and I’m done with the negativity. That said, I noticed that I seem to be in the minority. Most reviews/ratings/comments I’ve seen about Wings of the Wicked have been quite positive. Others LOVE this book, so please don’t let me keep you from reading it. Look at the book’s page on Goodreads and scroll down to find lots and lots of favorable reviews.
Source: Received through Around The World Tours for review.
Read It: Wings of the Wicked is scheduled for release on February 14, 2012. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
Challenges: Counts for the 2012 Sensational Seconds Challenge.
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