Number of Pages: 516 (hardback)
For ages 14+ for some graphic fighting scenes
"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." -Goodreads
My thoughts may be a tad jumbled in this review and if you've been reading for a while you know that this is what happens right after I've read a good book. I'm typing like a mad person right now. Is this a bad thing? ...Brace yourself.
So, I'm freaking out right now, and I'm pretty sure anyone else who has read this book will wholeheartedly agree. I'm. In. Love. With. This. Book. I had to add a period after every word to emphasize my statement.
If you've read Angelfire and loved it, then you're absolutely going to love WINGS OF THE WICKED. Heck, you may even love it more! The characters still have their strong amazing personalities, and their sarcasm hasn't faded one bit! Also, the hilarious back and forth bantering between Ellie and Will is definitely still there.
Ellie is still figuring out how to balance her normal life and life as the Preliator. I like the sense that even though she has this alter ego where she can kick reaper butt.. 'scuse me.. bootie with a slice of her angelfire sword, she still wants to be somewhat normal. ..If that's what you could call normal..? She wants to be able to do normal high school stuff. And if I were her, I'd definitely want the same thing. But she still knows that when it comes down to business she needs to put everything aside and take responsibility of her duties as Preliator.
The romance in this book is FANTABULOUS. I don't know how much better I can put that into words. Will and Ellie are perfect for each other. I mean if you can't call two people who have been fighting along side each other for 500 years a perfect couple let alone that one of them is the others' protector, then you're absolutely CRAZY. (Run on sentence, much?) The tension between them is sometimes agonizing, but there are also some pretty fantastic scenes between them. Those scenes were probably my favorite. And can I not just say that I think every girl wants a Will in their life? I mean come on. He's Ellies protector. He swore to protect her life and he's in love with her AND he'll do absolutely anything for her. Who doesn't want a Will?
If you read Angelfire then you'll remember Cadan. And Cadan makes a second appearance in this book and I swear he's toying with me. Even though he's an awesome character I still love Will more, and I definitely want Ellie to stay with Will. We'll just find a nice girl for Cadan so he'll be happy, too!
There were so many moments in this book where I wanted to scream. Courtney has the tendency to make you want to hug the book tight with delight then moments later throw it across the room. She knows how to play with your emotions, that's for sure! I even cried at one extremely terrifying part! (My mother would say that's something special.) ;)
Another thing I loved about this book was it didn't have the sequel blues! Unlike many sequels where it just seems like a filler, this book didn't even seem like a middle book to a trilogy. This book had the power of a first book and third book combined.
I loved that the action kept me reading. I'm not really and action kind of girl. I'n not into fighting and combat and all the jazz. But surprisingly, it kept me entertained!
The ending.. WHAT THE CRUST?! I have to wait a YEAR for the next book to find out what happens. I can't believe I have to wait another year for this. I'm dying inside. Here's the scenario: You're reading and you see you have about 11 pages left, and what you're reading is something really happy. You think that the story is going to be ending pretty awesome since there's only a small amount of pages left. You're super happy for the characters, they're having a good time.. BAM! Something bad happens. Story over. ...Yeah. See what I mean? I'm dead.
Overall, this book was fantastic. Courtney always kept you entertained and right when you're about to get bored with the plot something else blows up in your face. It's fantastic. I love it. No words. I recommend it to the world. I especially recommend it to paranormal romance lovers. You wont be disappointed! 5 out of 5 diva crowns. Once again. Excuse my crazy teenager fan girl craziness. I hope I didn't scare you all off. ...I need to go lay down. ;)