Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3.5 Stars

Twenty-two year old Ivy is a member of The Order; they are a covert organization that kills fae. The fae feed off humans and drive them insane, members of the Order kill them to keep humans safe. Ivy has been a part of the order all of her life. Ivy lives in New Orleans, which means she sees a lot more fae than most.

As much as I love Jennifer L. Armentrout I almost didn’t read this book because I’m not a big fan of fae or fairies. It’s one genre that I have never been able to get into, but I have a weakness for books set in New Orleans, it’s one of my favorite places and knowing the book is set there changed my mind a little. Plus, like I said, I love Jennifer’s books so I had to give this one a chance and I’m glad I did. While it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it.

I loved Ivy; she was badass and still vulnerable and relatable. She has lost her biological parents, her adoptive parents, and her first love. All of that it has made her scared to open up to people. She’s part of a world where people die all the time and she’s learned to keep her distance. Ivy is snarky, strong, and she is always willing to whatever it takes to beat the fae.

Ren is a new transfer to the New Orleans Order, he and Ivy meet and it’s not exactly love at first sight. I have to admit I’m a bit sick of romances lately, but I loved Ivy and Ren’s relationship. I think it progressed at the perfect pace. Ivy is reluctant because she lost her first boyfriend Shaun, and she has just been surrounded by death for so long. Ren is patient and he isn’t the creepy stalker type that many books try to portray as the hero. He respects Ivy and doesn’t push her.

What I didn’t like about this book, it was predictable. I guessed all the big surprises before they happened. Nothing really shocked me. Most of them were glaringly obvious. That being said I’m still curious to see where the series is going. Some pretty interesting things were revealed and I want to see where Ivy and Ren’s relationship goes from here. If you’ve read and enjoyed Jennifer’s books before Wicked is for you. It has that perfect mix of drama and snark, with a great romance and fun characters.

Book Info

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: December 8th 2014
Pages: 300
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: New AdultParanormalRomance

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.

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Tamara @ Gone with the Words

10 Responses to “Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

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    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I’m a big fan of JLA, too, but I also don’t like books about the fey, either. I haven’t read this one, but I probably will eventually. I’m glad you enjoyed this for the most part. I’m curios to meet Ivy who is totally tough but also vulnerable. I love characters like that.

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      I really liked Ivy. This is a classic JLA book, it may not end up being your favorite but it’s a fun read.

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    I love your review! I also gave Wicked a 3.5/5 rating – it’s fun and a very fast read, but nothing really new. I love the comfort of reading predictable stories sometimes (which is why Iove romance). I’m really looking forward to part 2 of Wicked – and to The Return :)

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      The second book is set up to be better so I’m excited about that. It was definitely a fun read :)

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    Jennifer Armentrout is my crack. She is one of those authors I don’t seem to be able to control myself with.

    I actually like faeries, particularly the badass evil ones. I don’t care for the faeries that turn into good guys.

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      I totally agree about JLA, her books are addicting! Don’t worry, there aren’t any good fairies in this one :)

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    We have very similar feelings! I liked this one but didn’t love it, which is unusual for me with a JLA book. The plot was, like you said, too predictable, and I got into the romance only in the second half.
    Lovely review!

    • Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Tamara @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks! Yup, it was very predictable, but I’m hoping the second book is a better.

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    Amber Elise

    Hmmmmm I have this one on hold at my library. I’m not really familiar with JLA (I’ve read two of her books) so I’m not jumping up and down to read this one. I’m sad that it’s predictable, we’ve got enough urban fantasy books in the market, I was hoping that this one would stand out!

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    Great review Jess. :] I’m about 15% into this book and I’m struggling with it. My main problem is that it is extremely similar to Kim Harrison’s Hollow’s series. I’m trying to figure out if this is deliberate or not… I hope it gets better.

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