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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
Epic second book that will leave you DYING for book 3!
Wings of the Wicked picks up shortly after the events that end Angelfire. Ellie is growing as the Preliator, but with that she’s also dealing with how her responsibilities fighting reapers fits into her “human” life. She’s also trying to figure out her relationship with Will. After Michael’s statements at the end of Angelfire, it makes any kind of romantic relationship that much more confusing.
Along with all the personal struggles, Ellie and Will are also having figure out what Bastian is up to. It seems dumping the coffin in the deepest part of the ocean wasn’t enough of a deterrent to Bastian and he’s still plotting to bring on the war between good and evil. And if that wasn’t enough, Cadan has jumped head first into Ellie’s life making things that much more confusing. Many secrets and revealed and we finally found out what’s up with Ellie’s father. This is a great second book that will have you eagerly anticipating the exciting conclusion to this story.
Courtney has done an amazing job of keeping up with the high impact story line started in Angelfire while balancing it with the emotional wait needed for the storylines presented in Wings. Courtney has giving Ellie just the right mix of a strong female character and one who’s struggling with the emotions of being a teen and everything else going on in her life.
posted by Stacey_C on January 31, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Has Potential, but Lots of Problems
Let me start with what didn’t work for me with Angelfire and still doesn’t work in Wings of...
Let me start with what didn’t work for me with Angelfire and still doesn’t work in Wings of the Wicked. The demonic Reapers. They’re just not frightening. When they pop up from the Grim, slobbering, screeching and basically announcing their arrival by saying things such as “Come out and play!”, I laugh. Funny = not scary. I will admit, the demons towards the end of the book do pack more of a punch, but nothing that will keep me up at night.
Another issue I had with book one was the problem of showing vs. telling. Every time Ellie “felt” any strong emotion, no matter how devastating, romantic, frightened, I only knew because I was told she felt that way. The author did a better job of conveying the emotions of the characters, especially during a part in which Ellie experiences a catastrophic loss, but still, it could have been so much better. For example, she mentions that Will says something “in that way of his that turned my insides to jelly” as if I know what she means. But, I don’t. Show me the effect it has on you, how it makes you feel. Don’t just tell me that it creates that response in you, because I’m not going to simply take your word for it. Here is another example of a lost opportunity: in the beginning of the book, Will introduces Ellie to Marcus, another “good” Reaper she knew in past lives. Instead of Ellie sharing a flash of memory or a burst of emotion tied to her past, she simply mentions how his face is familiar, that she has a flood of memories and that Marcus is her friend, simple as that. Later she is hesitant to take Marcus out with her friends because she knew “how rowdy Marcus could get”, as if I know what she’s talking about. Give me a snippet of a memory to go along with the observations. I can’t become fully vested if I’m not involved in the important aspects of the story.
In my review of Angelfire I mentioned that the revelation of Ellie’s true nature really bothered me. Guess what? It still does, a lot. Without giving it away, I’ll say that it’s just weird. Surely there was a way to make Ellie unobtainable and fearsome and place a huge block between her and Will without going “there”. What Ellie really is is a hard pill for me to swallow. I get that the author is probably trying to make the stakes very, very high, which would make a payoff at the end of the series extremely satisfying. But this hurdle seems impossible without a lot of backtracking or no happy resolution. Maybe I will be forced to eat my words with the series conclusion. I actually hope so, believe it or not.
I spent a good bit of time during Wings of the Wicked, as I did during Angelfire, re-reading lines and paragraphs to make sure that I understood what I had just read. Some of the lines felt redundant, saying the same thing but in a different way. For example: “I need to have a normal life on top of all this. I need some kind of normalcy” (pg 48, ARC) . It’s not necessary and makes the book way longer than it needed to be. Another example, not necessary (and redundant), are passages like this:
“Some part of me believed him when he said he’d never eaten a human before. It was hard to imagine a boy that hot eating people, and eating people was just all kinds of wrong.” (pg 32, ARC)
Now for my last gripe, I promise. I think, based o
posted by Andreat78 on February 9, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 28, 2012
Posted November 19, 2012
I really enjoyed Angelfire but still took my time getting to Win
I really enjoyed Angelfire but still took my time getting to Wings of the Wicked, mainly because I figured like most second books in a series this one would suffer the "second book syndrome" you know the one where it's just a filler and nothing much really happens but I was wrong Wings of the Wicked was amazing, full of action and shocking moments.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Just like the first book the actions scenes were awesome. Ellie is more bad ass in this book as far as her fighting skills go then the last. The only small issue I had with her was she was still a little whiny and trying to still hold on to her teen social life. In the first book it made sense because she was just discovering what and who she really was but in this book I expected her to grow up and leave all that behind at least most of it, especially when your fighting off demonic reapers on a daily basis, you have evil beings wanting to kill you, and you know now that you are Gabriel the Archangel in human form.
I liked Will just as much as I did in Angelfire, but I have a thing for bad boys and Cadan had me swooning for him. It's pretty obvious Ellie will only love Will so i'm not sure what Moulton was trying to accomplish with Cadan also falling for Ellie. Well regardless I loved his character and can't wait to read about him some more in the next book. I'm pretty sure there is no chance in hell Ellie will be with Cadan when this series is over but I hope Moulton creates a book just about him.
Moulton also took some serious risks in this book. She killed off key characters without hesitation, one that I had actually really liked. Shocking revelations were made about a few other characters one that I could see coming a mile away, it had to do with Ellie's father which I already thought there was something really strange about him in the first book and Wings of the Wicked proved my suspicions correct.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and love that it was fast paced without any dull moments. Moulton did leave this one hanging with a major cliffhanger that only makes me anxiously wait for the next book.
Posted October 16, 2012
No words for this
Epic, amazing, omg, these are the closest words i can think of off the top of my head... yet they dont come close to describing how i feel about this wonderful book...... i need more though where is the next one in the angelfire series? Is it hiding... i will wait forever for another one like this...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2012
Posted August 10, 2012
Posted July 16, 2012
So awsome because Ellie fought off many demons and thats gotta be one of the best books i have ever heared so that was nice except for the parts like Will had sex with this other girl when Ellie was gone.( The was pretty stupid Will)The other part is when Will picked Ellie up put her on the counter and kept on kissing her.And putting his hands under her shirt placing it on her hips.Kissing her neck i mean its dissgusting but not as gross as deadly deacendent by jeena black.Isn't weird to kiss someone or have sex with them?But anyway the book of the FOREVER !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2012
Cant wait for the third book
PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR ALTHOUGH I FORGOT THEIR NAME!! ANYWAY, THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC DID EVERYONE LOVE ELLIE AND WILL FINALLY GIVING IN??????? I NEARLY JUMPED UP AND DID A CELEBRATORY DANCE AND SONG!!! YEAH FOR THEM!!!!! THE THIRD BOOK COMES OUT SEPTEMBER 2012!!! YEAH!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2012
Posted June 1, 2012
Must Read!! 2nd book and only getting better!
I love this series! I can't wait for the next. I love Ellie and Will and the relationship they have. You learn a lot more about them in this book versus the first. I definitely recommend this series if you can appreciate a hot, delicious guy that loves his girl, but this girl can also fight back. One of my fave parts from the first book is when Will tells Ellie she doesn't punch like a girl. :) But of course despite her own strength it's the strength they have together that makes this story so good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2012
Really 4.5 stars Angelfire was one of my favorite books of 2011
Really 4.5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Angelfire was one of my favorite books of 2011, so I've been dying to read Wings of the Wicked for a very long time now. I was very eager to delve back into the world that Courtney created and see what Ellie and Will faced this time.
Ellie and Will thought that they had a hard fight in Angelfire, but the worst is not over. Demonic reapers are still after her, and Bastian has certainly not forgotten about her. Even with the help of more angelic vir, Ellie is finding it harder and harder to escape from the demonic. And in addition to all of this, Ellie still has to deal with warnings from Cadan as well as being a senior in high school. Furthermore, with the stress and Will's moral conscience, things between the Preliator and her Guardian are strained at best, very tense at worst. Now not only does Ellie have to fight for her life against demonic reapers, she also has to decide how long she can fight her heart...
Wings of the Wicked in one word: Wow. Sometimes sophomore novels don't live up to the first book, but with Wings of the Wicked nothing could be farther from the truth. This book was darker than Angelfire, but with this came an intensity that made this book impossible to put down. Somehow 500 pages flew by and yet still weren't enough. The world and its angel lore, the action, the romance...all were taken to a new level during this book. Every fighting scene was incredibly vivid, and Will and Ellie's relationship by turns sizzled off the page or made me smile ridiculously or even tear up. And Will. Oh, Will. I'm positive I claimed him as one of my book boyfriends already, but if not, let me do that now. He is swoon-worthy to the max and practically perfect in an endearing way. Then there's Cadan, who definitely surprised me in this book. I'm very curious to see how things will turn out for him in the next book. Finally there's Ellie. Despite her rough patches, she really grew into her own over the course of this book. And all of these characters are woven into a story full of twists and turns that take you on one crazy ride.
It's hard to say what the best part of this book is, because I love the characters, the story, and the writing. Courtney's writing style truly makes every scene come to life and made me feel everything that these characters felt. There's also a bit of evil genius at work in this book...I'm convinced that a few scenes were in there to torture us readers (and Courtney has admitted to her evil ways...).
Be prepared to lose sleep, to laugh, cry, grieve, and rejoice along with Ellie, Will, and the others. I am dying to know what happens next and will be impatiently awaiting the final book in this trilogy!
Posted May 16, 2012
Posted May 5, 2012
Posted May 1, 2012
By far the best YA series based on biblical mythology. Moulton m
By far the best YA series based on biblical mythology. Moulton monopolizes action and fight scene writing in this genre!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2012
Posted April 23, 2012
This was a great second book but I would recomend reading Anglefire (the first book in the series) before reading this book. There is not a lot of back tracking to what happend in the previous book so you will be lost without reading Anglefire. But really good over all and I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2012
This series is like no other it not only captivates you but it p
This series is like no other it not only captivates you but it plungs you into the book making you feel like your literally there. With the mind blown action scenes makin you jump at every strike of a sword and make your adrenaline pumping you will never get a moments of peace all daring events ! what also makes this a heck of a ride is come on ladies and gentlemen the hot excillerating romance. Some more innocent then other scences startin off with a hug or a kiss on the cheek to more like a trail of kisse. Do i have to say more? With that romance there comes suspense that will make you hold your breathe to alittle bit of jealousy that will make you laugh becuz come on who doesnt like alittle bit of attention certainly when its jealousy? But the real question is whos the competetor to ellies affection and touch maybe a romantic demonic reaper we all know and love but you will have to find out ! But wat we all probably want to know is how she gonna balance all of this with saving earth and preventing an apocalypse! And we think being a teenager is tough try to be ellie and you will know that thats a major understatement ! Enjoy the ride!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2012
Ok so i really like this series, but it was a little predictable...and i didnt like Ellie at times because she has a lot of power and at some point she needs to realize that she can actually use her strength or whatever. Overall it was amazing and the next one needs to hurry up and come out! Highly recommendedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 2011
Posted August 25, 2012
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