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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Epic second book that will leave you DYING for book 3!

Wings of the Wicked is a great follow-up to Angelfire; it’s jam packed with action, romance, laughs and heart break. It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you yelling YOU ENDED IT THERE?!?!?!?! I also love that the book sounds like Courtney. If you’ve ever h...
Wings of the Wicked is a great follow-up to Angelfire; it’s jam packed with action, romance, laughs and heart break. It’ll keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you yelling YOU ENDED IT THERE?!?!?!?! I also love that the book sounds like Courtney. If you’ve ever had a conversation with her, you can see her personality and love for her characters in her writing.

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, 2012

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Has Potential, but Lots of Problems

I went into Wings of the Wicked hoping for the best. I wanted to like the book, the characters, and hoped that the writing had improved. All of that did happen, to an extent.

Let me start with what didn’t work for me with Angelfire and still doesn’t work in Wings of...
I went into Wings of the Wicked hoping for the best. I wanted to like the book, the characters, and hoped that the writing had improved. All of that did happen, to an extent.

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)

Say what?!?

Now for my last gripe, I promise. I think, based o

posted by Andreat78 on February 9, 2012

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Fantastic

    Fantastic

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  • Anonymous

    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...
    FOREVER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Wings of the wicked

    I love this book!! Cant wait for the third book in the triloligy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    FREAKING AWSOME!!!!!!!!

    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 !

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  • Anonymous

    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!!!!!



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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    it was an exciting read. i couldnt put the book down. it took me

    it was an exciting read. i couldnt put the book down. it took me one day to read this!

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Lve it!

    My fav prt is when ellie goes nutts so i keep reading it over and over again this book is amazing! P.S it only took me 3 hrs to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Best book in the world

    So cool but werid

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  • Anonymous

    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!

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    really good series

    This book series is very enjoyable and I can't wait to read the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Really good!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Hmmm...

    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 recommended

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