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Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire Series #2)

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire Series #2)

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by Courtney Allison Moulton

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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,


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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Karen Sykeny
This gripping sequel in the Angelfire series continues with more action and more characters. It combines the forbidden romance of Twilight, the friendship and action of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the angelic/demonic mythos-urban fantasy/horror of Supernatural. Preliator Ellie is remembering more and more of her reincarnated soul's past as archangel Gabriel. Her forbidden attraction to her Guardian, Will, is growing and becoming more distracting. Bastian seems to be back and with a bigger, more insidious plan to dominate humanity. Both Ellie and Will discover they have deep, dark powers not yet known and their long past together is both a strength and weakness. This book, like its predecessor, will engage readers easily and many will not be able to put it down. The angst-filled, romantic tension; best girl/supportive friend; and fast-paced action sequences will keep readers wanting more in the next installment. This excellent book is a must-have purchase for all libraries, especially where horror, romance, and urban fantasy fiction is hot. Characters and plot continue to be very strong and the mixing up of traditional lore is appealing. Readers will eagerly anticipate the next in the series. This novel will provide crossover appeal to both older teens and adults. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny
Kirkus Reviews
After many reincarnations, the Archangel Gabriel has emerged as a spoiled, wealthy, 17-year-old fashion-addicted girl who fights demons. The combination does not convince. Nevertheless, the story of Ellie and her guardian, Will, continues in this second installment of the Angelfire saga. Beginning in near–chick-lit mode, most of the story focuses on various romantic entanglements with occasional action sequences until the climactic scenes finally emerge. Ellie knows she loves Will completely and forever, yet she's still extremely attracted to several others, including Cadan, a demon (but she trusts him). Will, besotted with Ellie for over five centuries, constantly turns up to save her from danger. Once the narrative takes a dramatic turn, suspense struggles to take precedence over the romance, with Moulton pausing two major fights for kissing scenes. Much of the story frankly seems thrown together. Drenched in emo, everything is extreme, with frequent use of italics. Extreme fights, extreme romance, extreme clichés ("I couldn't lose them both tonight. I couldn't lose Will. I couldn't lose him") combine with such silly dialogue as "This is not right! Annihilating the human and angel races is not right" to lend the book a distinctly pulp-fiction flavor. Depictions of some of the demons are rather imaginative, however. Even demons can fall in love, it seems. For dedicated fans only, and with more coming. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Moulton takes readers into an engrossing world of biblical fantasy and epic romance, and gives them insight into the bewildering effects of superpowers and leadership thrust upon the shoulders of a teenage girl. In this sequel to Angelfire (HarperCollins, 2011), 17-year-old Ellie Monroe of Detroit's suburbs is still growing into her destiny as the vessel of Gabriel, archangel and the left hand of God. While struggling with her unrequited love for Will, her heaven-appointed Guardian, she is training for the Second War: the Apocalypse. The demonic reapers have acquired a soul-sucking ancient relic that could eliminate the Preliator's soul and its reincarnation cycle. But all Ellie wants is a normal senior year and her studly, stoic, angelic reaper boyfriend. The writing is saturated with descriptors and smatterings of jargon, though the action-driven plot propels readers through the sometimes-ambiguous prose. Moulton weaves multiple climaxes and unexpected love triangles to engage readers, but the dragged-out cliff-hanger with a twist is unfortunately too reminiscent of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. Dripping with drama and gruesome battle imagery, this sequel will satisfy paranormal devotees more than its precursor.—Jamie-Lee Schombs, Library Journal

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Angelfire Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She is the author of Angelfire, Wings of the Wicked, Shadows in the Silence, and the novella A Dance with Darkness.

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Wings of the Wicked 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
trishaleighkc More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Angelfire a year ago, it was because I knew Courtney, the author, from Twitter. Honestly, the book didn’t seem like my thing, and my brain is pretty exhausted with paranormal YA, so you can imagine my surprise when I loved the debut. I couldn’t put it down. Ellie sucked me into her world, and I fell in love with Will alongside her. Needless to say, the release date for Wings of the Wicked has been on my calendar for some time. What I can tell you is this: I couldn’t put this one down either. Unlike so many “middle” books in a series, Wings is not a placeholder. There is plenty of action, several layers are added to the bigger story arc, moving the tale both forward and backward as we get answers followed by more questions. New characters, some of whom intrigued me, like the complicated, ferocious Ava (but some of whom I do not trust cough Marcus cough), are introduced and weave their way seamlessly into the narrative. It’s a winner, for sure, and though it does end on a cliffhanger, it’s not there simply for the sake of making us pick up the as-yet-untitled Book 3. Trust me. You’ll want to read that one anyway, to get the answers to the million other questions we still have about Ellie, Will, Cadan, and their world, which could come crumbling down in the middle of the war to end all wars if they can’t stop it. The romance is smoking. Sizzling. The sense of urgency mixed with timeless, meant-to-be love leaves me breathless, and even though I like Cadan as a character very much, he’ll never take Will’s place in my heart. Which is another plus for this entire series, because there isn’t a love triangle in the traditional sense – something I know a lot of people are tired of. Cadan isn’t a contender for Ellie’s heart, but I’m guessing plenty of readers are going to fall in love with him anyway. I’ve seen some criticisms of Ellie, mostly that claim she’s too whiny. To those people I say this: Ellie is one of the few teenagers outside of contemporary YA who feels honest and real to me. Does the fact that she wants to maintain a normal life, or go to parties, annoy me sometimes? Yes. But it’s completely believable that a 17yo girl would feel that way. Did I think Ellie was being silly with some of her relationship concerns? A little. But when I was in high school I would have felt the same way. Ellie is a real, live 17yo girl so yes – she makes bad decisions and mistakes and freaks out about little things, because that’s what we all do when we’re teenagers. And I, for one, appreciate the nuances that remind me I’m reading YA and not adult. In addition, I find the internal struggle Ellie faces – mild spoiler alert – as she tries to reconcile her divine and mortal halves fascinating and relatable. As with Angelfire, the action scenes are flawless. What’s even more exciting is how Courtney has grown as an author in other ways. Not only Ellie and Will, but the entire cast are fleshed out so well that I literally miss them when the book is over. I want to read the next installment not only to learn the outcome, but to spend another 500 pages with these characters who are something like friends. When they’re gone for real, it will be sad. So, uh, I guess you can tell I liked it. I loved it. If you liked Angelfire, I don’t see how Wings of the Wicked could disappoint.
Stacey_C More than 1 year ago
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.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the first book.      First, what I didn't like. Wasn't so much a fan if the constant action I this one. Felt like to much.Also frustrated with Ellie for awhile about flippant way she seemed to regard the safety of those she loved although I guess she had to  learn the lesson hard way and by the end, I saw so much growth and change in her.      There were a couple of secondary characters that I enjoyed. Marcus was one of them. He made me smile. Also, Her conversations with Nathaniel were a bright spot. I was also pretty intigued with Cadan and what his angle was. I liked their banter though, and the scenes he was in.     Loved the romance. This was something that did not change. I fawn over Will and he was as amazing and dedicated as I remembered from the first.      I will def be reading the 3rd soon, in fact, already on the wait list from the library, because I was left hanging, and I have to know what is going to happen.  Bottom Line: Good second book with a few issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay i am totally and completely in love with Will. I loved this book so much it hurts and highly recomend it. You will fall in love with the charactors and connect with them. This book never has a boring moment. So excited for theblast book to come and will probably cry when the trilogys done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love this series and i camt believe it just ended like there! 2013 rly! I love how the story has every bit a good stiry neeeds. The doomed love the war the friends and family and them all the angel and demons also all the memories she regains. **********- spoilert alert************************* Willl's immortal love and Cadan now too ..... he knows he cant have her alll these characters remind me so much my friends how they seem fearlesss and stubborn but if you really get to know a " dark" person you get to see the goodness and the kindness in them. I was worried aboutkate just as elli was but when marcus proved to be a good and not only all about fun person you see the good in him.
SilverMistBerry More than 1 year ago
I love this series and it keeps you wondering whats going to happen in the third book! I love this series
My_Life_is_a_Notebook More than 1 year ago
Where do I start? WHERE do I start? Guys: THIS BOOK. This book kept me up until ONE THIRTY in the morning after a long night of work. It NEVER STOPPED moving. I finally finished it, put it down, and tossed around for a while because I needed to breathe. Not kidding. When the first book in this series came out, I was instantly hooked. I loved the world, I loved the characters and I loved Ellie. Finally, HERE is a girl who can take care of herself and make quips while being pummeled to death. Angelfire was fast paced, funny and included a guy that I actually crushed on because he wasn’t another one of those Edward types. (Ew) Wings of the Wicked is a lot like the first book, except its darker, somehow even MORE fast paced and–hold your hearts, Will fans–a heck of a lot sexier. Don’t worry: Will and Ellie can’t even stay apart correctly, and once they get together SOMEONE GET A FIRE EXTINGUISHER. (Nono, nothing like a romance book or anything. The book is firmly PG-13.) Yet they also continue to be adorable around that. You also learn a LOT more of about the world of angels, who Ellie really is–and when I say a lot, I mean it. Sometimes it felt like Nathaniel was facilitating an info dump, but I ate it all up. And then there still managed to be MORE questions that were opened up. I was so totally sucked into this world that I was literally wailing “No EXPLAIN IT!” The main thing that I keep coming back to with this book is the pace. You read it, and you feel like the Roadrunner. You just CAN’T stop. If you could, I’d be a little more rested than I am right now. Ellie literally never catches a break; when she gets a chance to breath, you can’t even breathe with her because you know the next big thing is right around the corner of the next page and you are always right–and somehow it’s ALWAYS worse than you imagined. The book reads like a rapid fire shotgun. Ahem. Now, I guess I ought to get technical instead of gushy to try to retain some semblance of credence. Alright. There WERE a few things that caught me as off. The first had to do with the pacing: with so many things happening, of course you’re in danger of not letting Ellie properly deal with what’s happening to her. The biggest events were dealt with beautifully, but sometimes it felt like she didn’t have reactions to some of the smaller things because she just didn’t have the time. The second thing: the relationship with Cadan. The whole thing just felt off to me, and got worse by the page. For one, he seemed to only show up when Ellie needed something explained to her, which just made him feel like a foil. Plus, the whole why-he-loves-her thing? That seemed…off. Perhaps it’s going to get expanded in the next book; I hope so. Still, overall, this book is AMAZING. I picked up Angelfire on a whim when it first came out and I am SO GLAD. I did. I’ve heard this book recommended for fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series and the Unearthly books by Cynthia Hand but I disagree. The only thing that they have in common is angels. Ellie is more like Buffy Summers: kick butt, sarcastic and can totally take care of herself. So what are you waiting for? GO READ THEM.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is sequel to Angelfire and both were awesome! Amazing read, well written, and amazing characters
BookbuffHL More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic follow up to the first book. Extremely exciting and engaging. There are parts you will want to cry and parts where you want to scream but all of it is important! The heat between Will and Ellie was a lot higher in this first book. I cannot wait for the 2nd book!!!
myhiddenbookshelf More than 1 year ago
I started Wings of the Wicked the day that it was released and I really tried to finish it before the launch event the next day at Schuler’s Books and Music in Lansing, but this is a real monster of a book. Even though I tried… I only completed about 325 pages, out of the 516, before the reading and signing. Wings of the Wicked proved to be brutally deceitful, gravely perilous, and distressingly tormenting! This marvelous novel is truly all consuming as there is a fast paced plot, fierce characters, and a wondrous writing style that will literally paint a vibrant picture. Courtney did it again! She created another dark, mysterious, and perilous world and really took to the next level as Ellie’s world grew even more hazardous, sinister, and secretive. This story twists and turns, then I swear it does a couple of back flips that will make your mouth drop! Again the fight scenes are definitely a high point for Courtney as you can visualize each and every move without being confused. In Wings of the Wicked Ellie still remains to be feminine, bold, fierce, witty, persistent, and unrelenting as she continues the fight against Hell as Gabriel; but she has a hard time accepting her past and molding it with her future. Ellie is struggling to uphold two identities, one where she is Gabriel and one where she is Ellie. If that is not enough, there is still the kindling romance between her and Will. Torn between love and righteous duties Will proves to be proud, resolute, adamant, respectful, enduring, and relentless. There is so much revealed about Will and you only grow to adore him more as he continues being Ellie’s guardian. Wings of the Wicked earned five stars, as this gripping tale will ensnare you and leave you entranced until the very last sentence. If you liked Angelfire than you will love Wings of the Wicked!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Ending leaves you wanting more. Great details ... loving will
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending was like AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Bottom line: read it Im serious This book is good as hell oh and its the second book The third book needs to hurry up like ASAP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and i would give it 5stars. But i didnt realize it was a series and i would have to wait for the next book to see what happens to will.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
My Summary: It'd be nice to be a normal senior in high school with normal teenage problems but no suck luck for Ellie. She's the Preliator, hunter of demons, vessel to Gabriel, and a teenager in love with a gorgeous older guy who is totally off limits. Complicated doesn't begin to cover it. Warned of the hunt for relics that will lead to the lose of her soul, Ellie tries to get her homework done. But everything crushes to a stop when she is betrayed by one who should love her. Coping with some much loss, Ellie can't manage the strength to go on but Will is there to hold her together. But even he may not be enough to stop Bastian's evil plans to destroy her soul and the world. My Thoughts: 5 stars - a must read I fell in love with the world that Courtney created in Anglefire. She combines heaven and humanity in a different, compelling way that has the reading turning the pages in rapid fire. Tipping the scales at over 500 pages, this book flew by. And believe me I didn't want it to end. It has a heartbeaking cliffhanger ending that had me jumping to goodreads to find the release date for book three. No good there, 2013 is too broad a range and way to far away! As for the characters, I love them. Ellie is brilliant. She's the human teen that is trying so hard to be normal but she's not normal. She's the badass fighter send from heaven to fight the demonic reapers. It's a hard to line to walk but she pulls it off. She not perfect. She struggles and falls down but she doesn't break. I love that about her. I've seen authors break their heroines/heroes to prove something and I don't like it. Ellie hurts but she stays Ellie. Well done. As for Will, well what can I say about the gorgeous green eyed, dark haired Will. Badass doesn't even begin to describe his abilities. I love that he's a little different than most angelic reapers. (Okay not saying how - read the book). There needs to be that something extra to explain him. His devotion to Ellie is one of the things I love about him most. He would do anything to protect her, to make her happy but at the same time he doesn't try and shelter from being who she is. She fights with him. So sexy. Oh and I need to say one little word about Cadan - he's so cute. That's it. The story in this book is fast paced and at times brutal. From page one, Ellie is fighting for her life. There were some sweet moments and some grief but the action was strong, not to mention some steamy passion, lots of that too. If you read Anglefire, this is a MUST read. If you didn't read Anglefire, what are you waiting for? This is a must read series for YA paranormal fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK! THE ENDING LEFT ME BREATHLESS, you should deff read this :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, loved it. Will is... just... too amazing for words. The ending is a little sad I will warn, but Courtney Moulton will definitely not disappoint with the next book in this series. The fight scenes in this book are to die for as well. The detail is extraordinary. Thumbs-up 100%!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great squeal to this series! The ending was everything to make u read the next one. It leaves u with a cliff hanger. I love Will and Ellie together. Candan seems like a trustworthy guy and he cares about Ellie. I can not wait for the next book! This is a must read series and it will keep ur mind racing!
LoveToReadEverything More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! There is fast paced action, romance, terror, and deep sorrow. A total roller coaster of emotions.
Anastacia 10 months ago
Lyrical Life Quote - Originality at it's finest that allows a beauty in all form's. Wing's of the wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton continues on from the first book in wonderful style, but with a darker shadow overall. The struggles that Ellie now has are firmly entrenched and her role as the preliator happens to be drawing attention on all sides. Her battles are never ending and yet her most difficult time is still to come, the power contained within her mortal body is just as dangerous to all enermies as it is to herself. The characters that surround Ellie and Will are contrasts of varying degrees, but ultimately compliment one another working both together and apart in a well rounded and thought out narrative. The relationship between Will and Ellie is often intense but also at times strained. There is a bond of love and trust shared entwined with passion and devotion which is not always clearly stated but hinted or indicated through subtle words or actions. Devastation and dread ripple throughout the story but also determination and courage are to be found in abundance when times are bleak. The colourful and descriptive text in this next installment of the angelfire series is enough to leave the reader on the edge of their seats and breathless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all three books in one weekend thats how much I love these books. Total mindblower. I love it.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
ANGELFIRE was one of the first great book loves in my early blogging life. The reason I loved it so much was the sharp contrast between Will and Ellie's love story and the dangerous and harsh demon hunting life. Demons we encounter plenty in WINGS OF THE WICKED, too. And the action and fights fit the story. It was the romance between Ellie and Will that confronted me with too many silly back and forth situations between wanting each other and knowing they couldn't be together. Almost a year passed after ANGELFIRE until I read WINGS OF THE WICKED and I could hardly remember anything about the story. And now it's been a while since I read WINGS OF THE WICKED. I might have to re-read both books before SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE so that I can really enjoy the end to Will and Ellie's story with all the background knowledge and details of their history needed. I'm still curious how it's all going to end! 3,5/5 ***/* WINGS OF THE WICKED - A tough second round in the battle against evil! Ellie and Will's fights against demons are as furious and dramatic as in the first book in the ANGELFIRE trilogy. There's just too much teenage drama going on in WINGS OF THE WICKED for my taste. Hoping for a more mature love story in the third book!
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LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
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