Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire Series #2)

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire Series #2)

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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062002365
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Series: Angelfire Series , #2
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 878,151
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 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.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. Cliffhanger much? I have to get this out of the way first. I hate cliffhangers! I have waited FOREVER for this book to come out so that I could see what happens next, and now what do I have to do? Wait FOREVER again! That being said, cliffhanger aside, this book was completely amazing. Moulton grew so much as an author from Angelfire to Wings of the Wicked. This novel is packed full of emotion, adventure, action, romance, and suspense. I don't know how she did it, but somehow Ellie goes through even more in this book than she did in the last book. Seriously, the girl doesn't get a second's peace. It's unreal. I could not put the book down. I was reading it during breaks in between classes and on the bus. Screw homework, what happens to Ellie?! That was my mentality for the past two days, haha. Wings of the Wicked picks up where Angelfire left off. Cadan shows up at Ellie's school and warns her what Bastian is up to. From there, things just keep getting worse. Ellie goes through a ton, and I do mean a TON of losses in this book. She has to watch so many loved ones die that I don't know how she held it together. She's grown a lot as a character since the first book. She was depressed, of course, but she didn't lay down and die. She totally fought for her life and for the good of everyone. I admired her character a lot. She's still trying to find a good balance between her two selves, but she's improving, and I have every belief that she'll get there. Will is so sweet that he almost gives me a tooth ache. He seems to become more comfortable with having Ellie back in his life. He fights like hell to defend her; he does things that no one even knew he was capable of. There are quite a few surprises surrounding Will in this novel. This is as much Will's book as it is Ellie's. I like how Moulton let us get to know more about Will without taking away from Ellie. She did a terrific job with that. Cadan... Oh Cadan, I love you dearly, but you're just not Will. Cadan is an enigma, for sure, but I do really like him. He goes through a lot and learns the difference between right and wrong. He's a great addition to the story, and I'm glad that we got to know him better. We gain a lot more information about Ellie's world in Wings of the Wicked. She remembers what it's like to be an angel in Heaven. She also finds out more about who and what she is. Throughout all of this, we learn more about the Enshi and what it actually is, as well. We learn more about Will and his background, and he even learns a few things about himself. We get to know Cadan and more about who he really is and what role he plays in all of this. Moulton also introduces a handful of new characters, both good and bad who add wonderfully to the richness of this story. In an effort not to spoil the book for those who haven't read it yet, I'm going to end my review here.
Andreat78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wicked is book two in the Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton. If you read my review of Angelfire, you¿ll know I wasn¿t a big fan of that book. In general, I actually liked the overall concept of the series, but a lot of the choices and the writing style just didn¿t connect with me. 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 on what I¿ve seen other people say, and from a few spots in the book, that Wings of the Wicked is supposed to contain a love triangle. Will loves Ellie, and Ellie loves Will. But Cadan also loves Ellie, or so he says. Cadan
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I LovedActionJust like the first book this one had amazing non stop action. I'm a fan of kick-ass action books and this one didn't disappoint at all. The whole book stayed at a fast pace with something exciting going on at every turn.CharactersWill: I still love him just as much as the first book and maybe even a little more with some of the ending revelations.Cadan: I'm really starting to like this bad boy trying to be a good boy. I can't wait to see what is going to happen with him in the final book. I don't want him to be with Ellie because she is to be with Will, but I hope something good happens for him.Heart WrenchingThe love that Will and Ellie share for each other is just amazing. I feel for their inability to be together, they try but then something comes up and they have to step away from each other. So heartbreaking at every turn of the page, I hope by the end of the book they can finally catch a break.Another Cliffhanger These endings are killing me so much, Courtney's cliffhangers are amazing torture. I can't believe how she ended this one like that, but considering how she ended the last one I can't really be too surprised. Still Not My FavoriteJust as the first book, I still don't completely love Ellie. She annoys me at points and at other points I really like her.Recommendation Got to read this series!!
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last Thursday, I reviewed Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. This week, I'm happy to review the second in the series, Wings of the Wicked. Wings of the Wicked continues Ellie's story as the Preliator, and all the trouble that comes with it. I was happy to see that her status as a normal teenager attending high school and hiding her identity from her friends hadn't changed. As I mentioned in my review of Angelfire, that was one of my favorite aspects of the story. Even though she doesn't have what I'd consider a completely typical teenage experience (how many of us could really have afforded designer brands?), it's still a good perspective from the world she comes from and her human life.In Angelfire, readers got to experience the sexual tension between Will and Ellie, and wondered when the heck they were going to get together already. In Wings of the Wicked, we have a similar struggle, because apparently, Will and Ellie are forbidden to be together. This was kind of frustrating, because it had taken them so long to kiss in the first place, but I understand it from a story perspective. That didn't make me happy with it. :P However, I will say we do get some excellent Will moments, but I won't spoil what kind they are. :DCadan is a character that really intrigued me in Angelfire. We get a bit more of him in Wings of the Wicked and I'm equally intrigued. I kind of love him. I want to ask Moulton if I can have him, but I think she might still need him. Overall, Wings of the Wicked is a solid follow up to Angelfire. Everything's been amped up from the first one. The action. The romance. The holy-crap-how-do-I-stay-sane. If you like Angelfire, definitely go out and get Wings of the Wicked. Final thoughts: Borrow. Buy if you have and/or really like Angelfire.
novelgoddess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We are back with the second installment of the Angelfire Trilogy.Ellie and Will are all business! No tender touches, or subtle glances, nothing! But things really heat up in the world of demon hunting. Cadan is back and is feeding insider info on Bastien¿s plans to Ellie. Ellie learns who she really is and the treacherous lengths the reapers will go to to secure their plans. Whew¿don¿t get me wrong, I really enjoyed Angelfire, but this one blew it out of the water! Tons of action, intrigue, some romance¿ohhhh, it was good! Everything is kicked up several notches as good battles evil for world domination. Ellie really goes through HELL in this book, physically, emotionally, mentally as she tries to stop Bastien¿s plans. She and Will try get to a comfortable place but can¿t, especially after some major and tragic events take place. It was so sad to watch them both go through the events in this story. I admit I had the Kleenex out a few times.Huge build-up to what will be the main event in the third book! I just hope we don¿t have to wait too long!
nocturnewytche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Um, so wow... I don't even know if I can form coherent thoughts, let alone the proper praise for this book. I have been wounded by the intensity of just how amazing this book is! I seriously can't recover! Too many times a sequel or 2nd book in a trilogy has me shaking my head in disappoint. SO NOT the case with Wings of the Wicked! From beginning to end, I could not stop my jaw from dropping! I blatantly ignored my entire day's existence (this included ignoring the fiance and writing a college APA paper) because I feared to put this book down. I think I finally understand the desperation one has when reading the novel that impacts their life in such a way that the walls between your own reality and the book¿s reality crumble leaving no separation... It kinda reminds me of Bastian reading the Neverending Story in the movie of the same name- yup that was totally me today, wide eyed and gasping as I turned each page. Anyway, enough about how I think this book is probably the most amazing thing I have ever read... on to the facts!The writing... just wow... WOW... holy crap! The details, the emotions, the one-liners, the pure intensity of each character's emotion (none greater than Ellie & Will for me)... Nathaniel... even Ava!! And Cadan, wow¿ I thought I would not like him as much as everyone else does but even Cadan is written so brilliantly that you have to love him. Courtney Moulton... you are amazing, simply amazing! You write characters with such finesse it makes me all tingly just thinking about rereading this! (and I will, probably after I do that pesky schoolwork and be nice to the fiance). The depth of the characters¿ just brilliant. There is not one moment where I didn¿t feel their pain, happiness, any emotion. They jumped off the page! The storyline... BIGGER, crazier, more intense and yet, so perfect in following up with the original! The concept of the whole idea of the Preliator and reapers, angels, and demons... just fabulous. The way it is laid out and explained just has you salivating for more information. Every time I turned the page I had to catch myself from scanning and jumping ahead because the intensity of wondering 'what next?' was like a drug! Of all the YA novels, especially the over abundance of 'angel' stories as of late, Angelfire and Wings of the Wicked stand out. They're top notch. The action is beyond entertainment and so well described, I can see it happening in my head, playing out like a movie! Courtney's battle descriptions make your head spin with just how defined and detailed every single move is. And it never gets old. I can't wait for Ellie to jump into action again and again! Reading about pummeling reapers is one of my new favorite things. Even the fights have gotten more intense and it shows in the action sequences. You can really tell that Courtney put in a lot of effort to make it visual and flow well off the page. Well, it worked! The romance... oh the ROMANCE *pulls on ends of hair*!!! So sweet, heart aching, loving, gut wrenching, intense, hot... I don't think there are enough adjectives to describe it perfectly enough. Ellie and Will's story is by far one of the greatest romances I have had the pleasure of being involved reading, because that is what it feels like, like you are there with them... There is no couple and I have quite a few favs (especially in the angel ya world) that I root for more! I can't remember connecting with two characters more... and as a serious lover of Twilight, Mortal Instruments, and Angel Burn... that¿s not a decision made lightly. All these romances are by far my favorites, but seriously... not match for Ellie and Will, they kick A** in comparison to them all... The ending!!!Oh, I don't want to say much and spoil it... but Courtney... you left me WOUNDED, seriously and truly ACHING with such a cliffhanger! I seriously feel like a part of me is going to be lost until there is resolution. It's going to kill me slowly until then... With that said
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holy crap! Wings of the Wicked is wickedly awesome! But the ending?... Was just plain torture! The moment I put the book down (at 12:45am), I immediately got on Twitter and made a point to say to Courtney Allison Moulton, ¿I just finished WotW! I have to say...that was mean; that was wrong; that was just plain wicked!!! You're killing me here!¿ I had more than enough emotions flowing and I wanted to make sure Courtney was FULLY aware! LoL!Other than having an ending that killed me¿one that will take probably a billion years to get over (or HOPEFULLY when I read the next book in the series! LOL!)¿there is so many things that I could rave about from this book. There were a lot of extremely intense fight scenes throughout the whole book; there were several horrific tragedies; AND there were some AMAZING, heart-melting love scenes and a SUPER crazy twist. OH! And when the twist presented itself¿that part of the book was outright CRAZY! So much happened in WotW that I cannot even fathom how Courtney was able to pull it off so brilliantly.I really grew attached to a lot of characters in this book, but I¿m utterly in love with Will! AND there are just so many multiple scenes in this book that made my heart melt, each one more than the one before! And then there¿s Caden! Is it OK that I¿m in love with 2 characters in one book?! Because, although I¿m utterly in love with Will, in this book I feel like I can¿t claim him because he is utterly and totally meant for Ellie! So¿then it MUST be OK to be in love with 2 characters¿because that means I can still have yummy Caden for myself! Right? Ahhhh!!! They are both so very hot!And, even though I grew even more attached to several of the characters from Angelfire, I also grew very fond of the new characters introduced in Wings of the Wicked. Wow! Now that I think about it, it¿s kinda funny¿because even though I thought Angelfire was fabulously awesome, it doesn¿t EVEN come close to how I feel about WotW because I absolutely LOVE and I'm totally obsessed with Wings of the Wicked! I can't wait to hear everyone else' thoughts, because I know a lot a people will be raving about this one.