I loved Angelfire! It had all the things great books should have, action, romance, mystery, fun, a car named Marshmallow. All the good things. So, I was so very, very, very excited when Wings of the Wicked arrived on my doorstep. And then I didn’t have time to read it FOREVER and I nearly died and every time I sat at my computer I could feel it boring holes into my back from my to-read shelf. Then I finally read it, and LOVED it!
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.
So much happened in this book I don’t even know where to begin.
There was still a good amount of action. Very little slow moments in the book and the moments that were slow felt like they needed to be.
There were two things in this book that made me very, VERY happy. ONE: the author was not afraid to kill people. To make Ellie (and Will) feel loss and bad things and sadness and such. This is a war and there is always death in war. TWO: No. Freaking. Love. Triangle. THANK YOU! Yes, there is another male interested in Ellie, but it never really goes anywhere, and it is always clear that Ellie is all about Will and Will is all about Ellie. I love this. So much. If I never read a book with a love triangle again, it will be much too soon.
I love Will so much. He’s just so badass and has a sword and is clearly devoted to Ellie without being a total SAINT, you know? Being in love with someone for hundreds of years yet never getting to act on it has got to be difficult. Plus he has wings. And if you remember from this review, I am a SUCKER for a guy with wings.
I like Ellie a lot as well. I like she isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants, whether that involves calling her flaming swords or having a personal chat with someone, she’s good at just running face first into things. Which, yes, gets her in trouble sometiems but that’s just part of her awesome charm. And I loved that she started getting her memories back and knowing more about who and what she is but still being Ellie. And still wanting what Ellie wants.
More reapers were introduced (read: more boys with wings were introduced) and some more demons and we got a glimpse of the big bad evil and what everyone is trying to bring about. Though…I mean, the Enshi comes back into play so quickly that it makes the hiding of it in Angelfire (which was a big plot point) seem a little pointless…but whatever. It didn’t really bother me until just now thinking about everything. I really liked where the story went with the evil people. And how there was questioning about being born evil versus being born good versus being able to choose who and what you are. I hope Angelfire3 explores this more. I want to know more about how the world in these books relates to these questions.
Though, mostly, I just want Ellie and Will to have a peaceful, happily ever after. With swords and wings and awesomeness. Is that too much to ask?
I will say, briefly, that I thought the writing was a little rough in spots. Not bad…just it felt like it could use some more polishing. I’m not going to hold that against it because it was an ARC and we do sometimes see radical changes between ARCs and what’s published. But, be warned, just in case we don’t see those changes.
Thanks to Harper Collins for the review copy!