Book Review: Wings of the Wicked

Wings of the Wicked
 Book 2 of the Angelfire Series
By: Courtney Allison Moulton
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Buy it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Audience: YA Fantasy

My Thoughts: 
First things first- I MISSED Y'ALL! Life has been super crazy, with the universe working hard at keeping me humble and all. But I'm back at it again, with some reviews from my Harper Collins ARC's! (A shout out to HC as well as Andrea and Tevya, who have all been super patient and gracious - As you can see, I've missed the pub date.) Now let's get down to it: I've said for the past couple of years that angels/fallen angels/nephilm are the new vampires and here we are!

 So me being the odd, book OCD person that I am, I of course read the first book in this series (Angelfire) before I read this one. Don't smirk - you know you do it too. It was a lot of set up - You can tell the author is settling in for a series. Not a bad thing, but just not my thing, and if I reviewed the first book, it would maybe get 2 birdies from me. The world she builds is strong, but not necessarily unique. I do like the fact that Ellie is the super hero (super angel?) but everything about the book was predictable, including all the teenage angst, hormonal surges and love triangles to the consistently cheesetastic quips.

I did enjoy the lore part of the storytelling, however. WotW delved deeper into Ellie's past, and her lifetimes as the Preliator yet still left enough unanswered to keep the reader curious. It also took a darker, more intense turn, which of course I liked much better - Give me grit and guts over princesses and Prada!

In the end, I won't be breaking down the doors of my local Barnes and Noble to get the third book, but it would definitely interest me to see any new developments, one day when I'm looking for something simple to read. This was simply my opinion, and as such, you may not feel the same, so please look for this book in our next Emptying The Nest!

 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.