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Monday, December 22, 2014

WICKED by Jennifer L Armentrout {Review}

"Review My Books" Review by Natalie

WICKED
by Jennifer Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Trilogy
Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout (December 8, 2014)
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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
I love Jennifer Armentrout.  Her Lux series?  One of my favorites.  The Dark Elements series?  Really entertaining.  The Covenant series?  On my To-Be-Read-Very-Soon list.  Wicked?  What was that?

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The writing seemed to have taken a turn for the juvenile. Jennifer has a great vocabulary and writing style in her other books, laugh out loud and flowing. But Wicked seemed forced. Which didn't help me care for the characters. None of them were anything special to me. My favorite character came in at the end for a few pages. He actually seemed to have a definite persona. Ivy, the main character, seemed to be a lesser version of Katy Swartz from the Lux series. Katy was hilarious and sarcastic, one of my favorite protagonists. But Ivy didn't come across that way for me. As for the boy interest, I'm not sure if Ren was supposed to be a bad boy, but he didn't seem like one. Not that that's bad, he was really sweet sometimes, but I wouldn't consider him one of my fictional husbands. And when a book doesn't have a potential fictional husband, something's majorly wrong. I just didn't feel.

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The plot seemed to appear sporadically, and then we wouldn't see it for a couple chapters.  Maybe I'm comparing too much, but Jennifer's other books have such strong, clear plots.  I honestly couldn't give you a definitive description of what the main goal of the novel was.

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HOWEVER.  I really did like the ending, because like I said, that's when my favorite character appeared for a couple pages.  There's this big "twist" at the end that you can definitely see coming, but the cliff hanger, as is Jennifer's specialty, is massive.

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I guess what made me lower the rating from three stars to two was the romance.  Maybe it's just me not being used to New Adult books, but I thought it was......gross?  YA books have cute, steamy, yet clean kissing scenes.  We all love kissing scenes, who doesn't, but in Wicked my jaw dropped multiple times.  I guess some people like that stuff, to each their own, but this made me wonder how bad 50 Shades of Grey is if this is considered typical New Adult.

I still got through it relatively fast, and I'm curious to see what happens in the second one, but I'm not dying for it.  Maybe I hold Jennifer Armentrout to too high of a standard.

Happy Reading!!!
Natalie 
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7 comments:

  1. Ditto to everything you said. I feel like it's just not up to par with other stuff I've read from her. Forced is a great word for it for sure. I did read it rather quickly and I do want to know what happens next, but I'm not going to be pining for it. Great review!

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  2. I've been meaning to read a JLA book and this is also on my wishlist! Maybe I should read this first so my expectations aren't too high. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this, but hopefully you'll enjoy the sequel! Fantastic review! :)

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  3. LOOOOOVED Crank when I read it. I honestly (as a teen) feel as though it should be required reading in middle school. We are first introduced to drugs in middle school health and they tell you not to do them they are bad, but no conseqeunces are taught like in Crank.

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  4. I have been meaning to read a book by this author for a long time since her books seem to be so very liked everywhere! I have heard mixed things about Wicked though, so it's a shame you couldn't like this one as much as the others :/ At least the ending was good!

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  5. Mortal Fire sounds like a very interesting read! I can't say that I've ever had that experience myself, except for when I was reading Love, Lucy by April Lindner. It wasn't a very good book, but it was pretty engrossing anyways. Oh well.
    Also: is this open to Canadian residents?

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  6. Oh definitely, I remember reading The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. It was so slow but there was this odd feeling of not being able to stop. I finished it and it turned out surprisingly good. I just wished it had a faster pace in the beginning because I ALMOST gave up. I ended up buying the series because this was one of those books that I just like to randomly pull out and read.

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  7. As a 19 year old who can relate very closely to the experiences and themes of Kristina's/Bree's life in Crank, I would definitely recommend the read to anyone, especially teens (and equally as much to their parents).

    Often, the origins of a downward-spiral arise from a lack of perspective, foresight, and overall thought for the consequences of current choices. Whilst it may be common to make the links between the final outcomes and their source (e.g. teen pregnancy being commonly associated with an unorthodox lifestyle), what the book importantly shows - that is not so commonly understood - is the gradual transformation that occurs from each seemingly minor decision, and how that plays into the overall picture.

    Essentially, the book accurately illustrates common (and very likely) negative knock-on effects that, at the core, arise from the one choice to not walk away from the world of drugs in the first place. I personally believe that that insight is invaluable to teens and may help individuals avoid making simple, yet significant, unwise decisions.

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