Book Review: “Wicked” by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hey, guys! I finally got around to reading this book and I freaking loved it. It was exactly what I needed at the time and I am so glad I finally busted my butt and read this. It has action, romance, fae, relatable characters, and just general badassery. With that said, this is not a Young Adult novel. This is new adult and if you aren’t mature enough to handle anything to do with the topic of sex, you probably should not read this because there is detail on this subject and it happens a lot in this novel. But if you are mature enough to handle that, I definitely recommend that you pick this one up because it is great. But that is going to be it for the non-spoiler section. If you haven’t read this book, you should leave, read it, and then come back and we can discuss it together. So goodbye for now!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“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.”

Characters:

Ivy: she is our main character and she is an all around badass. She kicks butt and hates all things fae. However, she has a dark past. Her parents and boyfriend at the time were killed by a fae and she thinks it is her fault since she didn’t wear her four leaf clover, therefore she was compelled by a fae and she ended up taking the fae home with her, causing them to be killed. Ivy also has major trust issues and doesn’t really ever let someone get close to her because she thinks they will die on her. This backstory really gave some depth to her character and I just really loved all of the references to Merida from Brave because of how wild and red her hair is!

Ren: This man is sexy. He’s confident, he’s charming, and he’s pretty damn hot. He also really cares about Ivy. He is so worried about her throughout a lot of the book (which made him even more attractive, in my opinion) and the backstory we get about his Halfling friend also really provided depth to his character, which I appreciated. We don’t know too much about his character, so I am very excited to get to know him more in the next installment in the series.

Val: I really liked her, which is why I was so upset and so pissed off with how things turned out in the end. She was super sweet and actually really cared about Ivy, which really made the betrayal worse. I did start to suspect her when she started acting weird around Ivy. Not in like an obvious way, but she didn’t really answer some questions Ivy was asking her and from the beginning, I was thinking that Ivy would regret telling Val about the Elite. Something about that just rubbed me the wrong way. When she got bruises and wouldn’t tell Ivy about the guy she was dating, I sort of guessed that the guy she was seeing was a fae and I suspected she might be the traitor. I was just really sad when Val was the traitor.

Tink: I love him. He is one of the main reasons I ended up loving this book so much. He is hilarious and his humor was so on point throughout the entirety of the book. When he was going to bust in Ivy’s room and defend her honor, I had to stop reading I was laughing so hard. We also see how much he wants to protect Ivy and how much he loves her and cares for her. It was really touching, especially seeing how protective of him Ivy was as well. He was literally probably my favorite character in the whole book.

David: he pissed me off during most of the book. I hated how he just let everyone think that Ivy was off her rocker and wouldn’t even entertain the possibility that an ancient was alive and here in New Orleans. God, he infuriated me for most of the book. I just hope his character is redeemed in Book 2.

Ancients (in general): The ancients were definitely evil and I sensed that. And they were assholes, attractive assholes, but assholes none the less. I specifically want to talk about the Prince. He gave Ivy a chance to run and live when she wanted to fight him. Twice. That was an act of mercy that I never thought he was capable of. Up to that point, we had always thought them to be soulless monsters, incapable of any compassion. But he sort of showed some compassion through that, even if he did start to beat the living crap out of her when they were fighting. Also, what he revealed, was very sudden, but it changed his whole demeanor and made him care for her. He even felt remorse for almost killing her and that really surprised me.

Plot:

The story starts off with Ivy having lunch with her best friend Val and we are introduced to the problem of the Fae and to the Order. They both go hunting and Ivy does kill one Fae who was caught with his pants down, which I found really funny. But then a guy shows up behind her (I thought he was super hot at first and thought that was extremely important to note), conjures up a gun from thin air, and shoots her (she did try to stab him with iron, but it did nothing to him, which freaked her out). She runs to the headquarters of the Order and ends up bleeding on the steps of it and is found by Harrison, another member Order and a man named Ren Owens (shitfire, this dude is H-O-T. I am a sucker for green eyes and his eyes were beautiful, guys).

When Ivy wakes up, she tells David everything she saw (she thinks it is an ancient) and he tells her not to tell anyone. She ends up going home and it is then that we meet Tink. I just immediately fell in love with his character. He is sassy, he is sarcastic, and he is freaking hilarious. I just love him. Ivy gets dressed and instead of staying home like a logical human being, she goes out. She sees the ancient who shot her and Ren stops her from going after him. He is aware it is an ancient.

She runs into this dickhead named Trent (probably one of my least favorite characters of the whole book) and she rises to his bait and spills the beans about the ancients. He calls her crazy and talks of how he always thought it was a mistake to let women into the Order (it was at this moment that I was imagining shoving his face into concrete) and this leads to him telling every Order member what she said and they all think she is insane. Ren doesn’t back her up when she talks about this to David, so she leaves before the Order meeting starts.

She goes home and goes to sleep and when she wakes up, Ren is in her bed, watching her sleep (How very Edward Cullen of you, Ren…). They starts fighting (as in actual physical fighting) and Tink nearly comes in there to defend her honor a couple of times (I found this scene to be hilarious), but she silently forces him to back off before Ren sees him. Ren tells her of how he is hunting ancients and he is part of the Elite, a faction inside of the Order.

She agrees to go to lunch with him to talk more about the ancients and the Elite. There is major flirtation that goes on and I really appreciated it. He talks about how there are many ancients roaming around. They leave the diner and as soon as they step outside, he shoves the both of them into a side of a building as an ancient gets out of a car. His name is Merle (I forget his full name) and he is a major land developer. He lures a young woman to him to feed on. Ivy’s back is pulled into Ren’s front and he kisses her cheek. It was unbelievably adorable!

Ivy goes home, sleeps, and meets Ren outside the diner the next day. They hear a lot of commotion, so they go to check it out and find that a rabid woman has bitten a man (is trying to continue to do so), but Ivy and Ren take care of it. The woman ends up dying (as she was a human who was being fed on by a fae for too long, resulting in this behavior). Ren takes off and Ivy goes after him. He was super upset about the deaths of the man and the woman. She comforts him and he saves her from being run over.

They had this moment where I was chanting at my book, “Kiss. Kiss. Kiss! KISS ALREADY DAMMIT.” Sadly, nothing happened (*frustrated Allie noises*). She for some ungodly and idiotic reason thinks its okay to ask him if he has a girlfriend. He is all flirty and says, “Not yet.” (*swoons*)

She goes home and dreams about her and Ren doing…things, if you know what I mean. (*tries to do winky face and fails miserably). So she wakes up and goes to the cemetery to meet Val. She tells her everything about the Elite and the Ancients and throughout this whole scene, I was just frustrated and pissed off. Ren told her not to tell anyone and what does she do? She blabs to someone. Someone that I personally never trusted. Yes, I like Val, but I would never trust her with something like this. Her not keeping Ren’s secret and just telling Val really made me uneasy.

However, in this scene, Val does deduce that Ivy likes Ren and is all for them being all up in each other’s business. She meets Ren at the diner and he gives her a rose (*squeals*). When Jerome says some things that aren’t the kindest, Ren gets all protective and offended with the way he spoke to Ivy, which I found adorable. Jerome gets upset when Ivy forgets to bring him chocolate cake that apparently is amazing (we later find out that Tink is the one making the cakes).

After this scene, outside there is hardcore flirtation and talk about cake and I was so frustrated. I kept screaming, “Just fucking make out already!!” They head over to his motorcycle and almost kiss (So damn close!), but sadly don’t. However, she does ride his motorcycle with him (as if he needed something else to make him more sexy and badass). They find that two ancients are working together (one who shot Ivy and the other is a major land developer).

They end up fighting some fae and they get a text that says ‘Code Red’, which means that a member of the Order is dead. They go back and learn that Trent was tortured and killed (He was a total asshat. I did not cry when we found out he died). David suspects Ivy for some ungodly reason and Ren thinks the other victims were tortured by Ancients (David denies they were even tortured, but we all know the bastard was lying). Ren also thinks they were all Guards to the Gates, and if they were Guards, the ancients received help identifying them from a rogue Order member.

To learn more and figure out what the fae know, Ivy and Ren go to a club called Flux that is crawling with Fae and Ancients. The Ancient who shot Ivy is there, so she and Ren go to a dark alcove and nearly have sex right there, but because Marlon (the big land developer) walks in, they stop what they are doing (*screams in frustration*) and Ivy goes up alone to see if she can find out what Marlon knows. She learns they may know where the Gate is and is almost fed on by a fae, but Ren pulls the fire alarm, allowing her to escape.

In the parking garage, Ivy and Ren are arguing when he kisses her (Finally! Thank the freaking Lord!) and they start heavily making out, but unfortunately don’t have sex (Don’t judge me! This book is nothing but sexual tension…). The next day, she goes to Merle’s house with Ren. Before going in, he kisses her senseless (*melts into a little puddle*). Merle knows who Ren is and finds him good-looking (I found this quite funny). She reveals she used to be a Guard and gives them a clue as to where the two Gates are. She also reveals that the other part of Ren’s job is to look for the Halfling who will decide whether the Gates open or close.

They go back to his place and he explains everything. A Halfling is a child born of a human who can’t be compelled (meaning an Order member) and a fae. To identify a Halfling, you cut them with a stake fashioned from that of a thorn tree in the Underworld. If their blood bubbles, they are a Halfling. If the Halfling were to have a baby with an Ancient (specifically the Prince), it would break the Gates wide open and they would never be able to be shut. Because of this, the Elite hunt them down and kill them. There is evidence there is one in New Orleans, meaning its a member of the Order. He says she isn’t one (she is worried about that), but he suspects that Miles is one and won’t tell her who else he suspects.

He kisses her and they start heavily making out and stuff happens (unfortunately they don’t go all the way) and he takes her home. They heavily make out in his truck, and she goes up to her door, but he grabs her and they start making out again before he leaves. She goes inside and gets Tink to admit he knew about the Gates and the Halflings. He admits he and some of the other Fae destroyed the Gates from the inside, not realizing there was another Gate in New Orleans. This means there is only one surviving Gate and every Fae is going after it.

They tell David and it looks like he and Miles believe Ivy is the traitor. Val is in the room when they blab everything to David. Ivy ends up going home with Ren and when she wakes up, they do stuff, but it freaks her out so she pushes him away and leaves. (This part pissed me off to no end!). Later that day, there is a meeting where David tells the order everything (excluding the Halflings) and Ivy pushes Ren away again.

She goes home and there is a knock on her door. It is Ren. She tells him how it was her fault Shaun and her parents were murdered. They end up having sex and while I really enjoyed this scene, the only thing I could really think about was the fact that they were doing that in the same house that Tink was in, in the room next to his! Which was why I found the morning scene pretty hilarious.

Ren is going to go make her breakfast, right? And he finds Tink, almost kills him. You have to read this scene to understand the humor of the situation, but just know it was probably one of the most hilarious scenes I have ever read in my life. He agrees to let Tink go and he won’t tell anyone about him. Ren makes all three of them breakfast and then he takes Ivy out on a date.

Later that night, they all are Guarding the Gate (including Val) and the fae come. We learn Val is the traitor and she cuts an Ancient, which opens the Gate. The Prince and the Knights come through (I am ashamed to admit that I found the Prince pretty damn attractive). The Prince leaves and Val follows him while Ivy is following Val. When Ivy gets back to headquarters, she finds Harrison is dead and Ivy engages in a fight with the Prince  (he did give her two chances to leave and not fight him, but she will not back down, so it goes south pretty quick). After beating the crap out of her, he figures out she’s a Halfling. He heals her, just enough to save her life, and he transforms into a black crow, taking off when the rest of the Order arrives.

Ivy wakes up in the hospital with Ren beside of her. After a few days, she goes home and tests out what the Prince said. She cuts her hand with the stake and her blood bubbles. She is the Halfling that Ren is hunting.

AND THEN THE BOOK FUCKING ENDS RIGHT THERE.

My Theories:

In the next book, I think we are going to see the Prince make advances toward Ivy since he does know that she is the Halfling. Ren is going to find out because she won’t be able to keep it a secret for long and that could either make or break their relationship. He would be warring with his feelings for her and his duty to the Order and the Elite. Val is probably going to show up again and there will likely be another confrontation between her and Ivy. We are going to see the repercussions of the Gate being opened and a whole lot more Fae in New Orleans. I think Tink is going to be known to some people and that is going to cause problems and I really think Ivy is going to be in way over her head. I think a lot of shit is going to go down in the next book.

My Thoughts:

OH. MY. GOD. THIS BOOK. IT WAS FABULOUS. I really was not expecting much when I read this. That’s why I kept putting off reading it. It has been in my Kindle Library for forever. But I finally decided to read it and now I need the second book like now. This book surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me almost scream at times. I had no idea what this book was even about. I just knew it was by one of my favorite authors and it was taking place in New Orleans.

Man, this book was great. I loved the story line with the fae. It was so interesting. I have this thing where I am obsessed with the fae and fae in books and I don’t read them as often as I would like. But damn. This book makes me want to read way more than I do. It made sense to me, which was a plus because I hate it when plot lines go over my head. But it was action-packed, thrilling and pretty badass. This story line was so interesting and I wasn’t bored even once when reading this.

The characters were one thing that really sold me on this book, more so than the plot line. I really connected with these characters. I always pictured Ivy as Merida from Brave. One thing I loved that Jennifer did with her character, is she made her look pretty normal and not out of this world beautiful like a lot of heroines we read about. She made her beautiful in a simplistic way. I loved Ivy’s character and I thought she was a total badass. Her backstory with her parents and her boyfriend dying brought a lot of substance and depth to her character that I really loved and appreciated.

And Ren. Oh my God, Ren…That man is so hot I just want to bake cookies on him. He’s funny, he’s sexy, he’s badass and he really cares about Ivy. Which is what makes the ending so bittersweet. But he is one of my favorite love interests that Jennifer has ever read about, but my top favorite remains Daemon from the Lux series. When I was picturing Ren, all I could see was Flynn Rider from Tangled. I am not even sorry.

But my favorite character is Tink. I loved him from the minute we met him. He was the comedic relief for me in this story. He was hilarious. Sometimes when he would just talk to Ivy, I would have to stop reading because I am laughing so hard. And he really cares about Ivy. He loves her and I just really love the bond he has with Ivy. It is really refreshing to see almost a sibling bond between the two of them.

I just want to briefly mention the ending. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK WAS THAT ENDING. I sort of expected Ivy to be the Halfling because I was going through the whole book thinking, “What kind of a story is this where she isn’t the focus of some dark destiny?” and then she was the Halfling that Ren is hunting. When we find out that my theory is actually true, I was just pissed off because then the book just ends…I’m just like, “EX-FUCKING-SCUSE ME?” I literally said that out loud. It left me on this huge fucking cliffhanger and now I am desperate for Book 2!

But all in all, the story line was fabulous, the characters were on point, and the writing was pretty rocking fantastic. This book was so good and I am so freaking excited to read Book 2 (because obviously I already bought it in the Kindle Store).

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But there you have it! That was my review of Wicked! What was your favorite scene in this book? That whole battle scene with the Prince and finding out that she was the Halfling was pretty epic, but my favorite scene is definitely the scene where Ren finds out about Tink and they’re arguing and Tink is just making it worse. I was laughing hysterically throughout that whole scene. I was literally dying of laughter! It was so good. But that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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