Review: Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Book: Wings of the Wicked
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: January 31, 2012
Source: Borrowed ebook from library
Series: Angelfire #2


Summary from Goodreads:

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heavenâ??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 Hellâ??s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

Sheâ??s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastianâ??s new plan to destroy Ellieâ??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 Bastianâ??s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everythingâ??including herself.

Sheâ??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.

First impressions: Courtney Allison Moulton writes one heck of a battle scene, and the opening of this book starts out with a doozy. Hooray for kickass girls with swords!

Lasting impressions: Though the first half of this book was gripping and exciting, it lost steam toward the end.

Conflicting impressions: Ellie may have a typical selfish teenage outlook, but that didn’t keep me from thinking she sounded like a spoiled brat most of the time.

Overall impressions: The majority of this book I actually liked better than the first book, Angelfire. Ellie has settled into her role as Preliator a bit more, she and Will have built up a nice rapport, and we get lots of interesting plot points developing. When she’s not being super whiny, Ellie is kicking major ass. I love that part of her.

I also love the expanded role that Cadan gets in this book. Though not quite a full on third wheel in the love triangle game, he does give Ellie a counterpoint to Will’s service and devotion to her. I like the conflict he represents in that he is a demon capable of good. He sacrifices quite a lot for Ellie and I’ll be curious to see how things continue to develop between these two.

The last half to third of this book really dragged for me. Ellie and Will continue their back-and-forth over why they can’t be together despite their love for each other. Ellie still wants a normal high school life despite her destiny as Preliator. So the book sort of meanders through these conflicts for far too long without giving equal attention to the larger conflict with Bastian. I struggled to finish this one.

Fans of the first book will surely love this second installment, and though I liked parts of this one better than the first book, I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series. 

Rating: 3/5 stars 

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4 thoughts on “Review: Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

  1. I would so kick this book to the curb since I believe that you can either be a kick-ass chick who takes responsibility and with that don’t get to be a selfish teenage brat OR you get to be the annoying heroine that I want to throw to the curb. I almost root for the demons when they become a little to snotty for me (I have done it before…I practically rooted for Freddy Kreuger in every one of those films because the teenagers were bratty).

  2. You know until I just read it in your review I couldn’t figure out what was keeping me from reading this one. I loved the kick ass heroine, Ellie in the first one, but you’re right, she was a whiny teenager. You’ve got this freaking sword with Angelfire and you can kick demon butt and you don’t get a choice. You are the Preliator. And you have to do it.
    Get over it. That’s what the first book was for, to get over it. Now suck it up and just do it! I wavered on this one, I couldn’t remember enough of the first one since it had been so long since I read it for me to decide whether to read the second. Glad to read your review. Thanks for reminding me what it was that bothered me about Ellie.


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