Book Review: Wicked (A Wicked Trilogy #1)

wickedTitle: Wicked

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: December 8, 2014

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

This will be a short spoiler free review.

Yes, I’m still working my way through Jen’s backlist, and I’m loving it. It’s been so long – since its release – since I read this book and I forgot how good it is.

I definitely forgot how intense and forward Ren is and omfg yes, give me more. All of Jen’s male characters tend to be uber attractive, a bit stoic and sometimes unwilling to bend the rules. Not Ren Owens. Oh my god. Seth might be the only other character in her NA/YA stuff that just disregards everything and oozes sex, but jfc Ren Fucking Owens. I forgot about this man.

Once again, Jen has me wishing that I could be a heroine inside her books, because real life is wholly unfair.

I also forgot how much I enjoy Ivy. I don’t think there is a female character of Jen’s that I’ve not liked, and they all tend to be badass and more of the mindset, kick ass first, ask questions later. Also, like most of Jen’s female characters, she has a trauma that shapes her actions and I love how it is explored, and how Ren is brought into her life, and her past.

Their chemistry is fire. I honestly don’t expect any less from Jen, but oof, I just simply forgot how good this book is. I mean, New Orleans, Fae, drama, smut, and Ren Fucking Owens.

You can’t ask for more.

I kind of forgot bits and pieces of the ending, but it definitely leaves you desperate for the next book. Thank goodness the whole series is out in full, and I fully intend on bingeing them all. TBR be damned, I’m just binge reading JLA series.

OH! And Tink! Freaking Tink! I can’t believe I almost forgot the best character in this series. He’s a Brownie with an addiction to Amazon. He’s fiercely protective of Ivy and legit has the best personality. If Ren isn’t enough to convince you, or the promise of Jen’s personal brand of NA smut, then let Tink convince you. The Amazon Prime, HP, Twilight, Troll Doll Collecting, Barbie clothing wearing Brownie convince you to read this book. He’s an absolute delight. I love him.

I highly recommend this series, and you’re really missing out if you haven’t read it yet!

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