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Series: A Wicked Saga #1
Publication: December 8, 2014
"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."
Jennifer L. Armentrout is for sure one of my favorite authors, and this book did not disappoint!
I love the setting, characters, romance, and paranormal elements. I like that the story doesn't focus on one plot line too much, there is a great balance.
I live in Louisiana, so I am always looking for good books set here and I think JLA did a great job with the New Orleans setting! It has its charming qualities, but she also recognizes the danger and dirtiness of the city. While I love visiting New Orleans, it is definitely not the cleanliest of places. I appreciate that Armentrout incorporated that, while also bringing to life the beauty of the city.
Ivy is a great main character. She is intelligent, spunky, and strong. I like how she is girly, but is a badass at the same time. The hardships of her past give her depth and it was touching to see her work through her issues and grow.
I also love Tink! I don't want to spoil anything so I'm not going into details, but I had to mention him. I think he makes a great addition to the story.
Ren is a wonderful love interest. I couldn't help but fall for him along with Ivy. He definitely brings the heat to the story. He is the perfect bad boy. He's tough and says inappropriate things, but he has a tenderness and sweetness to him that I couldn't resist, haha!
Ivy and Ren's romance is a tense and slow-building one. I enjoyed reading about it and I wanted them to be together so badly. It adds some spice to the story that I loved.
The paranormal elements are neat and I love the action they bring to the story. It is a very interesting world to read about and fascinated me. I also like that the main characters are not a part of this supernatural world. Both Ren and Ivy are human, so it's a cool twist on a paranormal romance. The paranormal aspects are still there, but the romantic love interests are kind of apart from it.
The plot takes some fun turns, although many are predictable. This book doesn't have the most riveting plot. There's mystery and action, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat. It kept me entertained, but I was more interested in the romance. However, the ending twist got me, and I seriously need the sequel now!
I enjoyed this book very much. I was not blown away, but I'm so excited to see where the story goes.
Wicked is a hot romance set in a world where supernatural creatures exist, and the lovers must put their lives on the line to keep the people of New Orleans safe. The setting is vivid, the characters endearing, and there is a perfect balance of danger and beauty.
*I must warn that there is mature content in this book*