Wicked – Jennifer L. Armentrout


5 star
Genre: New Adult Fantasy

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.

Wicked took me by surprise. I went into this book thinking it was about mermaids (because of the cover), so I wasn’t too excited about reading it. This book is NOT about mermaids it’s about fae and those who fight and kill them. The main character, Ivy, is a member of a secret organization that hunts and kills fae. Fae are from the otherworld and use humans like a vampires. When Ivy is out hunting she comes across a very different kind of fae. She doesn’t understand what happened and is told to keep her mouth shut. Around the same time a new member is transferred to Ivy’s city and harbors many secrets.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favourite authors for the sole reason that she is still able to surprise me. Wicked is such a fun, exciting, adventurous, and sexy story. She’s created such a unique fantasy world in the New Adult genre. Most New Adult stories follow a similar arc, but Armentrout breaks that arc by sprinkling in fantasy elements.

 Ivy herself is a badass main character. What I loved most about Ivy was that despite something that happened to her in the past, she is not as closed off as your typical New Adult female character would be. It was refreshing to see her jump into certain situations without having to read her inner monologue about how afraid she is, etc.
Ren is as swoon worthy as they come. He’s irresistible, delectable, and sexy as hell. Armentrout has a knack a real for writing smooth male love interests.
Tink is amazing. He is by far the best part of this book. He’s hilarious, cute, and can be down right raunchy at times. After reading this book you’ll want your very own Brownie!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Wicked and would recommend it to anyone looking for a New Adult romance that breaks the conventional arc. However, this book is sexual explicit, so if you’re younger or don’t enjoy that kind of stuff in books steer clear of this title.

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