Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Title: Wings of the Wicked
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Angels, Guardians, Reapers, Death, & Romance
Pages: 516
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)

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

She’s been warned.  Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’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 Bastian’s schemes, the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything- including herself.

She’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.”

I started Wings of the Wicked the day that it was released and I really tried to finish it before the launch event the next day at Schuler’s Books and Music in Lansing, but this is a real monster of a book.  Even though I tried… I only completed about 325 pages, out of the 516, before the reading and signing. 

Wings of the Wicked proved to be brutally deceitful, gravely perilous, and distressingly tormenting!  This marvelous novel is truly all consuming as there is a fast paced plot, fierce characters, and a wondrous writing style that will literally paint a vibrant picture. 

Courtney did it again!  She created another dark, mysterious, and perilous world and really took to the next level as Ellie’s world grew even more hazardous, sinister, and secretive.   This story twists and turns, then I swear it does a couple of back flips that will make your mouth drop!  Again the fight scenes are definitely a high point for Courtney as you can visualize each and every move without being confused.

In Wings of the Wicked Ellie still remains to be feminine, bold, fierce, witty, persistent, and unrelenting as she continues the fight against Hell as Gabriel; but she has a hard time accepting her past and molding it with her future.  Ellie is struggling to uphold two identities, one where she is Gabriel and one where she is Ellie.  If that is not enough, there is still the kindling romance between her and Will.  Torn between love and righteous duties Will proves to be proud, resolute, adamant, respectful, enduring, and relentless. There is so much revealed about Will and you only grow to adore him more as he continues being Ellie’s guardian. 

Wings of the Wicked earned an A+, as this gripping tale will ensnare you and leave you entranced until the very last sentence.  If you liked Angelfire than you will love Wings of the Wicked!!!!

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5

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