Strong Girl; Hot Guy; Big Drama:
Wicked Good Times.
I have had Wicked in my TBR for a while now. I bought it, on a whim, while it was on sale a while back. Maybe it’s my daughter is a “Wicked: the Musical” fan, or maybe it was because I really like the nose of the male cover model (don’t judge me), but I one-clicked.
And then I did nothing further.
It sat, sullen and lonely, on my virtual shelf, wishing someone would crack the cyber-cover, but like the ADD nymph I can be, I just never made it back around to poor Ivy and Ren. As a card-carrying member of JLAnders, Jen Armentrout‘s band of street team supporters and aficionados, it was my dirty little secret. Sure, I could pick the cover out in a lineup ( I mean, it is super pretty), but when people started talking fae princes and such, I was clueless.
A few weeks ago, I got an email reminder that Torn (the sequel) was coming, and I suddenly realized I probably needed to read this book, but still it didn’t get my attention. However, as I hopped in my car to head to Utopiacon (stay tuned for a full recap on that and some amazing giveaways!), I took the plunge! (See what I did there? Because they are in water on the cover??? No? OK Nevermind lol)
Anyway… I am so happy to have finally found my way into this series. Though JLA started it in 2014, it hasn’t had another book since due to her intense writing schedule. I really hope she can put some time to continuing this further as the characters are wonderful. This is NOT a YA book – definitely NA – but the sex isn’t overly graphic so it’s probably cool for your older teen. It’s definitely less risque than ACOMAF, but I don’t mind some sizzle in my story 😉
The progression in this book has many strong elements including a hot couple, a strong female lead, and some comedic relief from a brownie named Tink. Ren, our dashing bad boy of the Elite, is all the things our mothers hope we find in a man. He is honorable, kind and loyal – and the fact that he’s smoking hot doesn’t hurt either. Ivy is self-sufficient and I love that in a world where education and futuremindedness (is that a word?) aren’t prized, she embraces them. Though I definitely got frustrated with her behavior more than once, I know sometimes the flawed arc helps the character develop.
I truly hope that is the case for this girl, because she and Ren could be something amazing if she gets her act together.
Ms. Armentrout sets us up for serious friction and drama in Torn, with a definite cliffhanger that can go one of many directions. Though I’m not a huge fan of the hanger, I think in this case, she left off in a logical spot and I can cope with it. It’s not a “gun to the head” sort of cliff – just a long…way…down.
While I can’t wait for more of “Renald”, I really want to know the back stories of Ivy and Val, which I think we’ll get at least partially in Torn.
At least I hope.
My only question for Jen – though I know the word “wicked” is mentioned, I really didn’t see the congruence to the story so far – what did I miss? Email me and tell me? =)
So the best news of all? Wicked is on sale RIGHT NOW on Amazon for only 99 cents! Start it below and then snag it and read it when you have some time to fall in love with someone new…Ren definitely has #bookboyfriend written all over him 😉