Not Today, Satan–I Mean, Fae (Wicked – A Book Review)

Wicked (Wicked Trilogy #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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Rated W for wild and wicked fae slayers who can’t help but dive headfirst into hot and heavy danger. 

 

Things are about to get wicked in New Orleans.

Ivy Morgan isn’t the average college student.  In New Orleans, she goes to class and then goes to work, hunting fae. Others like her, who also work for The Order, can see fae and fight them to protect the world. Her duty is all she’s known. It’s her life, especially after losing all she held dear four years ago.

Ren Owens is a transfer from the Colorado sect. The moment she meets him albeit she’s bleeding all over his shoes, there’s something that awakens in her, a yearning that she’s never felt before. She refuses to give into it. People die in this line or work and she refuses to open up to anyone only to get her heart broken again. Ren doesn’t give up. He sneaks between those cracks of hers, determined to find his way in. But, as they grow closer, Ivy knows that Ren’s hiding things from her. When she discovers what it is, she’s unsure of what’s more dangerous—the fae seeking the means to control not only the city, but the world, or the man that confesses he wants her heart, body, and soul?

 

 The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 3.

 

Ivy’s lived her whole life training and working for The Order. She and other members, unlike normal people, can see fae and hunt them. The job is hard and really cuts a lifespan short. It’s also seemingly never-ending, but somebody has to protect those who can’t protect themselves. When she stumbles into Ren’s life, or him into hers…it really depends on who you ask. there is an undeniable spark between them. It’s one of annoyance and yearning and that resistance that pulled me in.

This entire book from the first page to the last was addicting. The chemistry between Ivy and Ren is instantaneous and I was blushing so hardcore and the steamy moments were incredible. I couldn’t get enough of this. Completely irresistible and boundary-less. The way Ren broke past Ivy’s guard is something I swooned over. He was incredibly annoying at times and my jaw dropped so many times at the comments he made toward her because it wasn’t overly sexualized–actually, it was, but it was how he looked at her nearly drooling and completely taken by her. It’s not objectifying, however. He loves everything about her. Every-damn-fecking-thing. I’M LIVING FOR IT. 

More so, I love how awkward Ivy gets at times as well as the awkward things that happen to her. It’s not only realistic but so relatable that it hurts and makes me cringe. A LOT. You do you, chick, and I’ll be over here painfully relating in a corner. *looks away anxiously*

These two. There aren’t many couples on my list that I trip on my face for while I forget to breathe, but they are right up there.

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I love New Orleans. Loyola was actually my number one school to attend and I was so excited when I was accepted. However, financial issues kept me from attending. Really sucked, but I still hope to see the city someday. My excitement over the city being said, I loved that this is the city the book takes place in! Armentrout brings such life with her attention to detail. Fucking-A, legit! From the food to the neighborhoods and street names, and the way the characters know it so well down to the culture and landmarks of the city. I am so engulfed in it and so obsessed!

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Flashing back to the characters, I have to say, Tink is my absolute favorite. He’s an itty-bitty brownie that rooms with Ivy in her apartment and while he’s got an uber addiction to Amazon Prime and The Walking Dead/Supernatural he’s a hilarious pain in the ass. He’s also got a unique story himself. The bond between him and Ivy is definitely what friendship is made of.

More so, I love the realism of the magic that was brought to this series. It’s raw and dark, yet magical in a way that you’d get lost in so easily. The fact that this takes place in New Orleans helps since the city is well known for its juju. Maaan, I really want to go there. Fae are both beautiful and horrifying creatures and Armentrout doesn’t shy away from that one bit.

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Overall

This is definitely not in the YA section like her LUX series is. But, it’s so YUMMY and dark and will certainly punch you in the feels and your sexual tension simultaneously. Delightful, right!? Now, there weren’t many bomb drops that I wasn’t expecting, but they still made a large enough impact that I’m aching for so much more. The book is laced with epic TV and pop cultural references that left me laughing so hard. Really loved those bits. It made it more enjoyable. Damn, Ivy and Ren though…just damn.

I, personally, from just this first book alone, think this series is destined for HBO. I’m dying for a new paranormal show and this would definitely have me obsessed. It’s powerful, funny, jaw-dropping, powerful, and limitless in every area imaginable.

 

Quotables:

“…I’m telling you what, you females are freaks. Guy break in and you all swoon like B&E is a desirable trait.” (Tink to Ivy, p. 129)

“More. Hadn’t I wanted more out of life? If so, this was like taking a class on stupid and excelling at it.” (Ivy, p. 319)

“There was a lot of ugliness in me and I think he knew that, deep down, because he carried the same, but I appreciated the kindness he doled out like candy on Halloween.” (Ivy, p. 336)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Dancing With A Stranger by Sam Smith feat. Normani.

 

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No Such Thing as Chance (From Here to You – A Book Review)

From Here to You (Crash and Burn #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: 2018

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A woman on the run. A stranger with a secret.

Darby Dixon sits in a Texas church bathroom. The most important choice of her life awaits her. She’s made some bad decisions in her life. For example, getting engaged to an abusive man. Now she has to choose: get married to him or run away and start over. With a positive pregnancy test in her hands, she chooses freedom.

Former Marine Scott “Trex” Trexler has seen the most war-torn places on earth and now he’s settling down in Colorado Springs with a good security gig up in the Mountain Complex. He’s always been waiting to find ‘The One’ and the moment he walks into the Colorado Springs Hotel and sees Darby at the front counter, he knows it’s her, that she’s the one he’s been waiting for.

She knows he’s dangerous. Whether that’s good or bad is unclear. He knows she’s guarded. Wildfires are surging across the mountain and each of their pasts are threatening to surface, showing that what you don’t know can hurt you.

 

This book was really nice. I mean that. It wasn’t McGuire’s typical intense, fire-burning, toe-curling romance that will drag you under, like with the Maddoxes. Which, side-note, the mention of the Maddox twins and them getting a side story in between Darby and Trex’s. This one was down to earth and intense because it was filled with a nerve-wracking tension of fear and watching Darby work on moving forward after the abuse she went through was so real.

Anyone who has an inkling of what it’s like to be abused by somebody you love can relate to Darby. She’s skittish and nervous and completely guarded. And then Trex isn’t willing to let her go and certainly willing to wait to be in her life in any way he can. It’s sweet and also something totally unseen in the world. But, here’s the con of their relationship. They moved way too fast. Trex was already ready to jump in to the Daddy position and everything and that was making me anxious like crazy. Like, baby doll, sloooowwww down. You’ve got forever. Even Darby pointed out how fast he was moving. So freaking weird.

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I really valued the insight that Darby gave to what it’s like to be a survivor of a situation like hers. This is a real thing that happens with people and I feel like it’s not addressed enough. Doing this from the front seat of someone who’s gone through it was impeccable. McGuire did not hold back on details. She was blunt and to the point as is her classic style. I loved it, but with this book it also made me sad. It is real fucking hard to stay strong or find strength when you’ve been beaten down and Darby did it. She got through it and was able to move forward and, though she may be fictional, I praise her.

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The setting of the semi-sleepy town was homey. At least that’s how it made me feel. The other characters helped with that, too. I’m definitely shipping Zeke and Naomi now. They’re super cute and coaxing suspicion out of me.

Here comes the sad part. There were times that this story felt bland. There were many filler parts and bits that didn’t seem needed at all to push thee story forward. I felt stuck in places and forced to skim. And again, sometimes Trex was ready to assume a role he shouldn’t that would leave any woman in Darby’s position very skittish. There were just parts that weren’t meshing for me here and there.

 

Overall

This was more of a good book than a bad book in my opinion. There were ticks that got to me, but I loved the way Darby and Trex were written. I’ve never seen a man so head over heels, jumping in the cold-water ready to be in love for the rest of his life. It’s so unreal that it makes for a good tale. High tension and romance filled with a beautiful restart to life. I may have been irked and had to skim here and there, but this is a good read for a plane ride or road trip.

 

Quotables:

“Even if I gave in to my feelings, one of two things would happen: Trex would change, because in my experience, that’s what men did when they got what they wanted, orI would fall for him and in four to six months, my growing belly would send him running, leaving both of us—or maybe just me—heartbroken.” (Darby, p. 117)

“PTSD is PTSD, Darby. It doesn’t matter where it came from.” (Trex to Darby, p. 141)

“It might not be and open wound, but it leaves a scar.” (Hailey to Darby, p. 282)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? End of All Time by Stars of Track and Field.

 

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