New Adult Book Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Wicked
Series: A Wicked Saga #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Age Group: NEW ADULT
Genre Type: Paranormal, Fairies
Publication Date: Available Now
Source: Bought


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.

First in a new series, Wicked delivers a fun new read in the New Adult genre with plenty of sassy banter and sizzling chemistry. This time around instead of aliens, demons and gargoyles, Jennifer L. Armentrout gives her readers a touch of the dark Fae to mingle with, all smack dab in the middle of a New Orleans setting.

The story opens up with our heroine Ivy hunting down a dangerous Fae. As part of a secret group known as the Order, Ivy's job is to hunt down the supernatural that stray into New Orleans territory. Recently there's been an increase in activity and when a Fae shows up unlike any others, one that seems impervious to danger and treats Ivy's weapons like children's toys, she teams up with an unlikely ally before the Fae join forces and threaten to take over The Big Easy.

The setting for this story was pure fun. Who can resist New Orleans? The sights and sounds were all there adding a fun flare all the while making me dream of Beignets. The threat of the Fae and their world that hinges on doorways to ours, all made for an interesting story. I would have like more details about the Fae in general, but the story was pretty action driven keeping the pace fast and easy to read.

Ivy and Ren have some great chemistry together. Ivy is a combination of spitfire and vulnerability. Coming from a line of hunters she's pretty kick-butt, but realistically fallible. Ren has no problem taking on the rogue Fae alongside Ivy, and is determined to break down the emotional barriers Ivy hides behind. And his a fascination with Ivy's hair, in particular her wild, red mane of curls-is very hot.

Last, but not least, is Tink! I adore you. Mischievous and sassy mouthed, I had SO many laugh-out-loud moments because of you and your hilarious phrases. I can't say what Tink is, only that he's not human. He really was the star of the show and pushed the ratings higher for me.

Overall, Wicked is great fun and gave me the banter and chemistry I had hoped for.  I'm looking forward to learning more about the dangerous Fae and their world, and more time spent with Ivy and Ren.

My Rating: 4 stars. I liked it.