Series: A Wicked Saga #1
Date Published: December 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Description: 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.
I was looking for romance with some plot and action to read and this book met all of my requirements. This book is clever, full of current pop culture refrences, and super sexy. I absolutely adored it.
Ivy is the main character. She works for the Order, a group of people who know of, and are fighting against, the Fae. She lives with Tink, a Harry Potter-obsessed Brownie she rescued (and my over-all favorite character in the book). Ivy’s parents, foster parents, and first boyfriend have all been killed by the Fae. Ivy definitely is anti-Fae and is doing her part to rid her world of the Fae. Ren is the main male character. He’s in the Order, too, but has come to New Orleans from out of town. He and Ivy are paired up to fight the Fae together. He’s super sexy, compares Ivy to Merida from Brave, can fold fitted sheets, and does his best to break down the walls that Ivy has created to keep her feelings safe.
The world building with the Fae by Ms. Armentrout was thorough. We learn why the Fae are in our world and who is fighting them (the Order). We read scenes that show us why the Order is trying to rid our world of the Fae. And we have a big fight scene at the end (which I’m always in favor of).
I loved the humor and wit in this book. The pop culture references were the icing on the cake. Ivy is reading the Marked Men novels by Jay Crownover. Tink is completely hilarious. Here’s a few of my favorite Tink quotes:
“Don’t get addicted to those. I don’t want to be roomies with a junkie because then you’ll move on to harder shit and end up doing bath sales and eating my face off.” (Ivy took a pain reliever)
Grabbing the scaf off the chair, I threw it at him. He caught it, clutching it to his chest, as he flew into the air. “You gave Tink a scarf. Tink is free!” He flew out into the hallwall like a little cracked-out fairy, screeching, “Tink is freeeeee!”
I’d be all for a book just about Tink.
The plot for this book is a bit predictable. But really, that didn’t bother me one bit.
This is the first book of Ms. Armentrout’s that I’ve read. And will not be the last. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Wicked Saga.