Saturday, July 7, 2012
Wings of the Wicked
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Rating: 2 stars
Summary: 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.
Review: In the first book, I enjoyed the idea of the Preliator, and a heroine that really fights. Now that I've read several books very similar to this, the shine has worn off. Ellie and Will's relationship seems to consist of make-out sessions and saying "I love you but we can't be together." The reason they can't be together is that Michael will kill Will for being with Ellie. Yet when they start making out and repeatedly proclaiming their love for each other, Michael doesn't even bother to show up.
Why I can't stand Ellie: She whines about everything. How she can't be with Will, how much her life sucks, that her mom's dead, how mean Ava is, ... the list goes on.
Ellie fights just as much as any other heroine in books like this, which is to say, not much. No matter how much she trains, she always relies on Will to save her when a battle gets really serious. Whenever he's in danger, she just freaks out about how she can't lose him.
She keeps putting herself in potentially dangerous situations because she wants to be a normal teenager. She gets angry about how her life has changed and storms off, telling Will to stay away. He ends up coming in the end every time, because he has to save her from the mess she's made.
All the other characters do is either try to kill Ellie or save her. I'm surprised anyone's trying to save her at all.