Let me preface this review by saying that I LOVE JLA books. I got this the day that it came out and literally devoured it, just like I do most of her books. I finished it in a couple day because her books are generally quick reads. So I was pretty excited about it. I decided to wait a little bit before writing the review because I didn’t want my post reading euphoria to cloud how I felt about it. Now that I’ve had some time to think on it I liked this book but I didn’t love it.
If you’ve never read any of her books then I’ll give you the run down. Jennifer L. Armentrout writes YA-Adult mostly supernatural romance books, all targeted towards women. Her books always include strong female leads, love, supernatural lore, and a little bit of action. Wicked met all of these expectations but with her books I kind of feel like they all fit the same exact mold ya know. I like these kind of books but it just get old after awhile.
Wicked is about a young woman named Ivy who lives in New Orleans. By day she is a regular 22 year old college student and by night she is a member of a league of humans that protects the outside world from the Fae, supernatural creatures who feed off of humans. The Fae are growing for an unknown reason and becoming more and more dangerous. Along with the help of a special Order member named Ren she must uncover what the Fae are up to and attempt to save the city that she has grown to love.
Just like the rest of JLA’s books Wicked has characters that I fell in love with. I love that she always creates butt-kicking female leads. Ivy’s character was very strong and consistent, and I fell in love with Ren. I loved that he wasn’t your typical male lead. He was a little kooky and scatter-brained but still retained a mysterious air.
I also love the takes that she has on the supernatural. This is not your average interpretation of faeries. They are deadly and deceptive. The ending unfolds nicely and while I kind of had figured out, she did a good job giving the characters and the story multiple layers.
The only thing I didn’t like was that in my opinion, she under used the setting New Orleans is such a cool and crazy place that I wished there was more of description of it in the book. Oh also I DO NOT understand the cover art! You’d think it was about mermaids or something. Water doesn’t play a part at all in this book so I don’t know what that’s all about.
Also just for reference, It definitely falls under the new adult genre. I wouldn’t suggest that anyone under 16-18 read this one. The sex and violence isn’t lurid but it’s definitely descriptive.