Hah. More like Wangst of the Wicked! I kid, I kid.
I made a comment about the first book being Buffy Season One: Disney Channel Version. Well, the seq...more Hah. More like Wangst of the Wicked! I kid, I kid.
I made a comment about the first book being Buffy Season One: Disney Channel Version. Well, the sequel jumped straight into Buffy Season Six territory. It's dark, sexy, and witty. Much more so than the first.
Admittedly, I wasn't too impressed with Angelfire, the first book in this series, but Wings of the Wicked is abundantly more fun than it's predecessor.
The characters are starting to get into a comfort zone with each other and the chemistry between them is coming alive. The straight forward no-frills prose carries you right into the action and drama.
With the help of her guardian Will, Ellie battles the forces of darkness. She is the Preliator, the only one in the world who wields awesome reaper-slaying, sickle-shaped swords that are infused with the heavenly flame of Angelfire, and she's getting even better in battle. Things have gotten complicated with angelic Will, and he and Ellie fight the feelings they have for each other. A demonic reaper named Cadan begins to make advances toward Ellie, but can she trust him? Now a strong force of darkness is rising up and it will take everything the Preliator and her friends have got to face this new evil.
Characterization and Romance
In the first book, even though it's written in first person, I never felt like I was getting to know Ellie because of her Mary Sue tendencies. Yet somehow, I've really grown to care about her in the sequel, as have many of the other characters. There is Love Triangle. I know what you're thinking: Noooooooooooooooo! Or maybe: Yes, yes, YES! But I actually really liked both of the boys.
First, there's Will. (Why does every book have a Will these days?) His mouth says, "I love you but I can't be with you." But his eyes say, "I can't stay away."
Then there's Cadan. His mouth says, "I love you whether or not want to be with me." But his eyes say, "I'm gonna lock you in my basement."
One thing I appreciated: Ellie considers having sex before marriage. Gasp!! Blasphemy! As long as no one puts a fanged supernatural baby in her, I'm fine with it. And PHEW! There were some hot scenes. Ellie was much less chaste and she liked it!
Shockingly, this book took a turn for dark. Several important characters are lost. And man... The characters in this book truly know how to grieve. It's not at all like other similar YA books where close friends or family members die and no one seems to care. So many intense moments of pain and rage fill these pages. They scream, they cry, they bawl their eyes out. Their agony is so believable in those moments.
The characterization is infinitely better in this book. I looked forward to the exchanges between Ellie and almost everyone this time around. Whereas the first book was mainly Ellie being confused and asking questions and being all "Woe is me," our heroine really came into her own in Wings of the Wicked.
This book threw in even more aspects of Buffydom, namely patrolling, which was not an aspect of the first book due to the whole "getting to know you" phase that Ellie was going through with Will and the new world unfolding around her. Patrols were always a important part of the storylines in Buffy, but I had mixed feelings about them being brought into the Angelfire series. Don't the two share quite a bit of similarities as it is? It makes me wonder what's next: turning Ellie's bestie, Kate, into an evil black-eyed witch lesbian?
Still - I have to admit that I ended up enjoying seeing the patrols included. It brought a sense of familiarity to it, complemented by the fact that the characters began to vibe with each other so well in battle.
Despite the obvious similarities to other series, the world was intense and more evolved this time around. They delve a bit deeper into Ellie's past and the specifics around it, but still left a lot to be learned in the upcoming books.
The plotline revolves strongly around action and romance and seems to be setting up for tons of love triangle tension in the next book, which I am greatly looking forward to. Though the writing is "filled to the brim" with cliche, it didn't matter. I found myself reading compulsively with a stupid grin on my face the whole time.
If you're a fan of angel mythology and looking for that next thing, this series just might be it! If you read the first book and are unsure about continuing, let me assure you that I greatly enjoyed it and did not regret it for one second.
As much as I liked this one, I still can't give it five stars, mainly because of an excess of cheesy lines and cliche. However, I enjoyed this one exponentially more than the first book. In fact, I wouldn't have believed how much better it is if I hadn't read it with my own two eyes.
Much less Seventh Heaven (When I see their happy faces smiling back at me-eeee. Yep, now it's going to be stuck in your head. Bwuahahahaha!) and much more Buffy and Supernatural. Really. It was like watching some sort of bizarre crossover spin-off of the two shows and I LOVED it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
So... I was wired on Christmas Stocking candy while writing this. I'll warn you once. Only read the underlined parts:
Unearthly's all about earth stuff...moreSo... I was wired on Christmas Stocking candy while writing this. I'll warn you once. Only read the underlined parts:
Unearthly's all about earth stuff. Just Kidding. It's not. Just Kidding. It is. Just Kidding. It's not... It's about UN-earth stuff. Like angels. Just Kidding. It's about devils. Just Kidding. I'm evil like a devil. Just Kidding. I am evil like a G6. Just kidding. I'm actually fly like a G6. Just Kidding. I don't even know what a G6 is. Just Kidding. Of course, I do. It's a cybernetic butterfly. Just Kidding. But wouldn't a cybernetic butterfly be cool? Just Kidding. This book was about cybernetic butterflies. Just Kidding. This book tells the story of Ellie Monroe, I mean, Clary Fray, I mean GARGAMELLLL. Just Kidding. It's about Clara Gardner. And if you don't already know that you must be living under a rock. Just Kidding. Why would be living under a rock? Unless you are a worm. Just Kidding. I know a worm. Just Kidding. No really, I do. Just Kidding. There are no worms in this book but Clara Gardner is part angel! There's also a really hot guy named Tucker. Maybe he knows where to find some worms. Just Kidding. Not really because... He's a cowboy. Cowboys should know something about worms. Just Kidding. There's another really hot guy named Christian, and Clara has a strange connection to him. They're actually Siamese twins. Just Kidding. They're not. Just Kidding. They are. Just Kidding. No really, they are. Just Kidding. I know: I'm evil. Not really. But there is an EVIL angel after Clara. Just Kidding. Angels can't be evil. Just Kidding. Yes, angels can definitely be evil. Exactly like this review. Just Kidding. You should read Unearthly because I said so. Just Kidding. But really... You should read this book. Do you really need more reasons than two hot guys and ANGEL vs EVIL ANGEL? Well, too bad. Just Kidding. No really. That's all I got.
You know how with some books, every few words you're like,"Ooooh, ostentatious, that's a good word. Oh, guttersnipe, that's another good word."
Well, t...moreYou know how with some books, every few words you're like,"Ooooh, ostentatious, that's a good word. Oh, guttersnipe, that's another good word."
Well, this isn't one of those books.
Not like that's a bad thing. I just mean that it's a very quick and easy read. Prose that's not exactly lyrical, but also not anywhere near boring.
"Into every generation she is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness reapers; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number capture of human souls. She is the Slayer Preliator."
Chosen One who battles darkness with the help of her "Angelic" love interest and nerdy friends. Does the plot of Angelfire sound familiar at all? It should.
Fire - Bad. Angel - Preeeeetty.
Now just throw some angels and some stuff about Heaven and Hell and battling the forces of Hell.
New rule. You steal my storyline, you get punched!
Oh, that sounds familiar too?
This seems to be heavily influenced by Buffy, which in my case... well, I just can't freaking help it: I love it. I drink it up like chocolate from a chocolate fountain. If there is a chosen one and beastie fighting, I am all over it. Yet, Angelfire lacks the humor and refinement of Buffy, so it ends up being more similar to Mortal Instruments in tone and maturity.
With the exception of my absolute love of the show Supernatural, I've never really gotten into the whole heaven-vs-hell thing. Luckily, this one appears to be easy on the preach. I know some people zone out when God and Lucifer get brought out, but I felt this on was lighter on that aspect than most. It focused much more on the angels and the Fallen, instead of "Heaven, blah, blah, blah. God, blah, blah, blah."
Very cliched, very typical YA. Yes, our main character, named Ellie, is a bit of a Mary Sue and her guardian Will has a major Hero complex, but (God help me) maybe that isn't always the worst thing in the world. Especially when you just want to escape for a while.
Will, whom Ellie looks at with "a certain fondness deep in her heart," is older than most YA hero types as an early twenty-something. Being in my mid-twenties, this was much appreciated and made me feel like less of a Pedobear than usual.
If you weren't a fan of Twilight or the original Mortal Instruments, then you may not like this either. But if you loved those (and I know many of you do), then you'll probably love this series too. In the end, I liked it but wasn't overly impressed.
It's a zombie page-turner. The kind where you zone out and can't believe how little time seemed to go by in so many pages. But maybe that's just me. Any mention of a "chosen one" and I'm gone. Simple language, simple story but it's all simply fun. I was underwhelmed by the character development but overwhelmed with enjoyment for this world that feels so familiar.
My not-very-reliable theory about how this book came into existance: Buffy and Supernatural had a baby who ended up being raised by Seventh Heaven after it's parents were killed by demons. Sounds believable, right?