[NOTE: Okay, so, as usual, as this is a second-book-in-a-series review, there's going to be slight Angelfire spoilers. But then, there's also a really big thing that is revealed at the end of that book that will be mentioned.. If you haven't read Angelfire I really don't suggest reading this review. I'm blocking out the huge spoilers, but THERE WILL BE SOME UNBLOCKED. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!]
Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton
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.
------Ellie is balancing two lives.
On one hand, she's a normal teenage girl, going to parties and hanging out with her friends, fighting with her parents and going to school.
On the other hand, she's spending her nights fighting demonic reapers with Will, her Guardian (and not-so-secret crush). Because Ellie's more than just a teenage girl. She's also the Preliator, and it's her job to protect the world from these evil creatures.
There's still a part of Ellie that just wants to be normal, that insists on going out and having fun and being human. But the other part understands that she's not normal, she's more than just a human girl-- [spoilery for Angelfire! highlight to see it] She's also Gabriel. Like, the angel Gabriel.
As she tries to deal with the conflicting sides of her lives (and herself), she also has to deal with Will. They love each other and they both know it, but ever since Michael's revelation he's distanced himself from her, insisting that they can't be together. Ever. Still, Ellie can't help but think that they're stronger together--that their love for each other makes them better at protecting each other.
And life gets even more complicated. Cadan's started popping around again, and he claims that Bastian's plans are still moving forward, and that things are not looking good for the fate of the world--or for Ellie's soul. There's always the question of whether or not Cadan is telling the truth, but it seems like he might be.
As Ellie, Will and Nathaniel struggle to figure out Bastian's plan and put a stop to it, Ellie meets some other "good reapers"--some of whom she remembers. Yep, Ellie's memory of her past lives is returning. But even with all of them together, will it be enough to stop the plot? Or is this whole thing bigger than they even know?
Wings of the Wicked is just as (or maybe more!) action-packed as Angelfire, but still sprinkled with romance, humor, and (thankfully!) answers to some of the questions that we're all dying to find out about.
So, quick recap: Action. Angels. Reapers. Bastian. Evil. Romance. Ellie. Angelfire. Awesomeness. And Will. Oh, Will. <3
Altogether Wings of the Wicked gets <*><*><*><*><*>