Friday, 12 December 2014

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Review

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Recommend for: 18+

My rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

'"Who is it?"
(...) "How would I know? But she kind of looks like that chick from the movie Brave. You know, the one with the really curly red hair."

What. In. The. Hell.

"She's got really pretty blue eyes, though."

Though. Though? As if that somehow made up for the fact that I had frizzy red hair like a Disney character.

"S**t," said Harris. His footsteps thudded down the stairs. "That'll be Ivy Morgan."

Seriously? That's how people know me? They could say I looked like the chick from Brave and they were like oh, that's Ivy?

I needed to dye my hair stat.

Wait, why was this dude watching Disney movies?''

My thoughts on the book:

Before I begin, I want to let it be known that Wicked made me fall head over heels for a guy who watches Disney movies.

And by now you're probably thinking, "Oh, Booknut, who is this fantastic hunk who sounds too good to be true?" Well guys, he's a stunning specimen of manhood that goes by the name of Ren Owens.

And if you want to know more about him, you're in luck - 'cause I'm here with the 'Top 4 Things Fangirls Need to Know About Ren Owens!'

#1: He loves the movie Brave (correction: he's in love with Merida)
'I reached under my pillow, grabbing the iron stake I always kept there. Before he moved, I placed the very pointy end against his throat, right over a very important artery. "Role reversal, b**ch." 
Ren let his arms fall to the mattress as he stared at me through impossibly thick lashes. "That move was really kind of hot." I narrowed my eyes. "You really are Merida." 
"Who in the hell is Merida?" 
One side of his mouth kicked up again. "The chick from the movie Brave with-" 
"The frizzy red hair. Got it. Thanks. I'm seriously going to stab you." 
"She didn't have frizzy hair," he argued. "And besides, she was hot." 
I stared down at him. "You think a Disney character is hot?" 
"Have you seen some of those Disney characters?" 
"She was not hot." 
(...) His brows lifted. "She could kick ass, therefore she was hot. 
(...) "This conversation has taken a weird turn."'

#2: He has a great sense of humour (which is not often appreciated by those around him)
"I belong to the Elite, an organisation within the Order. No one outside of the Elite know about us. We put the secret in Secret Squirrel."

#3: He's a good kisser (NB: It's kind of a requirement for all of Armentrout's boys!)
'Ren cupped my cheek, his hand gentle as he titled my head back, and before my heart could take another beat, he kissed me. 
It was no slow or seductive kiss. 
He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me.'  
(Please excuse me while I fangirl)

#4: He blushes when he's embarrassed. 

Which is so, so cute! 
'She took a sip of her tea as she eyed him over the rim of the glass. "Renald Owens." 
"Renald?" Looking at him, I raised both brows. "Your full name is Renald?" 
Was that two splotches of pink I saw blossoming across his cheeks? Ha! He was blushing. "Why do you think I go by Ren?" he replied drily.'

As for the rest of this amazing book, there are so many things I simply loved about it. 

The main one being Tink, Ivy's roommate (a.k.a a magical, flying brownie).

True, Tink isn't Ren. But Tink brings a whole heap of comedy (most of it inappropriate) to well as the following awesome things:

  • Harry Potter references:
'Grabbing a scarf 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 hallway like a little cracked-out fairy, screeching, "Tink is freeeee!" 
Ren looked at me. "What in the actual f**k?" 
I sighed. "He's obsessed with Harry Potter. I'm sorry." 
Tink darted back into the room, holding the scarf to his bare chest. "There is no reason to apologise when it comes to Harry Potter." 
"You do remember what happened to Dobby, right?" I said. 
"S**t." Tink's eyes widened and then he dropped the scarf.'
  • Vague LOTR references:
'Tink lifted his chin. "Your guardians basically only guard those gates - their positions are virtually useless except for the fact that they hold knowledge of the location, and that makes them only valuable to the fae. One does not simply walk to a gateway and open it."'
  • Supernatural references:
"I've been fooled by a Winchester wannabe." He clasped his hands over his chest and swayed before toppling over onto his side. "There is no way to save face. I shall off myself now."
  • Tink's army of troll dolls (don't ask)
Overall, I can safely say that Wicked is a brilliant addition to Armentrout's collection of tales and to any bookshelf. So grab your iron stake and get ready for an adventure!

Have you read Wicked or do you plan to? What was your fave quote? 
Let me know below!


  1. Oh my gosh, a Supernatural reference? I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE. I've read a few other JLA books before which I've enjoyed so I definitely plan on reading this one! Great review; you've convinced me. ^_^

    1. Anything that references Supernatural should be compulsory reading, lol! I'm glad you enjoyed my review and I hope you get the chance to read Wicked soon <3

  2. I've been waiting for this book to come out. I'm so excited!!!!!! I love Jennifer L Armentrout! I planning on reading it after I finish Maybe Someday. It sounds really good.

    1. Ooh, I really enjoyed Maybe Someday! All of J Armentrout's books are brilliant :)

  3. Okay, so I'm actually super psyched for this one. One because it's Jennifer Armentrout. Two because it's Jennifer freaking Armentrout. After reading your list of things I should know about Ren, I think I'm just going to go ahead and add him to my list of "bad boys who want me, but don't know they want me yet."

    There are too many references for me not to already own this one. Ordering stat.
    Matilda @ Characterized

    1. I think I like this list of yours XD (I'd have a long one of my own if I made one!)

      Enjoy Wicked!

  4. I seriously NEED to read this haha! It speaks to the nerd in me...which is 100% who I am lol. These references are amazingly placed! I love it!

  5. Aside from loving every single thing JLA publishes, I have to completely agree that Wicked is AMAZING. I loved every second of it and I cannot wait to read the next one!

    Jessica @ Ramblings on Readings


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