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WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton


From the Angelfire series, volume 2

by Courtney Allison Moulton

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 14th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-200236-5
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

After many reincarnations, the Archangel Gabriel has emerged as a spoiled, wealthy, 17-year-old fashion-addicted girl who fights demons. The combination does not convince.

Nevertheless, the story of Ellie and her guardian, Will, continues in this second installment of the Angelfire saga. Beginning in near–chick-lit mode, most of the story focuses on various romantic entanglements with occasional action sequences until the climactic scenes finally emerge. Ellie knows she loves Will completely and forever, yet she’s still extremely attracted to several others, including Cadan, a demon (but she trusts him). Will, besotted with Ellie for over five centuries, constantly turns up to save her from danger. Once the narrative takes a dramatic turn, suspense struggles to take precedence over the romance, with Moulton pausing two major fights for kissing scenes. Much of the story frankly seems thrown together. Drenched in emo, everything is extreme, with frequent use of italics. Extreme fights, extreme romance, extreme clichés (“I couldn’t lose them both tonight. I couldn’t lose Will. I couldn’t lose him”) combine with such silly dialogue as “This is not right! Annihilating the human and angel races is not right” to lend the book a distinctly pulp-fiction flavor. Depictions of some of the demons are rather imaginative, however. Even demons can fall in love, it seems.

For dedicated fans only, and with more coming. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)