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Wickedly They Come the first book in a series called The Wickedly Series written by Cathrina Constantine. Sixteen-year-old Jordan and her mother, Seeley, are demon fighting warriors. Both have personal angel guardians that protect and help them fight demons and evil. Unfortunately, Jordan has always been a target for Lucifer and demons because of a prophecy that states that she will become one with Lucifer, a big win for evil against God. But as Jordan, gets older, her personal needs change and she decides to stop home-schooling and attend the local high school, with the added hope of combating the increasing evil that is gripping teens. Now, even as she struggles to keep herself safe outside of school, Jordan quickly enters a group of aspiring teenage witches in an attempt to save them from their forays into evil.
This novel was is a combination between a coming of age story and a fight between good and evil demons. The fight between good and evil is classic, with God, Lucifer, angels, and demons. Jordan and Seeley are devout Christians and the fight between good and evil is intertwined with that. Jordan and Seeley were full characters, but every other character did not seem to have a lot of depth. There was a lot of well-developed action and gore, which kept the story moving and exciting. This is also Jordan's coming of age story. Jordan leaves home-schooling to enter high school and it allows her to fight Lucifer’s minions on her own and on her own terms for the first time. However, I did find Jordan’s actions frustrating because she seemed to be rushing into things too quickly. I think that this feeling came from the fact that a lot of Jordan’s training during her childhood was not really part of the novel. The high school portion of the story is fairly accurate, complete with normal teenage drama, angst and intense crushes, which made the story believable.
The narration by Andrea Emmes was really good. She did a great job of capturing the teenage sass of the high school girls as well as the evil voices of different demonic characters. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes young adult paranormal novels about fighting evil.
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5 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was a good read and I enjoyed it.... I just can't put my finger on exactly why I didn't love it! This deals with Jordan and her mother, Seely, and the fallout, for them, from when Jordan's dad changed his allegiance from The Black Order! The Black Order don't take this lightly and try to do everything in their dark powers to make Jordan one of them. But Jordan, along with her mum and their guardian angels, fight back.
Even though this was an extremely fast paced and intense read, I found it lacking in something. I'm not sure what, but I know that I never really absorbed the story as much as I could have. I found it hard to like Jordan at times and found it hard to believe some of the things she did! Ex, she went to someones house, by herself, even though she knew this person to be evil! Of course, things happen after, but I just could believe that she would have done that! She seemed a little too savvy to do something so stupid.
Same with the rest of the characters. I never really liked any of them and didn't care too much about them. I felt like there was something missing here too! Maybe it was just me, but the overall feeling of the book was just Meh! I liked it, just didn't love it.
Now, the narration is a different story. Andrea Emmes reads extremely well. She has a variety of tones and cadences and knows how to draw a reader in. I loved her portrayal of Jordan and thought she really brought the story to life. it's just a pity I couldn't connect with it!
*I received a free coy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
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Would you be willing to try another book from Cathrina Constantine? Why or why not?
Possibly but it would be fairly low on my list as I have so many other good books to read.
What didn’t you like about Andrea Emmes’s performance?
She sounded like an electronic voice, the reading was quite unnatural.
Any additional comments?
An interesting story but a little confusing in places, with a lot of characters. It felt a bit like I was starting in the middle of a series. Jordan doesn't make a very convincing heroine. For someone with such power, she seems so careless and often makes things worse instead of helping. I enjoyed the different relationships she had with her possible boyfriend, Thrill, and her angel, Marcus.
I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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