Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Thoughts on The Wicked by Stacey Kennedy

The Wicked - The Magical Sword Book TwoMy last review was on The Willow by Stacey Kennedy admittedly not my favorite book. In fact, I did not even really like it, but I purchased books 1 and 2 together so I felt compelled to start and finish book 2. I am so glad I did because I actually really enjoyed The Wicked! My only wish is that Kennedy’s books were a bit longer. Now on with the review!

From the Back of the Book

Thirsty vampires are only the beginning of trouble―magic, love and danger at every turn.

Nexi Jones knows two things—being half Guardian is tough—being half Witch is simply problematic. With her Guardian duties put on hold, she begins the grueling task of discovering her magical abilities, which tend to be unpredictable, at the best of times.

At least, she has her luscious Guardian, Kyden to keep her grounded. That is, until the military-built, Ryker returns with a keen interest in being a constant thorn in her backside. With enough trouble controlling her powers—the added rivalry between the two tough Guardians leaves Nexi in urgent demand of a fire extinguisher.

But when tragedy strikes the very core of the Otherworld, Nexi needs to shape up as she lands herself knee deep into vampire society—a world run by vampire Mistresses who offer their assistance in unearthing a deadly plot of revenge. But as the truth begins to unravel, Nexi begins to discover that the Otherworld isn’t the only place where Supernaturals exist—and there is something far darker than thirsty vampires lurking within the shadows…

My Thoughts

As I mentioned before I was not a fan of The Willow, and my expectations for this book were not high. I am happy to say how wrong I was. The Wicked is almost entirely about Nexi learning to gain control over her magical abilities. On her journey to gain control learns that she holds an amazing amount of power within herself, more than anyone in the Otherworld has seen.

Along our journey through The Wicked we are introduced to many yummy new characters including Ryker, who just happens to be Kyden’s rival on every level. Kyden and Ryker seem to have the type of relationship where they always have to one up each other, and what one has the other wants. Which now means Nexi, and through the entire book Ryker remains a thorn in Nexi and Kyden’s sides with his lascivious looks, and comments. My favorite new character though is Briar she is witty, and a strong character, I do hope to see more of her throughout the series.

There are many trials and tribulations for Nexi in this book, and she really handles her new challenges quite well. We get to see more of her relationship with Kyden…well more than just the physical side of it, we get to see that it actually has some depth to it. The Wicked is doing for me what The Willow in my opinion should have, it is leaving me wanting more, and not dreading turning the page. The backdrop for the story is the Otherworld which, is a unique place, and I love reading and learning more about it. Another tidbit from the story is talk of another dimension called the Underworld lead by Magnus yet another yummy new character, a black magic warlock. I cannot wait to see what Kennedy has in store for us with that.

If you read my reviews you are probably coming to realize that unless I completely love or hate a book it is hard for me to give my thoughts…I really suck at indecisiveness, a personal work in progress…So moral of that the more I am unsure about the book, and how I feel about it, the suckier the review. If I had a rating system I would give this book 3.5 out of 5, meaning I liked it, but I am not over the moon about it.

What I am Currently Reading
Real Vampires Have Curves [REAL VAMPIRES HAVE CURVES] [Mass Market Paperback][CRAVE]Crave BY Ward, J. R.(Author){Mass Market paperback}Signet Book(publisher) 


  1. I must say, this review is incredibly heartening. Like you, I wasn't really a fan of the first book. I rarely give up on a series after one I knew I'd eventually pick this book up. And I'm glad to hear that the second one seems to be more gripping.