Armored is about a girl called Beckit who meets a boy called Aaron, who turns out to be a knight assigned to protect her who is from another land. The two and a friend sets out on an adventure which is dangerous for her life and heart. I’ll start with saying that this was actually a nice enjoyable read, and I do suggest you all go check it out.
So, I’ll start with the positives. Armored was nicely written and it flowed quite well. I really did enjoy the different take on vampire and werewolves and the origin of many legends, that was interesting and more original to other vampire/werewolf YA books around, this was actually one of the main aspect of the book that I really did like. The plot was also something I liked, it did lose me a bit in the middle of the book, but it really picked up its pace for the ending. There was also some characters I enjoyed, such as Ran and Meka as they had a enthusiastic personality and great chemistry and made me laugh, and allowed for a quick and easy read. Overall, the characters was another aspect of Armored which was really well written, as each had there own little something which they fetched to the story. It can be quite hard to write characters which are different from each other, especially if you have a lot of characters, and it can be hard to make them all interesting, yet M.A Wilder had no problem doing this.
However, an aspect which I disliked in this book was the romance. It just didn’t do it for me. It seemed to have popped up out of nowhere and it seemed to be based just on physical attraction as Aaron admitted he’s attracted to her but not that he had any feelings towards her which weren’t physical. So I thought that was a little bit of a let down, and it could have been developed a bit more. Hopefully this is something which Wilder will do in the next book. One other problem which I have is the fact that Beckit trusted Aaron so much, and just got up and left with him to a strange new world without much hesitation or denial. But Beckit and Aaron as characters independently were good as they were strong and independent (although Aaron was way too possessive, but Beckit took notice of that and stood up for her self on several occasions).
Overall, it was a quick and easy read and I would definitely recommend it if you like a good fantasy novel.
WARNING: This book contains some adult language, violence, and sexual content. Reader and parental discretion is advised