Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Posted 3 March, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 8 Comments

Clipped Wings by Helena HuntingClipped Wings by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings #1
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon and Schuster on 2014-03-04
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
5 Stars

Their body art is hot. Their chemistry is even hotter.

From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that Hayden is everything.

Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape. Although he has secrets too, if they both keep themselves guarded perhaps their intense physical connection will remain only that. But nothing, not even passion, can keep them safe from their pasts…

Angst, Love, Broken – filled with chemistry and romance. Sounds like many New Adult Novels we’ve read over the past two years. But then, I knew this story before it got published (more on this later) and I knew, I remembered that this story would blew me away and would give me something special.


Broken – So utterly Broken and full of Angst

Granted, I love angst books. I love when a story brings me all these emotions, makes me cry and makes me turn pages with the hope that it will be all better in the end. Clipped Wings is one of the truly angsty books where both characters, Hayden and Tenley are both terrible broken and need each other to heal from something horrible and terrible. Both had to life through something tremendous, something that will make you gasp out in horror at what these two young people had to endure. It seems like fate that these two broken characters are the only ones that will be able to heal the other. Slowly, very slowly we start getting into both of their backstories and finally we understand the enormity of their situations.

Incredible, hot and sizzling Chemistry! *fans self*

Hayden is the poster child of a bad boy with heart and soul. Having ink all over him and being pierced all over he looks like one might run away from him, super fast. However, inside of this boy it looks so very different from what his outside screams at us. He’s such a sweet and caring boy, perfect to be Tenley’s savior even if we wouldn’t believe it at first. But also there is even more to him than it meets the eye – something happened in his past that nearly broke him and left him damaged. We just slowly begging to realize what happened and how much it affected him.

But – Gosh. Hayden is sexy, .. Holy Amazing Sexy my ladies. You’ve got to meet him!

Tenley is such a sad creature, utterly broken, alone and so sad. She needs to be saved, she needs to find love in her life and someone who makes it all better. What happened to her, just brings me tears, whenever I think about it.

They became closer when Tenley wants Hayden to ink her back – like her whole back with beautiful, yet super sad ink .

Clipped Wings - Cast


Found this picture in the Review from Lucia on goodreads, but it’s so perfect that I needed to share it today! Lucia blogs at Reading is my Breathing


Amazing Transformation

I can’t write this review without talking about the fact that this is was a fan fiction years ago when Twilight was at its peak. And “Clipped Wings and Inked Armor” was one of my favorite stories, also because it was such a unique story already back then. Clearly, it’s been already it’s original story back when it was “just” a fan fiction and I was eager to see what Helena Hunting did to this story before publishing!

And she did exactly what I hoped she did! She gave this story flow, pacing and made it perfect. Again, the “fan fiction” already had barely something to do with Twilight – nearly nothing to be honest and it was already just a perfect story on its own. I’m so excited to see this story having transformed into this absolute perfect New Adult Story, fans of the genre will love ! So don’t turn your back on it just because it was a fan fiction once – Helena Hunting worked hard on this story and the story evolved!

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting is so full of emotions that it will bring you to tears from both the horror from what Hayden and Tenley had to endure and from the beauty of hope and saving. The chemistry between Hayden and Tenley is sizzlingly hot and incredibly sexy! A must read for lovers of New Adult filled with Angst and lots of Romance!

Additional Info

The Prequel Cupcakes and Ink” is already out and might be the perfect way for you go get to know Hayden and Tenley. “Inked Armor” is the sequel to “Clipped Wings” and will be out in May!


New Adult contemporary 

Ah you love angsty stories too?? I admit, that many New Adult books deal with lost of Angst – but Clipped Wings is just so so good!!

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8 Responses to “Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting”

  1. Claretha

    I really want to read this book. I love fanfiction, and I love tattooed and pierced bad boy 🙂 And the girl in the picture’s Barbara Palvin, and she’s from Hungary, just like me. 😀 So, I’m super excited!!! Thanks, Danny. I always love your reviews.

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  2. Chanpreet

    I saw this book in the bookstore yesterday and wasn’t sure if it’d be different than many of the NA books I’d read already so I passed. I will definitely take a second look at it after reading your review. Thanks!

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  3. Ari

    I am not much into NA, but this sounds so good and I love the cover.
    I really hope that this is a better Twilight fan-fiction turned into a book (it looks like it starts to be quite a trend).
    Thanks for sharing 😉

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