Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1)by Published 11 Jun 2019
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Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…
Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1) Reviews
I loved being back in this world. Yes, this is a spinoff series but I highly recommend reading the other trilogy! You know what the best thing in the world is? Gargoyles!
Okay, so I'm going to start out and say I did not like this one as much as the first trilogy! While I didn't love it, I definitely liked it, though! This book is pretty big, like 535 pages! I think if the first half had been cut about 100 - 150 pages it would have helped because things really get going in the second half!
Another issue is I liked Trinity, but I loved Layla more from the other trilogy, and again, it was hard for me to not compare the two. The cool thing about Trinity is she has a disability with her eyesight but she doesn't let it get the best of her! Those aspects were so amazing! Also, we do get cameos from characters from the other books and that was incredibly exciting!
Let me talk about Zayne for a minute because he's such an adorable gentleman. And yes, there was some swoony scenes and yes, I'd give those all my stars. *Throws stars at that right now*
There are some great action scenes as well and addicting writing! Armentrout always knows how to sprinkle in the perfect amount of humor. I love how it ended because it's open for the next book but not the deadly bomb of a cliffhanger. So I'm so very interested to see what happens next!
I've always wondered how it was that Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote so many books. I have yet another ARC of hers waiting to be read this year. The woman seriously publishes like three books per year, meanwhile, I've had the same novel idea in my head for four years now and I still haven't finished writing it!
But oh well, let's get to the review!
As always, I have no idea how I felt about this book. I think that's a trend for me at this point. Did I love it? Was it ok and nothing more? Was it predictable and a bit cliche?
All I know is that I was extremely entertained throughout all 500+ pages of it.
Jeniffer L. Armentrout has an amazing talent for writing wonderfully addicting books. She makes such fun and likable characters that I just can't help but want to read more about. And she's done it again with Storm and Fury.
I loved Trinity. She was such a fun and badass character. I also loved Zayne. He's too cute! He didn't have a bad boy complex as we see most boys in this genre of fiction have. He was a decent human being (or Warden, technically) from the start. He was charming and funny and I loved his banter with Trinity.
No one will ever top Katy and Daemon from Armentrout's Lux series, but I am totally here for this ship!
That said, the book was very romance focused. A little too much at times where there were clearly other, more important issues to worry about and sometimes I wanted to roll my eyes at it all. At the same time, I was nothing if not totally there for it, cheering them on.
And still, I had many other problems with this book.
My first issue is that this book is 500+ pages long! There was literally no need for that. The plot didn't actually get going until almost halfway through the book. This is conflicting because I spent the first half of the novel wondering when the heck the main plot was going to kick in. And yet, I was flying through it, only noticing I was halfway through after taking a step back and looking at the percentage on my Kindle. I barely felt the 500 pages go by. I read most of this one sitting!
My other issue is that this book is a bit cliche. Having read some of Jennifer's books, I pretty much knew what was coming. I feel like there is a formula to her works. A formula I love, mind you, but a formula I could see coming. I called every single thing that happened in this book, down to the big reveal at the end, by like chapter nine.
All of that said, I really liked this book. I liked it and I need the sequel in my hands right now because I can't wait a whole year to know what comes next and to see where Trinity and Zayne's relationship is going. Although, if I'm honest, I could probably predict that too.
I've seen some people comparing it to Cassandra Clare's works, and maybe that's a good comparison. But hey, Cassandra's works are famous for a reason. They are just so gosh darn entertaining!
Overall, I really liked this book. It was fun an entertaining and I want the sequel to come out already. If you like Cassandra Clare books and other urban fantasy/ supernatural romance types of novels, then I totally recommend this one. If you don't like them, then maybe this ain't for you cause you're not gonna get anything different.
I also really appreciated the fact that the main character has a disability. Trinity has retinitis pigmentosa, an incurable, progressive genetic disorder that impacts your eyesight, leading you to possible blindness. It's a disease that Jeniffer herself suffers from. I think it was definitely interesting to see the world from the eyes of a character who can barely literally see the world. And to have it be written by someone who also suffers from it makes it all the more special and impactful.
Also, this is a spinoff from Jennifer's new adult series, The Dark Elements. I haven't read that series yet, but now I definitely want to. Have any of you read it? Do you think I should? I think it would definitely add some needed background info to this world but I'm unsure. I'm don't exactly love new adult romance. Also, my TBR is already wild enough without adding this to it.
**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
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WOW! It has been a while since I’ve read a JLA book and it was so amazing to revisit her books and this world. This is the first book in this series a spinoff from the Dark Elements series. I read and loved that series, but I don’t believe you need to read it to enjoy this book. This book was packed full of action, romance, Snark, and steam. Trinity the female protagonist was smart, sassy, strong, and savvy. The male protagonist Zane was well HOT... OK well he might’ve had some other things going for him as well but best of all he was not a stereotypical bad boy. Now if you read the previous series you’re probably wondering is this THE Zane? The answer is yes, yes it is! And I sure am hoping this time he gets the girl. There are so many characters from the previous stories that make appearances and that was a lot of fun. A special shout out goes to Bambi the snake familiar. We also spend quite a bit of time with Layla and Roth as well. What I think JLA did so brilliantly with these characters is she introduced them just enough to remind readers of the previous series as to who they were and for those who did not read the previous series to truly understand.
Gargoyles, angels, demons, and witches. Stellar characters, exceptional world building, and steamy romance. What more could you want from a young adult fantasy? I think what I like
Everything about this book draws me in - definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2019!
Although I am not a fan of insta-love and teen romance, this story/world was extremely well written!
Even though this was the start of a spin off series I have not read, I was truly invested in the characters and their lives. The conclusion was action packed and one of the most surprising I've read in the YA fantasy genre. Due to a few isolated erotic scenes, I recommend for YA readers, 14+.
*Thanks to Netgalley and publishers for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.