Review of Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (earc)

 

This is a book two. 

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Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences… Don’t miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

“Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” — New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Storm and Fury

A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Inkyard Press

 

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That ending…

Please know that this is a sequel, so there will be spoilers from the first book below.

Trin and Zayne are now bonded with Zayne as Trin’s protector. She’s still struggling with her feelings over killing Misha and his betrayal. Zanye tries to make her talk, but also gives her some space. But they live together and have to patrol at night. They are looking for the Harbinger, whatever or whoever that is. Wardens start showing up dead in places where Trin and Zayne had just been. Everyone was still trying to find Bael and the senator. And Peanut is still around. He does spend time visiting someone else in the building that can see him, but he’s super quiet about her. He won’t tell Trin who she is. Most of the Wardens don’t know what Trin is, but her secret comes out to some more people.

A big part of the book focused on Trin and Zayne’s feelings toward each other. There are rules that prevent them from being together, but no one has ever said what would happen. They both try fighting it. When Trin sees Zayne around Layla, she still feels some jealousy. But it is another ex, Stacey, that sets off her massive jealousy. She has to admit there is more than just the bond with Zayne.

There is a school with unusual ghost activity. There are also Shadow People. Trin starts feeling a cold spot on her at times, but there is never anyone there. She thinks it might be her body sensing the Harbinger, but she still has no idea what it is. When another Warden is killed, they find glowing weapons. Trin thinks they’re angelic.

I love Roth. I know. He’s a demon. But he is my favorite person in the books. I love his relationships with Zayne and Layla. He starts spending more time with Trin and they start something similar to a friendship. It’s mostly them insulting each other with banter. But I feel like there was more. Roth knows he’s bad. He admits he can’t feel love, but he feels protective of Layla.

Every cell and molecule of who I am desires, needs and covets Layla. Humans call that love. I call it obsession.

I know it’s not healthy, but I still adore their relationship. Roth and Cayman are the two who are helping Zayne and Trin. Lalya is almost always there, but Roth keeps her safe and out of as much as he can.

There is a lot of shock when the Harbinger is revealed. Plans need to change and no one is truly prepared for what happened.

While I enjoy Trin and Zayne’s romance and I know why it’s there, I still felt like it was a bit much. I would have enjoyed a bit more of the plot, but I still really liked this book. I can’t wait to read the third one.

I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Inkyard and Edelweiss for my review copy.

Warnings: This is a mature book and there is sex. There is a lot of blood and death. There is a possible murder or suicide (not sure which it was).

 

Have you started this series?  Have you read this one yet?

 

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Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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