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Review: Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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

Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working 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.

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MY REVIEW

“Nothing mattered beyond the heat and pounding of my heart.”

“You’re under my skin and in my blood. I can’t get you out.”

“It isn’t just your taste that has me spinning in circles. It’s you. All of you. Not just the memory of how your mouth felt against mine, or what it was like to hold you like I did. It’s the way you fight and how you don’t back down.” “Even when you fight me. When I’m sure your arguing with me just to argue. It’s all you.”

“Pain was a part of life. Sometimes it left scars, physical and mental. Sometimes it led to something worse, and sometimes, like this, I thought it might be a necessary step toward something amazing.”

What a crazy, thrilling ride!! I’m still in a state of shock and wonderment after finishing Rage and Ruin. It’s impossible to put into words all the emotions that are running through me at this moment. Rage and Ruin picks up right where Storm and Fury left off. And while it gives up some answers, this story will rock your world and leave you breathless in anticipation…..

With Rage and Ruin, we are dealing with the aftermath of Storm and Fury. Zayne & Trinity are now bound to one another. Trinity is a Trueborn and Zayne is her Protector. No one can truly know what Trinity is and it is a secret that are determined to keep. As our characters fall into their new roles, they still have to train and search out demons. The Harbinger is coming and is hurting innocent people. They have to find who or what it is and stop it before it’s too late. Tensions will run hotter than ever and mysterious developments will keep everyone on their toes. Help will be sought from an unlikely source. Forbidden feelings will rise to the surface. Will Trinity, Zayne and friends be able to stop what’s coming??? There’s only one way to find out…

Fasten your seat belts and hold on to your hats, because Rage and Ruin is going to take you on a wild ride. This story is action packed and filled with lots of twist and surprising turns. There is never a dull moment.

Trinity and Zayne will be tested in ways they never expected, especially as a forbidden romance blossoms between the two of them. I loved their passion to duty and the fight of their true feelings. The push and pull left my heart aching and filled with angst. Their connection was off the charts and I think I fell for these two even more.

I loved the added moments with Roth & Layla. I adore Roth and he will always have a special place in my heart. I think he adds some much needed comedic relief to the story and helps balance all the seriousness. I liked seeing Layla because I feel like both her and Zayne’s characters have grown a lot since The Dark Elements Series and I enjoyed how far the two of them have come, despite everything the two of them have gone through.

Rage and Ruin was everything that I wanted and then some. The first part of the book lays the ground work for what is to come. And the second part, well, it didn’t even stand a chance. I completely devoured the second half. I didn’t want to put it down and I felt like I couldn’t read the words fast enough. My emotions are a complete and utter mess. So many moments filled with angst and emotion, love and duty. Moments that will shock you to your core and leave you questioning what you just read. Moments filled with heartbreak that you just refuse to accept. And an unforgettable ending that will leave you dying for more.

The battle of good vs evil has begun. Once again, I am left with a million questions. I feel like the rug has been ripped from under me. My mind has been completely blown and I can not wait to see where the story will go from here…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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