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Rage and Ruin left of with such a high and heartbreak my expectations and excitement was through the roof with this conclusion. A bit unfair of me perhaps but those sky high expectations was not met as well as I would have liked. Yes, there was drama and a heartbreakingly beautiful romance. Between that tough, the story kind of stood still for me. It was more of chasing Zayne around and hatching a plan to find and defeat the Harbringer. That is good and all that, but I couldn’t find any interest in it since it felt kind of repetitive. As soon as Zayne “came” back for real though and the romance actually started to bloom out I was fully reeled into the story. If there’s one thing JLA never fails at it’s the romance.
I liked Zayne from the beginning and Trinity with her sight issue and charming awkwardness was a perfect match for him if you ask me. The issues and arguments from previous book made their reunion in Grace and Glory all the more sweeter and had me anticipating every cutsie little moment between them, even when it was such a small thing as holding hands. If there was one thing that could have made it even better, it would have been them finally having a heart to heart about their previous arguments since I feel like they never actually acknowledged or mentioned it ever again. I am still a bit pissed at Zayne for that to be honest so them talking it out would have made it a more satisfying romance for me. It was near perfect as it was though.
While I obviously loved the romance, it didn’t fully save or compensate for the plot. For having kind of a slow poke start the plot in whole and the ending was rushed, or at least that how it came across to me. Mainly because of plot holes and mistakes that I noticed, for example Thierry being Jada’s father instead of her uncle all of a sudden, or Roth having horns when I’m 95% sure he didn’t in the previous series (of course, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). And the whole “can trueborns reproduce” issue just didn’t make any sense to me, because isn’t that something we already know they can? From book one we learned that people who can see ghosts has an angel somewhere in their bloodline, so why is this suddenly all a mystery? Angel + human = trueborn. Trueborn + human = human with the sight. Where is my math incorrect?
The end fight was also rushed. They quickly knew where Gabriel was and had Wardens and demons along with Lucifer fighting side by side, no issues, no questions asked. The fight even became kind of underwhelming when a certain someone became involved. That along with Lucifer and some other aspects the plot almost became a bit ridiculous for my taste. Not so that it necessary ruined the story, but I certainly cringed a bit at sone parts. To its credit though, it did lead to a pretty intense and beautiful ending of the story with a HEA I was hoping for, almost to the point of it becoming a bit unrealistic, but the bittersweetness of a certain unknown aspect saved it. The only thing that could have med the ending better would have been some information about the spirit Trinity saw in book one, if it was Abbott which I suspect it was. That was kind of left open ended. That issue aside Grace and Glory is a clear four stars.
Thoughts: This was disappointing and is the 2nd Armentrout book I've been really disappointed in this year (the last one I read and disliked was "The Crown of Gilded Bones"). I honestly don't know if I have changed or if her writing style has changed but I found this conclusion to The Harbinger series pretty lackluster.
I loved the first book in this series and enjoyed the second book, but this one was just a lot of...well....nothing. There are lots of scenes where Trinity gushes over how perfect Zayne is; it was just eye-rollingly nauseating. I actually started skimming the scenes between these two because they were soooo boring and repetitive. It was like a couple of teens going "I love you more", no "I love you more, no "I LOVE you more" over and over.
Then the big battle scene (the HUGE battle scene we've been waiting for the whole series) was just suddenly over. It was soooo disappointing. I was curious how all the outstanding issues were going to be resolved when I was already 80% of the way through the book and now I know; it was ridiculous how this ended.
The battle was basically over because God decided it should be over...which was just such a cop out. Armentrout spends a ton of time setting up how everything could go wrong and how complicated the battle with Gabriel was going to be and God shows up and bam, done!
Then there is the pregnancy scare (I am going to be vague here, but it happens pretty early on in the book). A ton of page space is given to this issue, which ends up being an absolute non-issue. It was a waste of my time to read these portions and I disliked them. So much angsting over so much nothing!!!
Additionally, there is a whole bunch of set up for what I am guessing is going to be a spin-off series. This whole Anti-Christ storyline is started but not resolved. The rest of the story is tied up in a nice "happily ever after" bow, very quickly and in a way that feels completely forced and contrived.
Last complaint is the editing, I feel like it didn't exist. I noticed multiple typos and places where spaces were missing or punctuation was wrong. Not to mention this book probably should have been a couple hundred pages shorter because of all the unnecessary junk described above.
So, you ask what I liked about this book? I like the whole thing about Peanut and where he comes from. I like that we get to see some of the characters from the first book. I also think that the fight scenes were generally well done (aside from the last one being soooo disappointing). I did finish this because I was incredibly curious to see how things would wrap up, but the wrap-up was very disappointing.
My Summary (2/5): Overall I didn’t like this. If you started the series you'll probably want to finish it. If you haven't started the series I would skip it. I think I am officially no longer an Armentrout fan and will be moving on to other authors. I am also very sad I actually spent money on this book, I should have waited for a copy from the library. The actual technical quality of this book was very poor and I have read numerous ARCs that were better edited than this final version.
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After the ending of Rage and Ruin, I counted down days until the release of Grace and Glory and I must say that the conclusion to The Harbinger series met almost all of my expectations.
I honestly did not know what to expect after that gut-wrenching ending of Rage and Ruin and just thinking of all the different possible scenarios was panic-inducing. It was a year full of agony, having to wait for the last book to come out to find out what happens. But it was definitely worth the wait.
I could not adore Zayne and Trinity more if I tried. I love them as individuals, but when they come together, it's honestly like magic. They are so in tune with each other and I absolutely love them as a couple. While Zayne did not impress me all that much during The Dark Elements series, I really see him in a different light after reading his series. Trinity has been one of my favourite heroines since book one and throughout the entire series, she continued to impress me with her strength and determination. I definitely harbour a small girl crush on her.
I am so glad that Cayman made a lot of appearances in this book, that guy is one of my favourite demons. I wish that Roth and Layla were more present though. Especially Roth, since I absolutely love his friendship with Trinity. So them being only slightly present throughout the book was a small letdown. Peanut also makes few appearances but also not as many as I would like. Some new characters are introduced as well, some of which bring quite a bit of mischief.
There are a lot of twists and turns, and some things are revealed that I didn't see coming. The ending was left quite open-ended, which I am not sure how to feel about to be honest. On one hand, it gives room for Jen to write another series in the same world, but on the other hand I wish that she would have closed that particular "chapter" as I don't see any reason why there should be another series. As much as I adored it, I think it's also important to bow out at the right time and have a series end on a high note instead of stretching it out until infinity.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and this series as we whole. The characters evolved with each book and I came to love them more and more as the series progressed. The characters are no way near perfect, instead they are flawed, a lot of the time acting insecure, jealous and immature which only adds to the character of the series as a whole. It is also action-packed, full of romantic as well as heart-breaking moments and it is also super angsty. Definitely recommend!
Firstly let me see that I didn’t love the Harbinger series as much as her From Blood and Ash series. I didn’t even enjoy it as much as Covenant, the Lux series or some of her standalones. But holy smokes this book? Completely changed all that!
I was a little disappointed by JLA’s last book, The Crown of Gilded Bones, I’m not going to lie. Because it felt in that book that the relationship between Casteel and Poppy had stagnated and there was a lot of repetition particularly in the middle of the book where everything dragged. But Grace and Glory? Redeemed everything. I liked Storm and Fury and Rage and Ruin. But I didn’t fall in love with Trinity and Zayne as a couple, or with the first two books like I did with this one.
There’s action aplenty, heartbreak, emotion interspersed with a boatload of humour, and a relationship that you actually believe in. There are side characters that add a million fold to the story, from Roth and Layla to Cayman, Dex and Nikolai and Gideon, plus Lucifer - oh my word, Lucifer! Then the familiars and Michael and Peanut...This story will have you on the edge of your seat, it will have you beside yourself with laughter, it will make you clutch your chest with the ache of heartbreak, and get you falling in love with Zayne. Zayne reminds me of Aiden in Covenant, but in this story he develops more of an edge, which makes him a much more interesting character!
I haven’t bought the physical books of the Harbinger series until now, I only had the Kindle versions. But that is about to change...right now.
God, read this book. It will restore your faith in good books and ignite your love of reading if you found yourself getting a little jaded and apathetic. 10/10 JLA. You gem you!
“I did everything that I could. You did everything that you could. I love you, Trinity, and not even death can break that kind of bond.”