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Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger Series, 2) Hardcover – June 9, 2020
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BOOK TWO IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING HARBINGER SERIES
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 sinister 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. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a plot 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.
The Harbinger Series:
Storm and Fury
Rage and Ruin
Grace and Glory
Can’t get enough of Zayne? Read about his past in The Dark Elements series:
The Dark Elements Series:
Bitter Sweet Love (ebook-only prequel)
White Hot Kiss
Stone Cold Touch
Every Last Breath
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"Jennifer L. Armentrout is a master of weaving rich contemporary realism with magic and mayhem. Her characters will grab hold of your heart and refuse to let go. Every page left me wanting more." —New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer
"Jennifer L. Armentrout's intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!" —New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
"Filled with legendary creatures, this wild, action-packed ride features a kick-ass heroine to cheer for and a love interest I'm still dreaming about. Highly recommended for those who enjoy adventure, romance, twists and turns, and epic supernatural world building!" —Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Arcana Chronicles
"A swoony, supernatural smash that's impossible to put down!" —Abigail Johnson, author of Even If I Fall
"The action and suspense build with each chapter, making this a compelling read. Readers will anxiously await the next installment in this series, and libraries will find it difficult to keep this one on the shelf." —School Library Journal
"As always, Armentrout excels in building a paranormal romance world that is believable, accessible, and riveting." —Booklist
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- Publisher : Inkyard Press; Original edition (June 9, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1335018255
- ISBN-13 : 978-1335018250
- Reading age : 14 - 18 years
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.83 x 1.67 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, I’m persistent.
I cry at the drop of a hat, a sad infomercial, anything tragic happening to anyone and I had no remorse at all in this book. The heroine (if she can be called that) has no personality growth whatsoever. She is the epitome of a stupid teenager. She’s brash, angry and ignorant.
Don’t get me started on Zayne... he does everything for her, from fixing breakfast, to exploiting her sexual desires. She initiates not a dame thing. He’s perfect and she’s a needy, whack job that’s downright toxic.
The first book was predictable, but readable. And the story idea was really cool. Angels, demons, gargoyles, mix-breeds, I thought this was going somewhere. It was a huge disappointment. I knew twenty percent into this book that it was absolutely a waste of my time.
I don’t understand how this has so many good reviews but maybe I’m just biased. I do not recommend this book unless you truly enjoy helpless teenager girl that’s full of impulsiveness and angst.
The characters have my heart, especially Peanut. He always has a way of bringing some light into a situation. From, "I thought it was totally bodacious of him." To, "I am not Casper, you insolent fool.” He has me chuckling at just the right moments. I have always liked Trinity, but I felt in the last book, her back and forth emotions frustrated me. However, it is also what makes her a great character in my mind. One part of me was screaming, "just make a decision," but the other half is thinking, "I would probably be doing the same thing." Zayne, Roth, Layla, and Cayman are still the same great characters from book one.
I enjoyed how I felt like I was solving the issue of "who is the Harbinger" with the characters. As a reader, I like to feel included, and I think the author does a lovely job with that. It was also not an easy guess, as some books can be. I did not see it coming when the Harbinger is revealed. In retrospect, there were little hints, which tied the plot lines together. It just made sense, which is also something I love when reading. "I should have seen this" feeling.
With this book, I laughed, I cried, I had mini heart attacks, I stayed up WAY too late, and I loved every second of it. This could be one of my favorite books I have read this year. I am not sure how I am going to make it until June 2021 as the book ends on, just the most perfect of cliffhangers.
Here is to anxiously awaiting, "Grace and Glory!"
Picking up where S & F leaves off, R & R focuses on the growing (and forbidden) attraction between Zayne and Trinity, the struggle to navigate their new normal of being bonded to one another, and the quest to find the Harbinger.
Zayne, as a character, has really grown and developed since he was first introduced in White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements series). Though he claims Trin has a light and a spark inside her, his light shines even brighter. Even better? He is very much of the "Rules Were Made to Be Broken" camp. And I dig it. Roth is clearly rubbing off on him.
Zayne is also vulnerable. I wanted to wrap that Stony man in a hug and tell him how worthy he is of all the things.
Trin is still dealing with heartache from events that occurred in S & F. Full disclosure, there were times I really struggled with her character. There is a selfishness to her and a wealth of immaturity. But there is also the weight and burden of being what she is, her fears and uncertainty.
Trin's relationship with Roth is entertaining, and, much like he did for Layla, he offers her the chance to tap into her potential and shift her perspective, while also providing unsolicited (yet valuable) advice.
There is a lot of humor in this story mostly from the banter and push and pull between Zayne and Trin, but also because, well, Roth.
This book, it absolutely gutted me. The depth of emotion between Zayne and Trinity, their fears, and the twists and turns at the end? I don't even know what to do with myself. Have tissues because, to quote Zayne, there's a lot you don't know.
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Protector and Trinity’s eye sight continues to diminish. The forbid fruits are tasted and consequences become apparent but that is enough of a spoiler or red herring. This episode continues on a gripping theme, between semi good and drastic evil. There is humour and banter between the characters. There is so much drama it exploded from the pages. Relationship issues and trust thread their way between most of the characters, and with this the story builds into one heck of a climax. There is romance in the darkest of moments, but most of all there is a phenomenal story to read, digest and enjoy. I await part three with baited breath and hope it is not to far away.
If you are thinking of starting this series. Stop thinking and just do it. You won't be disappointed. It's funny and witty. Serious and sad. Hilarious and uplifting. I haven't felt this way about a series of books in years.
This book is full of suspense and mystery following the shocking twist at the end of the first book and tensions are really starting to rise rapidly between Wardens and Demons, as well as Zayne and Trinity! I really enjoyed the pacing of this book, nothing was too rushed which for the premise of this book is needed.
I am a big JLA fan and the characters she writes. JLA's characters are not your typical good vs evil characters, they have their own flaws and downfalls (as we all do!) and this makes them especially likeable.
Regarding Zayne and Trinity, I am really loving watching their relationship grow as they find out more about themselves as individuals, as well as bonded partners. What I especially love is how both Zayne and Trinity are breaking the mould of what, and who, a Warden should be. Trinity is constantly proving how strong she is as a woman, and Zayne is right there along side her both as her protector and supporter. As such, we really get to see Zayne develop in this book and come to terms with many things especially his relationship with Layla and Roth (I love how we get to see more of Layla and Roth in this series and not just as minor pop-ups!).
As the last book set the scene, Rage and Ruin really delivered with thrilling twists and turns as well as one hell of a cliff hanger! I am really looking forward to reading the fallout of these events in the next book!
I’m just sad that I read it so quickly and now have to wait so long for her next release :(
Have been reading Jennifer’s books for countless years now- would recommend to anyone to read this book and every other book she has written :)