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Title: Storm and Fury
Series: Harbinger #1 (Spin-off of The Dark Elements)
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Blurb: 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…
*****Ali’s 5 STAR REVIEW*****
Another JLA that I just absolutely loved! I should probably preface this by saying that I haven’t yet read her Dark Elements series. I have seen that having read that series has affected how some readers viewed this series. That isn’t the case for me, however. So, I can say that going in completely blind, I loved this!
I have been reading a string of slow building fantasies lately, so the quick pacing with this one was a breath of fresh air for me. I really liked Trinity’s character. She’s tough, mentally and physically, but she’s full of heart. She’s has some major struggles, but she doesn’t let them rule her life. They aren’t a focal point. Just background noise.
And Zayne. A gargoyle. How completely awesome is that alone? He’s all tough exterior but with a big heart. A really big heart. He’s one of the few that have learned to look beyond the exterior to judge the many creatures he comes in contact with.
And the plot…well it builds up to something I didn’t expect. It was unique and unpredicatable. That being said, this is a character driven book. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention. There is also a really cool side character in the form of a ghost that is also very entertaining.
I would note since this is listed as a YA novel, while there is no sex…you’d probably still think this goes too far if you don’t want sex in your teens novels. But, it’s only one scene. Language can be strong, but it’s rare.
I definitely recommend this one to JLA fans of the Lux and Origin series. Haven’t tried JLA? I’d also say this would be good for fans of Jessica Sorensen’s PNR/F, or just anyone that enjoys a good fast-paced PNR that’s character driven. I LOVED IT!!!!!
Have you read Storm and Fury or The Dark Elements?? I’ve seen mixed opinions of how having read the one affects the other. What are your thoughts? Should I read The Dark Elements now or wait until after reading the whole Harbinger series?