Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2)
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.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.

Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2) Details

TitleRage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherInkyard Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance, New Adult, Angels, Urban Fantasy, Demons, Paranormal Romance, Ghosts

Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2) Review

  • Arini
    January 1, 1970
    #1 Storm and Fury — 4 Stars#2 Rage and Ruin — 3.75 StarsThe ending left me speechless, like the snap of Thanos’ gauntlet-clad fingers kind of speechless . . .The pop culture references in this book is insane. Can you imagine having a conversation with a demon about BTS? Nobody can pull off that kind of ridiculous but clever and highly entertaining humor, except JLA.When I was reading this, plot wise, it reminded me so much of the shows Supernatural and Shadowhunters. Another rehashed idea, yet s #1 Storm and Fury — 4 Stars#2 Rage and Ruin — 3.75 StarsThe ending left me speechless, like the snap of Thanos’ gauntlet-clad fingers kind of speechless . . .The pop culture references in this book is insane. Can you imagine having a conversation with a demon about BTS? Nobody can pull off that kind of ridiculous but clever and highly entertaining humor, except JLA.When I was reading this, plot wise, it reminded me so much of the shows Supernatural and Shadowhunters. Another rehashed idea, yet somehow the author’s made it work. The pacing is slow, but there’s a lot of action and I loved that.Unfortunately, I was rather dispassionate about the romance. It was meh, and I wasn’t feeling it. Trinity really got under my skin with her jealousy and insecurities. I was defensive of Zayne, but I thought he was understanding and honest. I did not appreciate how she treated him.ROTH STOLE THE SPOTLIGHT IN THIS BOOK!!!How is it that I cared more about him, Layla, and Cayman than the main characters? Zayne and Trinity are a badass team, but those three light up any situation with their hilarity. I have a sudden urge to reread The Dark Elements series, but I also can’t wait to have the third book in my hands!
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars My God!! I forgot how much I love Gargoyles! Of course, I do have statues around my room, but I digress! Okay, so the Zayne in the book has long blonde hair, but this is my Zayne. I love the hell out of these characters! And in no way shape or form did I see that ending coming!! Although, I do always wonder why this one person ends up a bad guy in some books and movies 🤔Anyhoo, I really looking forward to the next book!! Damn it!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot.... 4.5 Stars My God!! I forgot how much I love Gargoyles! Of course, I do have statues around my room, but I digress! Okay, so the Zayne in the book has long blonde hair, but this is my Zayne. I love the hell out of these characters! And in no way shape or form did I see that ending coming!! Although, I do always wonder why this one person ends up a bad guy in some books and movies 🤔Anyhoo, I really looking forward to the next book!! Damn it!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    This cover has added 10-years to my life.Thank you, Jennifer L. Armentrout, for being you.Okay, admittedly, that just got a little weird, but I just CANNOT wait to get my hands on this!!! This cover has added 10-years to my life.Thank you, Jennifer L. Armentrout, for being you.Okay, admittedly, that just got a little weird, but I just CANNOT wait to get my hands on this!!!
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  • ~Poppy~
    January 1, 1970
    4.75 Stars
  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong. Let's just put that out there for all to know.Even when she writes books that aren't my cup of tea, and it has happened before, I still keep running back, and 9 times out of 10, she delivers and I love her so much for it!Also, just so this can be out there for all to acknowledge and be awed, by the end of 2020, JLA would have published THREE novels in the year alone! Each of them being 500+ pages! And from what I can tell (I've not read the rest but have s Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong. Let's just put that out there for all to know.Even when she writes books that aren't my cup of tea, and it has happened before, I still keep running back, and 9 times out of 10, she delivers and I love her so much for it!Also, just so this can be out there for all to acknowledge and be awed, by the end of 2020, JLA would have published THREE novels in the year alone! Each of them being 500+ pages! And from what I can tell (I've not read the rest but have seen reviews) all of them are top-notch quality. That is all kinds of wild! How does she have the time? The motivation? I will forever be impressed by her!But, moving on, you're here for a review, not a fangirl freak out.As always, my favorite part of any JLA novel is the characters. Her characters are such fun, likable people. There is something about them that feels real and like people that you would actually like to know in real life. And they have such great dialogue which always makes me smile. Even the villains, the worst of the worst are entertaining.I loved seeing all the character interactions, and I now really want to read the companion series, The Dark Elements trilogy (although that is in no way needed to understand this story) just to get more interactions between the side characters. Roth, Layla, and Cayman great to read about.The main characters, Trin and Zayne were equally entertaining. I laughed too many times while reading their conversations. I love the chemistry between the two, and just how well they get along. I also loved seeing the progression of  Trin's impending blindness and how the disability played a role in the story and in Trin's life without it fundamentally changing who she was as a person. It's rare to see the main character in a story like this with a disability that plays so much into the story. It was great to see how well it was done here since the author shares the same blindness causing genetic disorder as the main character.One of my complaints from the last book was that it felt too long it was 500+ pages and I didn't feel that it needed to be. While this book is just as physically long, I never noticed the time pass by. The pacing was so good, it never dragged and generally flowed smoothly.  Another previous complaint was that I could see just about everything coming in Storm and Fury. This book, on the other hand, kept catching me by surprise, down to the very last sentence.Overall, I totally recommend this series. If you like fun characters and action, this is for you! Especially if you are already familiar with Jennifer L. Armentrout's style of writing!!**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
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  • Bre *B.B. Lynn Reads*
    January 1, 1970
    “All that rage…” ... “It will be your ruin.”Armentrout is a master of creating captivating stories with relatable characters and Rage and Ruin is one of her best yet! I was immediately sucked into the story and refused to leave. “The Harbinger is finally here, and there’s no stopping what is coming. Rivers will run red. End times, baby, and there’s no way you can stop the Harbinger. You’re going to be a part of it all.”Trinity is one of my favorite heroines from any of JLAs books. She kicks butt “All that rage…” ... “It will be your ruin.”Armentrout is a master of creating captivating stories with relatable characters and Rage and Ruin is one of her best yet! I was immediately sucked into the story and refused to leave. “The Harbinger is finally here, and there’s no stopping what is coming. Rivers will run red. End times, baby, and there’s no way you can stop the Harbinger. You’re going to be a part of it all.”Trinity is one of my favorite heroines from any of JLAs books. She kicks butt and her sarcastic comebacks are hilarious. And the best part about her is that she is so far from perfect. She’s selfish and impulsive and I love her even more because of that. “I was a Trueborn. And a kick-ass fighter. But I was still disabled at the end of the night. And I knew that didn’t define me. It wasn’t the sum of who I was. It was just a part of me.”As I suspected, we do get to know Zayne a lot better in this book. What he’s really thinking and how he’s actually feeling. One of my favorite parts of Zayne is that he can be an protective male, and still believe in Trinity and let her do her thing.“You’re strong, and you’re a damn good warrior. I might be your Protector in some instances, but when we fight, I’m your partner.”This is the second book in the Harbinger series and it starts off immediately after the first book. It continues the story flawlessly. We see more growth in the characters and learn more about the harbinger. And this ending...omg. “This sharing-and-caring moment makes me feel like we’re a real team that can get stuff done. Like the Avengers, but more evil.”
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Star Rating: —> 5 MILLION,BILLION, TRILLION STARS!(Technically 5, but the rating system is SO limited; bah, semantics)AHHHHH! This was one of my absolute top favorite reads of the year, I am shaking, literally... i’m crying, no, sobbing. I can’t get over how insane this was... an emotional rollercoaster ride that I waited a year for and is over ALREADY & I’m going to have to wait againnnn for most likely around a year to get to read the last book in the trilogy! I had to have written a short rev Star Rating: —> 5 MILLION,BILLION, TRILLION STARS!(Technically 5, but the rating system is SO limited; bah, semantics)AHHHHH! This was one of my absolute top favorite reads of the year, I am shaking, literally... i’m crying, no, sobbing. I can’t get over how insane this was... an emotional rollercoaster ride that I waited a year for and is over ALREADY & I’m going to have to wait againnnn for most likely around a year to get to read the last book in the trilogy! I had to have written a short review for this 3 times (all after 3 in the morn of course), and fell asleep each and every time before i could post it. i am beyond enthusiastic about this book, you have no idea, and everyone needs to read this series, BUT I’m absolutely exhausted and feeling quite defeated over the whole deleted-review-3-times deal so a more inclusive RTC!(Seriously though! You NEED to get your hands on this RIGHTNOW!)___________\\Okay seriously... 3.5 MORE DAYS!!!! Flipping my shit rn! Ahhh my darling JLA! BTW I MUST thank @jessica for introducing me to her brilliance a year ago! ❤️________________________________Ugh look at that cover! Everything I expected from Rage & Ruin ;-)Love!________________________________YASSSSSS I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS TO SHOW UP FOR SO LONG! CAN’T WAIT UNTIL WE ARE GIFTED WITH THE COVER! *breathes in deeply*Ahhemm, I’m very excited about this. Obviously. YAY!
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    Get it here:Amazon US * Amazon UKThat ending was so unfair! I need the next book ASAP. Get it here:Amazon US * Amazon UKThat ending was so unfair! I need the next book ASAP.
  • Sentranced Jem
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThat ending! Can we talk about that cliffhanger?! 🤯🤯I knew I loved Jennifer L. Armentrout story telling magic but this book was beyond good. This book blew me away 🤯 EVERYTIME I thought I knew where this book was headed, JLA shocks me... Rage and Ruin was so so good.
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  • Yodamom
    January 1, 1970
    Action, adventure, discoveries, laughter, love and heartbreak. We get all the feels in this one. Oh I am going to warn you, the end is a boom. Tissue time ! There is also a massive cliffhanger so prepare to order the next book as soon as it’s published.Trinity and Zayne now bonded as it should have been are trying to figure this new life out. Trinity wants to stand tall and show the world she is more than what they see. Zayne wants to protect her, sometimes dimming her light. There is an emotion Action, adventure, discoveries, laughter, love and heartbreak. We get all the feels in this one. Oh I am going to warn you, the end is a boom. Tissue time ! There is also a massive cliffhanger so prepare to order the next book as soon as it’s published.Trinity and Zayne now bonded as it should have been are trying to figure this new life out. Trinity wants to stand tall and show the world she is more than what they see. Zayne wants to protect her, sometimes dimming her light. There is an emotional struggle, the kiss that was before the bond, the feels are still there but now ? Well everything has changed since then. There are forces at work that may end the world as they know it. Time to buckle up and sacrifice.I loved how Trinity was honest with herself and moved forward with her life. She did not wallow in self pity or dwell on the unfairness of losing her eyesight. She moved forward embracing her new reality, preparing. While Zayne was sometimes too protective of her he did have faith in her abilities at the same time.Did I have any issues, yeh. Trinity is still a bit immature, in the beginning she really got on my last nerve. Luckily that didn’t last long. Our little Trinity grew up. I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
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  • TheBibliotheque ♡
    January 1, 1970
    "Because I have no plans of letting you go anytime soon," he said, moving wickedly fast. Before I knew it, I was on my back and he was above me, his lips brushing mine as he said, "So, I'm glad we're on the same page."Then he kissed me, and yeah, we were definitely on the same page.Ladies and gents, the Zayne train has departed. Buckle up. Choo choo!My review for book #1 Storm and Fury: 5/5 stars*arc kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest fangirling episode of holy wows because "Because I have no plans of letting you go anytime soon," he said, moving wickedly fast. Before I knew it, I was on my back and he was above me, his lips brushing mine as he said, "So, I'm glad we're on the same page."Then he kissed me, and yeah, we were definitely on the same page.Ladies and gents, the Zayne train has departed. Buckle up. Choo choo!My review for book #1 Storm and Fury: 5/5 stars*arc kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest fangirling episode of holy wows because you are not ready for that ending, I mean, review
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  • Nas
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Zayne, Protector of his love, Trinity: “You needed me, and I needed to be there.” Zayne made it sound so simple, as if that was the way it always had been.” Meet Trinity, Protector of all puppies:“The demon had scared the poor puppy, causing it to yelp and topple onto its side with its little legs rigid. And that flipped me straight into Bitch Got to Die mode.” first of all, that ending? my heart is not okay, i'm an actual sobbing mess. i NEED the next book. NOW:( “That half grin gr Meet Zayne, Protector of his love, Trinity: “You needed me, and I needed to be there.” Zayne made it sound so simple, as if that was the way it always had been.” Meet Trinity, Protector of all puppies:“The demon had scared the poor puppy, causing it to yelp and topple onto its side with its little legs rigid. And that flipped me straight into Bitch Got to Die mode.” first of all, that ending? my heart is not okay, i'm an actual sobbing mess. i NEED the next book. NOW:( “That half grin grew. “Maybe I’m just lying here because I’m enjoying myself.”I blinked. “What—”Zayne’s hands landed on my hips, and a burst of shock left me unbalanced. A heartbeat later, I was on my back and Zayne was over me, his knees digging into the mats on either side of my hips. I started to sit up, but he caught my wrists and pinned them to the mat.” ^^can i say how much i LOVED their training sessions! JLA has perfected the art of writing these scenes with the right amount of steaminess. the sexual tension increased tenfold in rage and ruin. Cue the unresolved emotions, the stolen looks, flirtatious banter and lingering touches that will eventually get so strong that they end up making out! just magnetising. And the parts where they're sparring and zayne falls on the floor and trinity ends up straddling him. and then he flips their positions around?? MY KINK. 20 seconds later after staring at each other and breathing heavily, they are STILL not kissing but they both desperately want to. Also when zayne lands back on the ground after flying with trinity, this holds the same amount of power as their training sessions. His arms are still fully wrapped around her waist when they're not even in the air anymore??? Beautiful. this honestly gives me life<3Rage and Ruin was my most anticipated read of 2020 and it was incredible but also kind of disappointing. I mean, so many parts were a 4/5 stars for me and utterly beautiful but also there were a few parts that were two stars and I just couldn’t ignore it. I'm torn whether i should rate up or down. Side note: when the hell is goodreads going to add a half star rating option?? because this is a 3.5 star read. I enjoyed the fuck out of this read and zayne makes me SOFT. However, i'm so pissed at what took place in this book. STACEY. stacey. stacey. stacey. This bitch. My blood pressure was through the fucking roof. Okay, so of course zayne has two past love interests who are still present in his life. At least the whole does he still love layla drama ended in storm and fury. But wait, there's MORE. This time, with stacey. I had to endure through another love triangle??? shit, at this point it's a love quadruple. Okay, not really because it's not as though he was torn between stacey and trinity as he didn't have any romantic feelings towards her. But the miscommunication was draining and never-ending. It felt like trinity's jealousy of stacey was a huge plot device for most of the book.I did not like how protective zayne was over stacey throughout rage and ruin. He met up with her not just once but MULTIPLE times and hid it from trinity which was messed up. He took stacey to the ice cream parlour that is important to him, a place his father use to take him. And he did this RIGHT AFTER he shared these memories with trinity, he never once offered to take her. ALSO, he can literally feel trinity's emotions- how she's jealous and sad when stacey is with them or when she's mentioned but he still goes to meet her all the time? He acts so insensitive and makes it seem like its trinity's fault? She felt like a burden and zayne wasn't even trying to reassure her.Even after trinity and zayne have a conversation about this situation, he still goes to meet with stacey???? excuse me? am i suppose to be content and happy with that? “I was going to tell you about Stacey,” he said, halfway to the compound.Staring out the window, I nibbled away on my thumbnail. “You don’t have to tell me.”“I know I don’t,” he replied, and I made a face at the window, unsure why he thought confirming that helped.” He had the AUDACITY to say i know i don't????? Aiden St. Delphi would never do this to Alex.Listen, I know he is not romantically interested in stacey but he was too friendly, protective and defensive about her and that is not okay idc. It just kind of ruined it for me, zayne & trinity had a hot make out session after this and he was saying ALLLL of the right things but i didn't enjoy it like i was suppose to lol. Eventually I did after my anger dispersed, but i hate that i felt like this for several?? chapters when i adore this series. The Stacey drama lasted the majority of the book and he didn't even grovel much about this situation??!!! Why did this even have to happen??? but even with all that bullshit, it was so entertaining and heartwarming, i truly missed zayne & trinity!! AND omg who is the girl that peanut hangs around with?? i bet she's going to play an important role in the final book, i'm calling it!! “The fact that you can kiss me when I look like this?” His voice was like sandpaper. “It...it undoes me, Trin. It really does.”My heart swelled and then squeezed, torn between the understated beauty of his words and disbelief. “I can kiss you like this because you’re beautiful like this.”A tremor rocked him as he pressed his forehead to mine, holding me tight for another all-too-brief second, and then he lowered me to my feet, letting go with a slow slide of his hand.” anyway, i can't wait for the third installment!! i know it's going to be everything and more! &i hope a string of events will happen which will ultimately lead stacey to her demise:)
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  • MC The Bookaholic ♡
    January 1, 1970
    5 WTF?!?!?? starsWhat the flying effff was that ending? Like really JLA?! You had to end it on a cliffhanger?!?!....I appreciate that ending as much as I loathe it though for reasons I will not disclose as they are spoilers.Anyway. Trin & Zayne? Oh em gee! They still had that one step forward, two steps back thing going on, but it was amazing.Their chemistry is so on point. I loved that Roth was present in this book a lot more. Guys so much happened here and my mind is like mind-blown by how awe 5 WTF?!?!?? starsWhat the flying effff was that ending? Like really JLA?! You had to end it on a cliffhanger?!?!....I appreciate that ending as much as I loathe it though for reasons I will not disclose as they are spoilers.Anyway. Trin & Zayne? Oh em gee! They still had that one step forward, two steps back thing going on, but it was amazing.Their chemistry is so on point. I loved that Roth was present in this book a lot more. Guys so much happened here and my mind is like mind-blown by how awesome the plot developed and just everything!I really don’t want to say much as it can ruin the read for you and therefore cause you rage (ehhhh?? *winks*).But this read? A++++++I know this book like literally just came out but when is book 3 coming out lmao?
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  • Kris (frantic4romantic)
    January 1, 1970
    What a ride that was!Zayne and Trinity. Trinity and Zayne. What is there to say? Or rather, what’s ISN’T there to say?I fell in love with this story last year after I borrowed Storm & Fury from the library on a whim. Zayne was a little bit of a stinker (which I loved — and after reading Dark Elements actually appreciate even more) and Trinity was a little reckless and whole lot sassy. It made for a great story and by the end I was ready for more.I waited what feels like forever for Rage & Ruin, What a ride that was!Zayne and Trinity. Trinity and Zayne. What is there to say? Or rather, what’s ISN’T there to say?I fell in love with this story last year after I borrowed Storm & Fury from the library on a whim. Zayne was a little bit of a stinker (which I loved — and after reading Dark Elements actually appreciate even more) and Trinity was a little reckless and whole lot sassy. It made for a great story and by the end I was ready for more.I waited what feels like forever for Rage & Ruin, but as per usual, Jen did not disappoint! I couldn’t put this one down.We pick up where we left off in Storm & Fury. Tensions are high and the status of the world is steadily getting worse as the Harbinger’s identity is still unknown and the feelings Trinity and Zayne experienced for one another are now forbidden. No one knows the consequences — but is the unknown going to be enough to keep them apart?This book wrecked me so good. I rode a rollercoaster of emotion through the entire thing. It was action packed, heartfelt, and full of plot twists that left my jaw on the floor.Something you should know about me, is that I collect book boyfriends. The list is quite long, actually. Prior to this book, Zayne was nothing more than a blip on my radar, but after — I couldn’t stop thinking about him! He has grown so much as a character since Dark Elements and I absolutely love it!I completely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys paranormal/fantasy romances. Jen does a fantastic job delivering all of what you need. The only warning I’ll give you is this — be prepared to have your socks blown off.
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  • Siobhan Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my God, Jennifer, are you trying to kill me? I finished at 2 a.m and didn't fall asleep until 6 a.m. because my brain couldn't switch off, and I couldn't stop thinking about what happened at the end and getting all teary-eyed even though I know it's going to be okay.Can I have book 3, please?
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  • mandy ❤
    January 1, 1970
    5 "You're my light." Stars!Last year, when I read Storm and Fury, it instantly become a favorite of mine and one of Jennifer’s best books to date. I wasn’t sure how she could top it. But, Rage and Ruin does just that. In this installment we are brought back to the world of Wardens, demons, and angels. Zayne and Trinity have just recently been bonded as Protector and Trueborn. We go with them on a journey of figuring out this new dynamic between them while simultaneously trying to repress their f 5 "You're my light." Stars!Last year, when I read Storm and Fury, it instantly become a favorite of mine and one of Jennifer’s best books to date. I wasn’t sure how she could top it. But, Rage and Ruin does just that. In this installment we are brought back to the world of Wardens, demons, and angels. Zayne and Trinity have just recently been bonded as Protector and Trueborn. We go with them on a journey of figuring out this new dynamic between them while simultaneously trying to repress their feelings for one another. Feelings that are forbidden because Trueborns and their Protectors can’t ever become more than that. If that wasn’t enough for them to deal with, they also have the task of finding and stopping mysterious Harbinger - an unknown entity that is killing Wardens and demons alike - who is said to be bringing an end to the world as we know it.With this second book in The Harbinger series, I think this has become one of my favorite JLA series/stories. The plot is just really well thought out and the characters just jump off the page. I’m totally invested in them and their stories. Trinity and Zayne are a match made in heaven to be the protagonists of this story. Their chemistry is so palpable. I love the banter. Trinity’s snark and Zayne’s frustration with it? Amazing! It’s just to fun to read. And the connection they have? Beautiful! Their romantic moments in this book were everything! My heart burst with feelings and pure love/joy for them. They are without a doubt one of my all time favorite JLA couples.They both shined on their own in this book, too. Zayne has come such a long way from who we met in The Dark Elements series. His character development from one series to another, is great. He’s no longer the Warden who blindly followed rules even when he didn’t agree with them. Now he does what he knows feels right - rules be damned. And thank God for that lolTrinity continues to be the badass Trueborn we all fell in love with in book one. But she has a lot to deal with emotionally in this one. She just had to kill someone she considered her best friend in the whole world. She has to repress her deep feelings for Zayne. And she has a duty of saving the world. It’s a lot for one person to cope with. Trinity goes through some learning and growth, realizing that maybe the way she’s coping isn’t the best. But she continues to prove how strong of a person she is. With her limitations, with odds stacked against her, she continues to move forward and fight for what she wants. You can’t help but root for her and her happiness.Rage and Ruin delivers on every single level. It gives you action, mystery, romance, and some twists you will never see coming! I legit had my jaw on the floor with some of the stuff that happened in this book. Stuff I couldn’t believe - didn’t want to believe. And the ending? That was the biggest cliffhanger Jennifer has possibly ever done. I have so many questions after it! And I need book three immediately!LINKS TO PURCHASE:- Signed Hardcover- Hardcover- Kindle- Kobo- Apple Books- Barnes & Noble- IndieBound- Audible
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  • Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars. Wasn’t as good as book one but it was still a very entertaining read that I skipped out on sleeping to keep reading it. There was a lot of unnecessary miscommunication in this one primarily because of Trinity and it was exhausting. Instead of opening her mouth and asking or expressing herself she was doing Olympic sized leaps to conclusions about Zayne and their relationship. It got to the point that I was just as frustrated as he was. Other than that, this plot and world are so interes 4 stars. Wasn’t as good as book one but it was still a very entertaining read that I skipped out on sleeping to keep reading it. There was a lot of unnecessary miscommunication in this one primarily because of Trinity and it was exhausting. Instead of opening her mouth and asking or expressing herself she was doing Olympic sized leaps to conclusions about Zayne and their relationship. It got to the point that I was just as frustrated as he was. Other than that, this plot and world are so interesting. I still really enjoyed the characters and I loved that Layla and Roth played bigger roles this time because I just love whenever those two are around. Zayne and Trinity are really great together when they get on the same page and I love their relationship. Also, the fact that Zayne was also a virgin? *chef’s kiss* It’s a damn rarity in books for the hero to be a virgin so I thought that was pretty cool. The action was great and plentiful and just like book one, the ending to this one caught me off guard and I loved it. I need the third book immediately because I cannot wait to see how all of this is going to wrap up. I’m loving the hell out of this series and I just want Trinity and Zayne to get their happily ever after.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    HOW DARE YOU, MISS JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, END A BOOK LIKE THAT?!Thank you HarperCollins and Inkyard Press for the ARC.Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’ HOW DARE YOU, MISS JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, END A BOOK LIKE THAT?!Thank you HarperCollins and Inkyard Press for the ARC.Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’
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  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARSWow. What a wild ride this was! Jennifer Armentrout totally kicked up the action and the intensity in Rage and Ruin. Half-angel Trinity is teamed up with her Warden (gargoyle) protector Zayne in an effort to find and destroy the Harbinger. The only problem: they don’t know who or what the Harbinger is; only that it is killing demons and Wardens alike. With so much on the line (just the fate of the whole world), Trinity and Zayne pull out all the stops to find the Harbinger before it’s t 4.5 STARSWow. What a wild ride this was! Jennifer Armentrout totally kicked up the action and the intensity in Rage and Ruin. Half-angel Trinity is teamed up with her Warden (gargoyle) protector Zayne in an effort to find and destroy the Harbinger. The only problem: they don’t know who or what the Harbinger is; only that it is killing demons and Wardens alike. With so much on the line (just the fate of the whole world), Trinity and Zayne pull out all the stops to find the Harbinger before it’s too late while also fighting their growing feelings for each other. Rage and ruin had not corrupted me. They powered me. Rage and Ruin picked up right where Storm and Fury left off. Trinity is dealing with the aftermath of those events – or rather, she’s trying to carry on while not really dealing with what happened. Her father’s vague warnings about the Harbinger weren’t exactly helpful and she and Zayne are basically feeling around blindly in the dark trying to catch an unknown entity. Like a needle in a haystack. Enter Roth, the Crown Prince of Hell himself. I loved that Roth played such a big role in this entry and he was right there in all his uber-hot, snarky, less-than-humble glory.Complicating matters was the serious attraction between Trinity and Zayne that was growing into something a whole lot deeper. Which was, unfortunately, also something that was a whole lot forbidden. I’ll admit I was never really on the Zayne Train in the original Dark Elements trilogy (100% #TeamRoth, baby), but here in this series, with Trinity, I can totally see Zayne’s appeal. This guy is an absolute rock (gargoyle… rock… see what I did there?) in his support of Trinity. He is protective without ever holding her back, he’s in awe of her strength without ever being threatened by it, and he works around her eyesight issues with care and concern and not pity. There was so much tension and chemistry between these two and the push and pull going on was delicious torture.There was a fantastic build-up going on throughout the book and Armentrout did an amazing job amping up the stakes and providing plenty of action leading up to the final climax. And what an ending it was! People, when I say I was shocked by the final showdown, I mean I was floored. I reread the same scene over and over, thinking I had to be misunderstanding something. I had to be missing something. This couldn’t be happening. I’ll say it: I cried buckets. And then yet another twist in the final chapter left me reeling once more. My mind was blown. I was not okay. I can’t decide if Jennifer Armentrout is an evil sadist who obviously feeds on the tears of her readers (sorry Jennifer, nothing but love… really) or a plotting genius who knows how to write one epic cliffhanger. Because like I said, I am not okay.If you love Jennifer Armentrout, if you love paranormal/urban fantasy, if you love kick-ass heroines who are still totally vulnerable, if you love swoony heroes, and lots of action, and plenty of humor, and plot twists that will blow your little mind… do yourself a favor and read this series. Grab Storm and Fury and then dive right into Rage and Ruin. And then you can join me in the tortuous wait for the final book. Disclosure: I received a a complimentary copy of this book for review. This does not impact my opinion of the book or the content of this review. I received no compensation and my review is voluntary.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Rage and Ruin is the second book in the paranormal The Harbinger series. This series is a spin off of the Dark Elements Series. I would highly recommend reading that series first (as a bunch of characters are in both series).This is book two of The Harbinger series. You must have read book one, Storm and Fury (as this is a continuing story).This series is about a world with demons, gargoyles and angels.The narrator is once again 18 year old Trinity (1st person POV). This series borders between m Rage and Ruin is the second book in the paranormal The Harbinger series. This series is a spin off of the Dark Elements Series. I would highly recommend reading that series first (as a bunch of characters are in both series).This is book two of The Harbinger series. You must have read book one, Storm and Fury (as this is a continuing story).This series is about a world with demons, gargoyles and angels.The narrator is once again 18 year old Trinity (1st person POV). This series borders between mature YA and NA.This book takes place the morning after the last book ends. I sort of love how the author decided to recap book one. Since Trinity can see dead people and her best ghost-friend is Peanut ... she tells Peanut exactly what happened. What an ingenious way to do a recap.The main characters from the Dark Elements series are once again featured fairly prominently in this book. And I sort of love that. I especially love Roth in this book.There is romance in this book. And the book does end with a cliffhanger ending.There are a fair amount of fighting scenes in this book, which I don't love. I really like this author. And I do like the occasional paranormal or fantasy. But I do struggle with battles and good vs evil.This book is really long. But it was worth it just to get to that ending. What an epic and amazing ending! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.Thanks to edelweiss and Inkyard Press for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Nancy The book junkie
    January 1, 1970
    So i need to start by saying that if i’m being honest I never thought Zayne would be coming close to Roth in my heart but after reading this book i definitely fell in love with him!This book has exceeded all my expectations and more. As usual with JLA’s books it’s full of action, adventure, mystery, and spectacular twists. There’s tension, love and passion. The books have a lot of rhythm (which is not always the case with second books in series) and I absolutely adored Zayne and Trinity. I alrea So i need to start by saying that if i’m being honest I never thought Zayne would be coming close to Roth in my heart but after reading this book i definitely fell in love with him!This book has exceeded all my expectations and more. As usual with JLA’s books it’s full of action, adventure, mystery, and spectacular twists. There’s tension, love and passion. The books have a lot of rhythm (which is not always the case with second books in series) and I absolutely adored Zayne and Trinity. I already liked the two together after reading Storm and Fury, but I‘ve definitely fallen in love with them after reading Rage and Ruin.Trinity has to face many situations and adapt to her disability like she never thought she could. What she was not prepared was for the arrival of Zayne in her life and everything he make her feel. Something that is forbidden between a Protector and a Nephilim like her. But it will be difficult to resist both the physical attraction and the incredible chemistry they share. Zayne changed a lot since we first met him in the Dark elements series. He’ s not the same Warden he was back then. The events of the past, the trauma, the loss of his father and all the things he regrets and everything he has lived, have changed him. He lives separated from his community because he no longer feels comfortable in it. The arrival of Trinity in his life, changes everything and all the feelings he thought he lost when Layla chose Roth resurfaces, even stronger, making his feeling for Layla seems pale in comparison.In this second book in the series they have to work together to stop the mysterious being called The Harbinger from bringing destruction and mayhem to the world.Without spoiling anything i can say it’s an incredible novel. Full of action, incredible turns and some protagonists who go off the pages. I love the couple that Trinity and Zayne make. They are wonderful together. They are overcome. Relentless. Vulnerable. Intrinsically good and imperfect. Brave Fighters. Jennifer L. Armentrout catches you from start to finish, as usual. It destroys you and piece you back together. And the end? It almost killed be. Really. Now I can only wonder what implications it will have and it looks like the third book is going to be one of those that puts you on the verge of a heart attack constantly. JLA has destroyed me in the best way (as usual!) Also i need to say that the appearance of Roth, Layla, Cayman and Bambi are just the icing on the cake!!I have loved every page and Zayne is now coming close to first place. Roth will probably always beat him but not by much anymore!
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  • thesebooksiread
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC for an honest review*Wow. Just wow. I may say this with every book but it is completely true. JLA gets better and better with every book. This book was outstanding. I felt every emotion possible throughout this book and each emotion was vivid and clear and to my core. JLA flawlessly pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I was captivated and engaged and loving every word, every one, every chapter. Zayne, whom I cared for but he wasn’t my all time, became EVERYTHING through *I received an ARC for an honest review*Wow. Just wow. I may say this with every book but it is completely true. JLA gets better and better with every book. This book was outstanding. I felt every emotion possible throughout this book and each emotion was vivid and clear and to my core. JLA flawlessly pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I was captivated and engaged and loving every word, every one, every chapter. Zayne, whom I cared for but he wasn’t my all time, became EVERYTHING through out this book. Most books take a bad boy and make him good and what made this series even better was that Zayne is already do good. He’s kind, empathetic and intelligent and giving. What I loved second to that was the banter/interaction of Zayne and Trinity. They felt realistic and perfectly flawed. I laughed out loud so many times during this book that I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. That’s not true, JLA wipes that smile off with her cruel and amazing words. I cried happy and sad tears and loved every minute. So many paranormal books are surface level, but JLA took this book to the core of your heart and it will always remain there. The characters and storylines touched me and gave me everything I wanted and everything I had no idea I wanted from this series. Twists and turns all over the place and my heart was pounding to the last word. Read Dark Elements people, Read Storm and Fury and then devour this book as soon as you can because it was flawless.
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  • Isela
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Inkyard Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rage and Ruin is the sequel to Storm and Fury. If you haven’t read the first book, this review contains spoilers for book 1, I recommend you to stop reading at this moment.REVIEWAfter the end of Storm and Fury we found out that Misha was never supposed to be Trinity’s bonded Protector. The bond could’ve twisted Misha to hate Trinity and become bad enough to wor Thank you to Inkyard Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rage and Ruin is the sequel to Storm and Fury. If you haven’t read the first book, this review contains spoilers for book 1, I recommend you to stop reading at this moment.REVIEWAfter the end of Storm and Fury we found out that Misha was never supposed to be Trinity’s bonded Protector. The bond could’ve twisted Misha to hate Trinity and become bad enough to work with Bael and The Harbinger.While Trinity is trying to deal with the aftermath of Misha’s betrayal, she still needs to find out who The Harbinger is and stop it. But at the same time she still feels attracted to Zayne, which is a big NO NO because a relationship between a Trueborn and its bonded Protector is forbidden. “Just because I’m not supposed to want you, doesn’t mean I’ve stopped wanting you” But in the middle of everything, the Harbinger is still killing Wardens, and seems to taunt them by putting them on display. “All that rage... it will be your ruin.” CHARACTERSTrinity is a half-angel, half-human; a Trueborn who sees ghosts and spirits. Due to her degenerative eye disease, retinis pigmentosa, she’ll eventually end up with partial or total blindness. But that will not stop her.Zayne is a Warden who’s always supposed to be Trinity’s bonded Protector. Together, they become a force to be reckoned with because they were built for one another, and the only thing that could separate them is death.THOUGHTSFirst of all, I’m shocked by that ending and I have a lot of questions. Did that just happen?I’m a huge fan of JLA books and usually once she announces a book I buy it without reading the synopsis.Unfortunately, Rage and Ruin didn’t meet my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book, but it’s missing a plot in most of it. I felt that not a lot actually happened to justify the 600 pages of the book.JLA has these epic dialogues where characters are sarcastic and funny, but while reading Rage and Ruin I was hoping for the dialogues to stop and just go directly to the action.I had a hard time connecting either with Trinity or Zayne, some dialogues were unnecessary in my opinion. They kept “taunting” each other in a very juvenile way throughout the whole book and just dragged on and on… and on. She’s 18, I’m not expecting her not to have YA moments but she would say or think things like a 13 year old that had me cringing.A little bit of sarcasm and insults are entertaining, but at some point it becomes excessive and exhausting.The best parts were where Roth appeared. I may be biased but his snarks were the best without being cringy. “So, what’s up with the tie?” I asked, and Zayne stared down at it like he’d forgotten he’d been holding it.“Now that is a question I was dying to ask,” Roth commented. “BDSM, Stony? I am shooketh.” Will I read the next and final book? Definitely, especially with that ending. Do I recommend this book? Probably, but I won’t say it’s one of her best ones. This series borders between mature YA and NA so keep that in mind.
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    Rage and Ruin brimmed with emotions, secrets, twists and lots of charm. Not only did this story have so much heart but it made me laugh, smile, cry and I even got the chills a few times. I loved that their world had a richness and depth to it that I could easily visualize. And I was obsessed with these characters that felt like my friends. So if you love paranormal romance stories then definitely add this series to your tbr. “I don’t know if I can do this,” I admitted in a whisper. Rage and Ruin brimmed with emotions, secrets, twists and lots of charm. Not only did this story have so much heart but it made me laugh, smile, cry and I even got the chills a few times. I loved that their world had a richness and depth to it that I could easily visualize. And I was obsessed with these characters that felt like my friends. So if you love paranormal romance stories then definitely add this series to your tbr. “I don’t know if I can do this,” I admitted in a whisper. “I know you can,” he insisted, and my next breath came out shaky. “I don’t have a single doubt in my mind.” I wished I could see him. His eyes. His face. See how he was looking at me, because if I could see that faith he had in me, then maybe I could feel it. Something out there was hunting demons and Wardens. It was referred to as the Harbinger. And while Trinity, a half human half angel, and Zayne, a gargoyle, patrolled at night, it seemed to toy with them. Deaths happened around them and there was nothing they could do to stop it. They teamed up with up with demons and other acquaintances and it all led them down an addictive path where I had to know what happened next. With emotions running high and so much unknown, it felt like everything could explode around Trinity and Zayne at any minute. A kiss so chaste , so sweet that it shouldn’t have undone me, but it did. The kiss rattled me to my core, just as his words had. Not only did Trinity have to deal with hunting down the Harbinger, but she was in a dark, haunted place. She struggled from Misha's death and betrayal. What Trinity had to do cut into her soul. And I understood her avoiding those she loved. It was easier for her to keep everything locked inside, even though it was unhealthy. Since the story was told from just Trinity's POV, I connected so deeply with her. Her emotions became my own and I hurt for her. I understood why she acted the way she did, even when she was insecure or jealous at times. This story was a huge emotional journey for Trinity, but she grew so much in these pages. And a lot of that was because of Zayne. I’m not trying to make it easy. Those were his words— words that couldn’t mean what I thought they did— but the longer he held my stare, the more uncertain I became. Zayne was such a tortured soul who spoke to my heart. He pulled me under his spell anytime he was around. So when Zayne would say or do stuff that felt more than friendship or was extremely thoughtful, I paused right along with Trinity. Because while Zayne didn't always lay his emotions out there, his actions and gestures spoke volumes. And I'm one who loves to hunt and dig to figure out how a character feels. It helped at times that they could feel what the other felt, through the bond, but it wasn't always cut and dry. Because ultimately when everything was broken down, Trinity and Zayne were forbidden. They were not meant to ever be. “You’re under my skin and in my blood. I can’t get you out.” - Zayne While Zayne and Trinity were attracted to each other and felt possibly more, ultimately they were stuck with each other till death. She was a Trueborn and he was her Protector. They didn't have a choice of being in each other's lives. So doubt festered in the air for Trinity. Even when sexual tension between them ran high. And in those moments you could feel the electricity in the air. But there were untold consequences if a Trueborn and a Protector were to be together, so the push and pull between them was sensually addictive. “Angel Face?” Sighing, I turned and bent down so that I could see into the car. “What, Demon Spawn from Hell?” His lips quirked into a grin. “Just so you know, what I felt for Layla and what she felt for me was forbidden. That didn’t stop us.” We got to see some of our past favorites from Storm and Fury. Roth and Layla had a bigger role in this story! Roth was still beyond sexy and smile inducing, and their love felt stronger than ever. Plus we got to see Cayman and Bambi! I just want to say the favor thing, ohhhhh I'm so ecstatic with how that turned out! Stacey was also back, but I wasn't the biggest fan of her this time. You'll see what I mean. But my favorite thing about these characters being back was the bromance between Zayne and Roth. They were really good at annoying one another lol, but at the end of the day, they had each other’s backs. It made my heart so happy! The taste of him branded my skin, the feel of him as I slid a hand down his chest, over the tight muscles of his stomach and even lower, tattooed itself into me, and the sound of his groan echoed like a prayer. Rage and Ruin had a climatic ending that left me desperately wanting to grab that next book right away. I cried my eyes out and had lost all hope. But just wait. Because the last few pages, oh they'll change your world. And leave you with a ton of questions lol. Jennifer L Armentrout is beyond talented at giving us so much in a story but then also leaving us begging for more. So if you love fantasy, paranormal or romance then definitely add this series to your tbr. And if you want to understand the world even better then start back with Storm and Fury. I can't recommend both series enough! I’d never heard him yell before. Ever. I focused on him, really looked at him, and for a ghost, he looked freaked-out. “What?” Peanut drifted back a foot. “There’s something here— something in the apartment.” PS Peanut made me laugh out loud. He cracked me up and added so much light to this story! But his moments of seriousness gave me the chills.*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    It’s no secret that “Storm & Fury” was one of my favorite JLA reads of all time. So I was aching to get my hands on the sequel—like, I would literally dream about it reading it. And let me tell you, “Rage & Ruin” is what dreams are made of.In “Rage & Ruin” we get to see what happens after Zayne and Trinity were bonded as protector-trueborn at the end of book one. How it all plays out. It’s repercussions and hardships. There’s a good focus on how they deal with this emotionally and physically. Ou It’s no secret that “Storm & Fury” was one of my favorite JLA reads of all time. So I was aching to get my hands on the sequel—like, I would literally dream about it reading it. And let me tell you, “Rage & Ruin” is what dreams are made of.In “Rage & Ruin” we get to see what happens after Zayne and Trinity were bonded as protector-trueborn at the end of book one. How it all plays out. It’s repercussions and hardships. There’s a good focus on how they deal with this emotionally and physically. Our duo is meanwhile trying to figure out who the Harbinger is and what their plans are (the actual plot of the novel.)Trinity has so much personality, and it really got to shine in this book. You also get to see her emotional flaws that in my opinion make her more human and more likeable, and I really adored that. Of course she’s also repping the disabled community, showing that eyesight isn’t always the most important thing and I LOVE it! Because Trinity has the same diagnosis as JLA, I felt like I got to see a whole new side of JLA that just makes me want to give her a million hugs and a million glow in the dark stars to display on her ceiling.And Zayne. The beautiful warden. The forbidden love interest. The broody mcbrood pants. Zayne is dealing with so much and his character growth from the beginning of the Dark Elements series to this book is just so *chefs kiss* He’s so wonderful and I love him so much.The plot of this book feels like a lot of exposition, a lot of mini climaxes to the story and a lot of discovery. This isn’t a bad thing. I liked seeing Zayne and Trinity doing normal things, falling for each other, and fighting their feelings. (I love the forbidden love trope, sue me.) And how it all culminated? Sign me up for crying every night until the next book comes out.
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  • flamebookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    SHE HASN’T RELEASED IT YET BUT IDGAF!I know that I’m going to loose my heart this time but I can’t wait to read thisssssss. I.can’t.wait😭😍😍❤️❤️. I already know that it’s going to be perfect. Love u Jeen so much,pleas let us know the releasing date so I can start to count the days left! Miss already Stonie and bb Roth (okay I literally went made here)
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    Back in 2013 when White Hot Kiss was released, I started singing Zayne’s praises. Even after everyone else jumped on the Roth bandwagon, I was still 100% Team Zayne. It bothered me that legions of people found so much fault in this guy who only wanted to protect and shelter and love. Is it okay to say, “I told you so” now?Never has Zayne’s best qualities come to light than in Rage & Ruin. After the surprising and upsetting end to Storm & Fury, that’s to be expected. Zayne’s new role in Trinity’s Back in 2013 when White Hot Kiss was released, I started singing Zayne’s praises. Even after everyone else jumped on the Roth bandwagon, I was still 100% Team Zayne. It bothered me that legions of people found so much fault in this guy who only wanted to protect and shelter and love. Is it okay to say, “I told you so” now?Never has Zayne’s best qualities come to light than in Rage & Ruin. After the surprising and upsetting end to Storm & Fury, that’s to be expected. Zayne’s new role in Trinity’s life kind of requires the protective side of him to be out in full force. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the rebel streak we saw in Zayne too. He’s always been very by-the-book. But, after everything that happened to him with his clan and with Layla, it’s not a surprise that Zayne isn’t as interested in following every rule to the letter anymore. Rage & Ruin builds upon the mounting trouble the world is seeing from this unknown entity known as The Harbinger. And it’s definitely MOUNTING. Curious bad things are happening that are baffling the wardens. Even the demons are acting weird. And all signs point to something very bad happening soon. And that Trinity is somehow in the middle of it all. This makes Zayne’s job as her new protector a wee bit more challenging. All the better for us. But along with the danger Trinity seems to be facing on a daily basis, she’s also dealing with some understandably heavy emotional issues after what happened at the end of Storm & Fury. Trinity is in favor of putting off dealing with those problems until a more convenient time. But Zayne knows there is no such thing. Those coupled with Trinity’s and Zayne’s very real feelings for each other makes their relationship super complicated and fraught with emotional pitfalls. Rage & Ruin will put a knot in your throat and have you ready to jump out of your seat. And I can’t even talk about that ending. It’s not a cliffhanger - and we all know Jen Armentrout can do cliffies really well. But, I PROMISE it will make you freak out and want to read the next book in this amazing series immediately. And if that’s not the hallmark of a great book, then I don’t know what is.
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    "Rage and ruin had not corrupted me. They powered me."4 starsThe second book in The Harbinger series, and we’re back with Trinity and Zayne, now bonded as Trueborn and Warden Protector and working together to hunt for the mysterious Harbinger. There’s not a lot I can say about the story without spoiling anything, and just let me confirm that this is NOT a standalone, and you need to have read Storm and Fury, and preferably the original series in this world, The Dark Elements, before diving into "Rage and ruin had not corrupted me. They powered me."4 starsThe second book in The Harbinger series, and we’re back with Trinity and Zayne, now bonded as Trueborn and Warden Protector and working together to hunt for the mysterious Harbinger. There’s not a lot I can say about the story without spoiling anything, and just let me confirm that this is NOT a standalone, and you need to have read Storm and Fury, and preferably the original series in this world, The Dark Elements, before diving into this oneIt’s a bit of a slower pace this time around, as the world is already well established, and we concentrate more on the relationship between Trinity and Zayne as they explore their brand new dynamic. From the very beginning I have loved the connection between Trinity and Zayne, and now they have the added edge of their true bond, which enhances everything that was between them in the first book, but which also creates a delicious sense of the forbidden as their attraction is now totally off-limits. So we get this angsty, dramatic situation where they are both trying to do the right thing, creating both sexual tension and real tension as they fight hard against their feelings, and each other. It’s both exciting and frustrating as they share intense moments all while keeping quiet about the tumultuous emotion between them, creating multiple opportunities for miscommunication. But it’s an emotional journey, and watching them deal with it and work through it is an entertaining ride, and it makes those romantic moments all the more incredible when they happen. “You’re beautiful, Trin. You have this thing. It’s this spark from within. A light. There isn’t a single person out here that can’t see that.” And totally spoilery, but I couldn’t not include… (view spoiler)[ “No matter what happens, we’ll face it together. I didn’t kiss you without considering there could be a risk. I didn’t share with you what we just shared believing nothing could come from it.” His eyes searched mine. “I knew there was a risk for us—and there is an us. I also know that you’re worth the risk. That we’re worth the risk.”“You gave me stars, and that means this is…this is more.”His thumb swept over my cheek. “I don’t know what more means to you, but it means that I love you, Trinity Lynn. That I’m in love with you.” Deserving of both a squee! And a swoooooooooon!!! (hide spoiler)]But in the midst of it all, the Harbinger is still killing, and seems to taunt them at every turn. The story progression here is slow for most of the book as Trinity and Zayne deal with their romantic drama, but things pick up towards the end of the book and there is some action and excitement, questions are answered, the plot thickens and there are some pretty big twists which are going to change everything going forward. The ending is not exactly a cliffhanger, but it’s a nasty note to leave off on, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book to see how it’s all going to unfold from here. Characters from previous books appear, and Roth, Layla and Cayman are all a part of the action, and I loved the scenes that involve them! The Dark Elements series is a fave of mine, so of course any opportunity to see those characters again is always a treat. I’ll say again, that it will be really helpful to make sure you’ve read that series before this one because there are a lot of tie-ins that may otherwise be a bit confusing.I really enjoyed this book. While not as fast-paced as its predecessor, it has a lot of heart and sets up the trilogy for a big finish!4 stars.An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lauren (the.peachy.reader)
    January 1, 1970
    Is anyone surprised that I gave this 5 stars? No? I didn't think so Rage and Ruin is the second book in the Harbinger series by Jennifer L Armentrout centred around characters Trinity (aka angel face) and Zayne (aka hotty mc hot face) as they attempt to locate and bring down the Harbinger. I could not have loved this more! In this instalment we see Trinity grow and mature with each and every chapter. Her personality is absolutely amazing and she's definitely one of the most hilarious characters Is anyone surprised that I gave this 5 stars? No? I didn't think so Rage and Ruin is the second book in the Harbinger series by Jennifer L Armentrout centred around characters Trinity (aka angel face) and Zayne (aka hotty mc hot face) as they attempt to locate and bring down the Harbinger. I could not have loved this more! In this instalment we see Trinity grow and mature with each and every chapter. Her personality is absolutely amazing and she's definitely one of the most hilarious characters JLA has created. She's badass and easily distracted by several trails of thought, which, honestly is so relatable. She calls people out on their bullshit and is just a 10/10 all around. Zayne was his usual protective self but boy howdy has he become the alpha character he was destined to be.The romance side of the story is summed up in two words: Forbidden. Love. If that doesn't make you swoon and desperately seek out the book I don't know what will I'd recommend picking this book up if any of the following speak to your interests: FORBIDDEN LOVE (in capitals because duh), found family (Layla and Roth have 100% become the proud mum and dad of the series haha or at least the older siblings) insanely amazing action scenes, finding yourself and how to be independent, witty banter and random questions and lastly, Zayne.Slight spoiler section: (yes, the steamy scenes were back in full force, I did not expect this from the character I knew from the dark elements trilogy but boy am I impressed 👏😏) (That ending!! JLA I'm going to need a date for that next book, stat!)•A MASSIVE thank you to Harlequinaus for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    Rage and Ruin is the second novel in The Harbinger trilogy. It picks up after the events of Storm and Fury as Trinity and Zayne grapple with their new connection and the associated emotions they’re developing. Rage and Ruin is the best kind of guilty pleasure. It features a delicious forbidden romance and, in my opinion, some of the best fantasy characters: angels and demons. Unfortunately, Rage and Ruin suffers from second book syndrome. There isn’t much of a plot for most of the novel as Trini Rage and Ruin is the second novel in The Harbinger trilogy. It picks up after the events of Storm and Fury as Trinity and Zayne grapple with their new connection and the associated emotions they’re developing. Rage and Ruin is the best kind of guilty pleasure. It features a delicious forbidden romance and, in my opinion, some of the best fantasy characters: angels and demons. Unfortunately, Rage and Ruin suffers from second book syndrome. There isn’t much of a plot for most of the novel as Trinity and Zayne look for the Harbinger. So, for most of the novel the characters are speculating on who or what the Harbinger is without getting anywhere despite it being obvious. This makes for an spectacular reveal at the end, but makes getting there a drag. There is a three year discrepancy between Zayne and Trinity, if I’m not mistaken. Three years isn’t a lot, but Trinity comes off as much younger in her inner monologues and some of the stuff she says. It made connecting with Trinity difficult at times and it’s one of the reasons I’m not the biggest fan of Trinity and Zayne together as a couple. Zayne and Trinity are on different wave lengths when it comes to their relationship and all the emotions associated. Most of the novel is spent watching Zayne and Trinity reconcile those differences. It’s fun and exciting, yet also frustrating. Miscommunication is used over and over to drive the tension between the two. The ending of Armentrout novels are always exciting and Rage and Ruin is no exception. I wouldn’t call it a cliff hanger, but it’s certainly made me wish I had the third novel in my hands. Overall, Rage and Ruin is a slower paced sequel as Armentrout dives into the nitty gritty of Zayne and Trinity’s relationship. This almost singular focus doesn’t always serve the plot, but it’s definitely entertaining. *** I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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