Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Rage & Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  18 May 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 501

Publisher: Harlequin Teen





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.




Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy of Rage & Ruin, in exchange for an honest review!

Rage & Ruin is book two in the Harbinger series, so my review may contain spoilers for book one, Storm & Fury


Rage and Ruin takes up right where Storm and Fury left off.  Trinity is staying with her new bonded protector, Zayne, and trying to come to terms with the betrayal and heartbreak she has just experienced.  As they patrol the streets together, looking for clues of where the rumoured Harbinger might be, and who or what it is, they have to fight their growing forbidden feelings for each other.

I think this was a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’, with this book.  I don’t think it was a bad book – in fact I really quite enjoyed the storyline, but the constant, never-ending romantic angst just wore me down.  Trinity just went on and on and ON about her feelings towards Zayne.  We had to hear every five seconds about how hot he is, how every tiny thing he did apparently just made her lose her senses, how terrible it was that they couldn’t be together. It was wearying. I just wanted the book to get on with the storyline.  But I know a lot of people will love that.  I’m just not one for a lot of romance in books.  I don’t mind it being part of the story, but when it takes over in this way, it’s just not for me.  I was excited every time Roth walked on page, because he is the character that makes this series (and Peanut, for sure, but even his part was lacking in this book compared to Storm and Fury).

BUT the plot was good.  It was tense, intriguing and had enough twists to keep me guessing.  To be honest, this would have been close to a five star read for me if it had been 100 pages shorter and at least half of the lovesick angst had been cut out.  I’m not sure yet whether there’s going to be a third book, but I hope there is after that ending.  Although I was a little frustrated wit this book, I would still be keen to read more of this series, because the actual characters are great.  Trinity’s degenerative eye disease definitely gives her character something special and the complicated friendship between Zayne and the other characters is interesting and woven in to the story well.  If you love romance in your books and the ‘forbidden love’ trope,  I think you’ll really enjoy this one, so don’t hesitate to give it a try.




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