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Badassery At Its Finest: Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A spoiler-free review on this second installment in The Harbinger series, spin off to Dark Elements series! (If you haven't read either, I highly suggest you do! Both are freaking phenomenal!)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Harbinger #2

Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult Mature
Publication Date: 
June 9th 2020 by Inkyard Press
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Rating: ★★★★★
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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.
I can always count on Jennifer L. Armentrout to bring it hard with an action-packed novel! This sequel is even better and will hook you from the start. I mean, I read 523 pages in a day. That's how hooked I was. I couldn't stop reading!

Rage and ruin had not corrupted me. They powered me.

➺ JLA sure knows how to create a sarcastic, witty and badass female character. Trinity shone so bright in this sequel! While Trin was great in the first novel, I felt like something was missing there, but things changed for this sequel. I enjoyed her character so much more. Because of her character and her point of view, there was a lightness to the story--lots of hilarious content--that I loved.

He stared at me as if he’d ordered a tender marinated filet, but instead had ended up with a cheap f lat beef patty. I was sort of offended. I was 100 percent organic Angus beef, thank you very much.

➺ Zayne *dreamy sighs*. I fell harder for Zayne. I felt disconnected from him in the first novel (even though I loved his character), but in this one, HE STOLE MY HEART! I was all in my feels because of him. From the start, his feelings for Trinity are so palpable from the pages. I will always love the bad guy, which is why I was Team Roth in the OG series, but man, Zayne is surely fighting Roth for that second place in my life (second place, because Rhysand will always be first).

"You're under my skin and in my blood. I can't get you out."

I love how in awe Zayne is of Trinity. He truly admires her strength, even when all she sees is weakness. He pushes her to be better, to embrace her eyesight issues. He's always there to support her. Unfortunately, this romance is forbidden. No one really knows why it's forbidden, but boy was it delicious to read this forbidden romance and the electrifying chemistry between them! 

"I knew there was a risk for usand there is an us. I also know that you're worth the risk. That we're worth the risk."

➺ Speaking of our favorite Crown Prince of Hell, the gang from Dark Elements series continues to appear in this spin-off, and I couldn't be happier! Roth, Layla, Cayman and a certain familiar come back again, and I firmly believe the novel wouldn't have been the same without them. All of them brought even more badassery to the story, yet also showed that this gang is loyal 100%. 

"I don't know about you guys, but 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."

➺ This action-packed novel had my heart racing a thousand miles per second! I knew JLA could write action, but dear goodness, she threw this one out of the ballpark. Not only was the action phenomenal, but there was always something happening, never a dull moment.

JLA did a fantastic job in building up the tension, slowly amping up everything to the point I seriously thought my heart would burst out of my chest! And guys, while I kiiiind of figured out what being was behind everything that was happening, I was also shocked by who it was! COMPLETELY SHOCKED! And then! Jennifer has to go and write a scene that broke my heart in its entirety (I don't know how I'm breathing right now). AND THEN! There's a cliffhanger that had my jaw dropping to the floor. I still can't believe that that happened! 

It definitely makes you want to read this in one or two sittings. It didn't feel like it was 608 pages. It all flew by so fast! I still can't believe I have to wait a year to read the next book! 😭 You hear that? That's my heart shattering to pieces.

"I'm the tool of retribution and you're the weapon of destruction."

➺ Overall, Rage and Ruin is a badass, witty, absolutely phenomenal addition to this spin-off series. You don't want to miss out on this action-packed novel filled with humor and feels!

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