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The Harbringer #1
Published by Inkyard Press on June 11, 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC, eBook
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…
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Hello friends, it is I! Life has been very busy and all I’ve wanted to do is stare at the ceiling while hiding from all of the universe’s problems, including all the blasted mosquitoes. 😡 (But I sincerely apologize for continuously being an airhead since April-ish.)
But I’m popping out with my hopefully coherent review for Storm and Fury today!
And then go back to my corner and cry over life.
So no one told me Storm and Fury was a spin-off series until near release day. 😬
The last time I read JLA was her Lux series, in which I have an intense love/hate relationship that bordered more on “I disliked it enough that I didn’t finish.” But I did decide to dive into Storm and Fury despite characters appearing from The Dark Elements series. I recommend reading The Dark Elements series first though unless you don’t mind spoilers.
But if you do care about being spoiled, I’d backtrack from picking Storm and Fury up.
JLA’s writing has truly grown — this is chock full of snark and humor.
Not reading an author’s works for years makes things eye-opening. Reading Storm and Fury definitely showed so much growth in JLA’s writing, but it’s possible that:
- My reading preferences changed over time.
- Lux series was just not the story for me.
That being said, one of my favorite things out of Storm and Fury is the writing. The first book in The Harbringer series is full of snark and humor from nearly all of the characters. I love the way Trinity tries to make her situations comical and particularly her interactions with Zayne. And I enjoyed seeing Roth make an appearance (I now want to read The Dark Elements just for his sass).
Is there anything actually going on in Storm and Fury?
When I sat myself down to write the review and really thought about this, there isn’t. There is nothing much happening in this book and what drove the story the most for me is the snark and humor. Everything seems to happen near the end of the story, but it seems like there is a constant state of action.
What we spend time doing instead:
- learning about the Warden life
- learning about Trinity with a lot of mystery surrounding her
- chasing down what could be killing both demons and Wardens
- romantic angst (chemistry?) between Trinity and Zayne
But we do get some kick-ass scenes throughout where Trinity is an absolute boss and she adapts to retinitis pigmentosa rather than let it hinder her. (Side note: JLA has this and I loved seeing how she integrated the eye disease in Storm and Fury!)
Lately, the first book in a series for me has been seemingly slow, focusing on the setup rather than the action, so I’m not letting this bother me with JLA’s latest. I enjoyed reading Storm and Fury and recommend it to those who enjoy a paranormal romance that will make you laugh.