Thursday, January 13, 2022

Rage and Ruin Review

Hello, all!

I had posted a review of the first book in this series, Storm and Fury, last year (review here) but realized I never did the others. So, let's rectify that, shall we?  

*Potential spoilers ahead*

Pub Date: 6-9-20
YA - Urban Fantasy

Being the daughter of an archangel has brought nothing but grief to Trinity Morrow. She's spent her entire life being groomed to fight in a war that she has no concept of or wants anything to do with. She knows there's a lot about her and her future that's kept from her, but when she's betrayed by someone close to her she begins to see how in the dark she truly is. Trinity can feel an evil growing and she knows it's just a matter of time before the Harbinger comes.

Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector Zayne have been patrolling the streets of DC constantly looking for any clues as to what, or who, the Harbinger is. As each search brings up more dead ends, the pair seek help from unlikely sources, namely Roth, a crown prince of Hell. When more deaths pile up, the group uncovers a sinister plot at a local school endangering someone close to Zayne. The more they investigate, the more Trinity can't help but feel as if she's being toyed with. She's being drawn to something but she can't quite figure out what. All becomes clear when Trinity comes face-to-face with another Trueborn and no amount of training could prepare her for the hell that's about to break loose.

This was a lot of fun. The pacing was way easier to fall into than the first and I found myself enjoying it a lot quicker. After the events of the first book, Trinity's whole life is turned upside-down and you know it's going to get worse but you don't know how, and then this comes in and just steamrolls you. Especially when it came to Trinity and Zayne. They've always had great banter and chemistry, but it was on another level here. Their journey together was such a highlight despite all the frustrating, and occasionally, heartbreaking moments. For me, the plot in this one was also a lot better than the first. I felt there was more world-building and things were more fleshed out. We learn more about the Harbinger and all the complexities it brings, and the ending was a complete shock and makes me even more excited to pick up the third. While I did still have a few issues with wording/phrasing choices, it didn't lessen my enjoyment and I thought this was a solid read.

Rating: 4/5

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