Book Review: Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Title: Storm and Fury
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Harbinger #1
Publication Date: 11th June 2019

Synopsis: "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 firecely guarded by Wardens - gargoyle shapeshiftsers 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 other 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..."

My thoughts: When I was offered a review copy of this book, I pretty much instantly jumped on it and went in without much knowledge at all to do with what it was about. Writing out that synopsis above made me realise I knew very little about this book, to be honest. But as soon as it arrived I just had a feeling I was in for a wonderful romp, and I barely managed to hold myself back (had to finish some other books first) before I dove in. I also took this away on holiday with me, and I have to say it made for perfect holiday-reading.

The humour in this is what made it for me - it's cheeky, witty, and sometimes just completely cutting, and I kind of live for it. Anyone who has read any of Armentrout's work before (perhaps the Lux series?) will know exactly what I mean. The characters are also excellent - I liked how we got to know them a little slowly - I got just enough in the beginning to keep me interested for the entirety of the book. Trinity is interesting, frustrated with her situation, but also loves her family enough to stay frustrated for the most part. Zayne is somewhat mysterious, a bit of a frustrating idiot at times, but also quite charming. And, you know, tortured by his past, which I am definitely here for in my paranormal romance. Actually, both of them are kind of tortured by their past. It works well, and the conversational dances that they have are really fun to read.

The action is quite good, the mystery to be solved is interesting enough to keep you hooked, and the side characters are also really great for providing context, and more comic relief. I was a tiny bit disappointed with the ending, but I also didn't really see it coming, so that was pretty good. Although I may have just been more interested in the developing connection between the two main characters? I was a bit distracted.

Either way, this is a solid paranormal romance, a little bit dark, with touches of humour and levity. I also loved the exploration of gradual loss of sight and thought it was done really well here. I am not losing my sight, but as someone with chronic illnesses I felt like I could connect to Trinity through this. There's more I could say on this, but perhaps I'll save it for a post about chronic illness/health issues in books. 

I definitely recommend this if paranormal books are your jam.

{I received a review copy of this book from Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!}

A favourite line from the book: '"Speaking of ghosts, the one that came with you?"
"Yeah." A pause. "Him. Can he...move things?"

I grinned. "Yes. Did he move something?"
"This morning my shoes were in the fridge."'

You would like this book if: You enjoyed some of Jennifer L. Armentrout's previous books, particular the trilogy/novella that precede this one; you like paranormal romance with heavy leaning on demon butt-kicking.

Tea to drink while reading this book: There's a lot of coffee drunk in this book. I would recommend a lovely English Breakfast tea for comfort - I find paranormal romance books so comforting, so the combination is excellent.

Rating:  8/10

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