Updated: Apr 13


Title: Rage & Ruin

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Inkyard Press


Synopsis: 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.



Review: SPOILER WARNINGS

I thought Rage & Ruin deserved a solid four star until the last fifty pages. I adore Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing but this book was overly predictable, lacked the mystery of book one, Storm & Fury, and twisted classic biblical teachings. Here’s the thing, I’m not a religious person, but I believe in God. Viewing him as a man, sitting in heaven, making human-like decisions was laughable if not ridiculous. Painting arch angels as villains was equally silly. I can’t count the number of times my eyes rolled at the end of this book. Lucifer will save the day. Um…no thank you. I literally cackled when the author unveiled that twist.

The other thing that bothered me was the sudden obsession Zayne and Trinity had for each other after having sex. I get it, they’re young and in love but their vow to sacrifice anything and everything to find one another after death was cringe worthy. The Twilight vibes came on strong toward the ending—too strong. Considering they had just met with the Senator and witnessed what happened when harbored grief turns into desperation, their obsessive devotion to each other felt out of character.

And what about their bond? I thought if one died, the other went too. Perhaps I misunderstood. I was so confused when Zayne passed. I expected Trinity to meet him in the afterlife.

I enjoyed the sexual tension and banter between Zayne and Trinity at the beginning of the book. Armentrout’s writing is easy reading. Her books are good pallet cleansers after finishing a dense fantasy novel. I just didn’t love this one.

I’m not sure if I want to continue the series. The twisted view on God really bothered me. I enjoy books with valuable life lessons, and this one left me with zero takeaways.


Triggers/Warnings: violence, some language, adult content

Plot: 3/5

Pacing: 4/5

Escapism Factor: 3/5

Emotional Connection: 3/5

Character Development: 3/5


Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


Completed Read: March 2021

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Updated: Apr 12


Title: A Court of Silver Flames

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury


Synopsis: Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it. The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other. Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts. Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other's arms.


Review: Please hold while I stand and applaud author Sarah J. Maas. This book deserves high praise. I don’t give five-star reviews unless the story and writing blows my mind. Guess what, A Court of Silver Flames did that and so much more. I wish I could give it ten stars.

Everyone experiences trauma differently, and Nesta Archeron is no exception. A human turned Fae, Nesta struggles with the death of her father, the resentment she harbors toward her sisters, her feelings toward Cassian, her unexplored powers, and years of suppressed guilt. She’s bitter, stubborn, and downright pissed to be training with Cassian.

A Court of Silver Flames is a book about healing and self-discovery. Maas doesn’t go easy on Nesta. She forces her to hit rock bottom. She sends her on challenges that test her morals and courage. With the help of some new friends and a certain bat boy that fans love, Nesta finally faces her inner demons.

The character growth in this book brought tears to my eyes. A sense of nostalgia washed over me each time Feyre and Rhys appeared on the page. I smiled, laughed, blushed, cried, rolled my eyes, and gritted my teeth. I experienced each character’s emotions. And that, my friends, is a sign of good writing.


Triggers/Warnings: adult language, violence, explicit sex scenes, trauma


Plot: 5/5

Pacing: 5/5

Escapism Factor: 5/5

Emotional Connection: 5/5

Character Development: 5/5

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Completed Read: February 2021

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Updated: Apr 12


Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury


Synopsis: In 2059, Scion has taken over most of the world's cities, promising safety for all the citizens it deems worthy and wiping out clairvoyants wherever it can find them. Paige Mahoney, though, is a clairvoyant--and a criminal just for existing. Paige is determined to fight Scion's power, and as part of the Seven Seals, Paige has found a use for her powers: she scouts for information by breaking into others' minds as they dream. But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly-as soldiers in their army. Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives. The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine-a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


Review: What a wild ride! I didn’t read the synopsis before diving into this book, so I did not know what to expect. At first, I struggled with the complexity of world building. Trying to keep up with the different voyants left my eyes glazed over with confusion, but after a few chapters, things fell into place.


Connecting with Paige Mahoney was a simple task. Her vulnerability and internal flaws made her a relatable character. She’s no Mary Sue. Paige is a girl who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty to defend those she loves.


The slower pacing sped up once Paige arrived at the prison. The vibe of said prison gave me the creeps, in a good way. I love when an author transports you to another world. The mysterious Rephaim made me quite uncomfortable. Where do they come from? Why do they feed on voyants? As soon as Warden walked onto the page, I knew we had an ‘enemies to lovers’ troupe. The unveiling of his double life was the best part of the book.


The Bone Season is a wonderful debut and a solid start to a series I plan on continuing.


Triggers/Warnings: some adult language, scary imagery


Plot: 4/5

Pacing: 4/5

Escapism Factor: 4/5

Emotional Connection: 5/5

Character Development: 4/5


Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Completed Read: February 2021

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