Thank you so much to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for letting me read a copy of Rage and Ruin early! This book came out on June 9th, but I’ve been so busy with other things in life that I finally finished it this past weekend, and man y’all, you need to make sure you’re not sleeping on it like I was!
Rage and Ruin 4.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Ok before I say anything else, holy shit, that ending killed me! Like how am I supposed to wait until next summer for book three???
Now that that is out of the way, wow, the first like ⅓ of this book maybe was a little annoying because Trinity and Zayne were annoying, and honestly, I think it’s a real testament to the fact that Jennifer L Armentrout is a great writer for her to be able to write characters that might get on our nerves a little, but they need to do that in order for us to really understand what they’re going through and for us to be able to see their growth. And man, did Trinity grow! By the end of the book, she definitely had matured and she already saw the world in shades of grey, but by the end of the book, there was so much grey there, it was great to see that character development. I also loved being introduced to more of Zayne’s life in DC and seeing how Trinity felt like an outsider and how they had to maneuver that and how there were definitely lots of missteps before they did things the right way. As always, Roth was my favorite. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I highly recommend it!