Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: June 11th 2019
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…
ARC provided by Inkyard Press and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“I’m guessing the sky is full of stars?”
“It is, but the only ones that matter are the ones you see.”
I’ve been reminded why I love Jennifer L. Armentrout and the storytelling she dispels. Storm and Fury is the first in the spin off series based off the world of her Dark Elements series; taken from the point of view of new character Trinity Marrow, we are taken to a new community of wardens who unbeknownst to most are charged with protecting the secret that Trinity holds. However, when demonic activity goes on the rise and Trinity finds herself partnering up with Zayne–a Warden with a past that comes with news that someone or something is killing both warden and demons alike–to stop what is coming and to find out if its true that all secrets are best locked away.
I honestly don’t know where to begin with just how much I loved this book. Armentrout (JLA) is an author that is near and dear to me, so whenever I see a new book from her I jump on it like the cow that jumped over the moon. This book was no exception. Packed with JLA’s signature snark and sass, we are given humor mixed with action as the story unfolds and a new side of the world we’ve known previously takes form.
I absolutely loved our main character Trinity. Independent, determined, sassy, and loyal I felt that she was the most relatable character within the novel. I was touched and appreciative of the #ownvoice rep within this novel with Trinity’s struggle and adapting to life with retinitis pigmentosa–a rare eye disease that JLA also deals with. Reading the rep gave me more understanding on what those with this disease face, and it made me happy to see that JLA gave us a badass hero who doesn’t let her condition define her.
“A slow, heart-wrenching smile pulled at his lips. A real one, and it was the kind of smile that could break hearts and rebuild them.”
Included with the #OwnVoices rep, JLA hands over an amazing supporting cast that includes her signature sidekick and loyal friend group. I loved the character of Peanut and the light hearted comedic element he gives to each scene he is in.
With that said, I do find it noteworthy to mention that if you have read any of JLA’s other works you will find a lot of elements that are reminiscent to those previous books/series excluding the Dark Element series. Some of the things that are eerily similar are the bonding/linking of two people and being able to feel them (The Covenant series) and the entire Peanut character (Tink from the Wicked Series). Even though I was continually reminded of the similarities, I didn’t mind it that much and was able to gloss over the reminders, because I really loved the overall story and the elements only added to the piece instead of retracting.
I highly recommend going into this story having read the Dark Elements series first–though you can read the book without reading the original series–as it gives the world more depth and you get more of a depth with the character arch and development of Zayne and the rest of the supporting cast from the original series.
Overall, I really loved my time reading this new spin off, Armentrout shows us a different side of this well loved world and amplifies the stakes by a hundred notches. With new characters and new problems, Storm and Fury is a paranormal fantasy that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end with action interlaced with humor. I highly recommend those with a love for Fantasy to give this a go!
Huge thank you to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.
Buddy Read with Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts