Storm and Fury
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: 11 June 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Inkyard Press
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…
Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my auto-buy authors, so I get incredibly excited whenever she has a new book coming out. I first fell in love with her writing when I read The Covenant series and then she blew me again with The Lux series! I love her YA books because she doesn’t focus on just one magical creature. She’s tackled demi-gods, aliens, and now gargoyles!
The story follows the life of 18-year-old Trinity Marrow who has the ability to see and communicate with beings that are no longer living: ghosts and spirits (yes, there’s a difference!). She possesses a unique and secretive gift that is incredibly dangerous that she has been hidden away on an isolated compound guarded by Wardens (shapeshifting gargoyles that protect humans from demons). Her power is so great that if other Wardens were to find out what she is, they would devour every ounce of her to enhance their own abilities. Trinity is essentially locked up on this compound and protected by a very select few.
After the compound is attacked by demons (which is highly uncommon), another Warden clan shows up to get answers about a mysterious source that is killing both Wardens and humans. One of the main characters in this clan is Zayne. He is blonde, has abs for days, and is absolutely gorgeous. After Trinity is able to kill a Warden out of self defense, Zayne doesn’t buy that Trinity is just some human who took a few self defense classes. As they spend more time together, the chemistry between them becomes palpable, but what future would be in store for them when Wardens don’t choose mates outside of their race.
Trinity is an incredible character. She is literally the definition of a badass heroine, and she doesn’t let anything slow her down. She has incredible strength even while battling a degenerative eye disease that will eventually leave her blind. The author also battles with an eye disease herself, which really came through when Trinity addressed her condition.
I absolutely love the way the author writes relationships because they are always the slow burn romances that begins with flirtatious banter and escalates to sexual tension that literally everyone can feel. I loved watching Trinity and Zayne come together and the steaminess of their relationship. I thought that they definitely complimented one another.
One of my only critiques of this book is that I thought that the first 100 pages or so seemed to unnecessarily lengthen the story. I really didn’t start getting into the book until after that point and then I was hooked.
Thank you to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for providing an eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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