I can’t believe that I am sitting here writing this review, as I haven’t written a review or read a book in well over a year. Hell, it’s probably been closer to two years. I suppose I read some of the Luxen books (also by JL Armentrout) earlier this year, but I’ve been finding it difficult to make any “me time” lately. That’s, hopefully, about to change.
I received Storm and Fury from Netgalley a couple months ago. I knew it was a book I was going to want to read, because I love the author. Seriously, everything Armentrout writes is solid gold! So, about a week and a half ago, I decided that I was actually going to pick up a book and read. And I did. Read is a mild word for this book. Maybe I should be more accurate. I devoured it.
Storm and Fury is a one of a kind book. I’ve read a lot of books, but this one definitely stood out as being unique. It’s about an eighteen year old girl, Trinity, who lives in a compound with Wardens (gargoyle army people who fight demons.) Trinity has lived in this compound for about 10 years, and it’s very clear that there’s some big secret about Trinity from the get go. One thing that is quickly revealed about Trinity is that she can see and speak to ghosts/spirits and that she has been trained just as good (if not better) than most of the Wardens in the compound.
Eventually, Wardens from a different compound show up, seeking help from The Wardens in Trinity’s clan. There’s some big bad out there who is killing both Wardens and demons alike.
With the new Wardens comes Zayne, a handsome Warden who turned down being the leader of his own clan. There is an instant chemistry between both Zayne and Trinity- almost like they had known each other forever. Now, I say instant chemistry, but I don’t want you to mistake that with instalove. Clearly, there is romance in this book. However, I thought that Armentrout did a fabulous job of building up the heat and suspense and really making the readers wait for any type of interest or type of relationship between any of the characters.
One thing that did bother me was that once the relationship between Trinity and Zayne started to blossom, it got a little awkward. Almost————-teenager awkward. While this book is being marketed as a young adult book, the characters are 18 and 22. Now, I’ve been both 18 and 22, so I know that awkwardness is still a thing and those big sexy scenes really are not an actual thing. The scenes, though, made it feel like the characters were younger than they were. I do wish there had been more confidence and OMG moments in some of those scenes.
One of my most favorite things about this book was all of the characters, as well as character development. I LOVED Trinity. I also loved Zayne and all of the supporting characters. Trinity grew so much throughout the entire book. I watched her mature and grow more confident in her abilities. One moment she was sweet and shy. The next, she was spunky and spicy. I loved her. I can’t wait to read more about her in the next book.
Let’s talk suspense. Holy smokes- I was kept on action packed toes throughout this entire book. There was soooooooooooooo much going on here. Down to the last minute. The action scenes really felt like I was right there front and center watching some epic show downs. And there were several “holy shit. Did that really just happen” moments. If you’re looking for a suspenseful, action packed ride, then this is definitely the book for you.
Overall, I loved this book! I sucked it down in a matter of days. This one was one of those books where I was antsy and upset if I was doing anything else other than reading it. I absolutely cannot wait for the next one and would 100% recommend this book to every book lover out there!