Series Name:
The Harbinger Series, # 1

Review By Veronica

Storm and Fury is a fun and action packed urban fantasy novel that will have you racing out to the bookstore to buy the next book in the series.

Favourite Quote:

The corners of my lips turned down. My fingers tightened on the curtain as Zayne inexplicably took a step back, turned his head and…

And looked directly at where I was standing.

Something… Something happened. 

A shock of awareness shot through me, followed by a feeling of deja vu, as if I’d been here before, but that made no sense. This was the first time I’d seen Zayne. I would’ve remembered if I had seen him before.

I didn’t move as he stared at me. I couldn’t. I was rooted to the spot, and I was close enough to see his mouth, to read his lips when they began to move.

I see you.

Goodreads Synopsis: 

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…

Boy, oh boy! This is one book that draws you right in and doesn’t let you go until the very last page. I feel I should also warn you that you will find yourself going out and picking up the following two books in the series because you will want to know what happens next right away (this may be based on a true story from my own life, LOL). Jennifer has made a name for herself in the adult fantasy world with her Blood and Ash series. I really enjoyed that series and was excited to dive into something else that Jennifer wrote. Storm and Fury is the first book in Jennifer’s YA paranormal series. It is also a spin-off from the Dark Elements series and follows the story of Trinity and Zayne (one of the main heroes from the other series). This series can be read as a stand-alone. There are references to events that happened in the other series but nothing that would hinder a reader’s enjoyment of this book. 

What made me decide to pick up this was the interesting synopsis. I love a good YA paranormal book, but even I can admit they can get repetitive sometimes. I applaud Jennifer for finding this unique twist on the supernatural world. Instead of the usual vampires and werewolves, we have gargoyles, demons, and angels. I am trying to figure out why I devoured this book so quickly, and I think it was a combination of things. The story as a whole is fun and unique; there is action, humour, mystery, and of course, romance. Jennifer knows how to draw in her readers and keep them guessing and wanting more. The unexpected twists (especially the one at the end) were really well placed, and even I couldn’t anticipate what would happen next. The whole gargoyle and demon parts of the book were a breath of fresh air, and I just soaked it in. I enjoyed learning about how these beings exist in our world.  

I liked Trinity, she has that quirky teenager vibe, but at the same time, she can hold her own in a fight. I will admit that, at times, the dialogue between her and other characters is a bit cringy. But at the same time, she is a teenager, and I am sure we can all relate to saying “lame” or weird things. I loved all the pop culture references she uses, and I am looking forward to watching her grow into the badass hero I know she can be. Now it’s time to talk about the swoony, mysterious, and broody Zayne. I can really see why Jennifer made a spin-off series centred around him. He is that perfect paranormal hero, and I will admit I might have read faster to get to the parts in the book he was in. He is this perfect blend of broody bodyguard, while at the same time, there is this vulnerable, heartbroken side to him. There is, of course, a bit of romance between Trinity and Zayne. This is the first book in the series, so most of the book had that friend/bodyguard relationship vibe to it. But it was cute. But for those who like the steaminess in the Blood and Ash series, you will not find that in this book, mainly because it is YA and not a New Adult book.

Storm and Fury is an unputdownable book and will leave you wanting to know what will happen next.