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Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences.... Don't miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from number-one New York Times best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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. 

©2020 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Enjoyable cookie-cutter JLA

This is a good book and series, it is not amazing but not bad, perfect for in-between books. Note: this is Jennifer's Armentrout cookie-cutter recipe for books only with gargoyles and ghosts, I did enjoy this one better than the first one tho.

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Non stop reader!

I loved the first book and this was even better. Trin is such a badass and the banter back and forth with Zayne had me laughing. The heat simmered through just about the whole book and I can't wait to read the next!!

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OMG

LOVE LOVE LOVE...IM OBSESSED. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW. LOL SOO ADDICTED. JUST FOUND THIS AUTHOR AND I AM DEVOURING ALL OF HER BOOKS.....

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disappointed

I struggled to finish this. It was mostly Trinity whining and she kind of lost her badass factor.
I'm so disappointed in this book as it wasn't nearly as good as the first.

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Loved it!

I was worried that this book wouldn’t be as good as the first based on other reviews. There was some feedback saying that Trinity spent most of this book just whining and being jealous but I TOTALLY disagree.

This sequel did focus a lot on Trinity’s internal struggle, trying to find the balance of who she is and how she can possibly give up Zayne, knowing that it’s what she’s supposed to do. But I didn’t find it overdone at all, I found myself caught up in her passion and understanding her character better.

I also loved how much of Roth we got! He’s a great character and he plays off of all the other characters so well. I’m so sad we have to wait so long for the next book, what an ending.

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  • 2020-07-16

I didnt like the Heroine

Trinity is comes off as a spoiled brat and its hard to spend the story in her head. Also there was too much attention payed to her relationship with Zane, I wish the author would have focused more on developing the plot of the story than the relationship between the two main characters. Please give Zane and the crown prince a voice in the next book I dont want to spend another book in only Trinity's head.

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  • mat
  • 2020-06-16

Police brutality and blind representation.

Hmm how to put this, it's always seemed a bit iffy to me when an author creates a race of people whose job it is to "police" another sentient species. A theme that is most prevalent in teen novels. Probably cause apparently girls are really into guys who are so bad ass others are terrified of them and having an entire race of people cringe every time you are around is just uber..."hot?" Normally such things seem silly and unrealistic to me, however with the way things are right now in the real world with people questioning policing tactics. Some things in this book kind of irked me. Three times times a suspect who posed no threat was beaten and tortured and the one and only time it was seen as a bad thing and remarked upon Trinity claimed lectures were boring and flipped Zayne off, then she went and got food and it was never mentioned again. I get that she was dealing with some crap, but like with real world police, thats not much of an excuse and the way she just blew it off made it seem super callous. Granted Zayne's whole character arch for this book and the last trilogy was in questioning his role as a warden, and Trinity does do some soul searching buuuut there are some definite mixed signals for the audience through out the book.
Speaking of Zayne and Trinity. I'm not sure i really like them as a couple. Zayne seems far more mature as a person than she does in this book. Every time there is a problem, usually cause Trinity is feeling jealous or insecure, Zayne will try and talk to her about it. Only for Trinity to out right refuse or deliberately misinterpret what is being said so she can be a proper victim. it's really kind of gross. She does begin to figure out her short coming but wow is it grating until she does and i'm not really sure she changes all that much by the end, she just gets her way for a little bit and that settles her somewhat.
On the good side, wow does Miss Armentrout understand the frustration of being disabled. I'm not sure if that is from personal experience or just really good research (i'm too lazy to look it up) but i kept nodding my head and going i've been there over and over again. even the little things, like when a guy yells at Trinity for missing a step on a curb, i was once accused of being on drugs for bumping into a rope railing i couldn't see at an outdoor festival when i was 10. And don't get me started on how much of a pain in the ass it can be to ask strangers for help. It's all good till they realize they have to do more than nod in a general direction and grunt. It's been nearly twenty four years sense i went legally blind and i still sometimes freak out out if my vision is suddenly gone and my vision is fairly stable where it is unless something bad happens. Of course the real Frustration comes in the constant struggle of trying to be as independent as you can be while constantly slamming into that damn wall where you know you have no choice but to ask for help and deal with the shame that never really goes away because something that is so simple for most people is beyond you. Normally i use books to escape reality but this series is reminding me that every once in a while it is nice to actually have someone you can truly relate with rather than just some moping guy or gal bitching about how much having god like powers sucks.

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  • Meredith M
  • 2021-01-27

Hard to finish

I like some confrontation and angst in a story but this book was extremely hard to finish. So much could have been different if there was a conversation between trinity and Zane. Supposedly they have a cosmic connection through a bond that makes him her protector but they can’t understand what the other is feeling or have an adult conversation. This goes on through so many chapters at the end that it’s just painful to read/listen to. Not entertaining at all just painful.

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  • 2020-06-18

Holy Angel Babies

Well let me tell you, Trinity annoyed the crap out of me in this book. She was selfish and suspicious and grieving. But I still thought it was pretty good, and I’d like to see what happens at the end.

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  • J. Santiago
  • 2020-06-16

I Wanted More From The Book

So like in the original Dark Elements Series the second book is used as a staging ground. Aside from the cliffhanger ending not too much is really happening or revealed in the book. Trinity acts like a jealous brat for a good 80% of the time. She was much more likeable in the first book. Zayne also comes off as slightly more secretive. There are times the characters are off doing things that never get explained. maybe saving it for the next book. It almost feels like it's a few chapters short of a complete story.

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  • 2020-10-27

Good Story but Not as Good as The First Series

The first series with Layla, Roth and Zayne I feel was better... I do like it is a continuous story but part of me dislikes the distance they put between Layla and Zayne like there past was never meant to be. Overall I enjoyed it! I also wish they would have kept the same narrator from the first book. The different voices for already established characters is a little odd.

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  • Leanna
  • 2021-05-26

This book hurts a lot

This book is about people in pain say truly horrible things to each other. It's a tough listen and could be triggering for people who have experienced loss. Also, the main characters lie all the time to each other for no reason whatsoever creating a lot of needless conflict.

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  • Ashley M
  • 2021-05-19

Melodramatic teen dramedy romance - SPOILERS

So 90% of this book was lots of angst and will they/won’t they between Zayne and Trin. I get it, Zayne has a lot of baggage and former girlfriend-turned-“just friends” hanging around. I would feel kinda pissy about it too. But then it sort of ends in this epic battle and the resolution is just super melodramatic. It was all a little eye-roll inducing. I mean basically sexytimes happens and then all the bad stuff... it’s so 90s horror flick (and considering all the pop culture references, I’m surprised this wasn’t mentioned - oh for the love of Buffy references!). I mostly read these for the fun action and romance. The action was interesting with the zombies coming in to play but there’s just very low stakes. Even at the very end... if everyone can just come back of knit themselves back together after injury.... welp, kinda low stakes. Also Gabriel, I just don’t buy it. He’s gotta know how either Satanic or human he sounds... basically ragging on humans for failings that he himself is now displaying (pride, envy, destructiveness?). I didn’t love this installment, I wanted more organic development with Z and T, more talking things out, I wanted to believe they were more endgame than Z’s other girls. I just wasn’t that convinced, they needed more time.

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  • Jamie G
  • 2021-06-07

Love

I want moreeee. I see where your going with this and I'm ready to read the next 2 or 3 books. I love the story line and the relationship between Trinity and kohl . Over all good read.

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  • Joseph Beninato
  • 2021-05-23

Enjoying the series!

I am enjoying this series. I wish I would have known that it’s a spin off of Roth and Layla’s story. I would have read it first, but you still are able to follow without it. I read From Blood and Ash first. I loooooooooove Poppy and Castile. Now I’m loving zayne and Trinity too. Well written, loveable characters and both heart break and hope.