Review: Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Brave by Jennifer L. ArmentroutSynopsis:

Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

Favorite Lines:

“I love you, Ivy. You know that? There’s only been you. There will only be you.”

“I’d rather have you pissed off at me for the rest of your very long life than to allow the world’s brightest fucking star to go out. You can hate me today and tomorrow, but at least you’ll have a tomorrow, and I’ll make damn sure you have a whole bunch of them to be angry with me.”

“Why? Because I had a new life motto. It was simple. Get my shit together.”

“I’m looking at you, Sweetness. Always am even when my eyes aren’t on you.”

My Opinion:

All I can say is holy plot twist. Looking back, there was only one hint that I can think of that showed even a fraction of Armentrout’s plans for the storyline and even then, it might just be my interpretation of events making it seem like a clue.  This book continues with Ivy’s journey of self-growth as she tests the her limits and faces challenges that require her to be strong and persevere. Due to events that happened in the last book, Ivy must come to terms with who she is and how her life will be. Ren is still as sweet and charming as ever in this book. The tenderness he has for Ivy and the way he treats her is honestly one of the sweetest relationships I have ever read about. I think what really makes it is that he has a cocky attitude and swagger that turns into soft and heartfelt with Ivy. I personally saw a lot of character growth with Tink, he steps up in a lot of ways and we see him develop significantly from who he was in the first book.

There were a few things that I didn’t like in this book and its all a matter of opinion. I will try to keep it as vague as possible (like always). I wish there was more about Tink in terms of his talents and his relationships with others. I wish that once the plot twist was exposed, there were more events that followed said plot twist. I also think that the ending was not as final as I would have preferred. It leaves loose ends that could have been tied up or expanded upon in another book. But since this is a trilogy, this is the last one. There will be another book related to the story line, but it will have to do with the Prince, so I believe it is a spin off.

Summary:

Overall, I loved this book; this whole series. It had witty and sarcastic humor that I related to and snickered about. It had romance that made me jealous of a fictional ship. It had sad points that made my heart ache and happy moments that made me smile. It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster but a good one. As I had said in one of my previous reviews, I was already a huge fan of Armentrout and her writing; I think it would be really hard for her to write a book I didn’t love. If you choose to read this book, I hope the plot twist throws you too so it isn’t just me. See if you can find the little hint she might have given us readers about the twist (it was in the last book).

 

Brave


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