Review: Hamartia by Raquel Rich


Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why, Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague.

Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.

Favorite Lines:

I was terrible and read the book all in one sitting without keeping track of quotes!

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion…so let’s get started!

The story follows Grace who lives in the future with her son and soon to be ex-husband. The future is similar to present day with a few technological advances and a plague that is killing off the human race (no big deal). This plague, Metagenesis, causes people with old souls to lose their souls and die regardless of their current age. Grace’s 9 year old son is sick with Metagenesis and Grace is offered a clinical trial of sorts that requires her to travel back in time to save her son. During this journey, Grace not only learns a lot about herself but she also learns that she wasn’t told the whole truth about the trial. Now it is up to her to decide who lives; her son or her husband.

I love fiction of all types and was excited to read Rich’s debut novel. I will admit that this book started off just a tad slow for me. We are thrown into a world where Metagenesis already exists and go with Grace along her journey just as confused as she is at the beginning. I also was slightly turned off by Grace’s temper tantrums; she seems to be a very passionate woman. BUT once I got into the book, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what happened next and kept turning the page until I reached the end which only made me want to read more.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book, it is totally unique and Rich did an amazing job at keeping the reader engaged. She also was able to keep it unpredictable. While I was able to start to grasp what was happening, Rich constantly kept me on my toes by adding in new information. Sometimes this can be frustrating in books because you feel like you are never going to grasp everything that is going on but Rich did it in a way that still made sense and kept me wanting more.


Overall, I loved the ideas in this book and really enjoyed it. It was so creatively done and well written; the ending especially. I can’t wait to read the next one and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Until next time, happy reading!



Review: Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and FurySynopsis:

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….

Favorite Lines:

“What? Okay. Fake news right there.”

“You seem like someone who likes needles…Because I’m a pain in the ass?”

“What point are you trying to make with your Chewbacca argument?… you’re just saying a bunch of nonsensical words and stringing them together like they mean something.”

“My stupid, stupid heart skipped a happy little beat, and if my heart was right in front of me, I would’ve punched it.”

My Opinion:

This book is the first book in the spin-off series The Harbinger for the Dark Elements. It follows a girl named Trinity, a seemingly normal human girl who just happens to live at the regional seat of power for the wardens. If you are new to these books, I’ll fill you in a bit. In this amazing world that Armentrout created, Wardens are shape shifters who shift into gargoyles and fight demons to protect humans. The world knows about them rather than them still hiding in secret.

As mentioned above, the original series is called the Dark Elements series. While it is an amazing series and I love it, it is not necessary to read to understand this book. I personally would recommend it because you do see characters and mentions of events that happened in the previous series but again, it’s not mandatory to understand this book.

Almost all female characters across all of Armentrout’s books have similar attitudes; which I don’t mind. The banter in this book was entertaining right off the bat and had me grinning while I was reading; Trinity is a smartass which I thoroughly enjoy.

I’ll be honest without spoiling anything (hopefully). In the previous series I shipped Roth and Layla. That is why in this series I am happy that Zayne is getting his chance. I just hope to see more of my ship in the books to come!

There really isn’t anything Armentrout can do wrong. She’s been one of my favorite authors since I discovered her Lux series. I know her main characters are going to be badass but still relatable and that her writing style will be full of entertaining pop culture references.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am upset there isn’t even a title released for the next one yet. Guess I’ll be waiting forever! Happy reading, everyone!


Storm and Fury