REVIEW: Brave By Jennifer L. Armentrout
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…
Brave is the final instalment in the Wicked trilogy and centres around Ivy and Ren. Brave picks up mere days after the events in Torn, Ivy and Ren are staying at Hotel Good Fae and Ivy is still suffering through Nightmares and dangerous thoughts after being kidnapped by Drake, the Prince.
One of the things that I thought was so well done in Brave was the character development. Ivy and Ren are challenged in so many different ways, they make some great decisions and some terrible decisions but they learn about themselves and they grow individually and together. Wicked and Torn were all about the story but Brave was all about the characters.
"I’m about to sound cheesy as fuck and I’m kind of surprised that I even have to say this, but it’s not just about how you look. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a way nice bonus, but it’s you, Ivy. What’s on the inside, Sweetness.” Whoa. That wasn’t cheesy at all. It was . . . it was actually a beautiful thing to say and something I so desperately needed to hear and wanted to believe.”
There were so many twists and turns in this story, some I saw coming and some completely took me by surprise! Brave is the type of story you need to read in one go and because of all the details and twists and turns I would recommend binge reading the trilogy. Even if you don"t want too, you’ll be forced too. Once you start the series you need to know what happens next and cannot put these books down.
While I absolutely loved Brave, I couldn’t help but pick up a few similarities between this Trilogy and the Dark Elements Trilogy. It didn't however ruin the experience of reading this trilogy or make me love it any less.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout’s writing. She really can do no wrong and she writes everything so perfectly. She writes Heroines I want to be, Heroes I fall in love with and bad guys I need to understand. And she always throws in a crazy character that you can help but want to keep! Brave and the entire trilogy was no different. Ivy was the type of herione I love, she wasn’t perfect but she was real and thats always the most important thing for me to be able to connect with a characters. Ivy suffered in Brave, she didn’t have it easy and she lost a little bit of herself along the way but by the end of it she was Ivy again. Just as strong and just as Brave.
“I love you, Ivy. I think you’re beautiful and sexy as hell. You’re funny and so damn intelligent that sometimes I don’t feel worthy.” “Ren,” I whispered, my eyes filling with tears as I placed my hand on his chest. “And I admire the fuck out of you,” Ren continued, his voice thickening. “You are so many amazing things, Ivy, but most of all, you are so damn brave.” Brave. That word again. A word that meant so much to me, and I knew Ren was right. He was proud of me, but better yet, I was proud of myself—of what I would’ve been willing to do and what I had done."
Meet The Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.