Brave

Brave

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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 every evil fae Prince, there's a Queen....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947591707
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication date: 12/11/2017
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 93,917
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Covenant series and the Lux series. She writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance, and she also publishes adult romantic fiction, including the Gamble Brothers series, under the pseudonym J. Lynn.

Amy Landon is a classically trained actress with numerous off-Broadway, film, and television credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, and she is happy to find that her lifelong obsession with books is matching up with her acting and vocal work.

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Brave 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need more! As a book-a-day reader I can honestly say most books fizzle out in series, not this one. It was sooo good that I need more.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
After the end of the second book in the series, Torn, I was so ready to read on, I just didn't quite have the time to pick it up right away. But, as usual, with any JLA book, I picked it up and could barely put it down to go to sleep! I love the way the end all went down. It was a battle worth reading, the build-up, the betrayals, the things that had to be sacrificed, all of it was so good. And as usual, I adored Tink. So much about him in this book. And then of course, there was Ren. I love Ren, but I'm with Ivy when she gets mad about him trying to keep her out of the action. Even if you get his motivation. There were also very steamy moments with Ivy and Ren. I loved the twist with the Prince, and the Queen, and all of it! I won't say a lot, because I won't give stuff away for those who haven't read the other books in the series. In case you haven't read even the first one yet, go check out my review of Wicked, HERE. So far, I have yet to find anything that JLA can do wrong when writing a story.
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
★¸¸.•*¨*•★Minor spoilers alert★•*¨*•.¸¸★ Writing style: First Person POV (Ivy’s) Cover design: I love the almost ephemeral vibe it has. And like Torn cover, it’s gorgeous and dramatic. •*¨*• My tags for this New Adult Paranormal romance are… HEA / Unpredictable / Easy-to-read / Entertaining / Action-packed / Wonderful characters / Original / Page-turner / Supernatural •*¨*• Story rating: ★★★★☆ This third installment was a fairly exciting experience. Secrets got revealed about who knew what and alliances were made to stop the madness. I felt bad for Ivy when she had to feed from Ren and worried she would never be able to control her fae hunger around him again. That was some seriously worrisome stuff. ‘We could have a future. It may be rough from time to time. Even though I hadn’t had a craving since we left California, I knew that it could come back, but if it did, I would deal with it. We had a future–one I wanted to start right now –a hopeful, bright future.’ ~Ivy Fortunately, Brave wasn’t without plenty of moments of levity courtesy of Tink mainly. Tanner rose from behind the desk, but before he could introduce me, Tink stepped forward, coming to stand next to me. “She’s Buffy with the bad hair.” Slowly, I turned and looked up at him. “Buffy with the bad hair?” He nodded eagerly, glancing at the stranger. “Yeah, like it’s a combination of Buffy and Beyonce, the two greatest females of all time. You’re like Buffy. Badd ass. But you’re not Becky with the good hair. You have bad hair. We all know that. I stared at him. “My hair isn’t that bad.” “Oh, it’s bad.” Tink’s eyes glimmered. To me, it didn’t matter if he was Big Tink or little Tink. He couldn’t help but steal the scene he was in. He even had his own pet Dixon to look after, too cute! Coming up next in August 2018 is The Prince, A Wicked Novella featured in the 1001 Dark Nights imprint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this series. Ivy and Ren were great characters that made you laugh and want to punch someone at the same time! It’s a definite must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved thr first two novels but this one seemed like kind of a let down. Not only did I see the ending coming-I felt lije the ending was kind of a cop out. It was almost as if wasnt sure how to end it so she just patched some plot together and added extra sex scenes to distract the reader. Im hoping this becomes more then a trilogy so the plot and ending can be fixed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great, but it's driving me crazy that the leader of the group fron New Orleans was called David & they kept calling him Daniel in this book. They also kept changing between Dane and Dale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice finish to the series. I always get a little sad when they end. Until the next one ...
BookCrookReviews More than 1 year ago
This book series has done nothing but get better and better. Brave picks up right where Torn ends and we are thrown back into the world filled with dangerous fae and now good fae. But things aren't all rainbows and sunshine for Ivy as she realizes things are not as okay as they may have originally seemed. One thing I really appreciated about this book is that Jennifer L. Armentrout didn't just sugar-coat everything or tie it all up with a nice pretty bow and have Ivy suddenly overcome and be okay with the events that took place in Torn. Instead we see a whole new side to our beloved firey redhead as she has to face her own demons and begin to heal herself. But for me that was one of the best parts of the entire novel the journey of self-discovery that Ivy goes on and the support and love she has from Ren and Tink is touching. We've always seen strong Ivy and kick-butt Ivy but in Brave we're exposed to a softer side of her and it made her character so much more dimensional and relatable. I also fell more in love with my book boyfriend Ren. He may or may not be tied now with Mr. Daemon Black! And Tink! Oh sweet baby Tink. If I had to name a single favorite character from all of JLA's books I would hands down say Tink. He's cute, creepy, and he sure knows how to save the day. I will also never be able to look at troll dolls the same again. We're introduced to some interesting new characters that make you question things we thought we previously knew. JLA did such an incredible job of not spoon-feeding all the new information and instead we learn and react to everything right along with Ivy which made the reading experience that much more enjoyable. "Ren Owens was...goodness, he was beautiful in a wild sort of way." Ultimately Brave was an amazing conclusion to a series that sweeps you into the world of fae and magic and that spooky yet beautiful New Orleans setting. I cannot recommend these books enough if you're looking for something that's hilarious, swoon-worthy, and kick-butt the Wicked trilogy is for you! note: eArc kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review
In_Between_The_Pages More than 1 year ago
I honestly don't even know where to start with this book. I've been waiting a year to finally see how this awesome series was going to end... And let's just say Jen did not disappoint in the least. We got the whole Wicked crew back for this one plus some fun new faces. And just as much butt kicking and excitement as the previous two books. At the end of TORN we were left wondering what was going to happen to our fae fighting crew as their world flipped upside down and familiar faces betrayed them. And BRAVE picks right back up there. But something that this book played with a lot in my opinion is self identity. We learn a lot about Ivy, and a few of the characters actually in this book. And I liked the way Jen toyed with them struggling to find where exactly they fit in this new world of theirs and what that meant for their future. We see especially Ivy dealing with this the most. She struggles hard accepting parts of who she is. And while that did get annoying at times, I think it was good to show that even the strongest people struggle sometimes. But they can overcome those struggles and become someone they want to be. Maybe just not the way they thought they would. And speaking of Ivy, let's delve a little deeper into her character for a minute. I think Jen gave us the most vulnerable Ivy in this book. For once she's unsure of who she is or what she's doing. She's been given information in the previous books that flip her world for her, and in turn make her question a lot about not only herself. But if what she's doing as a hunter is the right thing. She sees there's more gray in the world she assumed was just black and white. I don't want to give anything away if you haven't read the other books in the series yet. So if I seem like I'm being a bit vague, that's why. But while Ivy is going through all this re-self discovery (If that's not a word it is now haha) we still see her as this amazing fighter, willing to defend her friends and loved ones even if it kills her. It takes some time to get that side of Ivy back out, but it's there. We also for the first time, get to see the scared vulnerable side to her. And I think that adds some dimension to her character. Even if it was kinda infuriating at times. Because believe me. There were a few times I just wanted to reach in and strangle that girl haha. But really, I think we saw the most growth from her in this book (in more ways than you think) And that was something I really enjoyed. Plus seeing her go all fae hunter on those wicked ones was pretty awesome too hehe. So let's move on to Ren real fast This man*Swoon I freaking floved Ren so much in this book. He's always been a sweetheart. And fierce and loyal to a fault when it comes to the people he cares about and his duty as an Order member. But we see that even more so in this book. Ren literally would risk his life for Ivy if it meant keeping her safe instead, and man... Where can I find someone as dedicated as that? I can't even get a guy to hold a door open when I walk into a store HA! But seriously, he is just such an adorable character. You know, for someone who kills mythical beings for a living haha. And I seriously respect the level of love and affection he has for Ivy, even when she pushes him away. He's just one of those characters that refuses to give up. And you just wanna hug him when his heart gets bruised and battered. Plus we get to see bad a** Ren again. That boy can kick some BUTT!! Plus he's got
Tiffaney44 More than 1 year ago
The wait is finally over. I have been anticipating this book for what feels like forever. Brave is the third book in the series, and it is necessary to read Wicked and Torn first. Truly great stories leave an impact on the reader, and this series has had that effect on me. I craved more, and am now in mourning that it has ended. I loved this series, which isn’t surprising because I basically love everything that JLA has written. This series had a very well thought out structure in true JLA fashion. There were twists and surprises in every chapter. I loved how she was able to combine romance with suspense and comedy. Ren and Ivy had an enticing relationship from the beginning. After everything Ivy went through in Torn, seeing Ren support her recovery every step of the way was very heartwarming. Experiencing their bond grow and enduring all of their hardships was fantastic. There were times when I just wanted the characters to get to their happy ending, but the more difficulties they faced, the better the story got. Of course Tink is a favorite character of mine. I think he was my favorite from the very beginning, and he only got better. He hilarious and if for nothing else, I recommend people check out this series just to experience the greatness that is Tink. I am very satisfied with the outcome of the series, and I highly recommend everyone check it out. Even if you’re not a fan of paranormal books, this series has so many other aspects that I think any reader would appreciate it. You will definitely not be disappointed!
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ I have really enjoyed the whole Wicked series. It's a very interesting and unique world that just sucks you in. Brave had a good storyline with a lot of surprising plot twists that kept me on my toes. The characters, as usual, are wonderfully written and always entertaining. Ivy struggles with who she is in Brave. She loses herself after everything that happened in Torn and it takes her a while to get back. Being in her head is always a lot of fun. She's not just funny though, she's tough, smart, and good at what she does. She really fits the title of Brave in this book. I still absolutely love Ren and Tink. Ren is such a strong alpha male, but is also super sweet. He's a wonderful man and I love reading about him. His relationship with Ivy is so cute. He knows how to talk to her and get past her guards when she puts them up. He's the perfect guy! And then there's Tink. He's hilarious like usual, there's never a dull moment when he's around. You never know what's going to come out of his mouth, but you know it'll most likely make you laugh. I like that there was a little bit more to him though. He showed that he's not all laughs in this book. One thing that I didn't like as much was the ending. It felt like more of an open ending with a few questions lingering. I don't know if that's how she planned it, but I personally was hoping and expecting more of a wrap up with the characters as well as the storyline. With that being said, Brave was a great read and I'm sad that the series is over. I loved the Wicked world and all the characters, I'll miss them.
Ashley Speakman More than 1 year ago
Brave picks up right where Torn left us. Ivy, Ren, and Tink are staying at hotel "good fae." Ren, along with Faye, is trying to find the crystal that will transport and trap the Winter Prince back in the Otherworld. Tink is up to his usual shenanigans (which we all love). Ivy is feeling lost and torn after her escape from Prince Drake. After wandering around alone, Ivy is attacked by two fae. She is almost killed. Ren and Tink do everything they can to make sure Ivy doesn't die. Even, if that means doing something Ivy will hate them for. When Ivy wakes up from the attack, she is changed. She no longer knows who she is. Ren, being an awesome swoon-worthy dude, says Ivy has grown more beautiful. Then, Ivy discovers that it is only a matter of time before Drake finds their location. She decides to leave on her own. Ren discovers her trying to flee. He is devastated. He says that they have help coming in the morning and begs Ivy to stay one more day. Ivy concedes and stays. I won't spoil who the help actual is. But, this is a game changer. They discover Prince Drake has found another halfling to make babies with and has left NOLA. Ivy and crew devise a plan to intercept Drake before he is able to follow through with his plan. Will Ivy and Ren be able to put the past behind them and move on? What happens to Tink? And, what is his real name? Who can be trusted? I love JLA. She is usually a 5 star read for me. This story left a few gaps. I felt like Ivy and Ren were getting it on too much. Now, I love a good romance. And, Ren and Ivy are a good romance but they have the supernatural sci-fi background too. I felt like this book focused more on them hooking up and not the actual story. I was very disappointed with the last chapter. I wanted a solid conclusion where everything is wrapped up. It was still a good story and definitely worth a read if you have read the other two books in this series.
StephanieFriend More than 1 year ago
JLA always leaves me hanging on the edge of my seat with her book. She never fails to complete epic tales and wrap them up nicely. This is the case with Brave. This book pick up right where we left off. Ivy is having nightmares revolving around the Prince. Her and Ren are not on good terms for a bit of the novel, which kinda stinks. However, there is NO lack of romance at all. We still get allll the swoon and steam! I would like to say this book was one of the more "sexy" books I've read by JLA. Hey, I'm not complaining! The Prince is still alive and kicking in this novel. He is super stab worthy and the team is ready to take him down. There are some twists that go along with the plot here. The execution delivered here is intense. I have to admit I had super anxiety every single time the Prince was mentioned. We get some epic battle scenes here too. You cannot forget Tink. He is just as crazy and loveable as always. This character is legendary and will remain one of my favorite characters ever written. He really bring this story together. His witty comebacks and obsession with Amazon Prime are hilarious and a true joy! All in all the conclusion to the novel was great! I was sad to see this series end. These characters will be greatly missed! If you haven't read Wicked, I highly suggest this series.
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
In the spellbinding third book in the Wicked Saga by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Ivy, Ren and Tink are hiding out at Hotel Good Fae, a community of Summer Fae with a strong glamour that can keep Ivy hidden and safe after she and Ren escaped from the Prince. But when an attack leaves Ivy fighting for her life, Tink and Ren are forced to make a decision that can change everything. Upon learning that the Prince has his sights set on another halfling, the gang sets out to take down the Prince and get the crystal, or trap him in the Otherworld. But the showdown with the Prince and his minions leaves everyone reeling...and questioning who can be trusted. While fighting for their lives and the survival of the planet, Ivy and Ren are also fighting through the trauma of their kidnappings. If they can survive, work through the betrayals and danger, they just might be able to grow stronger. Brave was action packed, but there was no lack of heat. Throughout the book I was rooting for Ivy and Ren to kick some serious .... well, you know... and come out on the other side stronger than ever. As is always the case, Jennifer L. Armentrout did not disappoint, delivering on the drama and leaving me wanting more. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the novella The Prince in August 2018 as part of the 1,001 Dark Nights. 2 likes
Julalicious More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this book? God, so much has happened in it and I'm still trying to get through my feels of this book. It was really a rollercoaster of action even when not a lot seemed to be happening because the characters had so much to think through it all. Ivy's world is changing and she has a lot of trouble dealing with it and dealing with everything that happened to her. It affects not only her, but those around her. I was torn most of the time between slapping her and wanting to hug her and protect her. Ivy is a strong character, but she's also vulnerable and I think that was something she didn't know how to handle most of the time. She is also having a hard time knowing who she can trust when she has been lied by so many people around her, whether they had good or bad reasons to do so. Learning to think otherwise than the way she had been taught isn't easy for her. Ivy and Ren's relationship is going to go through so much in this book and sometimes, you will feel helpless as a reader as events keep falling on them, making it harder for them to deal with their problems. I seriously enjoyed just how realistic this was and how well it blended with the rest of the story. And we can't forget about Think who always finds a way to surprise us along with the others. This character is so lovable and funny. His presence itself will bring some chaos into this book. And the faes bring more questions than answers sometimes, but I really liked that we got another side of the story between them and the Order. And the characters that were added to this series in this book were so interesting that I'm looking forward to the novella in 2018 about one of them. I'm really intrigued about what insight it will give us about that character. So much is happening in this book that you don't have the time to take in what you just learned when something else hits you and you're wondering what's the next thing that will drop on our beloved characters. This book was a really good conclusion to this series. It was an amazing series and I recommend everyone to go and grab the first book if they haven't started it or if you did and you haven't continue, go and grab the next books because you will want to get to the end of this story.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Hints but not spoilers. I waited so long for this series finale. I love this series and couldn't wait for this book. It was with this much excitement that I dived into the this book. And I'll be honest, I put it down. Why? It's simple. And the blurb tells the story. "Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately." Nope she hasn't and her "stay" with the psychotic prince has definitely left some emotional scars. It was hard to read. To see Ivy this way. To see how it effected her and Ren. But she couldn't and shouldn't jump up and be all sunshine and rainbows after what she's been through. So once I accepted that and dug back into the book, I was amazed at how good this book is. I've always know that JLA was a master of plot development. She can weave a story like nobody's business. But this book still amazed me as the threads came together and all the pieces fit. A full circle emerged as truth came to light. Who can you trust? Who is right and who is wrong? Who will save who and who will die? It's all woven together to create something I just didn't think I could believe. A character I hated with all my heart turned to something different. Say wwwhat? Only JLA could do that. And the one character that I wanted most to help Ivy gouge out her eyes? Yeah, that was a surprise. No. Not telling you move. Read it. This book ties this series to a conclusion with a small hope of more to come. It's a masterpiece of betrayal and trust. It brings to life a story that mirrors our own world. It goes beyond a love story where everything turns to happily ever after. It shows the hard work that makes a relationship that lasts. The give and take. The anger. The love. The tenderness. The acceptance. It is real and yet it is paranormal. It rocks the real world and the fictional is a way that makes a person think as well as be entertained. It is JLA at her finest. And beyond the heavy there is the classic moments that can only come from a JLA book. Moments of surprise. Moments of Tink. The guy is so interesting. Him and his suitcase. Oh, no. I'm not telling but you will definitely want to pay attention to that little detail. Just wait till he opens it. He is one bada$$ brownie and he's the best comic relief evvvverrrr! Adore him. You need this whole series in your life. If you have not read it and paranormal is your thing, then why the heck not? Fix that at your earliest convenience! As in immediately! Move it to the top of the list!
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
I knew Brave would be a crazy awesome ride. After the emotional roller coaster that was Torn, I think everyone - both the fictional characters in this awesome fae-rich world and the readers who cried and bit their nails - was ready for Ivy and Ren to finally have the HEA that has seemed so elusive for them. And knowing Jen Armentrout like I do, I knew that Brave would deliver that in some way, shape or form. She's known to give her characters the happy ending we all want for them, but they always have to go through some serious trials along the way. That has never been more true than in this series. Brave picks up right where Torn left off. Ivy and Ren are resting up at the hidden "Hotel Good Fae" with Tink and the rest of the good Summer Court fae that helped them escape from the evil Winter Court Prince Drake. But, after all the horrible things Ivy suffered at his hands have left a lasting impression on her. She's not the same girl that once went to college by day and slayed evil fae by night. There's a new darkness and fear within her, and it's affecting everything - her strength, her sleep, and her relationship with Ren. My heart was in pieces for Ivy. She's suffering so much at the beginning of Brave, and she doesn't know how to deal with it. I wanted to shake her - to tell her to lean on Ren and Tink. But, I know it's not that easy, and that's never been more apparent than it is here. The first 40% or so of Brave is all about Ivy once again learning to find herself - to be brave in the face of so many things to fear. The last 60% of the book is all action. It's one near-death experience after another as Ivy, Ren, Tink and their friends try to find a way to stop Drake from fulfilling the prophecy. Just because we're pretty deep into the story doesn't mean that there isn't room to introduce new characters. One in particular proves to be vital to Ivy's survival. In addition to new characters, we also see some from the beginning pop up again. It's almost like Ivy and Ren come full circle, which seems fitting in the final book of this trilogy. I guess this is a good time to mention that it's not exactly going to be a trilogy. Certain events don't wrap up quite as neatly as I would've liked. Certain characters' futures are ambiguous. At first, those things bummed me out a little bit. Until I saw that 1,001 Dark Nights will publish a novella called The Prince that will take place in this world. And I am hoping that it will effectively wrap up all those loose ends that were bugging me. Brave is told entirely from Ivy's POV. It's not an accident that the cover features only her this time. Ren is a very prominent figure, and I promise if you were on the fence about him before, you will adore him by the end. But Brave is very much the story of Ivy finding herself again. It was emotional, exciting and sexy. It was awesome.