Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

TITLE: Brave
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 362
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
SERIES: A Wicked Saga #3
SOURCE: eArc kindly provided by author
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….

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

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!

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