Review: The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Struggle
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Mythology
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Blurb:
A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: EPIC. Loved every single part of this book. Can’t believe I read it so fast when I had every intention of savoring it slowly but it was unputdownable. I will never get enough of the Covenant world. Never.

Full Review:

Fair warning – the fangirl in me is out in force right now and this review is going to be cheesy and gushing in the extreme. I’m making no apologies – just letting you know in advance.

Waiting for this book felt like an eternity for me. The Covenant series is my all-time fav series, ever, EVER and I was so excited when Jennifer announced this new spin-off series and it is everything I was hoping it would be and more. I wanted Seth to get his HEA and I was really hoping we would see more of my fav couple, Alex and Aiden, and the other characters I have come to love, and Jen has delivered in spades. My respect and admiration for her are at an all-time high because every book in this series is even better than the last and I am salivating at the prospect of the next book already.

The Power ended explosively and I thought I’d die if I didn’t get my hands on this book. Finally, the wait was over and I had every intention of reading this one nice and slow to really appreciate the magnificence. But that is virtually impossible when it comes to this world and these characters (and this author.)

There is not one single thing I would fault about this book, and I’d give it a million stars if I could. I loved it. I loved Seth. I loved Josie. I loved Aiden (especially Aiden. Yum. Yum.) I loved Alex (she’s still such a bad ass) and Marcus, Deacon, Luke, Colin etc – I could go on. Told you I’d gush buckets.

The blend of action/adventure and romance was perfect in this one. The snarky, witty banter is there, the sexy times are there, the edge-of-the-seat suspense is there. What I really loved was the character development, especially Seth’s progression. And I enjoyed the fact that Aiden and Seth are starting to see eye-to-eye, yes they say they still hate each other but they don’t really.

Josie has grown on me since book one and I loved her faith and her loyalty to Seth in this one. I kinda guessed the two big things going on with her but they were still awesome reveals. Seth goes off to do something at the 96% mark and I swear I was legit afraid to read. My heart was in my mouth and I was turning the pages of my Kindle shielding my eyes. Really loved the end, even if the ending wasn’t quite as “bam-in your face” as The Power. Doesn’t matter – I’m still suffering from the worst book hangover and I’m already on a countdown to the next book.

The writing is superb (as usual) and the pacing is consistent and it was virtually impossible to tear myself away from this masterpiece.

The Struggle = Book Heaven for me, and I am on the verge of tears now because it’s over already and I want to slap upself up the head for devouring it so quickly. I have a ton of other books to read for reviews and I can’t do it. I just can’t let go of this one yet. Think I’ll have to re-read it instantly.

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for writing such an amazing spin-off series. Please let it go on and on. I for one will never tire of reading about these characters. I love them all.

ARC generously provided by the author. I have voluntarily reviewed same and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Blog Tour: The Head of Medusa (Elementals #3) by Michelle Madow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Head of Medusa (Elementals #3) by Michelle Madow. Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals 3: The Head of Medusa is the latest installment in Michelle Madow’s exciting Elementals series. Follow Nicole and her fellow Elementals as they journey to the end of the world, unsure of who to trust, and facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? And if they don’t, will the ones who do be able to find the strength to continue?

I’ll review the book today and there are some teasers, an excerpt and a tour wide giveaway!

MichelleMadow_TheHeadofMedusa_HRTitle: The Head of Medusa
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #3
Genres: Fantasy/ mythology
Rating: 3.5 stars
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
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The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows. Visit www.michellemadow.com to get the first Elementals book for FREE!

The Elementals series is available on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it for free.

Blurb:
The epic story of witches, gods, and monsters that USA Today called a “must read” continues in the third book of the Elementals series!

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake — the fire Elemental — is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him — the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the Earth, facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.

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My Review:
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

The third installment in the Elementals series sees our gang setting out on another adventure, this time to Antartica to claim a sword they need to claim the Head of Medusa. This is all in an effort to stop the Titans from opening the portal from Kerberos and unleashing their special brand of hell on Earth.

Their adventures take them to movie star Flynn in LA where things really start to hit the fan!

The last third of this book was engrossing and that ending was awesome, even if I did predict who the traitor was and guessed that something was going to happen to X (no spoilers here!) from a reference made at the start of the book. The earlier twist involving one of the elementals came out of nowhere and it was a good surprise, but to be honest, I’m not overly connected to that character and I’m not hugely concerned over what happens to Y.

I loved that we had more romance in this one as I’ve felt it was lacking in the first two books. Nicole and Blake are so sweet together and I adored all the romantic moments and seeing their relationship develop. Blake is totally swoon-worthy. I did feel that the plot took a bit of a backseat in this one and not a hell of a lot happens until the fast-paced last portion.

Another thing I really like about this series is the greek mythology and how creatively Michelle has woven the mythology into the plot.

All in all, this was a decent continuation of the series. While I think this is a good series, I can’t say I’m blown away by it, but I’m definitely invested enough to want to continue. Particularly after that spectacular ending!

Thanks to the author and Barclay PR for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Excerpt:
“What we’re about to do is scary. Terrifying, even. But we’ve been through things that were just as challenging. We slayed our first monster together in that cave, we escaped the Land of the Lotus Eaters when everyone there was trying to kill us, we blew up one of Scylla’s heads, we slayed the hydra, and we stole the Golden Sword of Athena from a goddess’s ice palace. No matter what challenges we face, we’ve always come out on top. Tonight won’t be any different. We’re the Elementals. We train together, we fight together, and we win together. And don’t any of you ever forget it.”

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About the Author:
Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

Visit her website, www.michellemadow.com, to get books of Michelle’s for FREE!

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Blog Tour: The Blood of the Hydra (Elementals #2) by Michelle Madow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Blood of the Hydra (Elementals #2) by Michelle Madow. I’ll share my review and there’s a tour wide giveaway.

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra is the second book in the Elementals series. Join Nicole and the rest of the Elementals on their quest to save the world, or die trying, in this spellbinding sequel that fans of mythology, magic, and adventure will love!

The Blood of the HydraTitle: The Blood of the Hydra
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #2
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Fantasy, mythology
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Blurb:
A demigod who can kill with a touch. It’s an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret—not even Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they’ve encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world—or die trying.

The adventure began in the first book in the series, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! To learn more about the first book, and to read the first four chapters for free, click here!

The Elementals series is available on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it for free!

My Review:
This book picks up a few weeks after The Prophecy of Shadows (Book 1) and we join the Elementals as they are busy training and preparing to save the world from a Titan invasion. Blake and Danielle are no longer a couple and it’s obvious that there is major chemistry between Nicole and Blake, but she refuses to be alone in his company, feeling like it would be disrespectful to Danielle to start something so soon. She also thinks it would be irresponsible to cause any potential discord between the five of them.

That’s one example of where Nicole acts maturely, but I felt her character was somewhat inconsistent, as she acted and spoke quite immaturely on other occasions. As the book progresses she starts to voice her opinions, takes on more of a leadership role, and her dialogue was less juvenile. I hope that self-development continues in the next book.

It was quite action-packed as the gang travel to Greece to obtain ingredients needed to fortify their weapons so they can seal the portal to Kerberos (did I spell that correctly?!!) The addition of Ethan and Rachael was a bit superfluous in my opinion, but given how the book ended I have a feeling this will tie into a plot in the final installment.

While I did enjoy the fantasy, and the worldbuilding was decent, there were aspects of it that I just couldn’t suspend belief for. Parts were pretty nonsensical. They have to battle monsters to get through a particular stretch of water and they are all debating whether or not they can sacrifice six of the crew so they can journey safely across. When they get to the Island (to obtain milk from the sacred cows) it is apparently a luxury resort for celebrities and the wealthy, and we are told that most of the guests fly there by helicopter. So, I’m thinking, why on earth would they navigate the perilous waters (and potentially sacrifice six men) if they could just fly there? I have no trouble suspending belief where it makes sense in a story but that was sheer stupidity. There were a couple of other similar instances that detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

Blake is undoubtedly the star of this show. Swoon. Love him! He is fantastic. Stoic and brave and ready to step up whenever needed. It’s clear he really cares about Nicole but is keeping his distance until she makes her move. I wish there had been more romance, but that’s just personal preference. I prefer my fantasy to have a healthy dollop of romance and this was very light on that front. I’m hoping that will change in the next book.

Nicole has been hiding a secret from Blake and the rest of the Elementals because she fears she is doing something illegal. But she is such a sweetheart, and there is no way anyone would believe there was any malicious intent. When it eventually comes out, they were all supportive of her.

The writing is very good and it does flow well. I wasn’t tempted to skim at all. The mythology aspect is really interesting and different to other mythology books I’ve read.

I am still invested in this series, and I look forward to reading the next book. I hope Blake and Nicole are a real team and that she continues to develop and grow.

Overall, this was a good read, just not a great one.

Thanks to the author and Barclay PR for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Michelle Madow writes fast-paced YA (young adult) fiction that will leave you turning the pages wanting more!

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Blog Tour: Lying, Cheating Heart by Mindy Ruiz

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Lying, Cheating Heart by Mindy Ruiz

LCH - coverTitle: Lying, Cheating Heart
Author: Mindy Ruiz
Series: The Game of Heart Series #2
Genres: mythology romance
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Blurb:
No More Lies!
Cassie Vera thought the biggest threat to her life disappeared the night her boyfriend, A.J. Vasillios, used his one-time-use power and saved her from certain death.
She was wrong.
The mythological hit list she was on is nothing compared to her freshman year at the University of Las Vegas. Rooming with Vegas’s future female royalty has pushed her estrogen tolerance to its limit. Worse, Cassie must take place in a time-honored tradition that tests her faith, while her boyfriend’s new job threatens to shatter her heart.
When age-old traditions change …
Cassie’s school year is interrupted when the future queens are ordered to represent their Houses in an annual high-stakes competition. While at her ancestral home in Malaga, Spain, Cassie discovers theGreek gods have gifted her with new abilities. Cassie takes matters of righting an eighteen-year-old wrong into her hands. However, actions have consequences, and Cassie’s may very well end up costing her and the House of Hearts everything.
With her family’s future at stake and the love of her life choosing sides, Cassie must cheat death one more time.
When duty requires you to do the unthinkable, where will your loyaltieslie?
Only a Lying, Cheating Heart Knows.

Excerpt:
Wind pulled at my hair, lashing the ends into my face as we made the drive back to the dorms. It was too much to talk about. My sister, Cara, had her secrets with Mr. Bones, and I had mine with Yayati. He knew about me years ago and never told Midas. It was one thing to water down a fact; it was another to completely defy the House of Midas.
Why?
Why would he risk it?
Cara pulled the car into the Dayton Complex parking structure, pressed a button to bring the top up, and killed the engine.
Cara finally broke the silence. “I’m not looking for bonding moments and giggles over hot chocolate.”
“I’m not looking for that, either. I’d just like a civil relationship with my sister.”
“Half,” she corrected me.
“You and Carina are all the family I have in this world.” The words caught on the lump in my throat. “You’re my sister.” My hand covered hers. I didn’t miss her flinch at my touch. “I didn’t mean to ruin your life, especially when your very presence saves mine.”
Finally, her round honey eyes found mine, so much uncertainty churning. I wanted her to trust me. I squashed the warm tingle climbing up my back. I needed this to be because she wanted to be my sister, not because I’d commanded her under my powers.
Cara’s eyes broke away. “Thank you for stopping.”
“You felt that?”
She nodded.
“What . . .?” My question trailed off. Maybe I didn’t want to know what it felt like. Maybe it was painful from the beginning. Gods knew, it could be physically damaging.
“It’s like I’m being forced out of my mind. Nothing belongs to me.” Cara folded her hands in her lap, studying her polished nails before she spoke up again. “I could hear you.”
“You could?” I whispered.
“You want me to want to be your sister.” She turned and looked at me, really looked at me. A small bead of sweat dribbled down the side of her face. “Then it got all muddled and I was back. Back in control.”
I sank into the leather seat, the need to confess more stifling than the heat.
“I went after Helen this morning.”
Cara turned the car on and kicked up the air, then turned in her seat toward me. “I was wondering when that was going to happen. Spill.”
Half a dozen “fuck mes” later, Cara and I left the car and headed back to our dorm rooms. Laughter and splashing from the pool sprayed over the bougainvillea-lined rails around the pool and barbeque area of our dorms.
“What are you doing today?” I asked.
“Not sure. I have shit to do.” Cara pulled open the lobby doors. She waved to a group of girls coming out. “I’m sure you do, too. A.J. probably needs help before he leaves.”
“Found that one out today, too.”
Cara punched the up button and leveled me with a look before saying, “I know you want to give this sister thing a try.” She held up a hand, stopping me. “So this is my contribution. A.J. may be your Jack, but he’s the heir to the House of Midas first. Beaux’s a spare king. He’s been living his life without any rules or repercussions. Now he has you. Both boys have pasts. A.J. will never be totally honest with you. It’s not in his nature. And Beaux’s never had anything to be responsible for.”
The doors to the elevators slid open. Cara smiled at a group of boys coming off the elevator, admiring their chiseled bodies and lack of clothing. I chewed on my lip as we walked into the elevator. The doors shut out the sounds from the lobby.
“Here’s my other sister thing: A.J. loves you, but his House comes first and all the duties and suitings that come along with it. Beaux is easy on the eyes but has a heart that’s buried under eighteen years of being told you don’t matter. You can change that. I’ve seen how the world reacts to you. You just have to make them both know you need to be protected. You’re worth protecting.”

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Mindy Ruiz lives in a sleepy Beach Town in Southern California. When she’s not writing, she spends her time chasing after three boys, making flirty eyes at her hunky husband, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and hanging out at the beach with her very large and loud Italian family.

Her career in publishing started in the 4th grade with a story about a magic, museum-hopping, chair. Now, Mindy writes young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal romance. Her books always include tormented heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of swoon-y moments that will put a smile on your face or make your heart race. Mindy is the lover of a good romance, the underdog and John Hugh’s 80′s teen movies.

When her toes aren’t in the sand or her mind isn’t in the clouds, Mindy loves hearing from readers.

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Review: The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The PowerTitle: The Power
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Mythology
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Blurb:
With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.
Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.
But the gods are sensing a greater threat.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

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My Review:
Initial thoughts after finishing: So that was FREAKING AWESOME. Now I feel like crying because I need more RIGHT NOW. Mind completely blown.

Full Review:

This book will swallow you whole and then spit you out with your heart and mind shattered into a million tiny pieces. Mind-bendingly brilliant. Another epic success from the undisputed Queen of Paranormal Romance. The Power contains all the magical ingredients that are now synonymous with JLA in my mind: sublime writing, witty dialogue, perfect pace, complex characters, solidly developed plot, strong world building, and scintillating romance. I loved it in it’s entirety – from the first addictive page to the last heart-wrenching one.

Sethie. Oh, Gods, where do I start? I ADORE the Covenant Series and though you don’t need to read it to read this series, I would highly recommend you do because you will miss out on so much of what drives, motivates, challenges, and threatens to destroy Seth. Aiden was always my number one (he’s my all time fav numero uno book boyfriend now) but I harboured a soft spot for Seth. It was hard not to. That boy just wants – no needs – to be loved. He lost his way, then grounded himself and made amends. He still has to live with the things he has done, and he feels he deserves the life he has now which is actually quite a miserable one. It’s not fair. He sacrificed everything for Alex and he deserves some happiness of his own. I was delighted when Josie turned up in The Return, though at first I wasn’t sure if she was the right one for him. In this book she proves that she is.

I liked how Josie’s character developed in this book, and it felt real. She struggled with aspects of her new life and her fate but she got on with it. She loves Seth, and wants to help him, but he is still shutting her out of so much. What I really loved about her is she wasn’t afraid to show her vulnerability, which she needed to do quite often to reach out to Seth, to really connect with him. I felt all her emotions and her pain and I was really rooting for her to get through to him.

It was fairly obvious that he was close to self-destruct mode but even still those last few chapters totally blew my mind. OMG. It was explosive and dramatic and I lapped it up like it was my favourite Sauvignon Blanc. I suppose the title gives it away really, but what has he done? What has he become? I cannot wait to find out in the next book.

The romance was perfect in this book. Seth has been taking it slow and steady with Josie because he wants to do right by her. Ah, shucks, how sweet is that? When they eventually get it on, it’s super hot, and Seth can barely keep it in his pants. Loved it.

Scenes are peppered with amazing, hysterically funny dialogue and one-liners that had me laughing out loud. I especially loved when Alex and Aiden showed up and the usual snark-fest started up between the three of them. It was like reuniting with long lost friends after years apart, and I almost cried with sheer happiness.

And that leads nicely onto Alex and Aiden. (That sound you hear is me STILL jumping up and down like an excited kid on Christmas morning.) I follow Jennifer on social media so I knew they were going to make an appearance, but I didn’t realize they were going to have such a strong part to play and I just loved the second half of the book so much for it. I also loved catching up with Deacon and Luke, Marcus and Solos. Colin and Gable seem like they will be good new additions, though we don’t learn too much about them here.

Deacon has really matured in this book. Yes, he’s still a bit kooky and way out there but his resolute stance toward Seth at the end of the book warmed my heart. Seth needs his friends to fight for him, and Deacon really manned up. Major kudos to him.

BTW, Apollo is a crappy dad. Totally craptastic and I want to kick his arse permanently back to Olympus for failing Josie, and for using Seth in such a cruel way. Herc is the biggest douche bag to walk the planet, but he was entertaining.

I only had two minor irritations. At one point Seth references how he wouldn’t care if something happened to Alex, that he was only interested in protecting Josie. I didn’t like that and it wasn’t true. Perhaps he’s delusional. No one sacrifices everything out of guilt alone. He made his choices because he cared about Alex. No one will convince me otherwise. I’m not saying he was in love with her, because I don’t believe he ever was, but he still cares deeply about her. So him saying that pissed me off a little. Then, I was also a little annoyed with Alex. Given part of the reason why they have returned, I expected her to make more of an effort to reach out and connect (not in the Apollyon way) with Seth. She didn’t try very hard and that was selfish of her. He may not have known it, but he needed her reassurance too. These were my only gripes, and neither in anyway dented my enjoyment of this book.

I can’t remember the last time I felt this level of excitement at a book. I literally don’t know how I’ll survive until the next one is released. I also fear that The Power has ruined me for the next few books I have to read. At the current moment, I don’t think I can pick up another book. This one is indelibly imprinted on my heart and my mind and I’m not ready to enter another world, to become invested in other characters. I may just have to reread it immediately in the hope that it takes the edge off my worrisome addiction.

As an aside, I don’t understand why the Covenant series isn’t as successful as the Lux series. I adore Lux, and I’ve read it over and over again, but in my opinion her Covenant series is superior. Pure (Book 2) is like my equivalent of a comfort blanket. Whenever I need cheering up, I read that book. Sometimes I just flip to page 309 to read that Catskills scene which is just one of the best scenes ever written in a book. (Disturbing on one level, but hysterically funny on another.) If you loved Lux, and you haven’t yet started the Covenant series go do it right now! You won’t be sorry.

I would like to thank Kelly Simmon of Inkslinger PR and Spencer Hill Press for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I would also like to thank Jennifer for writing another amazing book. I hope you continue to write more stories in this world as I will never tire of reading them.

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The first book!

The ReturnTitle: The Return
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #1
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres: New Adult Paranormal
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Blurb:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

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# 1 New York Times and #1 International 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, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Blog Tour: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow. I’ll share my review of the book and there’s a tour wide giveaway!

MichelleMadow_Elementals_800pxTitle: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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Blurb:
Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

My Review:
The Prophecy of Shadows is an enchanting blend of magic and mythology that will captivate you from start to finish.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a fast-paced adventure laden story that I flew through in no time. Nicole has been uprooted thanks to her stepdad’s new promotion and we meet her as she is starting her first day in a new school. Very quickly she discovers that she’s a witch, and a descendant of Greek Gods. When a rare comet appears, her and five of her homeroom classmates become ‘The Elementals’ each with control over one of the elements. Then they set out on a journey to discover the prophecy and locate the Book of Shadows.

I adore anything to do with Greek mythology so this book was right up my alley. While this isn’t a completely original story, there were enough new ideas to ensure it was still a compelling read.

Nicole is a very likeable MC and I liked the chemistry between her and Blake. Blake is unavailable when they meet, but he feels a strong draw to Nicole, as she does to him. I thought his actions were deplorable in parts. Even though I hate Danielle, because she is a prize bitch, she still didn’t deserve to be cheated on. Blake was also quite dismissive of Nicole in public because he had to throw Danielle off the scent. He should just have manned up and dumped Danielle. That said, even though I’m contradicting myself, I thought the sneaky kissing in the dark was epic. If you follow my reviews you will know that I love my romance, and I wish we had a little more in this book. I hope the romance aspect develops as the series progresses.

I don’t really get the witch and God connection and I’m wondering if it was necessary at all. Surely they could just have had powers because of their Greek ancestry? At times I felt the plot was a little immature and underdeveloped and it would have benefitted from fleshing out some scenes. However, these are minor complaints, because overall I really enjoyed reading it.

I have a mad case of cover envy because this book cover is STUNNING. It’s really beautiful and the model chosen perfectly fits the description of Nicole.

I’m delighted to see that the second book is available soon as I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Review: Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SentinelTitle: Sentinel
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Mythology
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Blurb:
It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

My Review:
I was so hoping that the last book in the Covenent Series would deliver, and I wasn’t disappointed. Another roller-coaster of a read. Alex has really come into her own in Sentinel and she maturely handles the cards she has been dealt. Her selfish tendencies have diminished and her concern for Aiden, Seth, Marcus and her friends tends to override personal concerns for her own welfare.
I’m so glad that Seth redeemed himself in this book, as I’ve always felt he was decent underneath it all. I understand that he needed to do what he did, to try and atone for his sins, but I’m sad at the prospect of the life he has chosen. I’d love another Novella to prove that he made the right choice (pretty please Jennifer.
Aiden – oh my gods, what can I say? He’s awesome, the most amazing boyfriend ever and I love him to bits. Swoon. Not without his flaws mind you, but his unwavering loyalty and love of Alex is mind-blowing. Their romance/sex scenes are incredible, though I felt there were a few too many, and it could have been toned down a little.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I blubbed like a baby towards the end, and I actually skipped a few pages to make sure I got the ending that I NEEDED. Thank the gods, Jennifer delivered, the ending is perfect.
I feel quite grief-stricken at this point, because there is no more. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Alex, Aiden and Seth and I really hope Jennifer. L. Armentrout gives us another Novella.
This is a truly amazing series, and I’ve read some incredible ones recently, but this is up there at the very top of my list. A must-read.

Review: Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ApollyonTitle: Apollyon
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Mythology
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Blurb:
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

My Review:
Another fast-paced, addictive, page turner from Jennifer L. Armentrout. Seriously, these books are so hard to put down and I’m feeling a little annoyed that I’ve read them so fast, because now I only have Sentinel left and I’m already missing this series.
Apollyon is epic and the plot twists and turns just keep on coming. I really loved how Alex and Aiden’s relationship blossomed in this book and they are a real partnership now. I just couldn’t get enough of those romance scenes, swoon-worthy in the extreme. I suspect I know what’s around the corner for them, and I’m excited to see how the next chapter enfolds.
I missed Seth dreadfully in this book, yes – he’s there, at the end of the cord, but it’s not the same. Poor Seth, he’s just so lost and all he wants is to be truly loved. I really hope Alex can get through to him because I’d hate it if she actually did have to kill him.
I suspected Romvi from the start, and in Deity, I pretty much figured it out. All the same, he turned into an even nastier piece of work than I’d expected.
Alex has matured in this book and it was a natural progression for her, though I loved her when she was being consistently snarky and irrational.
I think my favorite scene of the novel was when Alex and Aiden were in the Underworld. To combine romance, action, and suspense so expertly is the sign of a really talented author.
This is an incredible series; awesome writing, engaging characters, action packed plot and compelling dialogue. A must read for all fans of YA fiction.

Review: Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ElixirTitle: Elixir
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #3.5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Mythology
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Blurb:
Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

My Review:
Loved reading from Aiden’s point of view and his devotion to Alex is beyond doubt. It’s certainly getting creepy with Seth and I’m so afraid for Alex, I hope she is strong enough to overcome and break the connection. Difficult to read of her change under the elixir. Strong writing, another great read from Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Review: Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fire flowerTitle: Deity
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ mythology
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Blurb:
“History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time. ”

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

My Review:
Absolutely brilliant read, just like the first two books in this series, a perfect blend of adventure, action and romance. Boy does Jennifer L. Armentrout know how to write really compelling dialogue. Totally engrossing and hard to put down. I was so disappointed with Seth in this book, though I suspected something like this from him. I didn’t believe I could love Aiden any more, but he really comes through for Alex in Deity. If they don’t end up together I think I may cry. And that ending – oh my gods, incredible. Can’t wait to read Apollyon.