Title: The Power
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance/ Mythology
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.
Initial thoughts after finishing: So that was FREAKING AWESOME. Now I feel like crying because I need more RIGHT NOW. Mind completely blown.
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.
The first book!
Title: The Return
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #1
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres: New Adult Paranormal
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.
About the Author:
# 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.