The Struggle and The Prophecy (Titan #3 and #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary of the Struggle: 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: I know my review of book two wasn’t completely stellar because the book was a little slow for me but once I started book 3 it was back to JLA’s normal awesomeness. I am doing one post for the last two books of the series because I didn’t even want to take the time to write the post before I jumped into the fourth book!

These books were amazing! I love Seth and Josie and these books took so many turns that I honestly didn’t see coming. Seth is kind of an ass sometimes but I am still in love with him and I was just a swoony fan-girl this entire series. Josie definitely became a more interesting character once she was trained and I definitely love what JLA did to her character towards the end and I can’t say more without spoiling everything except I didn’t see it coming and I love her even more for it!

I am happy with how she ended the series but the entire third and fourth books were an emotional rollercoaster and honestly, I was a wreck. The last few chapters of the last book actually made me cry.

The minor characters were one of my favorite parts of the series. Deacon is one of my alltime favorite book people, he is so great and entertaining especially on long car rides  and even though I do love Seth and Josie, I think Alex and Aiden are still my favorite…. but don’t let that stop you from reading this series! Seriously read it! You can buy the third book here.

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

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

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Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review:

Seth may be bat-shit crazy at times, but that is what makes him Seth. Reading from his point of view is extremely entertaining because I honestly have no idea what he is ever going to say or do and that makes him a very fun character for me. Josie is definitely more human than him and maybe not quite as exciting but I also still love her, and I’m interesting in seeing what happens with her when she gets fully trained and can fight as well or better than the rest of them.

This book is less of an all out war and is more focused on the strategy. It is still entertaining and I feel like I am waiting for something to happen which is keeping me hooked to the series and I literally don’t want to do anything besides read. I loved that Aiden and Alex came back for this book because I think Alex is still my favorite character and I feel like they are actually my friends and that I can fight with them…

I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I feel like I need to go on a small rant, so I will keep it vague. There are multiple points in this book where Seth acts like a complete baby and becomes my least favorite character archetype which is the martyr. He thinks basically at multiple points that keeping himself distanced will solve the worlds’ problems and it is really irritating which makes Alex and Aiden my favorite characters still.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this series and JLA will never write a book I don’t obsess over, but I am obsessing over this series far less than the covenant series or especially the Lux series and I am not sure how to feel about that yet. I guess I will see where book three takes me. You can buy book two here.

 

The Return (Titan #1)

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The Return (Titan #1)

Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review: 

Hello fellow bloggers! I could not be more excited about this series! If you have been following me for a while you probably know I don’t like to start a series until all of the books are out because I just cannot handle the pain of a cliffhanger. Lucky for me, the final book in this series came out last month and I was more than excited to buy the series and read it without coming up for air.

I have read every book JLA has written as Jennifer L. Armentrout and as J. Lynn and I have never ever disliked one of the books so I knew this book would be no different. As soon as I read page one I was hooked and I knew that I wasn’t doing anything else besides reading the whole day. While reading the Covenant series, there was a time when I was team Seth, granted it didn’t last long with him going all crazy-ass-psycho on us, but still, I loved Seth at a point and I was interested to see what JLA was going to do with a story about him. Let me just say that she did not disappoint. I love Seth as much as and more than I did during the Covenant series. He’s a bad-ass-swoon-worthy-I-wish-he-was-mine type of character and even though he has some disturbing thoughts because he’s Seth, I still love him.

The new female lead Josie is an interesting character and the fact that she’s something else entirely made me pretty hooked to see what was going to happen with her. It’s kind of weird going straight from the Covenant series to this series because Alex, the female lead of the covenant series, was super tough and awesome and such a smart-ass and although Josie has a little of that in her, she’s a pretty normal girl and doesn’t have the aggression Alex did. As of right now I still think I like Alex more, but we’ll see what happens as she learns to fight some more.

This book, unlike the others JLA has written, switches POV between Josie and Seth and I really like getting to read from different perspectives. Sometimes that irritates me in books because I grow attached to one character but in this case I think it’s a good mix. Honestly, if we had to spend 100% of the time in Seth’s head, we would all have our heads in the gutter, our aggression would know no limits, and we would all go crazy because Seth is honestly kind of crazy, so breaking it up a bit is good.

The sexual tension killed me. Seriously. Why does she do this to me every time?! Probably because it’s brilliant and she is brilliant…even though I hate it I also kind of love it at the same time. I also didn’t realize this was an adult novel, so she goes more in detail in the more inappropriate aspects of the book, but hey, I’m not complaining. I also LOVE greek mythology and I have a love of book violence like fighting and training and this book definitely delivers. How could it not with Seth as the lead?

I honestly cannot wait to read the next book and see what happens. I have been forcing myself to do things like eat, sleep, and go to work…please read this series. If you haven’t read the Covenant series, read that one first. You will not regret it! You can buy book one here.

Throwback Thursday 2/22/18

Throwback Thursday 2/22/18

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

So I’m sure all of you have either read or at least heard of Twilight. This honestly used to be one of my all-time favorite series and I have read it multiple times. I decided that with all of my travel this month I would listen to the audiobook because of how much I used to love Edward and this story.

The story is really clever and I still love it, but I honestly cannot stand Bella. She is so whiny and needy and clingy and she is one of those stupid girl martyrs who thinks she can solve everything by just offering herself up to the evil vampire. No. Just no. I honestly was getting so irritated by her throughout the whole book. She fell in love with Edward in a split second after he admits he wants to eat her, she cannot live without him being near her after like a week, and when he admits he has been breaking into her house and watching her sleep (which is uber creepy by the way) , she thinks it’s so amazing and flattering. Stop the nonsense now. I seriously could not take it.

I do love Edward still though and the romance aspect was still as good as it ever was for me. The way Edward would just question her and how intrigued he was by her still makes me swoon even though I had to read it from Bella’s POV. I also love the stressful ending of this book where she was being hunted, it was really entertaining still even though I knew exactly what was going to happen.

Overall, I don’t think I can listen to New Moon for a while, I need a break from Bella…

You can buy Twilight here, or get it from your library like I did!

Soul Screamers #1-3 by Rachel Vincent

Soul Screamers #1-3 by Rachel Vincent

Goodreads Summary of Book 1:

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

My Review:

The concept of this book was so great. Kaylee knows when someone is about to die and the story that could have been built off of that is so cool and I love that. The characters felt real and I felt like they were actually my friends which is amazing.

The books were not bad. They were also not great and I just couldn’t get myself to finish the series. There are four more books and I wasn’t bored exactly but I feel like there was so much more that could have happened and a lot of the time it moved slowly and then the main issue happened and then all of the sudden it was over and maybe the timing was just off.

The romance was okay. I don’t love the main character, in fact sometimes I actually strongly disliked him and was annoyed with how the main character acted. With my favorite authors (like JLA) there is always sexual tension and either the characters don’t like each other or something is in the way and they can’t be together but they make you fall in love with the man so hard you wish he was real. With this book the main characters were a couple before I even knew who the guy was and it kind of ruined it for me.

Overall, a cool idea but I just couldn’t get through the series. It wasn’t bad, just not for me. You can buy book 1 here.

If you have any book recommendations please let me know!!

WorldWalker Trilogy

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Goodreads Summary of Book 1:

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted… which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian… Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

My Review:

Often when I can’t find a new series to read I check up on some of my favorite authors to see if they have any new books I haven’t heard of which is how I came across this series! Josephine Angelini wrote the Starcrossed trilogy which I read and LOVED years ago and so I knew I had to read this series immediately, and it has magic so no brainer, right?

I can say that this series moved up into my top five almost immediately. The series was seriously THAT good. Like forgetting to eat, wanting to skip work, staying up all night good.

Lily was an amazing character and sometimes female characters really get on my nerves but not her…I want to be her. She starts out as someone who is in love with a man-whore, and who can’t even go out and do normal things because of her horrible allergies and ends up as a bad-ass who uses magic to fuel an entire army. I just cannot believe how much she changes and how much I love her.

Not only does this series have a kickass main character, magic, and wars, but it has a swoon-worthy-I-wish-he-was-real male lead. The sexual tension in this book was torture, even painful at times, and I loved EVERY second of it! It is books like these that ruin all real men for me because seriously no one even compares to him. I won’t say any more except that I am totally in love with a fictional character and have no shame.

The whole idea for this book that there are an infinite number of universes out there that are created by every decision we all make is just amazing and I have no idea how she came up with it but I am obsessed. Having magic in some universes and not others and how Angelini turned the Salem witch trials into this is just so cool and I can’t get over it. I want so much more. I cannot stop thinking about this series and I think I have one of the worst book hangovers I have ever had.

If you have not read this series you have to, like drop what you are doing and get this book immediately. It will not disappoint! Seriously do it now! You can buy book one on Amazon here or get it at your library like I did!

Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Summary of Book 1:

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

My Review: I remember seeing this series come out a while ago and I usually don’t like to read series with more than 3-4 books and I wasn’t sure if I wanted a spin-off of vampire academy but I liked them so much I eventually decided to give it a try. Let me start out by saying I am so glad I did!

This series was amazing and had me completely captivated. I barely did anything else and I flew through the whole 6 book series in only a few days…

There were so many different elements to these books: the alchemists, the warriors of light, the Moroi and Strigoi, the witches, and the ex-alchemists, and I loved every one of them. There were some really stressful parts of the book that I tried to read as fast as I could because they were so good and I had to know what happened next. I honestly thought the story got better and better the more I read and it never slowed down for a nice relaxing moment.

I think the magic in this story was really unexpected for me and it was honestly my favorite part of the series. For some reason, I love books about magic because it makes me feel like I can do spells and do everything they can do. The romance in this book was also one of my all-time favorites. The sexual tension kills me because the amount of time she waited to make something happen was so long and so painful. I wasn’t even sure if she was going to do something about it because of how long nothing happened but it was brilliant.

Richelle did an amazing job with playing with my emotions because I seriously got so angry at her father throughout the whole series and I was so in love with Sydney’s love interest, I was just all over the place and she is amazing. I also love all of the minor characters like Eddie and Jill, Rose and Dimitri also play a big role in this book so if you haven’t read the vampire academy read those for sure and then I definitely recommend this series! You have got some serious reading ahead of you!

You can get the first bloodlines novel at your library or the kindle edition here.