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.

 

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The Return (Titan #1)

the return titan

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.

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

Goodreads Summary: 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: My Gods, what an epic finale that was! So much happened that the entire series had been leading up to. It was action-packed, romantic, and was overall a ridiculously fast read. The mythology aspect was huge in this book and I loved every second of it, being the Greek mythology lover that I am. JLA has yet to write a book that I don’t like and this series did not disappoint.

The plot line in this book was insane and everything happened so fast I didn’t realize I was reading and that makes for the greatest kind of book. The characters were so well developed that I felt what they felt like they were real people which is borderline crazy but I can’t help it! I am still in love with Seth and find myself thinking about him, even after I finished the book. I do love Aiden too which also complicated the whole romantic situation.

The giant war between the Gods, students, sentinels, and even a Titan was written extremely well. JLA excels at fight scenes, and the fact that it was mythology based made it that much better.

I can’t say too much more without spoiling everything but I will say I am not completely thrilled with the ending but I would reread the entire series because I still love it. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes mythology or anything else JLA has written because she is amazing. I will for sure be reading JLA’s new series about Seth in the near future so stay tuned!

You can buy Sentinel here.

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)

Goodreads Summary: 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: This book was even more amazing than the past books in the series which is saying something…I am really glad I read Elixir (the novella) before I read this one because so much happened in that book and it made me love Aiden even more so I read this book differently.

JLA always perfectly times each part of her plot to where you almost get beyond frustrated with how things are going but then she picks things up and makes the plot even crazier. The beginning of this book was really frustrating because of the whole connection between the Apollyons and I was so glad when JLA added something more to the plot, like a war between the Gods. Yeah, and things only got crazier from then on. An unknown God was working against Apollo and Alex, and Alex has to go on several adventures trying to figure out how to stop them. It was fantastic and addicting. The mythology mixed with all of the crazy action was also perfect and helped intensify the plot.

I also loved all of JLA’s phrases like “crap on a cracker” which is just so her. There were also so many references that I loved like a Charmed reference (the old TV show and one of my favorites), a Harry Potter reference which she tends to use in her books, and so many Supernatural references that make me want to watch that show. Now I must. Her references and phrases amuse me to no end.

The romance, oh the romance, was so intense in this book it brought out my inner fangirl times 10. I don’t know why part of me still loves Seth but I do and so I really hope he doesn’t die…I am now officially in love with Aiden and the novella Elixir really helped bring me to that point. This book only made my love grow because of his sexy I-can-defeat-anything-wariorness and because of how deep his love for Alex goes. I love this relationship and I am living through it like the book slut I am.

The ending of this book was insane and there wasn’t a huge cliffhanger, just a bunch of things that were left open-ended so I must read the next book as soon as humanly possible before I go crazy. You can buy Apollyon here.

Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer Armentrout

Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer Armentrout

Elixir (Covenant, #3.5)

Goodreads Summary: 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: This novella was surprisingly really fast-paced. So much happened in the 75 pages that it didn’t feel like it was short. I was nervous to read it at first because it is from Aiden’s POV since the ending of book three kind of took sane Alex out of the picture and I wasn’t sure how good a book in Aiden’s head would be. I should know better then to ever doubt JLA.

The plot picked up where the last book left off so I definitely would have missed this whole chunk of story if I hadn’t read it. Compared to the other books there was less plot and action, of course, but it was just as good as the others. I loved seeing the world and Alex and the Gods from Aiden’s POV and having this whole plot that the main character had no say in was really interesting.

I love Aiden so much more after being in his head and experiencing his true love for Alex. The other books made me guess and I was never sure but I know now. My favorite quote,  “I would burn down the world if that meant Alex would be safe” sounds very similar to something Daemon Black once said, so yes I did fangirl over that like a crazy person.

This novella was definitely worth the read. I would recommend this series for sure because it is amazing, and I recommend reading this novella if you do read the series. Which you should. You can buy Elixir here.

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennfier L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennfier L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant, #3)

Goodreads Summary: 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: I am fangirling so hard right now that it was hard to take time away from reading to write this review but there is just so much I have to say! This book was AMAZING like everything else JLA has written. The further I get in this series, the more I love it and the more the writing sounds like JLA to me, which is a great thing.

Minor spoilers past this point:

The plot was really entertaining and stressful with Alex being the second Apollyon and trying to prepare for that, the whole thing with a servant at the New York Covenant, and the inclusion of some Gods and even more drama between everyone. The inclusion of the Gods was one of my favorite parts about this story because I love mythology and I find the Gods so amusing, especially the ones JLA chose. There was also one scene in the middle which blew my mind and all I will say is that I almost cried when I got to talk to Caleb. It was beautiful and confusing at the same time! The preparing to be the Apollyon was kind of a total gray area because no one (except Seth) really knew what was going to happen and how to handle it.

Which brings me to Seth. I was totally team Seth through the last book and partly through this one but now I cannot decide. Is Seth really the monsterous God-killer everyone makes him out to be? Why do I still love him so much? I don’t want to hate him but I am scared that may be what is coming. I just want to love him. Then there is Aiden, the badass sexy Sentinal who is risking everything to be with Alex. I developed an intense love for this man throughout the book and I cannot wait to see what is in store for this relationship.

Gods, I love JLA more than any other author (besides jk Rowling) and I recommend this book along with any other book of hers that I have read so far! I am completely obsessed with this series and almost forgot about school…I am going to finish this series soon because I cannot wait any longer! You can buy Deity here.

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Goodreads Summary: There is need. And then there is Fate. Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s other half is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon–and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude–or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

My Review: OH MY GODS! JLA has done it again. I am once again in awe of her genius ideas and remarkable writing style that keeps me glued to the pages and makes me forget I have to wake up and go to class. I was that weird girl in the gym reading while exercising. Only JLA can keep me that addicted. This book was THAT good.

The ending of the last book wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger but it was insane and this book only got crazier. There were more of my favorite training scenes and plenty of hot boys fighting over Alex which was totally sexy. Both Aiden and Seth are definitely swoon-worthy and each had some steamy romance with Alex which was okay by me! At this point, Alex still can’t decide who she wants more but I already have my opinion and I am team Seth all the way! I have no idea why I like him more than Aiden. He’s sexy, a total badass, super protective, has moments of vulnerability that make him more lovable, and he stays with Alex through everything to try to make her feel better. There is that stupid connection between them but I still love him. I guess I do kind of know why I love him.

Anyway, the plot line in this book was fantastic! The Apollyon training and powers awakening and the trials and Covenant, someone (multiple people actually) trying to take Alex out, both boys defending her, everything was just perfect. I really like how the mythology ties into this book too because I am a total Greek mythology lover. The furies and the oracle being the most important was interesting because those are some of the creepiest parts of mythology in my opinion which means that there is just more bad stuff coming. The battle scene in this book was also totally epic and bloody and heads got cut off and it was just awesome. I wasn’t anticipating a fight, but JLA cannot go wrong. There were also two of my favorite phrases of hers in this book and I wanted to jump up and down and laugh because I was so excited to read “asshat” and “I would give my firstborn child for ___” but I’m sure my roommate would have thought I was a sociopath and saying that I love JLA would not have made anything better.

After the end, the chapter in Seth’s POV was really amazing. Seeing into his head was really amusing because he is such a hilarious and annoying character. His feelings toward Alex and his reactions to what happened between them were adorable and I loved it. His sarcasm and narcissism remind me of Daemon Black which is the highest compliment ever but seeing as how it’s the same author…

I would highly highly recommend reading this book and any other book that JLA has ever written because you will not be disappointed. This series is amazing and I cannot wait to read the next one. Read it. Now please. You can buy Pure here.