Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Return
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #1
Publication: February 16th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press

Genre: New Adult ~ Paranormal
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Rating: 5/5

 

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.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.


I've been a huge fan of Seth since the days of the Covenant series. So I'm sure that Seth having his own books is a pretty big deal for everyone who loves Seth. With that said, I can absolutely say that The Return was everything I expected and so much more. 

This book starts a year after the Covenant series ended where Seth pledged his life to the gods after all the shit that went down. He still feels terrible about everything that happened, especially where Alex was involved. I must admit that with the Covenant books that I haven't always liked Seth because of the things he did so it's really interesting to read about his own feelings about everything that happened. When Apollo assigns Seth to protect Josie, who turns out to be not just  a mere mortal, things start changing for Seth.

Which brings us to Josie. I wasn't too sure about her in the beginning but she totally grew on me. She goes through quite a lot in this book like finding out she's a demi-god, losing her grandparents in a pretty traumatic way, all the while getting all this information dumped on her about the world of gods and that she'll have to someday fight the titans. Yeah, I think she did pretty well not totally breaking and a huge part of that was Seth, in my opinion. 

You'd think with reading five Covenant books you'd might know a lot about this world, but there's so much more. I can't get enough of this world. And of course I loved Apollo being a pretty big part of this book. I adore apollo and I love his interactions with Seth. It's hilarious the way they dislike each other and Apollo being Josie's father, complicates quite a lot of things. Also a few other characters make an appearance like Alex's uncle and Deacon and Luke. I might've flipped out a little bit when I saw those last two coming in the book. I love them. They added a lot of hilarity and familiarity to the book.

So overall, The Return is one hell of a comeback for Seth. I barely stopped reading the book and I just loved Seth with Josie. I also have to say that I love that this book is new adult. I think that was a really smart decision of Jennifer L. Armentrout due to Seth being twenty-one and everything. And I happen to love her new adult books. Bring on the next one, please!




Quotes:

In the short period of time I'd been around him, I'd seen so many different sides of him. It was like the Faces of Seth. He could go from sullen and serious, to teasing and downright annoying, to mischievous and playful, to seductive and dangerlously deceptive in a matter of minutes. I'd ever known anyone in my life like him, and I doubted many people, mortal or not-so-mortal, could claim to know how his head worked.

A column of shimmery blue light pierced the cathedral ceiling, shooting down to the floor a few feet from the female Sentinel. As the light faded, a god was revealed.
The Sentinels hastily backed off. A few even dropped to their knees, unmindful of the mess on the floor. I, on the other hand, raised my right hand and scratched my brow with my middle finger.

The girl had... grit. Most mortals, after finding out they weren't exactly mortal, that spirits and Titans were after them, and that their father was a legendary god of dickdom, would've flipped their shit by this point.




About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and 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.

Jennifer would love to hear from you. If you have questions about any of her books, would like to set up an interview, book signing, etc, please use the email address below. Please check out each book/series individual page for more information about each title and the FAQ section.
For rights information on any of her titles, please contact Kevan Lyon from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
If you are requesting an ARC please contact the publisher of that book.
To contact Jennifer directly, please email: jenniferlarmentrout@live.com




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