Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Review: The Return (Titan #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: February 17, 2015
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Source: I received a copy of this book at BEA, this does not affect my opinion of the book.
"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."

My Thoughts:

I’m not even sure what I want to say about The Return. The Covenant series is one of my all-time favorites, so going into this I had some high expectations, but I also had some trepidation. I mean I wasn’t always Seth’s number one fan, but I was also super excited to get back to this world. I don’t know why I ever worry though when it comes to JLA because I adored The Return from beginning to end. It is the perfect segue back into this beloved world, but it also doesn’t feel like it tries too hard.

Seth in The Return is a very different Seth we left off in Sentinel. The past year has changed him. Well, actually, the events of the entire Covenant series and then his life altering decision at the end of Sentinel has changed him. It all led him to where he is today. Basically, Seth grew up. He grew up and took responsibility for his actions and is striving to do the right thing. However, Seth also has some serious self-depreciation issues and he doesn’t think he deserves anything good and yeah he did some crappy stuff but he is atoning for it. It was very interesting getting inside Seth’s head and seeing what makes him tick. Seeing how he reacted to everything and how the events with Alex shaped him was very telling. I feel like the reader finally got to know Seth and I must say I like what is there. And remember this is coming from someone who did not get along with Seth for a good portion of the Covenant series. We had a love hate relationship. Also, another thing worth mentioning… Seth seems to have trouble keeping his shirt on and you know what, that is a beautiful thing.

Our heroine is Josie and I must say I loved her. She has the patented JLA wit but she is also different from her other heroines. Josie has no knowledge of this world and is basically thrown into it. Josie is a different kind of strong. She is the kind of strong that shows through in her strength to keep her head up when the entire world changes, her determination to keep training even though everyone around her is much stronger, and the courage to open up to someone who has built up a huge wall. I loved Josie and I loved the character she grew into over the course of the book.

Josie and Seth together were hot! This book delivered the swoon! It was sweet and sexy and I just loved them together. They had amazing banter and some of their moments together had me laughing out loud. Seth is still his charmingly hysterical self and I loved watching him deliver line after line. I really appreciated the humor in this one.

You know what else is awesome about this book? (Aside from everything). It’s new adult!!! It’s new adult paranormal!!! It’s different and that makes it awesome. Sure I was going to love it because it’s in the Covenant world, but I also love new adult and I love that it is branching into other genres. The Return is a perfect example of that. It is so different from any other new adult book I’ve read. Not just because it’s paranormal but just in the writing style and the story line and just everything about it. There is more to the story than just romance. It’s romance and action and drama and life threatening situations and just a whole bunch of awesome in one book.

It was also great to see some of my favorite characters again. Apollo is still his awesome self and he still has the best timing ever. Deacon remains my favorite secondary character because of his adorableness and just because he is Deacon. It was interesting to see how the world has changed since Alex saved the day and to see how those changes are taking root. Plus you know, got some Titans running around now, so there’s that.

I am so glad we were given more to this world. I absolutely love this take on Greek mythology and I loved going back to visit. So in short, this is a book you need to read. Whether you are a fan of the Covenant series coming back for more, simply a fan of Greek mythology, a new adult fan, or someone looking for something different in new adult this book is for you. Seth demands to be read and loved.

7 comments:

  1. I'm afraid to read the review, Teresa. As you know. I just started the Covenant series so I don't want anything spoiled. I'm thinking you loved Titan though since it is from JLA. She's not let you down yet, yeah? I'm so glad I *finally* got started on the series. I LOVE IT! Happy Friday!!

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  2. Seth and I were never friends, so I'll just keep my distance. Even though, Covenant will always be my favorite I'll leave this world behind. Anyhow I'm glad you enjoyed it despite everything. Great review :)

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  3. I am also very nervous to read this one because, like you, Seth wasn't always my favorite person. But reading that you ended up really loving this book makes me happy! One of my favorite series, so I know I'll have to see the extension of this world that JLA is giving us! I'm also excited to meet Jose; Seth does deserve a girl :) AH! I can't wait to read this one and experience the awesomeness of this JLA world!

    Love this review!

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  4. YAY! I can't wait to binge the Covenant books and then dive into this one! I'm already Team Aiden, so I will probably be nervous also, because I'm sure I'll be mad at Seth for interfering. LOL. I'm excited to meet Josie and I'm am so ready for more JLA swoons!

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    1. I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO READ COVENANT!!!!

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  5. Ah yes, I am so love with this series and so happy to get back into this world. I agree, Seth has changed quite a bit and I love him and Josie together. I need more! Great review!

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  6. The ONLY reason I haven't started this is because I'm going to re-read the Covenant series with Kk. I actually liked Seth from the beginning even though Aiden was my absolute favorite. I am SOOOOOO happy that you loved this book, and I can't wait to have gushy texts and emails over it. I didn't read this review TOO closely because I knew I'd read too much into what you were saying and my mind would go all spoilery insane, but I definitely read enough to know that this is a fabulous review and I'm even more excited to get to some Sethy pants. *half-blood tackle hugs*

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