Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Return
Series: Titan, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Fantasy/Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 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.


My Review

I honestly don’t know where to start with this book. I can say it wasn't what I was expecting, in the best way of course. Now, I've had a back and forth relationship with Seth in the Covenant series. Aiden will always have my heart, BUT now Seth has managed to wiggle in and capture pieces of it as well. Which, I’m happy to say, I’m glad he has.

Jennifer is one of my favorite authors. She creates worlds and characters I can’t help but fall in love with, and like the Covenant series she created this amazing and wonderful world brimming with fantastic mythology creates and gods that really stand out. I love the way she wrote and wove her story. How she added in Greek Mythological Gods and Goddess, their personalities, and their role within the The Return – and the Covenant series.  She depicts them so well!
“When I’m with you, I don’t feel like a monster. I forget. I forget all the things I’ve done that make me not deserve this.” 
Josie isn't the usually heroine I read about, but I found that refreshing in a way because I know this girl is going to have a lot of character growth. She definitely evolved quite a lot through this book, but I am excited to see her grow even more.  What I enjoyed about her was when she is practically thrown head first into Seth’s world she handled it believable. Though it was hard for her, she was challenged, she didn’t back down when she couldn't fight. She might not be physically strong, but Josie has a strong heart and a strong mind.

Now let’s talk about Seth. As I mentioned, I was back and forth with him in JLA’s previous series. I didn’t think that I would become consumed by this guy, but low and behold, I did after being able to get inside his head. And what an experience that was. Being able to read in Seth’s POV allowed me to understand him on a level I wasn't able to before.  All his emotions, everything he felt with Alex, his guilt, his desires, everything was opened up to me. Watching him still struggle with everything made me feel and fall for him. And I loved that I got to truly know him because Seth really is an amazing character. He really is strong, mature (well, he’s getting there), kind, and sweet when he wants to be. But he still retains that cocky and arrogant attitude.

It was the character growth that I enjoyed almost as much as the mythological elements of the book. Seth grows so well in the book. He has been through so much, and though he has still a ways to go, I can say I am very much proud of his character. The romance was also sweet and so very steamy. I loved the chemistry between Josie and Seth. I loved watching them both learn from each other because they really do.

I enjoyed the pacing of the book. It was fast, kept me flipping the pages just ready for whatever happened next. The action flowed nicely, always intense and very well written. Of course I can’t get over the side characters! I adore Deacon, so I was SUPER happy to see him again and Apollo. The world that JLA has created is definitely getting more intricate, but I think she is doing a wonderful job.
“A soft smile curved up her lips, and my gut dropped a little. A smile…I’d never known a smile could have that kind of effect. Could feel like a kick to the chest.” 
The Return brought out the feels for sure. I adored and loved this book and I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. JLA has created another wonderful and gripping series (and I’m really happy that it’s about Seth).



 

8 comments:

  1. Hmm, paranormal in New Adult. Now that's very different - I don't believe I've read about non-humans before, this does sound like an intense yet fast paced read. Glad you could enjoy it! I might look into this one soon :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  2. *spins and flails*

    it makes me sooo happy that you loved this book too! I am so happy we got this spin off series. Seth has become such an awesome character and I really love Josie too! Gahhhhh I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Great review!

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  3. Great review. I have the first two books in her Covenant series but haven't started them. It seems like an interesting story and this looks like a great spinoff. Hope I read them all soon because Jennifer is a great writer. I've read one of her contemporary books and loved her storytelling.

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  4. Loved him in this one as well, and agree wasn't disappointed

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  5. Great review. I loved this book. I'm still team Aiden but Seth is a much closer second now.

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  6. Beautiful Review! I love Jennifer's writing too. I agree, that the way she was able to weave mythology, world building, and the various characters roles within the story made me fall in love too. I wasn't a huge Seth fan in the Covenant Series either, but being able to get inside his head, has really changed how I view him no as well. Your review is so spot on with how I felt about the book!!!

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  7. I have this, and hope to read it soon. I am glad that Seth has wiggled his way into your heart now though. I really like him in the Covenant series and am keen to see him get the girl.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  8. Oh, I need to read this book too. I love J.L. Armentrout so much. Ever since I read the Lux series (thanks to you and your encouragement to continue with it), she's been one of my favorite authors!

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