Monday, February 22, 2016

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


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.

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About Jennifer Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review by Yvette:

Witty banter, explosive chemistry between protagonists, Seth and Josie, and a pulse-pounding, action-packed narrative – these are just some of the highlights you can expect once you dive into Jennifer L. Armentrout's newest release, The Power. The book picks up where The Return left off, with Josie learning to control her newly-acquired demigod powers and with Seth helping her in this effort. With so much occurring simultaneously – tensions rising at the Covenant, the search for demigods, attacks from a number of mythological creatures – The Power is jam-packed with danger and suspense, guaranteeing that the reader’s attention is captured from start to finish. As if that wasn’t enough to have me glued to the pages, The Power provides enough gut-wrenching drama and face-fanning romance to send your emotions into upheaval.

One of my favorite things about reading a Jennifer L. Armentrout book (aside from her swoon-worthy heroes, of course), is her ability to create strong, relatable heroines you can both admire and sympathize with. When we first met Josie, her life was overturned with the knowledge of who and what she was. Instead of adopting the role of damsel-in-distress, she takes preemptive measures to ensure she’s not helpless against imminent danger. Josie has her share of insecurities, but at her core, she's brave, loyal, and resilient – qualities that are a perfect complement to our tortured, brooding hero. Seth is this otherworldly creature, burdened from the weight of his past mistakes, and no amount of wisecracks can disguise his self-imposed anguish. What I love about Seth and Josie was that they have a comfortable, teasing repartee, yet they also connect on a deeper level. Seth and Josie are constantly challenged in this book, both physically and mentally, and their journey was nothing short of intense.

As a fan of The Covenant series, I’m finding The Titan series to be just as wonderfully detailed and complex, interweaving familiar characters with new faces, and delving further into the fascinating world of Greek mythology. Reading The Power was an eye-opening experience that revealed so many unknown facets of our main characters, satisfying my need to learn more about the innerworkings of Seth and Josie's minds while holding the knowledge that they still have far to go in their journey. The Power is a book that will make you laugh, make you gasp, and make you blush (some more often than others), but mostly it's a book that makes you feel, so much so that you can't help but become invested in these characters and their story. Jennifer L. Armentrout is a master at keeping readers on their toes and I, for one, am already impatient for the next book.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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