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The Return: A Titan Novel Paperback – February 16, 2015
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The Greek gods engage in modern-day power struggles in the solid inaugural installment of the Titan new adult paranormal romance series. Seth, an otherworld/human hybrid introduced in Armentrout’s well-received Covenant YA series, bears a heavy burden of guilt over his past treacherous acts. He redeems himself by becoming Apollo’s judge and jury, meting out bloody justice to traitorous lesser gods and mortals. Far more of a challenge is his new assignment: guarding Apollo’s part-human daughter Josie, who needs to get up to speed on the doings of the deities -- about which she knows nothing -- so she can battle the bloodthirsty Titans. As Seth learns to restrain his violent instincts and Josie trains hers up, the romance and danger both escalate at a feverish pace. Armentrout dives deep into the psyches of both hero and heroine, deftly switching from one point of view to another, while creating a drum-tight sense of suspense and sexual tension from the first page to the last. This is a very promising start to the series.(Publishers Weekly)
"Sizzling, forbidden romance and non-stop action make The Return an addictive read. Sign me up for the sequel - I am now officially a Seth-aholic."(New York Times Bestselling author Jeaniene Frost)
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#1 New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. Well, mostly. She spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories... therefore explaining her dismal grades in math.
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For those who have read the Covenant books, Seth is probably a difficult character to love for most. He did some absolutely horrible things, but he found himself a measure of redemption when he forged the deal with the gods (referenced in the blurb) and basically gave up any control over his remaining life- or his afterlife. For the past year, he has been doing the dirty work that the gods assign to him tracking down those they consider to be traitors and dispatching them however he sees fits- which is usually a pretty messy affair since he has no other outlet for the self- loathing and rage that lives within him. When Apollo appears to send him on to his next assignment, he could never imagined that he would be tracking down and babysitting a mortal who bears an uncanny resemblance to Alex, the girl who caused him to make the deal that turned him into the gods' errand boy.
Josie has watched her mother struggle with mental illness since her childhood, so when the golden-eyed hottie appears out of nowhere trying to convince her that she is far from a mere mortal, she is sure that her mom's illness must have been passed on to her and she is starting to suffer the effects already. The appearance of creatures that should have no business existing causes her to quickly re-evaluate her thought process even if it is more than a little overwhelming. Seth can't help but be intrigued by this girl; where most would have folded in on themselves or completely broken down, she does a remarkable job of keeping it together. Inexplicably he finds himself opening up to her more than he has ever allowed anyone else to know him, and even though he knows Apollo would try to kick his ass into the Underworld in a rapid fashion if he evens thinks of touching her, he can't help but be drawn to her.
Josie has the benefit of getting to know Seth without the filter of his past actions to influence her, and as much as he feels he doesn't deserve it, he wants to enjoy her friendship and faith in him as long as possible. His actions throughout this story and the insight into his childhood and history had me melting for him in a big way as I gained a new perspective on the conundrum that is Seth, the Apollyon. His regret over his past actions is tangible and given the loneliness of his early years, his self imposed distance from anyone who tries to befriend him or care about him is second nature to him. When Josie finds a way under his skin and burrows in deep, he is completely thrown by it.
There is certainly plenty of action as Josie's true identity is revealed to those around her and she is hunted by some of the most powerful entities in existence, but there is also plenty of snarky humor, angst, heat and mystery to go around too. I loved Deacon, Aidan's brother and one of Seth's only friends, and I am definitely curious to know more about Josie's mom too. I believe there is more to her than meets the eye, and given the strength of the connection Josie and Seth feel by the end of this book, I suspect her history may be a surprise. The Return leaves off in a good place and I cannot wait to dive into The Power to see what comes next!
A spin-off to the Covenant series, this next trilogy focuses on Seth as he works with the gods to help restore balance to the world after several titans are freed. Review time!
I really loved learning more about Seth. He was one of the more intriguing characters from the previous series. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, although the majority were characters from the previous series. However, I struggled to really love Josie. It's not that she is a poorly written character, it's that she reminds me so much of other female characters in past JLA books. I didn't feel anything really set her apart, particularly from Alex in the Covenant series.
I absolutely loved the setting. I don't know what it is about Greek mythology, but it gets me excited every time. The plot hooked me completely as it explored the titans and demigods. I'm less excited about the turmoil between the full bloods and half bloods, although I do appreciate her intertwining the past narrative with the current narrative.
The Return, by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the first book in the Titan Series, and a spinoff from the Covenant Series. It is a book that I have been highly anticipating, because the Covenant Series is my favorite fictional series based on Greek Mythology. The Return was everything that I had hoped for, dreamed of, and more. It was a brilliant, breathtaking, romantic, and passion filled read.
The Return is Seth and Josie's story. Seth has been taking orders from the Gods of Olympus for a year now. His newest orders come from Apollo, and are to retrieve college student Josie, protect her with his life, and take her to the University/Covenant in South Dakota. He has no idea why a human is so important to the Gods, but when he meets Josie, he quickly realizes that there is more to her than meets the eye.
When Josie see's Seth for the first time, she is blown away by his beauty. However, when he starts talking about Olympus, The Gods, and her purpose in everything, she quickly decides that he is crazy. Eventually, when she see's and experiences things out of the realm of her reality, she begins to realize he is speaking the truth. As Seth and Josie begin their journey to South Dakota, they begin to develop deep and passionate feelings for one another, and are trying to survive the danger all around them...
The Return was a story filled with Ms. Armentrout's gorgeous imagination. It delivered everything that I wish for in a story; relatable and likable characters, an addictive plot full of surprises, romance, passion, intensity, and anticipation. It is the kind of book you devour, and after you finish it, you beg for the next installment. I loved Seth in this story. He shows his vulnerability, opens up to Josie, and every moment they share left me breathless, and eager for the next. Josie is the kind of woman Seth needs. She is very nurturing, caring, compassionate, and patient. She gave him unconditional caring, friendship, and acceptance. When these two are on the page together, magic happens.
I'm ecstatic that Ms. Armentrout decided to make this title New Adult. It had all of the imagination, anticipation, and great storytelling as the Covenant Series, with the added bonus of more! We get more passion, intensity, anticipation, and detailed love scenes!!! It was a wonderful surprise to me when I got to be reunited with secondary characters from the Covenant Series. My favorite interactions were with Apollo, Luke, and Deacon. I love these characters so much, and have missed them.
The Return is a brilliant beginning to the Titan Series. For readers that love romantic fiction based on Greek Mythology that is fun, passionate, relatable, and addictive, you must read this book. Also, for those fans of the Covenant Series, you are going to LOVE The Return!!! I give, The Return, by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 5 Visceral, All-Consuming, Pulse Racing, Seth's Salvation Filled Stars!!!