Series: Titan #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on February 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA, Young Adult
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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 did something I rarely do. I read The Return without reading the Covenant series first. I just haven’t gotten to it yet, but I will. Not that you need to have read the Covenant series to enjoy The Return- I enjoyed it immensely and you get most of the background as you read. In fact, maybe that reason I could so enjoy Seth in this book was because I haven’t yet fallen for Aiden?
~ While The Covenant series was YA, the Titan series in NA. Josie’s in college, studying psychology, in the hopes of understanding why her schizophrenic mom, when her neat, orderly, kind of boring life is blown out of the water. Who can resist a set up like that?
~ In the Covenant series, Seth freed Perses from Tartaurus, and now Perses has set free the other Titans, including Cronus and Hyperion. Now the Olympian Gods are gearing up for a war while the Titans track down the half human/half god love children to help restore their energies. Apollo tasks Seth, who pretty much has to do whatever Apollo tells him to until he dies, with protecting and transporting Josie to the Covenant in South Dakota.
~ There’s a lot of humor in this book, which helps to break up the dire situations and fights to the death that the characters are constantly having to deal with- like Josie calling Seth a Pollyanna instead of an Apollyon.
~ One of the most refreshing aspects to this book was the fact that Seth just came out and told Josie who he was, and why he was there. It wasn’t all kidnap now and answer questions later.
~ Also, any interaction between Erin and Seth made me laugh… sometimes cackle. It’s weirdly sibling like.
~ Seth calls Josie ‘Joe’, which seems to irritate her. I’d be fine with Seth calling me anything he likes, but that is why I will never be the heroine of a romance novel- I’d give in way too soon. All that moxie and stubbornness just delays the naked fun time. Why put up a fight?
~ Josie is scared of flying, which I am too. And we both find Seth incredibly hot. It’s like we’re twins. I’m not a demigod like she is, but I am a Gemini, so it’s like the same thing.
~ Jennifer L. Armentrout gives a shout out to historical romance author Johanna Lindsey. I read every single book that Lindsey wrote when I was a freshman in high school, and I still read her stuff even though I don’t read much historical romance these days. I highly recommend the Malory-Anderson series. Just fyi.
~ Something to keep in mind, midnighters, when on the run from bad ass dudes, you shouldn’t go home. Not even for a visit and a slice of pie. Nope, not even if the pie is handmade by your grandmother. I’m sure you and your hottie Apollyon can make a pit stop at Marie Calendar’s on the way to South Dakota and get some tasty pie.
~ It’s when they finally arrive at the university that Josie gets more background on Seth, and hence us the reader. I really like the way Armentrout handled it, because I don’t know how disliked Seth was in the Covenant series since he was kind of a wrench in the Alex and Aiden true love train. Also, Seth did some messed up things, but now that I already love him, it’s easy to gloss over it. See what a fine set of abs and a quirky sense of humor can get you? Total forgiveness.
~ This book comes out in February, which is the perfect time to read it, since we get to watch Seth grow a heart. And I dare you not to find Luke and Deacon adorable.
~ Lots of intense moments at the end had me glued to the pages. And while this book does have a solid ending, there’s still lots left to happen in the rest of the series. Which I will be there to devour like a Furie sucking down a Shade.
Seth- he’s an Apollyon, which basically means he kicks more ass than you and looks better doing it. He’s also basically an indentured servants to the Gods due to some bad choices he made in the past. But that’s the past, and he’s hot, so we’ll forgive him.
Josie- just a regular, do-gooder college girl until Seth shows up to protect her from the Titans looking to drain her like a battery. She’s also a love child of a Greek God.
Apollo- Sun God, hottie, and apparent swinger. Likes ordering Seth around.
Erin- Josie’s college roommate.
Bob- stranger that used to give Josie dolls as a child.
Hyperion- one of the escaped titans that has Josie in his particular sight.
Deacon- watches Supernatural so you know he’s cool, brother of Aiden.
Luke- friend of Seth’s and boyfriend to Deacon.
Chapter 24- well, until Apollo shows up.
Stop the Clock:
I don’t that it’s possible for me not to love a Jennifer L. Armentrout book now. I’m a smitten kitten over Seth, and I’m excited to go back and read the Covenant series while I wait for the next Titan book!
The Return (Titan #1) gets a Midnight Book rating of: