Book Review: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted March 6, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Return by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan,
Published by Spencer Hill Press on February 16th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 344
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1939392624
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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four-stars

"History has once again been flipped to repeat."

- Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Return

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. -- Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Good…:

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Seth is back in all of his snarky goodness, but this time he’s burdened by demons from the events that took place in The Covenant series. He’s always been damaged, but Seth’s time as Ares’ pawn has left him even more so. In The Return Seth is working for Apollo to fulfill the deal he struck with him and Hades for Alex and Aiden’s Happily Ever After. His task? Track down a demigod, and get them safely to the University. Doesn’t sound like a problem, except for the Titans that were released from Tartarus hankering for demigod juice. This is where Josie steps in.

Josie is Seth’s charge, but in the process she becomes much more. She’s feisty, smart, and needs Seth as much as he discovers he needs her. Since this book is told from the dual perspective of these two characters, readers really get to know Josie in a way that I felt was lacking with Aiden a bit in the early books of the Covenant series.

Along for the ride in the Titan spin-off are two of my favorites from The Covenant, Deacon and Luke. These two are still at the university, along with Marcus and Solos. Their friendship with Josie was a nice bonus. I’m also glad that my gripe over the lack of people’s reactions to their relationship in The Covenant series gets fixed in this novel. The Pure’s disgust over their relationship has made them just as much outcasts as Seth. Then again, there’s a lot of racial tension in The Return thanks to the Blood Order being abolished. I hope we really delve more into this in the coming novels.

The Bad…:

As Seth and Josie begin to fall for one another, they begin to resemble Aiden and Alex. The only saving grace on this matter is that the characters themselves notice the similarities. I hope their love and commitment for one another are the only things that resemble Aiden and Alex going forward. I’d hate Seth to become squeaky clean. He’s not that guy, and I don’t want him changed. Hopefully this couple will find their own groove going forward.

Do I Recommend?

Yes! I really enjoyed The Return, and hate that I’m going to have to wait for book #2. While it is a spin-off of author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Covenant series, you don’t have to read the parent series to enjoy this book. The characters rehash what went down in enough detail to help fill you in. However, if you can read the parent series, then by all means do. Because of the similarities between Aiden/Alex and Seth/Josie, I can only give this book 4 out of 5 stars. While I really loved reading it, at times it felt like a do-over.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.1

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

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