Friday, May 27, 2016

Tori Review - "The Power" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

Happy Friday, Biblionerds!



I'm going to be out of town until Tuesday so you'll
 be seeing my lovely Contributor Tori with a few 
reviews for you all until I get back! Enjoy the weekend!



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Title: The Power
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: NA Fantasy

Publication: February 23, 2016
Pages: 344

Summary: 

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.




My heart almost couldn’t take the end of this book. I am now rocking the can’t-hardly-breathe-puffy-red-eyes look after the last few chapters. Emotionally spent…and now I have to wait a year, a whole freaking year for the next book! Excuse me while I grumble and sniffle for a few moments, but Armentrout just punched me right in the feels. Sigh.

Now that I have gathered up my woooosahhh, I can attempt to write a suitable review.

The first book in the Titan series, The Return, was like a gift of Daemon Black caliber for this girl. I was elated by the fact that Seth finally got to tell his story. Enter Apollo’s daughter, Josie, and the reader is then introduced to born demigods that are now needed to defeat the Titans that have escaped Tartarus (basically hell inside the Underworld).

The Power begins a few weeks after Josie’s powers have been awakened from (***spoiler of the first book***) experiencing a mortal death that created enough mojo to knock Hyperion out of the game for a spell. Now rocking immortal status and the ability to control all five elements, Josie must learn to control her new abilities while navigating some rocky terrain where her feelings for Seth are concerned.

Like a recovering addict, Seth has to contend with the constant and near overwhelming allure of aether pumping through those around him without losing his marbles and becoming the monumental ass we all knew and wanted to smack from The Covenant series. He knows that being around Josie is dangerous to her, but letting her go proves to be more difficult than he imagined. Believe me, even though you get to hear his side of things now…you will still want to throat punch him from time to time. But when Josie proves that she is willing to put Seth first, Armentrout finally allows us a deeper glimpse into his past as his carefully constructed walls finally start to crumble.

I was happy to see that it wasn’t a love-forgives-all scenario in this book and that when a moment arises when Josie must decide if she can forgive one heinous act on Seth’s part…she stumbles. She proves that nothing is ever as black and white as it appears.

Now, on to my supreme annoyance with those that are bashing the more adult aspects of The Power. Let me be the one to point out that this book is labeled NEW ADULT for a reason. This is not a YA novel. Therefore, sex scenes will undoubtedly happen. The characters have all aged and are now adults. Get over it. I thought the steamy scenes were wonderfully crafted and I for one absolutely marveled at Seth’s restraint. Kudos to the Apollyon.

I am also thrilled to report that Alex and Aiden make a comeback in this installment and Armentrout did a wonderful job of knowing just when to crank up the holy-cannoli-drama-factor by dumping them back in just when emotions and violence are at an all time high.

5 quills to The Power! The third book, The Struggle, is not due to be released until March of 2017. Note my complete and utter sadness at this news.

Happy reading of other books that aren’t The Struggle until then!

Tori


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