Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Tour: The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Return

Titan #1

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

February 16, 2015 

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Finished Copy for a honest review

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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.

My Thoughts:

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.

My Rating:

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!!!  

My Favorite Quotes:

"His touch...I don't know if it was because of what he was or because of who he was, it was like lightening in a bottle for my senses.  From the moment he'd touch me, my body warmed--liquid heat pooled deep in my core and simmered in my veins.  My breathing became more shallow with each passing moment and a different kind of ache invaded my body."  


"I wanted what I'd never had.  Real companionship.  Loyalty.  Friendship.  Her.  Me.  No third parties.  Just us.  A future. A tomorrow.  Salvation.  And that made my fucking chest compress, because I didn't even know what to do with all of that."    


Book Excerpt:

This was so not normal. I squeezed my eyes shut, and when I reopened them, Seth was still there. My palms were getting clammy, and in the back of my head, a horrible little voice had picked up in the background. You’ve gone off the deep end. This is it. You’re totally crazy. “Is this real?” 

His brows knitted. “This is real.” 

It couldn’t be. There was no way any of this was real. I dragged in a breath, but it got stuck, and I looked around wildly as a flutter of panic began in my chest. We were outside, but there were invisible walls closing in. Schizophrenia—one of the main symptoms was hallucinations—seeing things that weren’t there. I could’ve totally conjured up a hot guy who thought he was a polly- poo. “I need air.” 

He was frowning. “You have air. You’re—” 

“No!” My voice exploded harshly. “I need air. Space. I need space!” 

For a moment, he didn’t move, and the flutter of panic in my chest turned into a freaking bird of prey, clawing at me from the inside. He must’ve read something in my expression, because he actually backed off. 

Flying off the wall, I took a step to my left and tripped over my forgotten bag. I wheeled around, my foot getting tangled up in the strap. Seth shot forward, catching my arm before I turned into a flailing Muppet. 

“Hold on,” he said gruffly, bending over. Within a second, he had my bag detached from my foot. “There you go.” 

The moment I was free, I yanked on my arm and he let go. I started backing up, trying to get my throat and chest to unconstrict. “This isn’t real.” 

This whole thing was a hallucination. My head had drummed up this Seth. Maybe Jesse hadn’t even been meeting me in the library. Maybe none of this was real. I knew—I knew—it was possible. I’d witnessed week-long episodes where Mom thought we were in NYC or in China, even though we hadn’t left the house. Or when she would talk to people who weren’t there, hold entire conversations with them. 

Holding my bag in his hand, he straightened. “Josie—” 

I spun around and ran. I ran faster than I ever had before, maybe even faster than Erin could run, and I didn’t look back to see if the apolloanna gave chase. Muscles strained and my arms pumped. People I passed were blurs. I thought I heard someone shout my name. I didn’t stop running when I hit the steps leading to my dorm or when I barreled past the occupied couches in the lobby. I only skidded to a stop once I’d slammed my hand on the elevator button. 

I was going crazy. My brain had just shit the bed on me.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. 

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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  1. I'm extremely excited for this one, and your review just made me even more anxious to get ahold of this one! I always enjoy a good Greek mythology story, so can't wait for this one either! Great review!

  2. I can't wait to read this book. I love this author. Great review.

  3. I was so happy the day JLA announced that Seth was getting his own series! Such a great review and I'm right there with you about The Covenant series being a favorite, it's mine too! I love the greek mythology world, especially when JLA is the author. I have The Return on my kindle, but I just need to sit down and read away!

  4. Great review, I cant wait to read this book! I love every single one of Jens books I know this one will be great as well!

  5. Love your review. I've got this on my TBR list after I finish the Covenant series :-)

  6. Great review!! I've been looking forward to this book!

  7. Awesome review I almost have all of JLA books except for the convenant series. I now what am I waiting for to get them hopefully I can get them soon! Thanks for the awesome review Lindy

  8. YES! I cannot wait to read this book! I started and finished the Covenant series just a couple of months ago, in a week. It was absolute perfection for me, and it broke my heart when it ended. Then I saw THIS beauty, and I have been drooling over it ever since. And I am so stinkin happy that you loved it. Thank you so much for participating in this tour, and the giveaway!

  9. Great review, glad you liked the book. I've read about 9 of Jennifer's books (I think), but I haven't read the Covenant series, so I definitely want to read that, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. your review has made me so excited to read this book! <3

  11. Can`t wait to read it, sounds amazing. I really love her books!

  12. I'm a huge fan of anything Mythology and love JLA's writing, so I am super excited about this read <3 Your review has only made me more excited.
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  13. I cant wait to read this. Absolutely love the covenant series. So excited to get back into that world. I always love JLA's books.

  14. I can't wait to read it! I'm sure this one will rock my world too.

  15. I love the review i am real excited to read this book denise smith

  16. Thank you for your honest review!

  17. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the review!

  18. I do enjoy stories based on Greek mythology.


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