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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.
Where to begin?!!! I have so many thoughts running through my head right now. Let me start by saying that The Power was a book that touched me deeply. It never fails, but JLA's books always get me emotional and make me cry. They make me smile, they make me happy, and most of all they give me the butterflies. With the Power, I was turning pages faster then I realized, until I came to the end of the book, only to realize hours had passed, and I had lost track of the time. This story completely drew me in, and I lost awareness of everything else that was going on around me. It was the most wonderful feeling, to be so captivated and in love with this story. The Power had it all; likable, relatable and realistically flawed characters, as well as an excellent plot filled with surprises, beautiful romance, close-knit friendships, and unpredictable plot twists. Yes, I loved every moment that I spent reading this book. It will make my list of favorite books of 2016, as well as my all-time favorite books.
This story begins in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Josie, a demigod fathered by Apollo, is residing at the dormitory in Covenant University, a place where magical beings (known as Halves and Pures) attend. Hyperion and the other Titans are a tremendous threat, and Seth, The Apollyon, as well as Luke, have been given the task to train Josie in hand to hand combat, the use of the elements, and eventually Akasha.
Josie and Seth are involved in a serious relationship. However, Seth is having trouble fighting the addictive need to feed off of Josie's aether. Josie and Seth, need to locate the other five demigods and help them unlock their powers. Then, Josie needs to join her powers with theirs, in order to entomb the Titans back to Tartarus. Along the way, they will have to face the external challenges of a volatile and dangerously escalating feud between the Halves and bigoted Pures, as well as Shades, Daimons, and Titans. They will also have to deal with their internal issues, including jealousy, insecurity, and feeling unworthy of love. Will Josie and Seth be able to rise up to and conquer so many challenges that are working against them, and find lasting happiness together?
The Titan Series is a spin-off of the Covenant Series, and I was delighted to be reunited with this mythology based world, as well as getting to spend time with beloved characters, Deacon, Luke, Solos, Alex Sr., Laadan, Apollo, and most of all Alex and Aiden! All of these characters had significant parts to play in Seth and Josie's story, as well as some fun and very interesting new characters! Ms. Armentrout brought all of these characters to life, and it was as if I was reading about real people.
As a couple, I loved the dynamic of Seth and Josie's relationship. They were always flirting, joking, teasing, and challenging one another. I was constantly entertained by these two who were so protective, adoring, and thoughtful of each other. The deep emotional connection, and physical connection that Ms. Armentrout painted between these two was visceral, passionate, and full of swoon. The thread of loyal friendship was another dynamic I loved in the story. I felt like I was a part of the group, as these characters joked with one another, supported each other through tough times, and stood side by side in battle. Many of the threads in this story had themes that readers will be able to relate to in their lives, such as justice, moral integrity, feelings of abandonment from childhood, and working to be a better version of one's self.
I give, The Power, by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 5 Feverish Passion, Magical Peril, Seth's Agapi, Deep and Tender Emotion Filled Stars! This story ended in a dreaded cliffhanger! I need the next book now! I don't know how I'm going to wait a whole year to find out what happens next, but this series has taken the number one spot of my wish list. As you can see, I think The Power was absolutely brilliant, and cannot recommend it enough. If you enjoy getting lost in a story filled with magic, Greek Mythology, well liked and multi-layered characters, as well as white hot romance, then this story (and series) is a must-read!!!
# 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.