Feb 2, 2016

The Power by @JLArmentrout {Review}

The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout
(Titan, #2)
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 344 pages
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.

If you have NOT read The Return please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

The Power definitely ramped up the sex. It ramped up a lot of things. We see personal battles, Titan battles, Daimon battles, Pures vs Half-Blood battles – all kinds of battles. Some don’t have happy endings while some make you optimistic. You’ll laugh (a lot), you’ll cry (a few times), you’ll cheer (a few times, as well) and you’ll become depressed (on more than one occasion) but one thing this book does is it certainly entertains the hell out of you. I’m just trying to decide if I liked it more than the Return or not.

Here’s what I did like. Deacon and Luke. As a couple and as individual’s – these two are my favorites. They are two I would want to be friends and really, out of all the characters, these are the two I’d really want by my side. Anything happens to either of them and my heart will be shattered in to a million pieces. JLA – don’t do it. Please. I liked the return of Alex and Aiden though I’m not the biggest fans of theirs. I wasn’t in their books and that hasn’t changed. Seth has been my guy since he was introduced. That hasn’t changed either but I like the dynamics they bring. The relationship between Josie and Seth is a rough one. Things are all over the place with them but one thing we know for sure – it doesn’t take much to get him in hard in regards to her. Damn, the amount of boners he has – I should re-read it and keep count. It’s ridiculously hilarious.

It was hard to put this book down, for the most part. Most things were predictable but it was still enjoyable. Josie has definitely grown, in more than one area, since we first met her. She’s got quite a bit more bite than she used to.

There are a few new characters introduced, including some demigods, one who a hoot and annoying as all hell at the same time. You’ll understand. Trust me.

Is there a cliffhanger? Absolutely. Is it bad? Not really. I mean, it leaves us hanging but I don’t think it’s close to being as bad as most other series books I read. It’ll make you want more, which is their purpose but it doesn’t leave you stressing too badly.

The first book wasn’t nearly as adult as this book so I do caution younger readers to reading this. There are some pretty explicit scenes, detailed, in this book.

Thank you so much to Spencer Hill Press, InkSlinger PR and Jennifer L. Armentrout for allowing the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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