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The Return ~ Book Review

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout index

Illustrated by: N/A

Series: The Titan Novel (Book #1)

Published: Hodder, February 2015

Edition: Paperback

Print Length: 335 pages

Narrated By: N/A

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythological Fiction, Romance, Adult Fiction, Greek Mythology

Where Did I Get It? I kindly received a copy from the publisher in return for this review.

Blurb: A year ago, Seth made a deal with the gods – and pledged his life to them. Now, Apollo has a task for Seth: one which sees him playing protector over a beautiful, feisty girl who’s strictly off-limits. And for someone who has a problem with restraint, this assignment might be Seth’s most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal is, but he arrives in her life just as everything she’s ever known is turned upside down. Either she’s going insane, or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is heading her way.

Josie can’t decide which is more dangerous: an angry Titan seeking vengeance? Or the golden-eyed, secretive Seth – and the white-hot attraction developing between them…

Opening Line(s):

The mansion was as silent as I wished the inside of my head could be. No noise – not even a ragged inhale of breath or a whispered word. Truly blissful.

My Review: I have wanted to read a book by Jennifer L. Armentrout ever since I saw the gorgeous covers of her Covenant series so when I got the opportunity to review the first in her new spin-off Titan series I was more than a little excited. For a start I was a bit in love with the cover. This woman has some fab cover designers is all I can say!

First up, although this is a spin-off, you can come at it having not read the other series. There is enough back story filled in that everything in The Return makes sense and you don’t feel out of your depth at all – something many people don’t manage in spin-off series.

Overall I enjoyed the book but there were a few things that bugged me all the way through. The romance was a bit predictable and some of the language used was over the top. I’m fairly sure no single person in the book was ever described as just having blue or brown eyes – they were all ‘whiskey’ or ‘amber’ or even ‘denim’ in description. It got a bit irritating after a while and I wanted to take a red pen to it and cross every other one (at least) out.

The entire book was a big mass of ‘JUST GET IT ON ALREADY’ but both of the characters were holding back for their own reasons for the entire book and by the end I was done caring whether they got it on or not, I just wanted them to shut up about it. Which isn’t really the emotions I think I was supposed to be feeling.

That said, the main plot of the book carried it through and I am still planning on reading the next instalment when it comes out if I can get my hands on it. The battle between the gods and the titans is intense and the way all the other characters fit into it is intriguing and exciting. The fight scenes were dramatic and exciting and I was totally dragged into the story despite my initial misgivings.

My brain has totally pictured Seth as Thor though. Just without the cape and hammer. I’m sure this will upset the multitudes of Seth fans that there appears to be out there but hey ho.

My Rating: 3.5/5*

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