Title: The Power (Titan #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub. Date: Feb. 23, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
I think it's pretty easy to guess that I'm addicted to Jennifer Armentrout's books, and the Titan series is definitely no exception! This book has all the feels and had me fangirling so hard!! This sequel is everything you could hope for in a novel, and is a definite must read for all fans of both this series as well as the Covenant series. All of our favorites return, and there is even the return of some old friends too. This book truly has it all, and is not to be missed!
“I had to prove that what he believed wasn't true. Prove that he was the total of everything he had done and not the dark things he was ashamed of, and I would do so because I loved him and accepted him for who he was, for all his faults. That was what love meant. Love fostered courage.”
Jen's writing is simply incredible, but her characters are the true standout in this novel. There is so much character development that you can easily see how much these characters matter to Jen. It's clear that every time she sits down to write her next novel, she puts her heart and soul into the story to make it the best it possibly can be for every single fan. While not terribly much happens plot-wise, this book is incredible because of the characters. There is much more focus in this novel on Josie and Seth's relationship...and you know what that means?? Drama to the max! I adored their banter and both Josie and Seth's stubbornness. This book is definitely NA, and their steamy scenes (aka sexy times) will certainly leave you fanning yourself.
Josie grows immensely over the course of this novel. She's always been feisty and reminded me of Alex, but as much as Josie wants to be Alex...she isn't. And obviously, Josie feels like she isn't as important in Seth's book because of this. But over the course of the story, she grows into herself. She becomes stronger, and realizes that she is her own person. She doesn't need to be exactly like Alex because she's amazing on her own. Josie might never be as bad-ass as Alex, but she can hold her own, and is awesome in her own ways that make everyone love her (Seth definitely included)! Seth, on the other hand, definitely has some issues in this book (but really when doesn't he have issues?). He had me cracking up so many times during this book, and I loved every time he graced us with his humor and sarcasm. But the thing I loved the most...we were able to see a much different side of him. We saw just how much he was struggling with his powers and how much he truly cares for Josie. How can he protect Josie when he's the one she needs protecting from?? There obviously is a lot of internal struggle for him, and he broke my heart sometimes with his inner thoughts.
The rest of the gang is amazing as always. I will always adore Deacon, Luke, and Apollo (even though Apollo is a god-awful father haha). There is the return of a couple of old faces, which made me very happy and will definitely make fans happy as well. The two people that return are great additions to the direction the story is taking and I'm looking forward to them being in the next book. There is a new character featured in this book, are you ready for this...
He had me cracking up with his arrogant, narcissistic ways, and he added an extra element to the novel that I really enjoyed. The banter he had with Seth was priceless, and every reader will love every second of it!
This book was well worth the year wait, but the ending killed me! I seriously need to get my hands on the next book as soon as possible because I don't know how I'm going to survive another year before I can find out what happens! The ending is brutal, and Jen has set up for a great third novel in this series. This book is fast-paced, exciting, and unforgettable. You will never see where the story is heading, and in typical Jen Armentrout style...will rip your heart heart and do the Mexican Hat Dance on it! But you'll still love every single second of it. This book is hard to put down, and will definitely not disappoint any fans of the series. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here!!