Updated: Jan 22
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Book #2 in the Titan series
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.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Mythical Exciting
The Power by Jennifer L Armentrout is the second book in the Titan series, which is a New Adult spin-off from Jennifer's Young Adult Covenant series. This series goes back and forth between two different narrators: Seth, the Apollyon, charged to protect Apollo's daughter, and newly powered up demigod, and Josie, the demigod in question. Along with training and preparing to find the other demigods and defeating the Titans, Seth and Josie's intense chemistry and feelings for one another lead to something neither saw coming.
The Power was nothing short of amazing. The Titan series could easily lean on the Covenant plot, but it doesn't. Sure, things that happened in the Covenant series ARE important here, but there is no copy and pasting in this story. The Power is full of action, love, sex, betrayal, joy, heartbreak, and sacrifice. All of it woven together to make a hell of a book, with a bit of a cliffhanger ending.
We get some interesting character arcs in The Power. Josie, having her powers awoken, is stronger now. Her training is coming along, and while she isn't as adept at fighting as the others, she can protect herself when she has to. Her strength is more than physical though. Her biggest strength comes from within, which leads her to doing some things she never thought she would be able to do. She stands up for what is right, no matter the cost. All of this, and she still hasn't lost that softness, the mortal moral compass she has that Seth is drawn to. Speaking of Seth, what an arc for him. Seth struggles in this book. In the Covenant series, we don't see too much of his vulnerable side, but we do in The Power. Everyday is a constant battle for his character to do the right thing. It's one of the reasons I like Seth so much. He is dangerously flawed, but in a way, he is the most human of all the characters. It's human to doubt ourselves, and struggle between right and wrong. By the end of the book, he is still flawed. He is still walking the line of good and bad.
The romance heated up big time too. Can I just say, I'm totally in love with Josie and Seth together? The softer side of Seth that comes out when it's just the two of them adds so much to Seth's very multi-layered character.
We can't forget our favorite side characters! We don't get too much of Luke, Deacon, Apollo and Solos ... not as much in the last book, but we get enough. But ... spoiler alert ... we do get Aiden and Alex! It's nice to see them back "topside" for a little bit, and see that they are still happy after everything they have been through.
The Power is a thrilling addition to the Titan series, and leads to SO many questions. That ending was wonderful, and while not as big as some of the cliffhangers Jennifer Armentrout has tortured her fans with in the past *cough cough* Origin, Rage and Ruin, Deity, Stone Cold Touch *cough cough*, it still leaves me unable to wait for the next book. So, while you hopefully start reading this series, I'm going to jump into the next book. :)
Seth's surprise birthday party, with Deacon's addition of penis balloons
Josie using her powers against the Pures who were going to attack her and Colin
Apollo once again popping in when Seth and Josie are making out
Deacon comforting Josie when Seth breaks up with her
AIDEN AND ALEX
Josie killing a daimon for the first time
Josie telling Seth she loved him, and afterwards they have sex for the first time
Hercules ... hahahaha
Seth becoming the God Killer and taking out Atlas, Josie being the only one who calmed him down afterwards
Seth and Josie making love before he leaves
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Seth: "I liked that."
Josie: "So did I."
A big, goofy smile tugged at my lips
Josie: "I think you get more today."
His hand slid around to the nape of my neck.
Seth: "I think I should get more every day."
Josie: "Of course you do, but today is different."
Understanding rippled across his features, a slight widening of his eyes and nostrils. A moment of surprise, and seeing that caused pain to flicker through my chest, because he hadn't expected me to remember.
Seth expected so very little sometimes.
Josie: "Happy Birthday."
Josie: "I wanted to get you something, but Amazon doesn't really deliver out here, so ..."
Seth: "You know what?"
Folding his other arm around my waist, he rolled me onto my back and slid on top of me.
Seth: "You've already given me enough."
My brows rose
Josie: "I haven't -"
Seth: "You have."
He lowered his mouth to mine, and when he kissed me there was nothing soft or slow about it. Seth nipped at my lower lip, eliciting a sharp gasp from me.
Seth: "Mmm. You give me that sound."
My breath came out in short bursts as he shifted his weight onto his left arm and rose just far enough that here was the smallest space between us. Those agile fingers worked at the straps of my top until they circled my wrists.
I watched, in a daze, as he lowered his head and kissed the odd scar that remained after Apollo had unbound my powers.
Seth: "You gave ,e these. And they're the gift that keeps on giving."
Josie: "You're a perv."
Seth: "I'm just speaking the truth."
His mouth closed over a tip and his tongue did wicked, delightful things.
Seth: "Best damn birthday gift I've ever gotten."
Seth: "Get that sweet ass up and ready. Time to get to work."
Josie: "Just because you're a Pollyanna, Sethie, doesn't mean you can boss me around."
He shot me a bland look.
Seth: "Apollyon, Joe. Repeat after me. Apollyon."
I grinned. His eyes narrowed.
Seth: "You drive me crazy."
Sidestepping him, I looked over my shoulder as I headed to the small adjoining bathroom.
Josie: "In a good way?"
Josie: "I know I have the power. Duh."
I arched a brow
Seth: "Yeah, you know you do, but you don't really believe it or trust yourself. If you did, you wouldn't be setting every damn thing on fire every time you get horny."
Her cheeks flushed pink
Josie: "I do not!"
Josie: "That was like once or twice."
She threw up her hands
Josie: "Okay, maybe four times. I didn't this morning. Then again, maybe that just means you were slacking."
Seth: "Is that so? Me slacking?"
Seth: "Babe, if you'd been any more ready this morning, the whole damn dorm would've caught on fire."
Seth: "Got a new nickname for you."
Josie: "Oh. I can't wait to hear this."
Seth: "Anytime you get around me, you get so ready, I'm just going to start calling you Slip 'N Slide."
She choked on a strangled laugh.
Josie: "Oh my God, that's terrible. If I ever hear you say that again, I might hurt you, Seth. For real."
Group: "Happy Birthday!"
I couldn't stop staring at all of the ... balloons. Red. White. Yellow. Some were shaped like ... penises? My gaze narrowed on a red one that was a good ten inches long with - yep - with balls as the base. Penis balloons.
Deacon: "You're awestruck, aren't you? Told you, Luke. The balloons sealed the deal."
Luke: "I had nothing to do with the balloons."
Deacon: "That was all me. All. Me."
As Deacon got to work slicing up the rest of the cake, I reached around Josie and gently tugged on her ponytail. When she leaned into me, I circled my arm around her and lowered my mouth to her ear.
Seth: "No one has ... has ever done this for me."
Josie pulled back, her eyes searching mine.
Josie: "Done what? Celebrate your birthday?"
I shook my head.
Seth: "No. This ... this is a first."
The hue of her blue eyes deepened and then she stretched up, kissing my cheek.
Josie: "It's the first of many, Sethie. Get used to it."
Closing my eyes, I pressed my forehead against the side of hers. Damn. I knew three things right then. I didn't deserve that. I didn't deserve her. And I didn't have the heart to tell her this birthday would probably be our first and our last.
Josie: "You don't think I can do this, do you?"
His gaze held mine for a moment and then his lashes lowered, shielding his eyes.
Seth: "One of the things I like about you so much, Josie, is that you are so very mortal despite what and who you are."
Josie: "I'm not sure if that's a compliment or not."
Seth: "It is."
Deacon: "You know, I've done a lot of weird things - things you probably don't want to hear about. But stalking a librarian is pretty weird."
I looked over at him.
Josie: "As weird as doing my father?"
His eyes narrowed.
Deacon: "Okay. That's one of those weird things you probably don't want to know about."
I snorted like a little piglet. That was so very true.
Josie looked way too innocent sitting there with her hands folded primly in her lap and her knees pressed together. I don't think I'd ever seen her so ... still. Or her face to perfectly blank.
Something was definitely up.
And why was she with Cole-Ben-whatever-the-fuck his name was?
Solos: "What's going on?"
I eyed them as I crossed my arms over my chest.
Seth: "I have a feeling I'm not going to like what I'm about to hear."
I paused, letting my gaze slide to the half next to Josie.
Seth: "Sitting a little close to her, aren't you, bud?"
The guy immediately scooted to the right while Josie frowned.
Marcus arched a brow as he glanced back at the two on the bench.
Marcus: "There was an altercation between them and two pure-bloods."
I didn't care what it looked like or what anyone thought. One second I was standing near Solos, and then I was in front of Josie, kneeling down so we were eye level.
Seth: "Are you okay?"
Josie: "I'm fine."
Seth: "What happened?"
Josie: "Well ..."
Colin: "She was going to the cafeteria to get something to eat. I was heading back to my dorm when I saw her. Alone. And with everything going on, I didn't think it was safe for her to be out here and I ..."
Seth: "I don't think I asked you."
Solos: "Why don't you just piss around her?"
Raising a hand, I flipped him off without looking back at him.
Seth: "I'm also not talking to you."
Solos: "Well, it really isn't a big deal then? Here I was thinking she set someone on fire."
Josie's lips pursed.
Josie: "I only almost did that once."
Seth: "On a serious note, you okay with people around here finding out what you are?"
Josie: "I guess. I mean, I don't really have an option at this point. What do you think?"
Seth: "I think it will be okay. And if not, if you get mad, you'll just blow them all away while trying to drown them."
Josie: "Shut up."
Seth: "Or maybe one of Apollo's powers will surface, and you'll turn them into bushes that smell like cat pee. That's what he always threatens to do to me."
Josie: "Don't come in here! Don't you dare come in here!"
Apollo: "Wasn't planning to."
Groaning, I eased her hand away from my dick and rolled to the side. I helped her fix her bra and top before pushing off the bed.
Apollo: "You two are taking really long in there."
Seth: "Really? Do you have some kind of sick sense for this?"
I tucked myself back in and pulled up my zipper. Apollo was the damn God of Cock Blocking, and one of his powers was delivering blue balls.
Apollo: 'It's not my fault that every time I come to visit, you're trying to get with my daughter."
Josie: "Oh my God. This is so weird and so not cool. I'm going to need years of therapy because of this."
Seth: "You and me both."
Apollo snorted from the living room.
Apollo: "You could definitely benefit from therapy, Seth, and it has nothing to do with this."
Lifting my head, my hands stilled st the belt while my lips pursed.
Josie grabbed her hooded sweatshirt and tugged it over her head. She glanced at me.
Her voice was low as she touched my chest with the tip of her finger, tracing the design.
Josie: "I can still see your glyphs. It's beautiful."
I caught her hand and lifted it to my mouth. I kissed her palm.
Seth: "As soon as he leave, we're starting over."
Apollo: "I heard that. And it makes me want to ensure that starting over leads nowhere for you."
Josie: "Oh my God."
Josie: "I couldn't even sense you when you showed up. Why don't I get some kind of cool internal warning system?"
Apollo: "You do. But you're new at this and I'm going to hazard a guess here and say you were too distracted to recognize what you were feeling."
Josie: "Oh. That's kind of awkward."
Apollo: "The only hold-up is getting one of them here."
Seth: "Of course."
He shot me a wry look.
Apollo: "It's going to take some finagling. With the exception of our most recent offspring, demigods have been forbidden to enter the mortal realm for thousands of years. Their presence could have ... consequences."
Josie: "Of course."
Apollo: 'I do not like how similar you two are becoming."