June Book Haul!

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As you can see, I went out of character and bought three paperbacks on kind of a whim. I mean, when the kindle copy is $10.99 and the paperback is $7, you kind of let logic guide your mouse, lol. These three have been on my to-read list for what feels like millennia, so the fact that they should be arriving in a few days has me feeling like:

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And with new books to read, that means I’ll finally be able to post some reviews again. And that makes me want to get down like my friend Napoleon here.

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Comment below if any of these titles are on your to-read list, or if you’ve already had a crack at one or all three. I’d love to know what you thought of it/them!

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The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout review

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Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

REVIEW

It’s no secret that I am a serious addict when it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. I mean seriously, no one can compare to her. I admire and respect her from a reader’s stand point and also an author’s, because there truly is something to be said about clean, crisp writing. And Jen is the master of it.

The Return was no exception.

What did I love about this book? EVERYTHING. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Every detail in this book had me enraptured. Not a single page was left without a purpose, and I was totally hooked throughout the story.

The book in question picks up a year after the end of the Covenant series. But don’t worry. You don’t have to read all of the Covenant books to understand this spin-off. Those events are explained in a pretty little package at some point in the book so that you get the gist of all that happened to make Seth the way he is. Speaking of Seth…

Wowza. In the dictionary under this word, you will see a picture of Seth, our leading man in The Return. I seriously missed Seth from the Covenant series. Since his introduction there, he’s been one of my favorite characters. Snarky, sexy, raw, and overall just ridiculous in how perfect he is, I was a Seth girl from day one. This book only increased my addiction to him. And though a moment ago I said he was flawless in a physical sense, I can’t say the same for, ahem, other things.

Seth is scarred. And broken. And well, lets admit it, a huge beautiful mess. Reading from his point of view in this brand new series really had me seeing a whole other side of him. But I love him more for his flaws, for his self-loathing and overall dislike for himself. I know that sounds demented, but hearing him berate his own self for his past actions just showed what a truly selfless person he is, and the fact that yes, he DOES have morals, much to his disagreement. Ugh, I just wanted to hug the idiot when he did put himself down. But aside from all that I love about his personality, I also loved his interactions with Josie and their easy playfulness with each other. He always brings humor to rather dark situations, and I love that about him. But that’s enough of me talking about Seth. Don’t want to ruin all of his yummy details for you, lol.

That brings me to Josie. Ah, poor Josie. The girl was just trying to finish up college and then she has to have her world obliterated by none other than Seth. Who, lets admit, is not the best at delivering harsh news. He’s not a sugar coater, that’s for freaking sure. But man…Josie was a champ. She’s the type of heroine that I love. Sassy, yet sweet. Vulnerable, but had a voice and she used it when it was important. She wasn’t ‘in your face’, nor too docile. She was the perfect mix of the two that made you feel like any girl reading the story could relate to her in some way. Josie – to me – is going to be a universally received character.

In other words, I loved her. She was fantastic. I also loved her interactions with Seth. He was (oddly) very gentle with her, which freaked a lot of people out in the book who knew him before. If you’ve read about Seth in the Covenant series, then you know this guy can be described as anything BUT gentle. I think that’s why I loved this story so much, though. The two MC’s were so perfect for each other that simply being together brought out their best qualities. Josie gave Seth a softer, more patient side, and I think Seth made Josie feel like there are things in this world worth fighting for. That it’s okay to have the confidence to take a stand.

He made her brave.

She made him human.

AH! I’m getting the feels just talking about these two. But anyways… This book was perfection and the most brilliant start to this (sure to be freaking AMAZING) series. The writing was flawless, the pace flowed beautifully, and the story was intricate enough to keep your attention, but not overdone to where you felt confused or bored. If you pick this book up, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. It has a little something for everyone.

The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout = 5 unbelievable stars

“Need A Little Help From My Friends”

Like a lot of writers, I need inspiration. I’m driven by it and love when something I see, hear, or experience gives me a spark of creativity. Lately, though, I have been lacking greatly in this department. My biggest source for inspiration usually comes from books. Yeah, huge shocker, right? But really, other people’s works are a great source of inspiration for me. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find a good book to sink my teeth into lately. This is where you lovely people come in 😉

I would love, and I mean ABSOLUTELY LOVE if you guys could recommend me a good YA romance. I don’t care if it’s just romance, paranormal romance, or what. I just want a really good YA read to give me a bit of a push to get me out of this horrible writing slum I’ve been in. All of your suggestions will be highly appreciated!

From Gods by Mary Ting review

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Synopsis:

Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? It’s not from Mother Nature. It is most likely from Mason Grand, swoon-worthy demigod, one of Zeus’s descendants.

Skylar Rome is supposed to be having the best summer ever before she heads off to college. Little did she know, her whole life was about to change while visiting her cousin. Nearly drowning at the beach due to unknown forces, one of the Grand brothers she’d just met, Mason, saves her life. Cool, collected, mysterious, and dangerously good-looking, Skylar is drawn to him from the start. Though she knows he is the type of guy good girls stayed away from, it seems he is always saving her life, and the attraction was inevitable.

Upon meeting the brothers, strange things begin to happen. When she accidentally kills one of the brothers, it throws her life into turmoil, as they search to find the answers. Implausibly, she gets caught up in a world of the decedents of ancient gods, all who have super powers. Not only is her discovery difficult to accept, evil beings are after her. Running out of time and running for her life, she must unravel a mystery. What do they want from her? Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will she find the answers, or will she die trying?“

REVIEW

Ever since The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I’ve loved the whole gods mythology thing. I just think the world of dysfunctional gods is funny and intriguing, and so now I actively look for the genre. And it came as no surprise when I came across “From Gods” on my recommended page on Amazon.

From Gods is about Skylar Rome, a recent high school graduate who’s staying with her aunt and cousin for the summer. Since her aunt is short staffed at her diner, Skylar and her cousin offer to help out. On her first day, the Grand brothers come in and Skylar can tell right away that something isn’t right about them. Not only that, but she’s more than positive that the youngest Grand brother was the cop that pulled her over the day before for seemingly no reason. When curious events start happening that threaten Skylar’s life on more than one occasion, she starts questioning herself and her family ancestry. And though he’s always there to save her, Mason seems to absolutely despise Skylar. The questions soon get answers in “From Gods.”

I thought this book was an interesting take on Greek mythology. Every author seems to spin in it in a different way, and I liked Ms. Ting’s version. Being well rounded, thought out, and having good plot twists made this an enjoyable read for me. I like being surprised, and figuring out who Skylar was was a fun mystery to unravel. I thought Skylar herself was a relatable and fun character who took the whole Greek gods thing in a very real way: fearful. If I was her, I’d probably freak out and then run for the hills. But she’s the kind of girl that’s wants answers and will get them, no matter how harsh the reality.

Then we have the Grand brothers. Seemingly mysterious with their model good looks and lack of parents. But their obvious wealth just adds to their charm. From the beginning I liked Nick, the second to youngest brother of the four. I thought he was fun  and lightened up the story when things were getting a bit dismal. Now Mason on the other hand took some getting used to. I wasn’t a fan of his wishy washy personality or his rudeness towards Skylar. It seemed like he’d want her one second and then one page later he’d talk himself out of it. This cycle happened at least six times in the book. Skylar also talked herself into thinking he liked her more than just a, well whatever they were to each other, friend isn’t the right word, to then just up and dismiss the idea because of one of Mace’s rude gestures. I can get maybe doing the “does he like me?” thing once or twice. But SIX TIMES on both of their parts? That was getting a bit annoying to be honest. Another thing I wasn’t crazy about was Remus and Everett, the oldest of the Grand brothers. Just…eh. Not a fan AT ALL. If you read it you’ll understand.

My final pet peeve was the end of the book. More specifically, the last ten pages or so. The whole book Mason is closed off and emotionally unavailable, and then all of a sudden he’s saying stuff and basically pouring out his heart about whatever and it just doesn’t work. The disconnect was too much and I thought some of it was just the biggest ball of cheese I’ve ever read. But then again I’m a girl that likes a bit of reality, even if the book is a work of fiction. It’s not like you’d be saying half the crap Mason did towards the end in real life. Heck, it didn’t even make any sense for him to say it in the book. But, whatever. Just my view.

From Gods by Mary Ting = 3.5 stars