Review: The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

The Return (Titan, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

Seth was pretty much my favorite thing about the Covenant series, so I was really looking forward to The Return. However, I went into it expecting to be disappointed. The Covenant series is YA and Armentrout announced that this series would be NA. By now we all know how much I hate almost all NA books because most of them are basically just a synonym for erotica. I’m glad to report that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. With the exception of just a couple of overly graphic scenes, there was way more story to this book than most of JLA’s other NA books.

While this is a spin-off of the Covenant series, supposedly you can read it without reading the prior series. However, I would definitely recommend reading the first series before you read this book. There are a lot of references to Alex and Aiden and previous events that are not explained until over half way through this book. It has been awhile since I read the other books and I found myself confused at parts, so I don’t know what it would be like for people who have no prior knowledge of the Covenant world.

I still love Seth and enjoyed being able to see his point of view. I found Josie pretty likable as well. She is the classic JLA heroine, so basically if you like one of them, you like all of them. The story was told in alternating 1st person POV, which was fine, but their voices were pretty similar and there were often times it took me awhile to figure out who’s view we were getting.

Overall, I enjoyed The Return. I was pleasantly surprised that it read more like a YA book than an NA book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and would recommend this book to those that read the Covenant series.

Rating (out of 5)

3 stars

12 thoughts on “Review: The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

  1. I didn’t realize Covenant included Greek mythology elements. Normally I skip romance first books (sexy or otherwise), but I’m open to anything mythic. If the mythology is dealt with in an entertaining way, it’s enough to make me happy. (Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, for example.) How strong is the myth element in the Covenant series?

    Good review!

    • I’m not real familiar with mythology so it’s hard to say. The main characters of the series are descendants of demi-gods. Apollo and Ares both play major characters and a few other gods appear from time to time. There’s also Titans, that I am even less familiar with, the only one I can remember is Perses, but there’s a couple more. It might be worth giving it a try?

  2. I’ve never read a NA book before. Am I right in thinking it’s a relatively new genre? I’m sure I read something a while back about it emerging to bridge the gap between adult and young adult.

    • It is relatively new. There’s a link in my post to another post where I rant about it (I would link it here, but can’t figure out how haha). It mostly focuses on post-high school/college aged characters. Most of the books I’ve read that are “New Adult” are romance/contemporary and they’re basically YA books with Adult sex scenes – often bordering on erotica. It’s starting to branch out a little more now, I think. This book had way less graphic content than JLA’s other new adult books.

      • I went directly from the Covenant to the Return and was so disappointed I wanted to cry. I didn’t realize it went from YA to NA and it was very little action and page after page after page of Seth fantasizing about all the things he’d like to do to Josie and talking to her like she was an cheap whore. I think Alex would have kicked his ass if he tried some of the things he did with Josie. I’m an adult but I read YA because I love stories, not erotica/porn. I was well into a 100 pages before anything really interesting happened (outside of her roommate being a furie). Things didn’t even get going until the last 30 pages. I swear I’m not a prude but I just got sick of Seth wanting to throw her face down on the hood of his car, spread her legs ….and you can imagine the rest. I know he was an ass in Covenant but I really came to love his character. I don’t know if I’ll pick up the sequel.

      • I’m sorry you didn’t like it! It’s been awhile now since I read it so I don’t remember a lot of details, but I don’t remember it being super erotic. However, maybe I was just comparing it to other NA books and thought this was tamer in comparison? Though there were a few parts I thought were too much. I’ll probably be reading the next one, but I totally understand your hesitance.

  3. Hey Stephanie!! Great review. I am a big fan of the Covenant series and yes, I loved Seth. He is one of my favorite characters too!! I was looking forward to this book but, I was apprehensive because, you know, it is NA (You are right. They ARE synonyms for Erotica!!). Your review has given me a pretty good idea of the book. Now I know I can go all guns blazing and get a copy too. 🙂

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