The Struggle by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.
First, I love, love, love being part of JLA's ARC group! Thank you so much!
Now, I loved this book! I hadn't read the second one in the series because I like to read the series books back to back, but since I received "The Struggle", I zipped my way through the first and second books to better refresh my memory of what happened before diving into this novel.
I cannot believe what Josie is going through. Not only is she a mortal turned demi-god within a years time, but she took it all in stride and overcame all of her fears that a normal mortal would most definitely have if they were in her situation. She is a tough cookie and she is such a sweet girl. All she wants to do is help the people around her. And now she is going through a terrible time because people want to kidnap her and torture her before killing her. She is going to have to toughen up more and realize that there are moments in life where she is going to have to make the hard decisions and face reality, because otherwise it might end up costing her life in the end.
And Seth has most definitely matured as a character. The Seth you remember from the Covenant series? Yeah, this is a completely different guy. Sure, he has all of the same annoying personalities, with the same reaction to fighting and picking on everyone around him, but he is so much more now. Seth realizes that he is far more special than anyone could have ever imagined and once the shock wears off, he doesn't do things ...as... half cocked like he used to. He knows what is expected of him now and what he is capable of doing. And he knows what he wants. He's not living day to day wondering what his next mission is going to be. Now he's enjoying one day at a time, realizing just how much of a lucky bastard he really is.
This novel is so gut wrenching. Every moment of it, you are wishing that each character that is going through excruciating pain would be saved and that it can be sunshine and rainbows and unicorns. You will wish that you can just turn the page and it would all be a nightmare. But the hard fact is that this is a dark novel that will change the tone of the series from here out. You will chant for all of the characters to make it through their obstacles and become a better person from those terrible experiences.
And you will want to wring JLA's neck because she put our precious characters through a terrible time, but you will still love JLA and would never want to hurt her, because she's your favorite, all-time author.
So this book is going to take you through the emotional roller coaster - all 360 degrees of it.
There is just a slight cliffhanger at the end. Nothing like Lux series #3 (If you are a JLA die hard fan, you will know what I'm talking about). But JLA does leave us with a tiny cliffhanger that is livable. Us readers can live with this until the 4th novel is finally unveiled sometime in the (near?) future.
Readers, be prepared to have all kind of feels for this book, because if you are expecting a fluffy novel, you may want to wait until you are mentally ready to be gutted and wrenched. Just forewarning you :)
This was an amazing novel that made me love the characters so much more than I did before - and I love them all SO MUCH! So this book is of epic proportions. I'm so blessed to have been able to read this early and enjoy the amazing storyline that JLA has created. She has so much detail in this story about the Gods and Goddesses and what they can do, I can only imagine all of the preparation she takes for these novels.
I cannot wait to read more by JLA and I'm very excited for this to be released so I can buy the physical copy to be added to my personal library!
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