REVIEW ✧ THE STRUGGLE

“I’m not leaving you We’re in this together, Josie … If there is anything in this world, there is us.”

☆☆☆1/2

 

A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

Yep, we’re back to the half stars. I was coming off such a high with the last book and ready for whatever this book threw at me but for a while, I wasn’t really into it. It had nothing to do with Armentrout’s writing whatsoever, it’s just what was happening was the opposite of what I wanted for maybe the first third or so of this book. It all made sense plot wise, but damn did it hurt. There are some absolute bright spots from this book and they all came in the latter half for sure, but I think because of the events in the first bit of the book it forced me to drop down my rating again. I like where we ended but not where we started, if that makes sense. Part of me feels that the missing second book syndrome was found here instead, which is ironic because Armentrout’s third book, or second to last in a series, is almost always her strongest. It’s still a good book but not really where I wanted it to be.

As always, since we’re in the middle of a series I cannot properly review this book without revealing any spoilers so a SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • Someone better alert the presses or the gods in Olympus because it finally happened: Seth Diodoros pulled his head out of his ass. I know, it’s truly shocking. But he did it. Our little God Killer realized how incredibly stupid he’s been and actually earned his redemption, or at least in my eyes he did. Am I a little pressed that he’s still going around killing people, and by people I mean Titans, when he shouldn’t? Yeah, sure. But I think because he’s doing it because of his love for Josie and doing it to protect her overall, I’m willing to overlook it. For now. I can also commend him for wanting to protect Josie from himself again, because when has Seth ever thought of anyone but himself, but it’s also important that he realized that she needs him and he can’t not be there for her. I do think his new found god status is a bit weird but it makes more sense of his feelings for aether. But it’s also important because he now knows that he can control his need and no longer confuses that want and need when it comes to Josie. At this point, I have 100% awarded Seth his redemption because he’s absolutely earned it right now. I think maybe now he just needs to work on his listening skills and we could all be good.
  • There’s something Josie did in this book that impressed me SO much and even though I already knew I loved her, this solidified it even more. When Seth found her and brought her back to the island and tried to apologize to her for leaving, rather than taking his apology point blank and forgiving him, she basically stood up for herself and her heart and gave him an ultimatum of sorts, saying that if he stays with her that he stays and he’ll be given no more chances. I respected the hell out of Josie for that and for basically making him prove that he’s worth forgiving. Seth did deserve forgiveness because his apology was outstanding, and again shows how he’s developed into a pretty selfless person now and putting Josie first constantly. But I love that even though she does love him she remained guarded before truly allowing him back in her heart. Josie never deserved to be left by him and obviously that’s gonna be something he kicks himself for constantly, and even though I hated it I think it was important for his character. It was hard to see Josie literally drained to a borderline husk because of the Titans but it made her stronger and it also added strength to her relationship with Seth. I hated what happened to her but it was needed.
  • I mentioned this about the last book, but I’m so happy that Alex and Josie are bonding so well and creating such a great relationship. Alex never had a lot of female friends and Josie never had any friends in general so to see these two come together, seeing Alex being somebody that Josie wants to talk to and be there for something so personal, almost had me flying. And especially for Josie, she always saw Alex almost as a threat to her or as someone that she could never be; Alex was stronger and prettier and shared a connection with Seth that Josie would never have. But Alex saw that Seth wasn’t the same from when she knew him and Josie saw that Alex would never be a threat to her relationship with him and I think now they’re each other’s support system. I am so here for this female friendship.
  • Armentrout actually brought Caleb back!!!! I couldn’t believe it!!! I said in my first review that if she ever brought him back I would probably cry and guess what? I cried! He was only here for a brief scene but honestly, I don’t even care. I didn’t even think I’d get him and it made me realize how much I actually missed him. JLA’s the true MVP for bringing back all of my faves and making them super relevant for the plot.

THE BAD

  • For the first time, Apollo really disappointed me in this book and basically confirmed my dislike for the god prior to all of this. I mean, I get that he doesn’t want to be near Seth and being with Josie weakens him, but at the same time he should still be doing something to help her when she was captured. I know he insists that he cares but I’m on Seth’s side for all of this because it doesn’t seem like he cares. There’s also the fact that he continues to be so cryptic and secretive with the gang but gets mad at them for what they’re doing. Like, he could’ve told them what he knows or what would happen if they killed a Titan but instead he acts like they should’ve known and gets all pissy with them anyways. I feel like he could’ve done so much more and the fact that he doesn’t answer anyone’s calls is beyond telling. I used to love Apollo so much until this very moment and honestly, he doesn’t deserve Josie as his daughter.
  • Honestly, the end of this book was the most disappointing and anticlimactic cliffhanger or plot twist I’ve seen from Armentrout. Usually, her cliffhangers or final chapters are epic and have me screaming but this time around I was just like “wait how is that the last page?” Plus it was something I saw coming out, once Josie figured out that she could see prophecies, so it didn’t feel like the kind of ending I’m used to. It could’ve been better, that’s all I’m saying.
  • This isn’t a bad point but I need someone to let Josie know that Thunder Bay is the murder capital of Canada. It’s important to me that she knows this.
  • That’s a really bad cover. Who thought that was ok? I want it burned, to be honest. Yikes.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • While there are certain things about this book that I wish could’ve been better, I feel like the character development in this one just blew everything away. It was hard in the beginning but the latter half of the book made up for it and these characters are continuing to be the true shining point of this series. If we keep this up, the final book is going to be one hell of a ride.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Struggle (Titan #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: March 20, 2017
Pages: 330 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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