REVIEW ✧ THE PROPHECY

“What I feel for you increases every waking moment and sometimes that scares the hell out of me but I love you. Yesterday. Today. A thousand tomorrows from now, I will be in love with you.” 

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History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….

Well kids, we made it through another JLA series and boy was it a wild ride. I think given my past experience with Armentrout I already knew what to expect from her, especially with her series finales, but my god, I don’t think I could’ve actually been prepared for this one. And by that, I mean she made me cry. I cried over Seth. A character I once would’ve loved to see die. A character I hated beyond belief. The fact that I went from pure hatred to sobbing over this character should really say a lot about Armentrout and how much I value her as an author. I think this spinoff reminded me not only why I love Armentrout but why I love this world and I’m so happy I was able to revisit the Covenant series but in a slightly different way. I’m not gonna go as far as saying that Titan was significantly better but rather smoosh the two together to make one awesome super series. Also, if I’m being honest, this wasn’t entirely my favourite series finale from JLA since Sentinel and Opposition are like super high up there as series finales so this one just falls short, but not by much. It was still great for so many reasons and a great way to go out.

As per usual, since this is the final book in the series and I’m probably going to spoil the whole damn thing, a giant SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • The first thing I want to start with is Seth’s character. I’ve stated this so many times but I hated him in the first go around with this world and coming back, I wasn’t all too thrilled to revisit him. Sure, he redeemed himself and all that before but he was still Seth. But now, after this entire journey he’s taken in this spinoff, I will not only grant him full and complete redemption for almost everything, but I truly believe he’s a better person and a changed person too and his development is almost out of this world. You definitely see it when he’s with Josie, but it’s also in the little things, like how he didn’t immediately fight Zeus and went to help clean up Long Beach after their talk, how he didn’t go after the Titans when he would’ve in the past, how he stood before the gods and actually listened to them, and finally how he committed a truly selfless act to save Josie and the entire world to rid them of the Titans. That’s not what the old Seth would’ve done and everyone around him is seeing that too. You know that he’s really changed when Aiden says he’s proud of him, and Aiden is literally the best. But there’s also Seth’s inner monologue about how he even notes how he would’ve acted in the past but since he’s the new Seth, he knows better. He still has his moments and is still arrogant and snarky, but I enjoy it now. I really think his selfless sacrifice really set me over the edge and allowed me to truly forgive him and the fact that Zeus even said that he made the wrong choice, by being selfish rather than selfless like Seth, shows me how far he’s really come. And his love for Josie is probably the best thing that could’ve ever happened to him and it’s something I’ve believed since the beginning. I think Josie was already strong on her own without Seth but she really made him a better person because he wanted to be that for her. I don’t even need to talk about Josie because I already thought she was great from the get go and I just fell deeper in love with her as the series went on and nothing ever changed that. But Seth was the biggest standout in this book for me. I think the fact that Armentrout took this character that I literally could not stand and turned into someone that I might even love right now says a lot about her and this story and hey, even me. I’m glad she revisited this world and made Seth a better person.
  • I think this book might’ve been the one that had the balance between a paranormal YA and a NA romance that I’d been looking for in this series. It was something that I noted was missing from the first book and I didn’t really pay attention to it in the other two books, but now that I think about it, this one really had that solid balance. I always believe that Armentrout is great at balancing out her books between genres, especially when a paranormal element is involved, but it was slightly lacking with this one. But she found her stride and this had that classic JLA balance I’d been craving. I never felt overwhelmed by one or the other and it wasn’t entirely a back and forth between paranormal and romance because they went hand in hand with each other.
  • Yet again, Armentrout killed me with her plot twists. She was always great at them and it’s something I expect from her but I felt they were a bit sneakier this time around. The biggest is obviously the one involving Seth’s sacrifice, which I never saw coming in a million years and I was dead set on finishing the book off without Seth coming back, but I kept thinking “ok if she can kill Alex and still bring her back, along with Aiden and let them live happily ever after, then she HAS to do it for Seth.” And she did. It might not have been as sneaky as what Apollo did with Alex by making her a demigod but it was still really good. And it’s funny how Josie thought that the sacrifice was a test but Seth shut it down, and it actually ended up being a test. It’s not really my favourite JLA plot twist but it was still a great one because hello, I cried.
  • We actually got to see all of the gods in this one and I was so excited! Though, I’m a tad pressed Hephaestus never got a shout out or even a line but at least we saw the grand return of the disaster that is Dionysus. The scene with all of them was great.

THE BAD

  • Some of the battle scenes or solutions to end the big baddies kind of let me down, if I’m being honest. I mean, the end to the Titans didn’t really let me down but it just felt really quick, if that makes sense. I kind of expected the final battle to be slightly more dramatic but it was like “here comes the giants and they grab the Titans, boom it’s over” kind of thing. And then the thing with Ares’ sister was also weird and while I enjoyed the plot twist, it felt a tad bit last minute and again, it was another god bolt to the heart and that’s the end of that. I think from the action side of this series, it was missing that oomph that Covenant had, especially in the final battle with Ares. I’m not mad at the final outcome but it was a little too happily ever after compared to the battles I’m used to in this world.
  • I’m still really disappointed in Apollo. He definitely made up for his behaviour in the end by sacrificing himself to save Josie but he was kind of acting like the old Seth. Josie wanted nothing more than to talk to her father and to get advice and answers, but he never had the courtesy to show up. He’d talk to Seth, Aiden, and Alex, but never Josie? And the whole “you don’t understand” will never excuse his actions. I used to really love Apollo and all his adorableness, but then he reminded me how much I actually hate Apollo and lived up to all that in this one. He should’ve done better for Josie and treated her the same way he treated Alex.
  • Alex and Aiden went back to the Underworld and I’m sad. I miss them.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • This wasn’t my favourite JLA series finale, but it definitely closed out this particular series with a bang. After everything we’ve been through with Seth in Covenant, seeing him truly develop and change into a better person makes this entire series worthwhile. Although this book lacked a bit of the dramatic battles I’m used to, there was enough drama found elsewhere to make up for it and it was a great way to end out this spinoff. Now all we need is a third spinoff for Deacon and Luke and everything will be right with the world.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Prophecy (Titan #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Pages: 342 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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