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…
The struggle is real people! Oh yes, when I finished this book there was a mighty struggle! I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR TO FIND OUT HOW THIS PLAYS OUT?! Say what?
It's not a cliffhanger so much as revelation of things to come. One that makes you scream! Then pretend to throw your reading device (but then pet your iPad because you love it too much to throw). And finally, cry because you know you have to WAIT to find out how this brilliant author is going to figure out the mess the characters are in. *sigh*
Obviously, I love the characters. I re-read books one and two right before I read this one and I laughed so much. I adore Seth. Anyone who looks down on him, judges him or thinks he's not good enough for Josie is gonna have to go through ME. So sometimes that's even Seth. He needs to have his own behind kicked a few times. I love that he feels bad for the bad choices he's made in the past. I adore that he tries hard to do the right thing now. I want to kick his behind when he still makes the wrong choice. But I so want to snuggle him. He needs it. And he so loves to snuggle. He loves Josie with all his heart and he's willing to do anything to protect her. Talk about some character development. I thought he'd come a long way in The Covenant series. He's made even more progress (and I do mean growth here) in this book. This book was just as enlightening to the series as Deity was to The Covenant series. And Seth is at the center of that.
Now Josie is the heart of the book, as well she should be. Her struggle is very hard on her. And she's so strong. Who would have thought this girl that couldn't fight and thought she was going to college for Psychology just a short time ago could have come so far. She is a force to be reckoned with and I'm so proud of her. Her strength is not always about the fight but about the will. And her ability to stand up to Seth? Legendary! So strong this girl is.
I so enjoyed seeing Alex and Aiden some more. Deacon and Luke were so much fun to have around. I love that the characters are all dear friends that I feel like I know and would love to spend time with. It's nice to see them happy as couples. And there is another character I loved so much from The Covenant series that makes an appearance in this one. I screamed when he showed up. Makes me smile.
What about the story? Talk about tear my heart out of my chest story! Some books I read straight threw and some books I must pace. This one is the latter. I needed time for my heart to deal with the emotions that this books stirred in me. But it called to me every time I put it down. It was back in my hands the next day. And I was cheering for these two. Hoping. Praying.
Story? Double check.
It's just so good, guys! The emotions, the scary Titans, the struggle to find things, the need to fix things - it's all so brilliantly woven into an emotional story that both satisfies and has you longing for more. I want the rest. I want book four. I want to sit and read all four books in order as I drink up every drop of this series. Of Seth. Of Josie. And I know in my heart that I love every last moment of it!
If you've read the rest, you'll want this too. If you haven't read the rest, what are you waiting for???
After finishing The Power last year, I was in serious need of The Struggle. If you've read The Power YOU KNOW why. So I was so ready to dive into this book when it landed on my kindle. I didn't know what was in store (though I was hoping for some great Sethie moments), but I figured it was of course going to be great. But Y'ALL. This. Book. It blew my mind. And yes, I loved it.
There are several elements that made this novel great. The first of which was, of course, the characters. We have Josie, who's strong and loyal, and I love how she stands up for Seth. She's on his side, always. She's also reasonable and smart and brave, and I totally admire her. Then there's Seth -- and may I say that I am in awe of how much he has grown. Throughout the series in general, but ESPECIALLY in this book. I've always been a Seth fan, but I swear I fell in love with his character all over again in this book. Love him, love him, love him.
Another strong element was the romance, which never fails to set my heart aflutter. I adore Seth and Josie together, and I especially enjoyed how much stronger their relationship became in this book. They've always been a couple I was rooting for, but now they've gone up a few levels and I am so HAPPY.
One of the biggest aspects of The Struggle that blew me away was the plot. So many things happen! We find out lots. And...well. Stuff happens. And I'm kind of hesitant to even try to explain because I don't want to spoil. So I'll just say this -- things were happening and happening and I was having feelings and I didn't want to put the book down and then I reached the end and I LOVED IT. So. Freaking. GOOD.
That cryptic paragraph will have to suffice.
Last but never least, there was the ever-fantastic writing. I'm pretty sure you'd already understand that the writing was great if the characters were marvelous (and, I repeat, their GROWTH) and the plot was riveting. And of course there was the signature JLA humor strewn throughout, which is awesome.
Overall, The Struggle is my favorite book of the series so far! It's romantic and interesting and unputdownable. If you haven't picked up this newest installment in the Titan series yet, I highly recommend you do -- it's amazing!