For this review, I’m not going to summarize the books since there are five of them, but you can find the summaries for each book on Goodreads!
Before reading these, I had only read the FBAA series and one other JLA book. I started Half-Blood over the summer and couldn’t get into it because it was too similar to the Vampire Academy. But, I decided to pick it back up this month (mainly because I wanted to read Seth’s series) and I felt the same…however I powered through and by the last 25% I was hooked. Being who I am, I immediately fell in love with mysterious, bad boy Seth.
I loved Alex throughout this entire series. By book two I was totally team Alex and also Team Alex and Seth. In the FB groups I’m in, everyone loves Alex and Aiden and I just can’t see it. Aiden is a smidge annoying and too goody goody for me. I like what I like, and in this case, it’s Seth.
Anyway…I really enjoyed the Greek mythology path that this series took. I liked the involvement of the gods and Underworld, Olympus, etc. I don’t typically like those types of books, but I couldn’t put them down (once I got past book one). I thought the pacing of these books went well and some of them left me hanging at the end, which I love (and also hate haha). I was able to picture everything in my head because JLA (as usual) does a great job building her worlds and characters. I put myself in the story as Alex’s character (and made a few edits when Aiden was around) and felt every emotion that Alex was feeling. Being able to immerse myself into the plot and story is always a big must for me when reading a story. If I can’t see myself as a character, or see the characters/places, I lose interest quickly.
JLA broke my heart, again, as usual, with some of her chapters and I am not okay. Since I do feel what the character feels, I may or may not have cried a lot…it wasn’t pretty.
One of the issues I had with this book is that there were some pieces that were repetitive. The characters mention putting a bell on another one, A LOT and it started driving me bonkers. There’s also the phrase that’s so often used in YA stories “I let go of the breath I didn’t know I was holding” and I was annoyed each time I saw that. There were also a few others that irked me, but nothing too series that swayed my enjoyment.
Now, if you’ve read any of my other review, you know that I love my spicy books. I knew this was YA going into it so I don’t hold the lack of steam accountable. However, there were so many scenes where I was sitting there thinking “omg I can see this scene turning adult” and then proceeded to daydream about the scene in an X rated fashion.
ANYWAY…I did love this series and highly recommend it! I just started reading the first book in the Titan series (adult spinoff with Seth as the main character) and I am SOOOOOO excited to keep reading this. I love Seth…can you tell?
This has been more of my thoughts instead of a review, but it is what it is. Thanks for hanging in there with me!
Have you read this series? What are your thoughts?