Thursday, July 5, 2012

Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Pure
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publish Date: April 3, 2012
Genre: YA, mythology
Pages: 329
Series: Covenant #2
1. Half-Blood (review)
2. Pure
3. Deity (November 6, 2012)
4. Apollyon (April 9, 2013)
5. Sentinel (expected pub 2013)

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

I need to start by saying I’ve never switched “teams” in any book I’ve read. Like, ever. So far as I can remember, it’s NEVER happened. But Pure has me treacherously close to doing so. If you haven’t read it yet, don’t get me wrong, I love Aiden, I really do. Probably even more than I did after reading Half-Blood. But Jennifer has thrown my emotions in a blender and I don’t know how to feel, who to choose. I can only imagine how Alex feels...

I loved this book. More than I loved Half-Blood. If you’ve read my review, you’ll know that I found some moments in book 1 to be a bit slow. I didn’t find that at all in this book. There was always danger or heartbreak or excitement or suspense... Something was always happening and making me want to keep reading and reading (and reading).

Alex is lucky enough to be back in the Covenant, and still training with Aiden. She also has to train with Seth, which is something she’s not too crazy about. The romance in this book is seriously all over the place. Aiden and Alex are so confused and complicated. And then there’s Seth. Who’s an ass, but supportive at the same time. Alex is still the same Alex. Sarcastic, badass, stubborn, impulsive, strong. And she has to face so much in this book. She definitely has to be strong to get through everything that’s thrown at her.

I liked how we got to see the New York Covenant, where the Council meets. We learn a lot about the “traditional” ways of the Pure world, the way the Council runs things. And we find out they’re willing to do anything to preserve those traditional ways. And traditional definitely doesn’t mean two Apollyons.

By the time I reached the end of the book, my emotions were so jumbled. I didn’t know how to voice how I thought. All I wanted was for Deity to be in my hands so I could keep reading more about Alex, Seth, Aiden, and find out what’s to come for them.

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  1. I cannot wait for Deity! 100% Team Aiden. Seth is that comforting best friend and that's it. ;-)

  2. i like Seth.. Any negative shift on his Character in Deity will make me hate the next installment..