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Deity (Covenant #3)

Read from 4-5th October, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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“History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time. ”

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

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How on Earth did I ever think that Seth stood a chance? Honestly, I’m clueless.

Aiden is just so awesome! And cute, hot, sexy, loyal, over-protective, bad-ass… Shall I go on? I – like Alex – had fooled myself into believing that she wasn’t “settling for Seth” and that what they had was real. I was wrong. To be honest, there were times when Seth actually scared me – and most of the time I didn’t even know who he was. What Alex and Aiden have together – well, I can’t believe that I believed Seth was even in the running. Harsh, but true. Pure seemed more like a dream than anything else when it came to Alex, Seth and Aiden…

Deity was full of non-stop action, wonderful suspense, hilarious banter, beautifully developed characters, a artfully devised plot line, and moments that stir your emotions like never before.

The brown-eyed man. I guessed that he was important, but his identity left me breathless. I had a faint inkling when Laadan was talking about Alexander attending a Covenant, but this? Awesome. Wicked. Amazing. I had no idea that was what created an Apollyon, but it does make sense…

I loved Apollo!! He was absolutely, downright hilarious and such an enjoyable character. When Leon got all deep and meaningful, echoing the words of the oracle (was it in this book or Pure that it happened? I’m not quite sure) I knew something was up. But this? Totally epic.

Seth. I don’t know if I’m frustrated with him, feel sorry for the kid, or just want to kill him. Especially that ending – are you kidding me!? (I would undoubtedly have a significantly more explosive reaction if I haven’t got the next two books lined up on my bedside table, as opposed to at the library where I would have to wait a few days before obtaining them.) I knew something was off about him, but seriously? Urg, it seems I cannot form any cohesive thought when it comes to him… Just- yeah.

Let’s talk about the cover for a moment. I like the flower and colour scheme (consistent throughout the series, I like it. Much better than the Lux covers – they were all terrible, save perhaps Origin) but what is up with the neck? At first I thought it was a shoulder, but at a weird angle. Speaking of which, it’s a weird angle regardless. It’s just- weird. I mean, I suppose I understand the significance – but a neck? Seriously?

*In my review of Pure I mentioned a Minister “Tilly” – I meant Minister Telly. Telly, not Tilly (that sounds so weird!)

If I had to rank the series so far, I’d have to go with:
1. Deity
2. Half-Blood
3. Pure
But really, they’re all awesome.

To sum it up, Covenant is an awesome series that you should definitely get on board! Half-Blood is the first book of the Covenant series.

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Pure (Covenant #2)

Read from 3rd-4th October, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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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.

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Pure is another thrilling read from Jennifer L. Armentrout. Surprising, fun, sexy, touching, hilarious, with moments that will make you cry – if you haven’t jumped on this boat already, I highly recommend it!

Seth or Aiden – isn’t that the question?

In the last book, Half-Blood, I thought I had it all figured out, but now… Pure features Seth more prominently and we get to see what he’s all about. I actually really like Seth – he’s always there, he can sense her emotions and with that comes an understanding. I have to say, I’m cheering for them – the pool scene and the one with the brew were great. Not only that, but how he just sat with her when she went through that traumatic experience? Seth’s genuine, and that’s pretty hard to get. I love how Seth and Alex argue all the time, yet have really sweet moments when they’re just together.

At first, I was loving Aiden. The zoo scene in particular was really cute. As the book pressed on, he became more reserved, even cold at times. Despite this, we know that he truly cares for Alex in the things he says and how he acts – especially as we near the end of the novel. I am aware that any intimate relationship between a pure and a half is forbidden – we’ve known that from the beginning – but Pure seemed to really hit the message home. After witnessing what actually happens to both pures and half-bloods when they’re caught together, I felt even more inclined toward Seth. Despite this, I still love Aiden – so I really have no idea. I felt that Half-Blood leans towards Aiden and Pure toward Seth, so now I suppose we’ll see what comes next.

To be honest, I had totally forgotten about the council session. That didn’t last long… Minister Tilly is such a *insert offensive word here*! The nerve of that man – I utterly loath him with a firery passion. His accusations against her (insinuated or otherwise) are absolutely despicable. And her room? You have got to be kidding me.

There were many times when the plot took me by complete surprise – as it should. There are numerous unforeseeable twists and turns, most coming out of the blue with no warning whatsoever. My only issue was that (and this is being very nit-picky) the furies were barely mentioned. When something is mentioned as part of the synopsis, it is assumed that it will be at least somewhat prominent in the story.

Pure was a brilliant read that left me eager for what is to come. Featuring a great plot, witty banter and developed, loveable (and love-to-hate) characters in true Armentrout style, this novel is a great second book in an awesome series.