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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

Finished on 8th November, 2014

Author: Rick Riordan

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5 Stars

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If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on…

Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? In this whirlwind tour of Greek mythology, Percy Jackson gives his personal take on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece – and reveals the truth about how they came to rule the world.

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Pre-reading, I was expecting this book to be interesting, but sorely dry – like  a textbook. Thankfully, “Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods” surpassed my expectations by miles – the Greek myths and legends were totally Percyfied. (Which is totally epic!)

Reading this was like sinking into the embrace of an old friend. The writing was familiar, the backgrounds for so many characters were finally explained (there were a lot of “OH” moments when reading this) and, since this is Percy narrating, there was quite a lot of laughter in inappropriate moments.

Honestly, I’m not sure if I would recommend reading this before or after you’ve read the Percy Jackson books (or maybe in-between?) but either way, it is a great look into the history and make-up of the Percy Jackson universe. A well deserved five stars, “Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods” is a great, easy read that you can pick up at any time.

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Before I go, I have to make a quick note on the cover – is it just me or is this the worst Pj/HOO cover yet? Because as much as I love Logan Lerman, the cover is absolutely hideous! The other version is slightly better, but unfortunately that only comes in hardcover… *sigh*.

What are your thoughts? Am I the only one who dislikes the cover? Be sure to let me know, I’d love to discuss it with you!

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Sentinel (Covenant #5)

Read on 6th October, 2014

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5 Stars

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It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

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That has got to be the best ending ever. I’m still laughing and crying really heavily right now, but it feels so good. Gosh – what a perfect ending to a perfect series. Sentinel blew my mind and then some, I simply can’t express how amazing this book is – I just… Can’t.

All through the series, the titles have connected with a character but Sentinel… I’m not quite sure, but somehow I think it’s referring to her Dad. It would make sense, wouldn’t it? Half-Blood referred to Alex, Pure Aiden, Deity Apollo, Apollyon Alex and now Sentinel her father. Of course, Armentrout could be talking about any number of characters, but I just have a feeling that it’s Alexander. After all, when Alex “talked” with him he was not wearing servant’s garb but the Sentinel uniform and he is referred to a Sentinel on server so occasions. It makes sense.

I’m so happy – I love Seth again!! For a while, I was hot and cold on whether to trust him or not, but he pulled through in the end. I actually think that I may be in love with him… Especially after what he did for Alex and Aiden. I’m so happy that he finally saw the light – it seems Ares was good for something, it seems.

While I loved all of the characters (even Perses had his moments – “Make war for the pure bliss of it, but never make war in order to take control.” – only he would say something like that), I have to say that one of the main highlights of Sentinel was Athena – proper, old-fashioned Athena – saying “Army of Awesome”. I just- wow. It majorly cracked me up. Another highlight is Apollo’s timing. Leon was bad enough, but Apollo? He was absolutely brilliant. The amount of times he scared the heck out of everyone present, not to mention popping in on an inappropriate moment… Priceless.

During the latter part of the Covenant series, we have established that an Apollyon can only be created by a female pure and a male half-blood, one of whom must be a descendent of Apollo. “You were supposed to be the First, Alex. All the Apollyons came from Apollo. I was created for this-for what Ares wanted. It was the same with Solaris and the First.” So my question is (aside from the obvious “how the heck did Ares manage to create Seth and Solaris’ First?“) – why establish the Breed Order in the first place? Surely there aren’t that many descendants of Apollo (then again, this is Apollo we’re talking about). The conditions are certainly rare. How is it fair to ban all relations between Pures and Halfs? But then again, the Council established the enslavement of Half-Bloods and claimed it to be decreed by the gods, when it that was not the case. At least the fact that he was “created” explains how Seth had amber eyes even before he Awakened…

An absolutely stunning series, Covenant is something everyone should get behind. Witty, strong, hilarious, hot, sexy, tear-inducting, swoon-worthy, heart-breaking, inspiring, Armentrout has hit the nail on the head with this one. – I might even go as far as to say that it is better than the Lux series, but I have yet to read the final book so I cannot make a comprehensive judgement there. My point is, the Covenant series is absolutely amazing – certainly one of my favourites – and 100% worth the read.

If I had to rank the series, I would have to go with…
1. Sentinel
2. Deity
3.Apollyon
4. Half-Blood
5. Pure
(Keep in mind, there is very little difference between the ranks)

Apollyon (Covenant #4)

Read on 5th October, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

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A true Armentrout novel, Apollyon was well-paced, witty, heated, fun, with well-developed characters that have come a long way and a plot to match. While not exactly fast-paced (in comparison to, say, Deity), it was still quite intriguing and featured many astounding revelations.

Though she was rather amusing, I didn’t like psychotic, “evil” Alex. In fact, for the first seven chapters, I seriously wanted to punch her in the face – with love, of course. I was so relieved when she came to her senses! And Aiden… Where can I get myself an Aiden? Seriously? Even though she hated his guts, he had such unwavering faith in her.

What I love most about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s romances is that, while her books are written in third person, the love is obviously mutual – i.e. it’s clear that Aiden is as crazy about Alex as she is him. It’s something that I really admire about her. Also, isn’t it skilful how some authors can write about sex without making it sound like they’re actually having sex? It’s pretty clever, to be honest. And it doesn’t take away from the experience at all. Just saying… *coughs and looks around awkwardly at all the stares, ‘whaaaat? It’s true…‘*

So, let me get this straight:
– A god and a mortal make a demi-god
– Two demi-gods make a Hematoi (a pure)
– A pure and a mortal make a half-blood
– A half-blood and a pure make an Apollyon (sorry, a female pure and a male half-blood make an Apollyon)

So what does a pure and an Apollyon make?

I really hope we’ll find out, because I am beyond curious. Maybe they make a demi-god, bringing it back full-circle? Or an immortal? A minor god/goddess? I have no clue. (I’d love to hear your thought, speculations and crack-pot theories!)

I really don’t have much more to say… Other than Apollyon is totally awesome, well-worth the read, I really want to kill-but-not-kill so many characters (in a good way!), I love how Caleb just keeps popping up and how he’s so chill (“yeah, I play wii with Persephone every day, like a boss“), I SO KNEW *bleep* WAS THE GOD BEHIND LUCIAN AND SETH! I CALLED IT!!! And that ending – are you kidding me? WHAT IS UP WITH JENNIFER AND CLIFF-HANGERS???? Even though it’s not technically a cliff-hanger… (Yeah, this isn’t going anywhere so I’ll shut up now – just read it and you’ll understand. I apologise for the fangirl gush/rant.) Oh, and I love the cover!

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.

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.

Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

Read from 29-30th September, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden.

And that would kind of suck.

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Sexy, sizzling, touching, hilarious, sweet and fun. All words that come to mind when thinking about Half-Blood – a book reminiscent of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson chronicles, but – dare I say – possibly even better. In true Armentrout style, you will be swept off your feet, laughing your head off, “aww”-ing while cuddling a pillow to your chest and much, much more.

Alex is a kick-ass heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She’s hilarious, sassy and fun.

Aiden is a hot, capable, strong, sweet character that is totally swoon-worthy.

They are absolutely perfect for each other – and have the chemistry to match – but as he’s a pure and she’s a half, it’s taboo. (Which, you know, totally adds to the sexual tension they’ve got going on).

Caleb was the awesome best friend – loyal, sweet, fun and knows how Alex is like even after all those years spent apart. He’s just great to have around and lightens up the mood when she’s down. Not to mention, his crush on Olivia is totally cute. 😉

The world-building was intense and totally believable. A corrupt society descended from the Greek gods based on blood purity determined to fight daimons that suppresses over a third of its population into slavery? Yep, totally believable.

A cross between Percy Jackson, Shadowhunters and general Armentrout awesomeness, Half-Blood is a must read for young adults.

Elegy (Watersong #4)

Read on 9th July, 2014

Author: Amanda Hocking

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4 Stars 🙂

Now that Gemma holds the key to breaking the siren curse, the stakes have never been higher. At last, a future with those she loves—and a romance with Alex—is close enough to touch…but not if Penn has anything to say about it. Penn is more determined than ever to have Daniel for her own and to destroy Gemma and Harper along the way, and Penn always gets what she wants. Now a final explosive battle is about to begin, and the winner will take everything Gemma holds dear.

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I really enjoyed this book. Elegy isn’t my favourite book ever, but it was a great read. The characters and plot line were interesting (Liv was an absolutely psychopath – didn’t see that one coming); the relationships were sweet, strong and realistic; and the ending (coupled with what you first believe to be the ending) was really well done.