Book Review: Pure (The Covenant Series)

Posted February 23, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Pure (The Covenant Series)Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Covenant,
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 329
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780983157236
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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four-half-stars

“I guess there were two types of people in the world, those who sat around a fire, staring into the flames, and those who started the fire. Seth and I started the fire, and then we danced around it.”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Pure

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.

The Good…:

While the similarities between Armentrout’s Covenant series and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series continue to persist, they aren’t as blatant as in the first book. In Pure, Seth and Aiden begin vying for Alex’s affections. Though Aiden took a step back in order to protect Alex’s future, that doesn’t mean he’s jumping for joy at her newfound closeness with Seth. Seth, meanwhile, is hoping Alex will give in to fate and chose to be with him. Both guys are likable, and at this point I wouldn’t care much which one she choses. While completely different, they’re both pretty great guys.

The mystery surrounding what will become of Alex and Seth once Alex awakens gains traction as a new, dangerous, and mysterious group that worships the god Thanatos, sets out to destroy Alex in order to stop Seth from becoming “The God Killer.” A being equal in power to the gods themselves.

After getting into trouble in North Carolina, Alex finds a new place to get into trouble at the New York Covenant. Seth, Alex, Aiden, Lucian, and Marcus travel there so Alex can testify to the Daimon’s devious plans her mother revealed in the previous novel. Sadly, the head minister, Tellis, has an ulterior motive that reveals Alex has bigger worries to deal with than which boy she’ll end up choosing.

The Bad…:

Alex continues to act clueless in situations that are a bit obvious. Both Seth and Aidan’s actions contradict their words, and yet she continues to act rashly in reaction to things they say to her. I’m hoping she’ll learn to think through situations before acting on them. Especially since she’s already experienced several devastating consequences that have resulted from her rash behavior.

Do I Recommend?

Yes! Pure was even better than Half-Blood. The action scenes are larger, the sad moments resulted in more tears, and the romance goes up a notch. Seth & Aiden are each working with some serious game. What’s a girl to do? Plus, the ending will leave you frantic to pick up the third book in the series.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.5

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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