Book Review: Sentinel (The Covenant Series)

Posted March 2, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Sentinel (The Covenant Series)Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Covenant,
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on December 11th 2014
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 139781937053482
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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four-stars

The thrilling conclusion to the epic Covenant series from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos, Alexandria Andros must overcome a devastating defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt that the war against the gods will ever come to an end.There are many obstacles standing between Alex and her happily-ever-after with Aiden St. Delphi, and now Alex and Aiden face their greatest challenge yet: they must trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.In the shattering , action-packed climax to the series, Alex must make a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear... or the end of her own life.

DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM SENTINEL & THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES

 

The Good…:

After a facing Ares in a battle that ended with a traumatic and terrifying conclusion, Alexandra finds herself back with those she loves, struggling to figure out how to stop a God that proves to be unstoppable. Alex’s PTSD from everything that has happened to her in the first four books (and two novellas) plague her after her devastating defeat at Ares’ hands. I loved the continuity of this! Author Jennifer L. Armentrout continues to remind readers that none of the events that take place happen in a vacuum. Even if a character pretends to be alright, they always face repercussions from their actions later on. This makes JLA’s books seem realistic to me, even if they contain mythological and/or magical creatures. Aside from Alex’s head trauma, it was nice to see her and Aiden continue to try to seek out a bit of happiness.

Other things that I loved in Sentinel, was how Alex made time for her friends and family. Even Seth. While I didn’t think the things Seth did while he was under Ares’ and Lucian’s thrall were things he could ever make right, it was nice to see him get a somewhat happy ending, by making sure Aiden and Alex got theirs. Seth’s resolution was befitting the universe JLA created, and nicely set up his spin-off series. I also enjoyed how he and Aiden went back to their old lady bickering, yet remained somewhat more mature. This little aspect of the story helped show how these two men may not care for one another, and will never be friends, but have grown as individuals.

The Bad…:

Though the foreshadowing of what would happen to Alex was implanted in the series a while back, I kind of hoped the ending was different. True, Alex needed to die as foretold, but I would have liked her reunion with Aiden to be something that happened after he had lived a long life, and suffered a natural death. The “deal” made on their behalf was weird. However, I guess we’ll possibly see how it all plays off in the new Titan series.

The other thing that bothered me a lot after I finished this series, is how little Alex was able to interact with her father. Their reunion was wonderful, but it would have been great if they had gotten more time together. I guess that’s like life, though. It’s often so full of missed opportunities.

“Some people say when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But when life gives you one seriously ticked off god gunning for your ass, you prepare for war and you hope for paradise.”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sentinel

Lastly, as much as I adored the little snippets of Deacon and Luke’s relationship, I was confused while the Pures at the university only seemed “disgusted” by Aiden and Alex’s relationship. Deacon and Luke are a mixed (pure/half blood) couple, not to mention, same sexed, and yet there was no mention of the other students’ reactions to their relationship. Were they not as cute with each other in public around the other students as they were around the core cast of characters, or have I missed something?

Do I Recommend?

Yes! I absolutely loved this series, and would recommend it to anyone. I do warn that the first two books in the series have a tad too much influence from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, but if you can overlook the amount of borrowing, I think you’ll really come to love The Covenant. I am giving Sentinel four out of five stars, because I felt the ending was nice, but a tad convenient.

 

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.3

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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