Tuesday, September 11, 2012

April's review of "Pure" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Number of Pages: 329
Format: Paperback
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Description:  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.

Even though I had major issues with the first book, I decided to give the series another shot. I do have to say this book is a big improvement. With only a few similarities to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, I felt like I was actually reading a different series. 

When Alex feels like nothing can get any worst, a daimon has breech Covenant security and has attack a student. The aftermath isn't good for the halves. Not only do all of them have an early curfew now but they aren't even allow to leave the Covenant control island. And the icing on the cake? All halves, students, guards, and sententials are required to have physical exams to ensure they haven't been turned. Even though Seth has told Alex that Lucian has given the order that Alex is not to be searched, Alex still finds herself about to be subject to a search. Even though Seth comes to her rescue and "remind" the guards that Lucian has order Alex not to be searched, Alex has already shown an example to stand up for themselves and say no. Which leads to be very dangerous. When there is a second attack at the school, there's a devastating death. Even though I knew the death was coming, it was foreshadowed in the first book, didn't make it less sad. In the aftermath, Alex realizes the importance of those exams. When Alex has to travel to Court to give testimony, she just might not make it back. Somebody desperately doesn't want Alex to Awaken, and will do anything to make sure she either forced to servitude or ends up dead. 

In the first book I was Team Aiden all the way. But in this book I couldn't help but be on Team Seth. Seth gives off the imagine of only caring about himself and has the biggest ego, but he cares for Alex. Through the tough times, he is there for Alex when Aiden cannot and won't be there. He's very overprotective of her and even comes close to killing a Master over her. I amaze myself that I actually switch over teams. I usually love the ships like Alex and Aiden, but in this series...I wish it wasn't as predictable. And let's face it YA is very predictable. This is the extreme of forbidden love. If anyone ever finds out that she has kissed Aiden, she will lose everything and force into servitude while Aiden could face death. I know you can't help who you fall in love with, but Alex shouldn't of let herself fall in love with him. Or at least not admit it so soon in the series. 

And then there's Lucian, Alex's step father. He seems to really care about Alex and her well being. But Alex knows better. Even though I'm suspicious of him, there's a part that really do want him to care about her. The ending made made me gasp. Alex has committed the ultimate crime as a half. Just when she thinks it's all over for her, Aiden covers it up. 

This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. Even though I keep flip flopping through teams, I'm sure the next book will probably decide for me. 

Rating: 5/5

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