Ah. What to say about Pure? I can say one thing: It slowly takes off in its own, because I know how similar 'Half Blood' was to Vampire Academy, even I could admit that.
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication date: April 3rd, 2012
Number of pages: 329
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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.
But Pure shows that it is its own original story, even though you probably could envision similarities still.
During the first book, Alex went through many things. From a love that is forbidden to her, heartbreak and lots of death. It is sure more than one single person should have to go through.
In Pure, Alex finds herself growing closer to her other 'half', Seth. It's known that once Alex comes into her powers, she'll not only be one heck of an Apolloyn, but also a force to be reckoned with. While she finds herself falling for her forbidden love, Aiden so much more, he on the other hand, seems to be pushing her away for reasons she can't understand. Or maybe she does, but it hurts her too much to think about them.
This was a great installment to this new series. There are some revelations that comes to light that will make you think "OMG" or "WTF". There is a moment toward the end of the book that shows how much Aiden loves Alex, even though he might not say the words out loud. Sometimes actions speak louder than any words spoken.
As an Aiden & Alex fan, this book was heartstopping and saddening. I knew this was more of a Seth book, but I was surprised that there was still enough of Aiden to keep me on his team. Usually, I don't change teams, and I knew this would be the same case. Team Aiden forever.
I did like Seth and his whole.. relationship with Alex. I prefer them as friends, and I like the banter they have going on. It's fun and interesting, but I don't feel the romantic and sexual chemistry between them that her and Aiden have always had.
If you ask me, Alex's heart has already been given out to someone, and Seth has no right to it. I have a feeling something big is about to happen concerning him.
All in all, a great sequel to "Half Blood" to and I look forward to book 3, to see what happens next for Alex and the men in her life.
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