Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{Book Review} Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: April 3rd, 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
Series: Covenant #2
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 329

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.

This was a great second installment in the Covenant series and I am really excited to see where this series takes me in future books.  It is fast-paced and full of excitement.  I feel like I could fly through these books, but I am trying to pace myself so that I won’t suffer from an extreme book hangover. 

The writing was great…pretty much on par with the rest of what Armentrout writes.  Her books always read really fast and keep readers engaged until the very end.  I think that Armentrout really excelled at writing the action scenes in this book.  I also really enjoyed the way that the dialogue was written…it was very natural.  I feel like the dialogue has a big part in developing the relationships between characters.  I loved to see the friendship between Alex and Caleb…their ramblings seemed genuine and something that teenagers would say.

I thought that the plot defiantly became more intricate in this book.  However, I did find some of the events predictable…especially the end.  There was one twist thrown in there that did blow me away (and broke my heart).  This book really spent a lot of time building mystery around the counsel and solidifying character relationships.  I am looking forward to picking up Deity, the third book in this series to see which direction the plot will develop.

The relationships in this book defiantly became deeper.  The relationship between Alex and Aiden became more angsty and complicated.  The relationship between Alex and Seth surprisingly deepened in a way I never expected.  I have to say, I really like the dynamic between Alex and Seth and I found myself rooting for this coupling more than the one with Aiden.  I thought the banter between these two was very funny and I loved that Seth was protective and seemed to care for Alex.

I feel like a big turn off for some readers will be the love triangle, which became very apparent in this book and I feel will continue into the next.  I have a feeling of who Alex ends up with (as I am sure a lot of readers do) so I am interested to see how relationship dynamics shift in the next book.  The romance is a big part of the plot, so I don’t think that readers who hate love triangles would like this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next.  Anyone who has read and liked Armentrout’s other books will enjoy this series as well.  However, I would suggest buying the whole series up front because you are going to want to devour all the books, one right after the other.


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