Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: Pure (Covenant, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Pure (Covenant, #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ARC, 329 pages
Date Published: April 3, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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.
Pure is as action-packed and steamy as its predecessor, but where Half-Blood was fresh and full of learning for both the reader and main character Alex, Pure has less of that new feeling to it. The story focuses more on the politics surrounding the Covenant and Breed Order. The daimon threat lingers throughout and Alex is still coping and learning about the whole Apollyon business, but the laws and traditions really come into play.

Seeing the Covenant world outside of Alex’s little North Carolina bubble is so different from what I expected. Nothing ever went down the way I imagined it, but I ate up how unpredictable it was. Getting an inside view into Council meetings and seeing other Hematoi made the world seem all that more three dimensional.

As much as the politics and such play into the plot, the love story also has a huge role. I have a feeling I’m in the vast minority on this, but I do not like Aiden. I don’t hate him or anything, but I can’t help but feel like he comes off as very condescending at times, and he’s a total portal of fun suckery. But Armentrout writes him spectacularly because I GET HIM. Then there’s Seth…

Seth is arrogant and cocky and a more than a little manwhorish, but I freaking love him. He’s fun and keeps Alex on her toes. And despite the fact that he comes off as selfish, there is so much more to him. Maybe it’s the bad boy thing he has going, or the mysterious side to him, but I adore Seth so much. Any scene between Seth and Alex is sure to boast incredibly heated dialogue and tension. No matter what they’re doing, it’s always passionate.

Pure shows a huge amount of growth for all the characters involved, but I was happy to see that Alex remained just as feisty as before. She’s clever and willful, but so determined sometimes that she misses the little details within the big picture. Obviously, bad things ensue. And it is so entertaining to read about! And the tension! Gah, the tension!! I don’t think I’ve read a story with so much delicious tension between characters. Whether is knockout fighting, petty arguments, or steamy scenes, the tension is always sky high and hot. I. Cannot. Wait. For. More.

This one was another thrill-ride in what I’m sensing to be an action-packed and unpredictable series. Armentrout’s writing is seductive and addicting – I couldn’t put Pure down and had to devour it in one sitting. The characters aren’t just entertaining, but have serious depth to them. I’m not only smitten with the overall story, but I cannot get enough of Alex and the Covenant world. I’m eagerly waiting for November to roll around so I can dive into Deity.

Opening line: I stared at the ceiling of the gymnasium, little black splotches dancing in front of me. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “Great. You’re like herpes. The gift that just keeps on giving.” ~ pg. 320

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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11 comments:

Andria Buchanan said...

I can't wait to read this. I love Armentrout's work.

776233f0-4e03-11e1-8277-000f20980440 said...

Thanks for the review!!! I can't wait to read this book!!! Jennifer Armentrout is so cool :D
Thanks for being part of the tour!!! :)
Alyssa S.

Valerie StuckInBooks said...

Nice review! Seth is a charmer in this one isn't he but I'm still #TeamAiden #NowAndForever

Thanks for being part of the tour.

Valerie
StuckInBooks.com

Vivien said...

Great review! I'm really interested to see if Seth charms me too :) Right now, Aiden takes all of my attention.

Karen said...

"Seth is arrogant and cocky and a more than a little manwhorish, but I freaking love him." ME, TOO! Gah, so much Seth love! :)

miki said...

Great review, i've read the books yet but after the reviews of Pure i'm think i more for Seth

all the best

Oh! Paper Pages said...

Great review! I adore Seth but not his arrogance. Aiden is lovely.

Tanja - Tanychy said...

Thanks for the review! :)

Tumbling Books said...

This sounds great, I definitely need to read it! Also, I saw that you live in the Boston area, ME TOO! =) Great blog, new follower.

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Angkarina said...

“Great. You’re like herpes. The gift that just keeps on giving.” Hahaha, that cracked me up! Thanks for the review, can't wait to read it.

donnas said...

Really looking forward to this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And thats one heck of a line.

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