Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Pure (Covenant #2)


Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published April 3rd 2012 by Spencer Hill


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-- & sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants & attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants & to the gods, & that includes the Apollyon... & Alex. And if that & 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 the second (well 3rd if you count the prequel novella Daimon - and I do!) book in the Covenant Series and let me tell you it took ALL my willpower not to keep reading straight through this series when I finished Half-Blood.  This is one of those series you could easily plow through in like - a week.  See, but then you'd be all depressed because you've finished them all!!  So, I showed incredible (and rare!) restraint & I read a bunch of other books before moving on to Pure.  And, now that it's over it is once again taking ALL of my efforts not to jump into book 3 - Deity.  Like I mentionned, it's THAT kind of series.

So Pure picks up  right where Half-Blood left off: Alex is back at school training to become a sentinel.  On top of her extra training & classes, she is still training one on one both with Aiden & Seth.  She is also trying he best to come to grips with the horrors she survived at the end of Half-Blood.  Saying her plate is a bit full in an understatement.  And then things get a whole lot worse when Daimons begin to attack the Covenants & their students.  And then the Furies show up - and you can bet that means more trouble.  You can also bet that as usual Alex finds herself smack-dab  in the middle of it all.  Before the end though she will begin to understand that she is in more danger than she even imagined.

As far as a second book in a series goes - I have no complaints.  Usually second books tend to be on the 'meh' side for me (if you follow the blog I've discussed this repeatedly) but I am happy to say that it wasn't the case with Pure.  Firstly we get to know all the important characters so much better.  This book really gives you that up-close and personal feel, adding depth and layers to already well fleshed-out characters.  At the beginning I felt that Alex hadn't really grown as much as I would have liked, but as the plot advances she shows more maturity & restraint than she would have in the past.  She can still be over-emotional and impulsive though but it makes her all the more human...and relatable.  Aiden becomes more complex - albeit occasionally more frustrating.  But honestly everything he did made me end up loving him more!  We also get to know Seth a lot better too & even though I still have suspicions about him, I really loved his increased presence.  It probably helps that when I picture Seth, I see actor Cam Gigandet  like this:
James in Twilight
*swoon* - Moving on...as you may have guessed there is a love-triangle element going on in Pure.  Now I am rarely a fan of love-triangles...but let me tell you, I honestly didn't mind this one!  Not only is there a valid reason why an connection exists between Alex and these two boys BUT both boys unique and well-defined enough that you could see falling for either!  Miss Jennifer L. Armentrout certainly has a knack for creating some seriously amazing males.  Beyond that though, one of my favorite aspects of this series is the training bits and since Alex is being trained by both these guys you get to see them as more than just love interests... they become teachers, guides who often reveal more of themselves in these kinds of scenarios.  So does Alex though :)

More than all that though, this sequel was stacked with action, suspense & enough twists to give me whiplash!  I was on the edge of my seat from the first 10 pages on and truthfully, I pretty much inhaled this book in a couple of sittings.   The fight scenes are exhilarating & the plot was solid throughout,  not a dull moment to be found!  Some questions get answered but more new ones take their place.  The ending is pretty killer though so I definitely suggest having Deity handy...we'll see how long I can actually hold off before I gobble that one up too!  All things considered Pure was a thrilling addition to the Covenant Series.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

12 comments:

  1. Woooo sounds like an amazing book! Glad you liked it.

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  2. I liked Half-Blood well enough to pick up Pure.. a LOVE TRIANGLE? I am not happy about this.. especially since I just adore Aiden!

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. Eeeek sorry about the bit of bad news, as soon as you read the synopsis for Pure though you'll see what I mean! Team Aiden for me too though, all the way :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Awesome review hon!! OMG I can't wait until you read Deity!!! And then Apollyon!!! These characters are so amazing and are so much more like real people to me. I am very invested in them and the story. I'm dying for Sentinel, but it's now out until November!! That's going to be torturous wait!! At least it's not a year between like most series!

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    1. Bahahaha YES I can't wait to read all of those either :D I vow to be caught up before Sentinel comes out,that's for sure!! And you're right, that's not the worst amount of time to wait for the finish...unlike some other series!

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  4. I really liked this one too! The triangle was the best in this one I think!
    Oh, any idea why I might not be able to comment using google chrome? I opened up my firefox and it worked, but not in chrome?
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. Yeah I think it all goes south in Deity from what I can gather lol. Glad you loved this one too Brandi & thanks for stopping by!

      PS- I have no idea why that would be. I use firefox myself & I'm not too familiar with chrome. That sucks though :(

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  5. I am also quite surprised that you didn't immediately jump into this one after how much you loved Half Blood! Excellent restraint, indeed!! I still recall your review for Half Blood and how much it made me want to read it! I'm all for action heavy, thrilling, and exciting books - fun!! I am VERY pleased that the sequel didn't flop because I know I am often disappointed with with them, as well. Love triangles are more often than not terrible for me, but it is definitely encouraging that you actually really liked this one! I am actually really curious about it now because it's not often that you hear people speaking of love triangles positively. Aaand you've once again made me excited for a series that I have no time to read! Heh, I hope you make time for the third book soon! Fantastic review, Micheline!!

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    1. I never used to be able to control myself that much let me tell you!! I'm the same as you for love-triangles, I usually can't stand them. I always feel like I'm missing something when people enjoy them but this is the first time I've ever had fun with it. Maybe cause I could see it coming & still have some guesses as to how everything will unfold...but who knows?!

      I hope you'll be able to make time for this series soon Aylee & thanks for the awesome comment ♥

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  6. Oooh.... great review!! I must get onto this series soon!! It has been on the backburner for a while, only because I have so much to read!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Thanks Naomi!! And I definitely understand what you mean ;) I hope you get a chance to get into the series soon though!!

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