Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Deity

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenant #3
Published November 6th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "


Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden. 

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. 

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed. 

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...
Deity is the third book in the Covenant Series and this time around, things are getting serious.  It's been awhile since I ventured back into the world of daimons and mythology imagined by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but it didn't take long for me to get back into the swing of things.  JLA has a wonderful way of refreshing one's memory, without going into a whole repetitive recap - she just slides in reminders here and there, and since I have a pretty good memory, that was all I needed!  The stakes are decidedly higher this time around, and our heroine Alex Andros seems up for the task - but even she couldn't be fully prepared for what's in store...

Deity picks up fresh off the heels of Pure without missing a beat. True to form, Alex had gotten into a heap of trouble at the end of book 2,but she managed to survive (barely), and now everyone is preparing as best they can for her upcoming 'Apollyon' awakening when she turns 18.  Not to mention that she's dealing with the horrible aftermath of the events of the previous book.  Alex has her hands full with this Apollyon thing as it is, but now she's also taking on tons of beings who want her dead before she awakens, including pures, daimons and gods. Yeah.  And if all that wasn't enough, she's got not one, but two boys vying for her attention.  And as much as she wishes they both had noble intentions, she begins to doubt one of them...and that's when things get...interesting.

Let's clear things up before we go any further.  Yes, this series features a prominent love-triangle and yes I'm reading it all the same.  As much as I have a hard time with love-triangles, I can stomach them sometimes, when there's a reason behind the situation.  And in the Covenant Series, there is a reason why our MC Alex, has two boys trying to win her favor.  That being said, since it's been so long since I read the second book, I found myself more easily frustrated at the beginning of Deity, with the situation at hand.  I feel like my days of having the ability to be swept away by the idea of two boys fighting over a girl have long passed. I also found myself annoyed with Alex for being so blind to one of her boy's true intentions.  I mean, it feels like it's been obvious from the word go, but girl sure takes her sweet time clueing in! Luckily though, as the plot thickened and the action moved forward, I found myself swept away with Alex and her situation, wanting to know more.

Deity is at that middle point in the series, where it's almost impossible to discuss plot developments and character arcs without getting into spoilers.  Suffice it to say that there are surprises a plenty to be found here.  It's clear that Ms Armentrout is setting up the board for her grand finale, moving all the pieces into place.  The endgame certainly isn't crystal clear, given that there are still 2 books to the series (plus a novella) BUT, the reader gets a clear sense of mounting stakes.  There's more danger, and you're never quite sure who you can trust.  And when the dust finally settles...err, who am I kidding? The dust never fully settles in this one.  THAT ending might very well kill fans of the series. If not, it will certainly have them running to the bookstore to pick up book 4 Apollyon, and the novella Elixir (which would be book 3.5) in a mad rush.

Luckily for me, I have the entire series at the ready.  I doubt very much I'll be able to hold off jumping into Elixir AND Apollyon - seriously guys, THAT ENDING!!! Gah!  So despite a few frustrations in the romance department, I definitely enjoyed Deity for the most part.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

10 comments:

  1. I find that I'm less tolerant to love triangles these days as well, they just seem so unnecessary sometimes. Glad this series managed to draw you in even though you spent some time away from it. I love books like that. I really need to start this series soon, I've liked her other books.

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    1. Yeah, to be honest at first, I worried I wouldn't be able to get into it again...I was kind of over the romance aspects. But then it hit it's stride and I was swept away all over again! This is the only series by JLA that I've read so far but her Lux series is on the old tbr :)

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  2. It's been a while since I've read this one so I don't completely remember what happened in this, but I enjoyed this series for the most part. Lol, Aiden would probably be a big reason why ;)

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    1. ...And my review was probably no help in jogging your memory since middle books are hard to discuss without getting into spoilers >.< I agree, it's an enjoyable series and YES Aiden plays a big role in that ;-) haha

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  3. This is the second review of this book I've seen today, which is funny since it's not like it just came out. I didn't read the full review, since I haven't started this series yet, but I'm really wanting to read it now that it keeps popping up!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Oh wow haha, that is surprising! And kind of cool for you how it keeps popping up. I tend to take those kind of coincidences as signs that I NEED to get into certain books/series ;-) I hope you love these when you get into them^^ x

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  4. I have this entire series just sitting on my shelves. You make it sound so amazing! I'll have to bump it up the TBR for sure :)

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    1. Oooh isn't that THE BEST THING? Having THE entire series means you can just plow through when you get going... *sigh* :D Can't wait to see what you think^^

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    i'll try to recap. i think i'm less tolerant of love triangles now too. i'm usually ok with them if it has a pretty clear ship, you know? i just read JLA's Stone Cold Touch and that triangle totally bugged me. I didn't feel like Covenant was AS much of a triangle bc you can tell that alex + aiden = TRUE LOVE FOREVER DAMNIT. :) gosh i was so annoyed at seth in pure haha. i think it was pure. or deity. one of them. are you reading elixir now? it's in aiden's pov!! :) you're so lucky that you can read them all at once now! waiting was just torture! sentinel was soo good, i can't wait til you read them all!

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    1. Awww shoot, I'm sorry about that Wendy, I hate when that happens D:

      YES EXACTLY^^ it's clear that Alex and Aiden are meant to be, but then in Pure things *almost* kind of switch up, so I guess that's why I had less patience wit Deity here. I haven't gotten into Elixir yet but I'm planning to VERY soon. Can't wait for some more Aiden :D Glad to hear Sentinel was that epic, we'll have to gush together ones I'm all caught up!!

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