Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Apollyon

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenant #4
Published April 4th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
Apollyon is the fourth book in The Covenant Series and as some of you might know, I like to take my time with series, so while I started reading the first book three years ago, I'm only reading book number 4 now. In most cases, this works out fine for me. If I'm willing to continue with the series, it means I'm invested enough in it that the time in between books doesn't really factor into my enjoyment. With this series however, I think it would have been in my best interest to read them all back to back. My reading tastes have evolved quite a bit since then and a lot of stuff that I used to enjoy - or at least tolerate - tends to get on my nerves now. So as much as I'm invested in seeing this series through at this point, I have some issues now that weren't there before...

So. Apollyon tells of the continuing adventures of Alex as she trains up to fight daimons, or gods, or the other Apollyon...ok basically everyone. Alex is training to fight them all. After the events of the previous books, Alex is now a fully awakened Apollyon herself, which isn't without it's complications.  First, she was basically Seth 2.0, which was entertaining and new to say the least. Finally, she fought that off and became more or less herself again, with the exception of her eyes, which match Seth's still.  Alex has been through a lot and she's matured quite a bit, but she's still as feisty and impulsive as ever. I liked how she was back to training again now, despite being out of school and how her new powers came into play. She's basically an elemental now and we all know how much I love those. And when you pair elemental magic with mythology and gods? Well you certainly have my attention!

As usual, this installment is romance-heavy. I wouldn't say it's the main focus, but it's right up there with Alex's faith and the faith of the world.  The romance used to be my favorite thing about the series. Sure, there was a love-triangle for a bit there, but to me, it was always obvious who Alex would end up with.  This time around though, as much as the romance was satisfying and pretty much triangle-less, I grew tired of hearing about how perfect Aiden is. We get it, he's ridiculously handsome, he could have been chiseled out of marble, he's reminiscent of Greek gods. *eye roll* The worst bit was that his eyes changed color every other sentence. Aiden's eyes were liquid silver. Aiden's eyes went gunmetal grey. His eyes went from silver to steel in an instant.  *groan* Normal people with normal eyes can be just as appealing as this stuff! I can't be the only one who thinks so?! Also, I've heard of people whose eyes change color, but do they REALLY change colors every two seconds? I don't think so.

I don't know if it was the constant eye-changes or that I just outgrew this series but I struggled to get through Apollyon, and it's not because it's a big book. I put it on pause for weeks. Weeks! I was curious about the outcome, and I knew I'd get back to it, I just couldn't seem to focus. There were a few other issues as well, firstly, I guessed the identity of the ''mystery God'' right from the word go, so the big reveal at the end was anticlimactic. And second, Miss JLA actually wrote in text-speak. TMI? More like WTF?!  Despite it all, with one book left in the series, I know I'll finish the thing. I will say that the novella that comes before this Elixir (Covenant #3.5) is pretty much a must, otherwise you'd miss an important chunk of information and plot about Alex, her transformation, Aiden, and well, the elixir itself.  The novella was fun because it's written from Aiden's POV, and despite his annoying habit to change his eyes every other scene, he's still pretty dreamy.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

12 comments:

  1. LOL about Aiden's eyes! The only JLA series I've read is Lux, and I've had that one on hold for a while now. I really enjoyed the first book, but the next two felt very repetitive, and I don't know if I'll ever go back and see the series through to the end. Sorry that this installment of Covenant didn't measure up to the other books! :/

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    1. HAHAHAH they were seriously changing color every.other.page. O.O My only JLA series is this one, I own the first two books in her Lux series but tbh, I'm not sure if/when I'll get to them...Yeah, it's weird remembering how much you loved a series but those feelings just aren't there anymore -_-

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  2. Text speak? *shakes fist* One of my pet peeves in books. I have enjoyed some stuff by the author but I haven't read anything in the Covenant series. I know exactly what you mean by tastes changing and having little tolerance for things that used to be, well, tolerable. Plus when the romance takes over the plot? Gah. Great review though! :)

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    1. Right?! I was like: whaaaa?! Oh no she didn't! I used to love this series to pieces and I have pretty much all of her other books on my tbr, so I really wasn't expecting this^^ I really think I should have finished the series straight away. Our tastes really do evolve don't they and all of a sudden, things we love just aren't working anymore. Yeah, the romance had always been at the forefront, but it didn't bother me back then. It does now >.< Thanks Alise ♥

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  3. Oh man I think this is one series I shouldn't ever reread because I looooved it when I first read it back in the day (2.5 years ago). But I'm not sure if I would like it as much now and that would make me sad! I do remember raising an eyebrow at aiden's eye color changing haha. And ugh i hate text speak in my books! but I don't remember that in apollyon. basically i should just not reread this series ever, ha.

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    1. LOL and here I am wishing I'd done exactly what you did and finished the thing 3 years ago. It really does make me sad though to see that I've fallen out of love with the series. OMG his constant eye changes were THE worst. And there was only one instance of text speak, but it REALLY didn't work. It wasn't even used properly! I'm with you though, never, ever reread the series haha!

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  4. I haven't read any JLA books. Which is surprising because she gets so much hype. Eventually I might change them. It's a shame you didn't really enjoy this one :(

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    1. I feel like she used to get tons of hype but that it's sort of died down recently...I mean, she comes out with a book every 6 months though, so maybe it's just me! Yeah, I was pretty bummed out considering how much I enjoyed the others. I really should have finished the series back when I got into it.

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  5. Ah yes, it happens, our tastes change... I definitely had similar feelings to you here when I was reading Vampire Academy, which I'm sure I would have loved to death had I read it years and years ago, but definitely fell a bit short reading it now. The uniquely coloured eyes thing, in addition to the description comparing the guy to a Greek God and also crooked smiles on guys, are the most TIRED tropes in paranormal fiction, and I sincerely hope they are DONE now X)

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    1. It's almost bittersweet isn't it?! I'm glad that my tastes are evolving on the one hand but on the other hand, I silently mourn for the books I might have loved years back but never got around to XD Yeah, I have a feeling VA would have a similar effect on me^^ YES PLEASE, enough with unique boy eyes that are god-like with crooked smiles LOL

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  6. I love JLA and have this one on my to read list. I'm worried that I won't enjoy it as much as I love her other books though especially by your description here. This series has been out for quite some time though so I bet it has all those things that we are now tired of. Great review!

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    1. Well now, if you love JLA still, you'll probably love this series as well^^ It definitely has a solid fan-base, I just think that I outgrew the series as a reader. In any case, I'd be curious to see how you'd make out with it :) Thanks ♥

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