Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: Sentinel

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenant #5
Published November 2nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.
Sentinel is the last book in the popular Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout. Some of you may recall when I reviewed Apollyon, the previous installment in the series, I recounted how I felt like I'd waited too long to continue on with the series because I'd fallen out of love with it. Despite that, and since there was only one book left to finish off the series, I vowed that I'd read Sentinel. And now here we are! I've finally finished the series I started late in 2012 - can you imagine?!  You might be wondering if the finale got me hooked again or if it was too little, too late. Well...read on to find out.

In some respects, Sentinel was less frustrating for me than Apollyon was. Alex had been through a truly horrid ordeal at the end of Apollyon, so naturally she had some things to sort through and it was nice to see her character mature here. We're also dealing with Mythology here and you know I love my gods and goddesses so I always perked up when one of them materialized. Their characterizations ranged though. Some, like Apollo and Hades were fun but others like Athena and Artemis fell a little flat. That could be because I'm currently working my way through The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan and I've grown partial to his take on the Gods compared to JLA's...It seemed like the Gods were tamer here, in an YA/NA romance than in Riordan's MG/YA offering, which seems weird to me but would explain why I preferred the lather.

Moving on to the romance which is a core part of the series - that's Jennifer L. Armentrout's bread and butter after all.  Usually, her romantic scenes bring on the swoons but this time I just felt over it. Where I would have been over the moon about some of these scenes, instead I find myself cringing at the too-perfect dialogue and interactions between Alex and Aiden. Sort of like an ''It's so sweet, I'm getting cavities'' kind of thing.  Don't get me wrong: the ship went EXACTLY how it should have gone and how it always was going to go, I just wasn't feeling it like I used to.  Additionally, the constant descriptions of Aiden's perfect hair, abs, lips, smile and his EYES were just too much.  Some of you might remember that I'd had similar complaints in my review of Apollyon. Well this time, to make things interesting for myself - instead of frustrating - I turned it into a game by counting the number of times that Aiden's eye colour was referenced.  39 TIMES!!  In a book that's 297 pages, there were close to 40 references of his eyes changing colours. That's excessive right?!  I mean, this is the 5th book in the series. We already know about Aiden's stormcloud, gunmetal, silver eyes.  I doubt we needed 40 reminders of the fact, but maybe that's just me.

Moving past that^^ I have to talk about Seth. Seth was never my favorite throughout the series and he really fucked up royally in the later books. That being said, I was thrilled to have Seth back into the mix here.  His sass and sarcasm was on point and easily THE highlight of this book for me. Now I'm thinking I might read his spinoff series just to spend more time with him.  Of course it helps that I've always pictured Seth as Cam Gigandet. Regardless of his looks, Seth's character was easily the most compelling of the lot - along with Apollo, Deacon and Luke. I will say this though: I think an unlikely bromance between Aiden and Seth would have been wonderful - and a refreshing change from the constant focus on Alex. But then again, I'm all about bromances ;)

It was more than just the too-perfect romance though that grated me. As the conclusion to what was a bloody and casualty-filled series, Sentinel seems very anti-climactic.  I was underwhelmed by the events leading up to the final confrontation as well as the battle itself.  It just didn't seem as explosive as I'd come to expect from the previous installments.  And the ending was just...odd. A bit too cloying for my taste. Fans of romance-heavy paranormals should definitely give this series a shot. JLA has a solid fanbase and I haven't forgotten how much love I had for the series when I started it. More than anything now, I wish I'd marathoned the series back then. As it stands, Sentinel simply wasn't enough to renew the love I once had for the series.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

12 comments:

  1. Such a shame that this series lost so much steam for you. I've read a couple of Armentrout's other series, but not this one (though I actually own Sentinel - I think I must have gotten it from a book event). Maybe I'll read it at some point, but it doesn't sound like I should rush out for this one.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It really is a shame Nicole, to think how much I loved it, and now it's just not the same! If you like JLA's writing so far, I'd definitely consider giving this one a shot! I guess I just fell out of love with her :(

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  2. This makes me so sad. I loved this book, but I can see where you are coming from. If you love Seth and Deacon though the spin offs may work for you. Seth is his sarcastic self and we get a good amount of Deacon. Great review!

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    1. Awww :( It makes me sad too Teresa to be honest! I really should have kept going with the series when I started!! I think I will give the spinoffs a go - I didn't used to like Seth and obviously Aiden BELONGS with Alex, but he really entertained me this time around. Plus, Deacon is awesome :D Thanks girl!!

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  3. That's A LOT of references to Aiden's eye color, lol! That would drive me absolutely bonkers; it reminds me of reading Shadow and Bone and all the times I had to read about the Darkling shooting darkness out of his hands. :/ But kudos for finishing the series!

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    1. LOL! Well I certainly thought it was a bit excessive O.O I can't wait to compare notes with you on Shadow and Bone - now I'm wondering if that'll bother me too >.< Thanks girl^^ my goal has been to finish off series this year and so far so good!

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  4. Oh man, I'm sorry to hear that you stuck it through to the end of the series only to get this disappointing book. This seems to be happening to me more and more as I try to make my way through my backlog of TBR series. Initially I felt so proud of myself for FINALLY finishing off the series I've been meaning to get to for YEARS, but more and more I'm coming to realize I'm not doing myself or these series any favours reading them so late after either my tastes have changed or the material has become too cliched. Sigh...

    Good thing you weren't playing a drinking game for the eye colour thing because that would be a heck of a lot of drinks >.<

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    1. No worries^^ I feel good for having seen the series through now...I just wish I'd finished it off when the going was good. It's crazy how much our tastes can change eh?! You're right too: it has to do with the material becoming dated in some cases. Like this one^^

      LOL! I would have been hammered if I played a drinking game with the eye thing. Sigh for days!!

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  5. Oh my goodness! I just had some time off going through a bunch of heavy flooding rain and started this series. I'm on Apollyon now. Like you, I have also read Rick Riordan's series and I too love the gods represented there. I have enjoyed the series so far. I'm definitely not a fan of Seth, but I liked his snark well enough in the beginning. I hope to see that again in the next one. I hate that you just don't enjoy the series as much anymore. They should get more addictive the further in you are and not less. I read each of the first three in a day flat and now it's taking me over a week to read this one. Not to mention I'm about to break from it to catch up on comments and blog posts. Speaking of the eye color thing, I remember doing that when I watched Titanic for the 2nd time...counting the number of times that Rose said 'Jack'. Great review!

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    1. Oh cool! I didn't know you started this series too recently! Yeah I prefer Riordan's mythology but when I started this series, it didn't bother me as much. I was swept away by the romance and suspense. I really should have finished the series straight away :( Yeah I wasn't a fan of Seth either, especially in books 3 & even more in 4. He was a breath of fresh air in this one though^^ I was just so sick of Aiden's perfection and his colour changing eyes LOL! Thanks girl! xx

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  6. I love any book that has gods in it so I would probably like the series. Great review

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    1. Mythology is a favorite of mine too Omobola^^ I hope you do like it if/when you check it out :) Thanks!

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