Sunday, February 9, 2014

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Covenant #4
"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."

This book was all kinds of wacky, from Alex's evil stage, to her zombie stage, to evil again, then normal. Quite the ride.

It was interesting seeing the world, in a sense, from Seth's point of view through Alex's eyes. In Pure Seth came across as arrogant, and a little cocky, but he still seemed to care a little about those around him. He didn't want to cause them harm, but he didn't see them as equals either.
Seeing how he views others, when he's in a bad mood, kind of made me pity him. Having a mother that literally hated him and an absent father, it makes sense that he would be so easily manipulated. And even though he is taking part in some pretty horrible things, his naïvety and his desire to be accepted, made him susceptible to control even when it was almost painfully clear that he was being played. At the end of the day, Seth is just a scared little boy that wants to be loved. He wants and needs that love from Alex, and he wants to be appreciated for more than his good looks. (which apparently every half and pure have since they are the long distance descendants of Gods.) We don't really see much of Seth in this book, mostly through the mental connection he shares with Alex. But he does have moments of character development, and I am interested and curious as to where he will be mentally when I read the final book. Especially after what happened at the end of this one.

Aiden is as wonderful as ever. So patient and loving towards Alex even when she was threatening to kill his brother. His love for Alex, was at first unbelievable. And what I mean is that I didn't believe that it was real, the way he acted towards her in the first couple books, and part of the third. He was just kind of a douche. Pushing her away then pulling her in. He kept messing with her. It was only until we really understand the risk he took in kissing her to begin with, and the personal sacrifice he gave in pushing her towards Seth, that we know beyond a shadow that he loves Alex more than earthly possible. It's a fairy-tale kind of love. And he is a great character because he really had always seen Alex as his equal, halfs and pure status be damned.

There was a blip near the end that I have a theory about... When Alex is being healed by a son of Apollo, he says something that makes me wonder if I am assuming correct, guess I will just have to wait and see.


  1. This book part of a series?

    I love the cover of the book, it is so pretty.


    1. Yes, it's the fourth book in the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.