'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.
This is one of the better ones in the series. Though there are still many parts that mirror her other series, The Lux series, I still really like the Half-Blood series. The plot of this book was more interesting than the other ones, so far. With the introduction of a couple of the Gods, it brought a new level to the story. And honestly, this is how using Greek, or any other ancient religion in modern books should be done. Not just re-telling the existing myths using your own characters.. (Im lookin' at you Riordan.)
Anyways, Alex's character has actually developed in this book. Yes, she is still stubborn, but her decision-making skills have vastly improved. Though she is still reckless, she is so in smarter ways. I also liked that she got her head out of her bum when it comes to Aiden. I started as "team Aiden".... then when he was a douche to her I was all "team Seth" but then when it was clear that Seth was a psychopath and Aiden was there for Alex during all those times when she needed him I was all "team Aiden" again.
Aiden's character also took a turn in this book. He was less of a robot, and we got to see more of his "human" side, what made him a person. It was nice seeing that. Learning about what happened to his parents really shown a lot of light onto his character, and personality.
The absence of Seth was actually kind of nice. All through out the second book he was starting to make me suspicious, the way he would dodge questions should have been a bigger red flag than it was for Alex. The only mistake she made really was giving any amount of trust to Seth. If some one that you are "fated" to be with wont even tell you their last name, they don't deserve trust.
The over all plot was just better than the other two books. Less dancing around the bigger issues, and this really is the first time that I felt that the events of the previous books had any effect on it's sequel. It helps when the books that are supposed to be a series flow together. I am curious as to where the story is headed, and how it all ends.