Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Covenant #2
"There is need. And then there is Fate. 
     Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon--and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude--or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone."

The sequel to Half-blood, honestly it was much better. And yet I feel like I have read this story before. There are a few almost exact same uses of dialog in this story as there are in her Lux series. Alex and Katy are very similar characters, and Seth and Daemon are also very similar. I'm not exactly complaining, it's just kind of lazy writing.

We pick up a few months after the events of Half-blood, and Alex is still stubborn and a little cocky at times, the events that occurred did nothing to humble her. Which either means she is just way too full of herself, or she is just that dumb. Not sure which is worse trait to have. There were many events in both this book and it's successor that were kind of predictable. Though I got a little chocked up over it, I wasn't at all surprised at the death of a certain Half-blood. I assumed it was going to happen in the first book and was happy when it didn't. Though it didn't take Armentrout long to pop our balloon of happiness at his continued existence.

The inevitable break up was bound to happen, as things like that do tend to happen in the second book where a love triangle is present. Though this time around, I really didn't mind it at all. I actually prefer Seth over Aiden. While Seth is kind of prickly, Aiden is just a douche. To lead a girl on like that, while at the sametime essentially risking her life is a really big dick move. Had he been a real character I would have slapped him into the next millennium. But the break up in books like these to aid the matter of getting the other choice (option B aka: Seth) a chance to spend lots of alone time with our protagonist. I am aware that I wasn't 100% sure if Seth was going to work in this story during the last book, now I am wondering if Aiden was needed in this book.

The council leaders kind of remind me of the Death Eaters from Harry Potter. (Down with the half-bloods and mortals) They share many of the same ideals, kind of creepy. I liked this book a lot more than I did the first. May have to do with that Alex was a little less dumb that she was in Half-blood, may be that the story has more to it than the first. Either way I do love this series already.

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