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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Covenant #5
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.

This book was a little.. odd. while I did like it, it was a little all over the place when it came to story flow.
It had a weird flow.

Alex her character development over the course of the series is interesting. After her fight with Ares, where she gets her ass handed to her, she came out with more than a handful of scars. I get why she was more than a little appalled at her appearance, I mean if I woke up to see half my hair missing, and my face scared almost beyond recognition.. I'd freak out too. She seems to handle it pretty well though, not 100% sure if I would. Her journey has been rough and she has lost a lot of people during a pretty short amount of time, and gained a lot as well. Even though the things she gained can hardly out weigh the bad. Her confidence in her ability as a person grew drastically. In the first book she was very much the typical teenager, angsty, wild, a little vapid. But then when the shit started hitting the fan at an accelerated rate and she faced with the responsibility of dealing and fixing it, she really stepped up. Even if it took her dying a couple of times.

Seth had the best character development. Starting off in book one as just a complete ass-hat. Cocky beyond all reason, rude. He was just a douche with no concern as to how others felt. Then as he slowly got sucked onto the crazy train over the course of 3 more books (he wasn't apart of team evil until book 3) because he wanted to be wanted, he liked being the Apollyon because people respected and hero worshiped him because of it. Since he never had any family, he never really felt loved. Part of me would have liked to see Alex save him from himself a lot sooner than it happened, though I am glad that it did happen.

Aiden was pretty much the same guy through the entire series, and I don't mean that in a bad way. His character had subtle changes, he became more laid back but he still had the same personality. The need to protect those he cared about, but less pushy about it. He became more willing to trust that others were there for him as much as he was for them.

About the plot flow of this book. It was odd. I ended up skimming portions. It was interesting how Seth came around the way he did. And in that moment it was absolutely clear that he was blind to what Ares and Lucian were using him for, and it made me empathize with him.
 I don't know much about Greek myths, so I don't know how normal it is to travel to the underworld, I think people traveled the underworld too many times in this series, I would have preferred to see them actually travel to Olympus at least once.
When the training and the battle started, that was when I started skimming things. For me the descriptions of the fighting were sloppy. I skimmed to the point when Alex and Seth transferred power, then I read the rest.
Im not gonna like.. I got choked up after reading what happened to Alex, I hardly get like that when reading anything. But the way she took it, with her head held high even though she didn't want it, she seemed to accept that it was going to happen. Then she made Aiden's cabin by the ocean, it was heart wrenching.
But the gift that Seth and Apollo gave her was pretty fantastic.

Over all this series was really good, not as good as her Lux series (that one seems to me more thought out and slightly better written, imo) But I liked it and would recommend it to others.


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