Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)

Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review: This book was even more amazing than the past books in the series which is saying something…I am really glad I read Elixir (the novella) before I read this one because so much happened in that book and it made me love Aiden even more so I read this book differently.

JLA always perfectly times each part of her plot to where you almost get beyond frustrated with how things are going but then she picks things up and makes the plot even crazier. The beginning of this book was really frustrating because of the whole connection between the Apollyons and I was so glad when JLA added something more to the plot, like a war between the Gods. Yeah, and things only got crazier from then on. An unknown God was working against Apollo and Alex, and Alex has to go on several adventures trying to figure out how to stop them. It was fantastic and addicting. The mythology mixed with all of the crazy action was also perfect and helped intensify the plot.

I also loved all of JLA’s phrases like “crap on a cracker” which is just so her. There were also so many references that I loved like a Charmed reference (the old TV show and one of my favorites), a Harry Potter reference which she tends to use in her books, and so many Supernatural references that make me want to watch that show. Now I must. Her references and phrases amuse me to no end.

The romance, oh the romance, was so intense in this book it brought out my inner fangirl times 10. I don’t know why part of me still loves Seth but I do and so I really hope he doesn’t die…I am now officially in love with Aiden and the novella Elixir really helped bring me to that point. This book only made my love grow because of his sexy I-can-defeat-anything-wariorness and because of how deep his love for Alex goes. I love this relationship and I am living through it like the book slut I am.

The ending of this book was insane and there wasn’t a huge cliffhanger, just a bunch of things that were left open-ended so I must read the next book as soon as humanly possible before I go crazy. You can buy Apollyon here.

Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer Armentrout

Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer Armentrout

Elixir (Covenant, #3.5)

Goodreads Summary: Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

My Review: This novella was surprisingly really fast-paced. So much happened in the 75 pages that it didn’t feel like it was short. I was nervous to read it at first because it is from Aiden’s POV since the ending of book three kind of took sane Alex out of the picture and I wasn’t sure how good a book in Aiden’s head would be. I should know better then to ever doubt JLA.

The plot picked up where the last book left off so I definitely would have missed this whole chunk of story if I hadn’t read it. Compared to the other books there was less plot and action, of course, but it was just as good as the others. I loved seeing the world and Alex and the Gods from Aiden’s POV and having this whole plot that the main character had no say in was really interesting.

I love Aiden so much more after being in his head and experiencing his true love for Alex. The other books made me guess and I was never sure but I know now. My favorite quote,  “I would burn down the world if that meant Alex would be safe” sounds very similar to something Daemon Black once said, so yes I did fangirl over that like a crazy person.

This novella was definitely worth the read. I would recommend this series for sure because it is amazing, and I recommend reading this novella if you do read the series. Which you should. You can buy Elixir here.

Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others

Goodreads Summary: Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

My review: This book got pretty good reviews on goodreads so I was really surprised at how much I disliked it. A SF/fantasy standalone novel sounds like the greatest thing ever to me because I have been trying to find a great standalone and these genres are right up my alley and I was upset to find that I didn’t like this book.

I read it for a book club so I felt like I had to read the whole thing so that I could discuss the ending and if it got any better but it never did. There was no plot line, therefore no plot movement, we are kind of thrown right in to her life without knowing what happened the year prior and it was kind of annoying because we were supposed to feel bad for her. Her being Mori, the main character. What was also upsetting was that I did not like Mori. She was stuck-up, it seemed like she felt better than everyone else most of the time especially when it came to books, she went to a new school and didn’t want anyone to make fun of her so she was mean to them immediately so they would fear her and not mock her which made her a jerk in my opinion. The romance had potential but it was mainly a 15 year old girl wanting to have sex and not actually being sure if she liked anyone which was also annoying.

The only part I did like about this book was the book club scenes because I have felt what Mori was feeling. She loved talking about books with fellow book lovers and I definitely relate to that. It was sad though because I had no idea what most of the books were that she talked about and I have read a lot of books. I would have liked it more (probably) if I knew what the books were that she constantly summarized and analyzed. Also, the only scifi in this book was when she talked about the scifi that she was reading and the only fantasy in this book was like one spell she did and the fact that fairies existed. It was depressing.

Would not recommend this book to anyone. If you have read it, what did you think? Am I the only one who didn’t like it? You can buy Among Others here.

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennfier L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennfier L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant, #3)

Goodreads Summary: 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…

My Review: I am fangirling so hard right now that it was hard to take time away from reading to write this review but there is just so much I have to say! This book was AMAZING like everything else JLA has written. The further I get in this series, the more I love it and the more the writing sounds like JLA to me, which is a great thing.

Minor spoilers past this point:

The plot was really entertaining and stressful with Alex being the second Apollyon and trying to prepare for that, the whole thing with a servant at the New York Covenant, and the inclusion of some Gods and even more drama between everyone. The inclusion of the Gods was one of my favorite parts about this story because I love mythology and I find the Gods so amusing, especially the ones JLA chose. There was also one scene in the middle which blew my mind and all I will say is that I almost cried when I got to talk to Caleb. It was beautiful and confusing at the same time! The preparing to be the Apollyon was kind of a total gray area because no one (except Seth) really knew what was going to happen and how to handle it.

Which brings me to Seth. I was totally team Seth through the last book and partly through this one but now I cannot decide. Is Seth really the monsterous God-killer everyone makes him out to be? Why do I still love him so much? I don’t want to hate him but I am scared that may be what is coming. I just want to love him. Then there is Aiden, the badass sexy Sentinal who is risking everything to be with Alex. I developed an intense love for this man throughout the book and I cannot wait to see what is in store for this relationship.

Gods, I love JLA more than any other author (besides jk Rowling) and I recommend this book along with any other book of hers that I have read so far! I am completely obsessed with this series and almost forgot about school…I am going to finish this series soon because I cannot wait any longer! You can buy Deity here.

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review: OH MY GODS! JLA has done it again. I am once again in awe of her genius ideas and remarkable writing style that keeps me glued to the pages and makes me forget I have to wake up and go to class. I was that weird girl in the gym reading while exercising. Only JLA can keep me that addicted. This book was THAT good.

The ending of the last book wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger but it was insane and this book only got crazier. There were more of my favorite training scenes and plenty of hot boys fighting over Alex which was totally sexy. Both Aiden and Seth are definitely swoon-worthy and each had some steamy romance with Alex which was okay by me! At this point, Alex still can’t decide who she wants more but I already have my opinion and I am team Seth all the way! I have no idea why I like him more than Aiden. He’s sexy, a total badass, super protective, has moments of vulnerability that make him more lovable, and he stays with Alex through everything to try to make her feel better. There is that stupid connection between them but I still love him. I guess I do kind of know why I love him.

Anyway, the plot line in this book was fantastic! The Apollyon training and powers awakening and the trials and Covenant, someone (multiple people actually) trying to take Alex out, both boys defending her, everything was just perfect. I really like how the mythology ties into this book too because I am a total Greek mythology lover. The furies and the oracle being the most important was interesting because those are some of the creepiest parts of mythology in my opinion which means that there is just more bad stuff coming. The battle scene in this book was also totally epic and bloody and heads got cut off and it was just awesome. I wasn’t anticipating a fight, but JLA cannot go wrong. There were also two of my favorite phrases of hers in this book and I wanted to jump up and down and laugh because I was so excited to read “asshat” and “I would give my firstborn child for ___” but I’m sure my roommate would have thought I was a sociopath and saying that I love JLA would not have made anything better.

After the end, the chapter in Seth’s POV was really amazing. Seeing into his head was really amusing because he is such a hilarious and annoying character. His feelings toward Alex and his reactions to what happened between them were adorable and I loved it. His sarcasm and narcissism remind me of Daemon Black which is the highest compliment ever but seeing as how it’s the same author…

I would highly highly recommend reading this book and any other book that JLA has ever written because you will not be disappointed. This series is amazing and I cannot wait to read the next one. Read it. Now please. You can buy Pure here.

Half-blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Goodreads Summary: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Review: If you have ever read my blog then you know how much I love JLA! I am on track to reading every book she has ever written and she has not let me down yet. This book did not disappoint!

I was a bit surprised that I felt like I had read this exact book before and it took me a little while to realize that it was scarily similar to Vampire Academy for the first 60%. The plot line was almost the same with a few minor differences but same idea. Even though it was so similar to Vampire Academy, I loved it anyway because JLA just has a style of writing that I adore. After the book hit the point where it was different from anything I had read I was completely sucked in and I couldn’t go to sleep until I finished it! Aiden is totally swoon-worthy, as is Seth and I know who Alex wants right now but I can’t decide who I like more. Both are sexy badasses (JLAs favorite) and I may end up loving them both, and I am actually pretty okay with that.

The one thing that I missed in this book was the lack of JLA phrases, the ones she manages to use in every book she writes. This was the first book she wrote though, I think, so she hadn’t really developed them yet. She also always writes a few chapters in the boy’s POV and I always love them because the way she makes the boys think is hilarious and entertaining. In Aiden’s chapters there were actually a few of her words and phrases that I love so much, my particular favorite being “asshat”, and whenever I came across one I just got so excited.

I cannot wait to read the next book because she has me addicted to another one of her series! You can buy Half-Blood here.