REVIEW: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

Sentinel
(Covenant #5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: November 2, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

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.

MY THOUGHTS…

Damn great! Just great!

That overwhelming feeling you get after finishing the series and you don’t basically know what to say. I’m so speechless right now. I have mixed emotions while reading this. Sentinel is absolutely a great series-ender. It gave me goosebumps right at the first chapters up to the last– well, especially the last remaining chapters.

In this book, everything was flawless. The plotline was good. There were climaxes in between. And the best thing of all was the scene by which Seth really stood out. The gods’ intervention was also epic. The character development, especially Alex and Seth’s, was awe-inspiring. I love how these characters grew mature and responsible. Things are just insanely beautiful in this book!

There were also surprises that totally shocked me. And the twist in the end– well, that was unexpected! As a whole, Sentinel and the books that consist the Covenant series are wonderful! I love Alex’s journey in the Hematoi world. Her story is just too beautiful and I know for sure I will never forget this tale. This book is surely a never-to-miss!

 

My Rating for this Book: 5 Awesome Stars!

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REVIEW: Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)

Apollyon
(Covenant #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: April 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

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 THOUGHTS…

“I was the Apollyon. I was the beginning and the end.”

This series is becoming better and more intense. In Apollyon, things are much dramatic with a lot more roller coaster-ride moments it basically had me need to catch my breath.

I admit that the first parts of this book are slow, but man, when I finally landed in the middle and especially the last parts of the book, it really did place my nerves on the edge!

This sequel honestly brings me right into the heart of action, drama, and a bit of mystery. There were more interactions from the gods (my favorite of all was Persephone) and more revelations, too. There were shocking events, especially about one of the professors of the Deity Covenant. Man, I didn’t see that coming! (No intention of spoiling you, though.)

Aiden and Alex’s love interaction also became more and more serious this time and I can’t help but feel happy that they’re being open when it comes to their relationship but I’m sad at the same time because there are still a lot of difficult things that are bound to happen for them.

Seth is physically out in the picture during the entire book and I kinda miss him. I really think there’s still hope for him.

This book is a mixture of glee and sadness and hope. As a whole, I did enjoy it. And the ending? Well, that was great. I was so afraid it’d be a killer cliffhanger again, like what JLA used to bring with her Lux series, but this time it was a good enough and promising ending. I’m so excited for the final book, Sentinel!

My Rating for this Book: 5 stars

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REVIEW: Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Elixir (Covenant, #3.5)

Elixir
(Covenant #3.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: November 27, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

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 THOUGHTS…

“Love is the only thing more powerful than Fate.”

Oh my gods! I can only sigh. This novella is so perfect! It has all the elements that totally have me gasp. I’ve always loved men’s POV and seriously, getting to know more about Aiden’s thoughts is just totally all-consuming, and heart-shattering!

Elixir covers wickedly emotional scenes and it focuses on Aiden’s struggles to keep Alex safe as much as possible. This may be a heart-breaking part of the series but it’s also sweet. I’ve always thought Aiden was in love with Alex, but in this novella, darn! I’ve never really thought just how deep his love and devotion to her and it’s painfully beautiful it makes me cry. 😥

Oh, Aiden…

This is absolutely one of the best and tear-jerking novellas I’ve read, apart from JLA’s Shadows from the Lux series. This one kept me hanging on to every thoughts of Aiden and it left me really hoping that everything is going to be fine. 😦 *sigh

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Deity (Covenant, #3)

Deity
(Covenant #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Published: May 9, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

fourstars

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…

MY THOUGHTS…

“Even though everything around us was so incredibly screwed up, we were in this together. To the end.”

This book has become even more sensational! Words can’t even describe how I felt. I love it. I love the way this amazing Greek myth story comes to an epic level yet leaving sort of open at the end. I have this feeling that something huge is really about to happen in the next book and something even greater needs to be told.

At first, the pacing of the story is kind of slow but it gradually became mind-blowing and adrenaline-pulling at the final chapters. Honestly, this book really got me. There are things that made me feel shocked, especially about the characters whom I trusted in the beginning but turned out to be royal villains. Ugh. 😥

But as a whole, Deity made up a great installment of the series. It was one helluvah ride! I love how the gods intervene with the hematoi world and the jaw-dropping action scenes in the plot. Whoa! It was that good.

And again, the story came to a complete closure with JLA’s famous epic cliffhanger. That seems part of the game. On to the next book! 😀

“I tried to breathe, but he had stolen not just my heart, but the very air I needed.”

My Rating or this book: 4 stars

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REVIEW: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Pure
(Covenant #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: January 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

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 THOUGHTS…

“You’ll become the center of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.”

This sequel is awesome and it’s well worth the read. I love everything that happened here. I love the full-paced action, the mystery that surrounds the Council especially the intriguing politics and the rules that make everything complicated for the main characters, the romance, and of course, the pack of witty humor JLA always and never fails to incorporate.

In this book, there are revelations revealed, but not enough– and it left me hanging and made me crave for the next book. I still don’t have any clue who’s behind all the crap that happened to Alex while she was staying at the New York Covenant. Actually there are a lot of things to be discovered that only the next books can answer.

Also, I still don’t know who’s meant to be Alex’s love interest here. Damn, JLA is confusing my heart! Aiden and Seth are both intriguing characters. I love them both (Although I admit I’m more smitten with Seth this time around. Dayum! He’s so sexy!). Both Aiden and Seth have admirable traits. They share the same passion when it comes to protecting Alex. And man, the never-ending testosterone battle between the two is really entertaining.

Anyway, the book gives me a hard time to guess who’s who behind what the oracle described. Who’s bad, and who’s not. I don’t really have an idea and I have to give JLA enough credits for messing up with my mind. LOL.

Overall, the book is insanely fantastic and well, this series is seriously my new obsession. JLA, no doubt, is a masterful author and I cannot say much.

Note to JLA: Thank you so much for the Seth POV over there. ❤ I seriously wanna hug you!

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)

Half-Blood
(Covenant, #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: May 10, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

“Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing ‘I smite thee!’ as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life.”For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals–pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.According to her mother, that’s a good thing.But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.The daimons have found her.

MY THOUGHTS…

I smite thee, Jennifer L. Armentrout!

This prequel of the Covenant is damn so intense. I love the action and I love the promising plot the author has made in this novella. Alex is such a strong-willed character. She’s passionate about her life and the life she’d left behind in her real world.

The short story about what happened to her and her mom is dramatic and sad at the same time. But I admire how brave Alex and how determined she is to live again while fighting the daimons that chase her. All in all, it’s an enjoyable prequel. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Half-Blood
(Covenant, #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: October 18, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

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 THOUGHTS…

“The soul always knows… whether it’s right or wrong…”

Well… I am at a loss for words. This book is all kinds of awesomeness!

First off, I haven’t read any of the Vampire Academy books so I don’t have any idea what the fuss (Covenant vs. Vampire Academy comparison) was all about but I figure out that this one’s really, really awesome!

I’ve been a fan of JLA ever since I’ve read her Lux series, so the familiar feeling of fangirling with her characters suddenly came back to me the moment I’ve read the Covenant series.

I know I should’ve read the Daimon (Covenant prequel) book first before Half-Blood but it’s okay, I’ll be reading it immediately after this. Lol.

Anyway, I love, love, love this book! The plot is fantastic, totally striking, and mysterious. The characters are also adorable and fun to know. Our heroine here, Alexandria or Alex or Lexie, is such a freakin’ badass character and I like her! I love how independent she is and courageous no matter how her uncle and stepfather manipulate her. She’s a perfectly strong character. And no matter how stubborn and crazy she is most of the time, I don’t find it hard to like her.

Aiden St. Delphi– oh this guy is just totally swoon-worthy and HAWT, like hotness incarnate! I love his quiet, calm, but strong character.

And man, oh man, Seth! This guy.. ugh, is something. He really captivated me the moment he first entered into the scene. Such mystery he is. And man, is he not sexy. Well, both Aiden and Seth actually are, so I couldn’t ask for more. Lol.

And speaking about Aiden and Seth, I love the silent testosterone battle that goes between them whenever they’re around Alex. *squeals*! Ironic as it is, I’ve always loathed love triangles but this one is an exemption. I think it’s an interesting and entertaining love triangle and I found myself enjoying the whole scene. 🙂

“Need covers itself with love. But need… need is never love.”

I absolutely love the Grandma Piperi quotes! They are so deep and emotional they evoke feelings and just break your heart all at the same time.

And when it comes to the whole story itself, it’s hands down amazing! I’ve been saying this a lot but JLA is pure talent and she doesn’t fail me. She knows exactly how to draw her readers’ attention without inviting them to sleep. And yes, once again, she makes me admire her effortless attempts to incorporate humor in her lines. She’s really a downright fun, hilarious storyteller.

As a whole, I love this book to bits and I will really follow its sequels. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 5 Bloody stars!

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