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: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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five-stars

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

MY THOUGHTS…

“Well then, it’s time to introduce the world to a little bit of extraterrestrial awesomeness.” – Luc

First, let me extend my big congratulations to Jennifer L. Armentrout for being able to bring out a series that has a constant, amazing delivery. This book is the latest installment of Lux Series. When I completed this yesterday, I have to admit that I got real crazy. I WANT THE NEXT BOOK! Like, RIGHT NOW!

This book is not making things easy for me. In Opal, I thought I was reading the best action scenes in this series, but I was wrong because in Origin, the action scenes were much even scarier, more electrifying, and absolutely breathtaking! It’s like watching a movie, only the difference is you’re doing it in your imagination. And only Jennifer Armentrout can do that effortlessly.

And let me warn you guys to prepare yourself for some difficult situations here in this book. There are a lot of unexpected things to happen, especially deaths of some characters that will shock the nuts out of you. There are also some scenes that are insanely cruel and gruesome but beautifully crafted. Amazing, Jennifer, amazing!

Now let’s get to my favorite parts of this book. I love everything here, especially when it comes to the newly introduced character like Archer. Heck, you guys shouldn’t miss this incredibly defined man. I think this character stood out the best here, next to Luc who also made an impression during the exhilarating, action-packed scenes. I didn’t expect that there are characters here that are equally as impressive as Daemon. I just love the character-building in this book. Each of them were introduced in a thoroughly spectacular way.

I also love how Daemon and Katy’s relationship grew more and more intense here. Daemon is willing to risk his life and his kind just to save her. And yes, he’s not even kidding.

“There’s only one thing I want.”
“And that is?”
“I want to see Kat.”
Nancy’s smile didn’t fade. “And what are you willing to do to accomplish that?”
“Anything,” I said without hesitation, and I meant it. “I will do anything, but I want to see Kat first and I want to see her now.”

This book also has many surprising twists. And Matthew– oh my God, I didn’t see that coming! I couldn’t even believe that my suspicion about Bethany is indeed true. I’ve guessed it right, I’ve guessed it right!

The plot is too good it will absolutely have you sitting on your heels at the same time drawing a deep, anxious breath in full anticipation on what’s to come next. It’s a grab-you-quick and hold-you-fast book with numerous climaxes. No dull moments in this book. Positive. It’s the book that I can’t really get enough. I. JUST. CAN’T.

And the ending… Yes, expect a cliffhanger ending from Ms. Jennifer. That’s her trademark. But I love her for that. 🙂 Now, I can’t wait to grab the next book called Opposition which will be released next month. It will surely be worth the wait!

The Book Is…

Pros

An excellent blending of action, fantasy, and romance. The desire to find out what happens next keeps you turning pages.

Con

None, I’m very sure of it.

What I Think About the Characters

Katy Swartz

Katy here in this book has greatly improved. We know that she’s brave in previous books, but in Origin, she’s incredibly daring and fearless. I admire her for always asserting her need to fight and be of use and not depending on Daemon at all times.

Daemon Black

I love Daemon’s determination to get Katy back. But there are times that he annoys me, especially when he makes stupid decisions. But, it doesn’t make me like him less.

Archer

Alright, I have to include Archer here since I therefore conclude that he’s already one of my favorite characters. From the moment he was first introduced in this book, I knew exactly that he has a great part here. And I was right. I love his cool, fully-composed attitude. And yes, he’s stronger that expected and can really equal any character’s strength here.

Luc

I also have to include him because I just simply love him. Yes, he’s a clever guy. I love how strong, cool, and wise he is. He’s one of the characters that will simply enthrall you.

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (If I could give 6 stars, I will.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”

“We all do crazy things to protect the ones we love.”

“I don’t expect a normal life, Daemon. I just expect a life with you.”

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REVIEW: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3) ok

five-stars

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

MY THOUGHTS…

(There’s a bit of spoiler in this review so please be warned.)

After reading the Onyx, I immediately grabbed this. It’s because I was so excited about Dawson’s reappearance and I became curious as of how the Blacks are going to deal with some changes now that their brother is back. I was really happy about their reunion, but at the same time I felt awed when Dawson was no longer the guy he used to be. He was longing for Bethany to be freed from Daedalus knowing that she’s still alive.

In this book, I found a great deal of action. The choice between trusting Blake for the second time after betraying Katy in Onyx and pushing the idea of giving their trust aside is very crucial. I became really anxious the moment Blake returned. It’s like they were visited again by some sort of nightmare.

This book, without a doubt, is different from the previous Lux books. It had my full attention from start to finish. There were a lot of nerve-wreaking scenes and even intriguing parts that will make everything unsettling. In my part, I became really, really anxious the moment the Luxen gang, Katy, and Blake attacked Mount Weather to rescue Bethany and Chris. Seriously, and I’m not even kidding, my heartbeat ran so fast with those scenes. Oh, Jennifer– this author really has the power to bring out this kind of emotion to her readers. I love her for that!

And Daemon and Katy? Well, their chemistry continues to grow in this installment. It even in fact, deepens. I love how protective Daemon is to Katy, especially whenever Blake is around. He’s just too good to be true!

Here’s one of the funniest scenes I couldn’t forget:

Dawson shifted, dropping his head into his hand. “Do you ever stop talking?”

“When I’m sleeping,” Blake replied.

“And when you’re dead,” Daemon threw back. “You’ll stop talking when you’re dead.”

Lol. As usual, the humor Jennifer Armetrout brings in the story is always present. Another thing that also made this book interesting is the appearance of Luc. Oh. My. God. This kid is really something. He’s intriguing and I can sense that he’s a lot more powerful. I knew then that I need to keep track of him and read the next book, hoping that Luc will be highlighted more.

This book is such a roller coaster ride for me. I just love the the twist it brings. There’s so much build up to what you hope the events will be. And the ending? Oh my… I found myself hanging on a cliff. You know what I mean. But all in all, the story was excellent. It really got better and better.

The Book Is…

Pros

Undeniably a page-turner. It’s one with a compelling plot. It has witty characters and clever turn of events. You will find yourself fully entertained up to the very end.

Con

None.

My Rating for this book: 5 Freakin’ Stars! (There’s so much to expect in this book, and you will never be disappointed.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“He was such an asshole, and I loved him.”

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.”

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