Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Apollyon
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #4
Publication: April 4th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
Cover Rating: 3/5
Overal Rating: 4/5

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.

Emotional state: 
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I love this series. But then again is there anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I don't love? Doubtful! I saw a lot of awesome commentary of Apollyon, all five star reviews lined up a row. Also a lot of people told me how totally awesome it was. I was wondering how it could be more awesome than the previous book that was so full of awesome sauce, so I started this one as soon as I received it. It took me a little longer than usual to finish but now I am almost in a catatonic state because of that freaking ending. A classic JLA ending!

I must be crazy for saying this, but I kind of really liked Alex when she was connected to Seth and was all "Evil Alex". Seriously, she was so much fun. Only the bit where she was so devoted to Seth and was all going, "my Seth" freaked me out a bit. But anyways, that didn't last long at least. Still... it was entertaining to read about. When she got "unconnected" from Seth and broke down, I was glad she let her emotions out and that Aiden was there for her. It's like a normal person would react. I liked how JLA wrote it. I was almost crying with Alex. 
And Alex, she's like uber Alex now with her Apollyon powers. She's a force to be reckoned with, people! That's why I like her so much. She's snarky and sarcastic but she packjs some serious power too. And Aiden. Awww. How adorable is he? I liked him very much in this book which is a huge different to what I thought of him in the first book. When he's with Alex he seems much more happy and loose. Love it!

But I gotta say, after that things slowed down quite a bit. It was all going a little too slow for my liking. And that's also the reason, I think, that it took me longer than normal to finish. It wasn't until the last, say, 80 pages that things got really exciting again for me, personally. I also had a hard time rating this book because I couldn't decide whether to give it 3 or 4 stars. I decided on 4 because of the last few events in the book that were actually pretty darn good. Shocking but good.

One of my favorite things in this book were the side-characters. I mean Alex and Aiden were awesome and cute together like always but I feel the other characters stepped up a bit more than usual. Not sure if it's just me or if that was also so for other people but that's how I felt. I just love the dynamic of those 9 people all huddled together in the cabin and then when they went on the road together; Love 'em!
And as always some kick-ass god action! We see gods we a already know like Apollo (much much much love!) and the ever charming dionysus (ain't he something...) but also some gods we hadn't encountered yet. Persephone being one of them. Sorry for the spoiler but I really liked her. We also saw some more of a certain best friend in the underworld. He and Persephone were kinda hilarious. And then there's the god who is responsible for Seth. Jesus christ, he scared me a bit. Which brings us to Seth. I am so confused as to how I should feel about him. Sure, he creeps me out a little bit with the way he's addicted to the aether power and all that crap but, gods, I missed him. He wasn't in the book a lot. Only in Alex's mind really. I really hope he's going to kick a certain god's ass for hurting Alex. If he doesn't, I might jump in the book myself to kill him. No need for Alex do do it anymore. Seriously.
So, yeah, that ending... WOWZA! The last sentence, I swear it freaks me out so much. I am so scared for what's to come. Anything could happen at this point. Anyone could die...

Overall, Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout wasn't the best book in the Covenant series but it absolutely didn't lack in the action department. Throw a few unexpected twists and turns + some heartbreaking, emotional moments and you've got a pretty great 4 star read. 
I am so excited for the final book, Sentinel. It's going to be the best book so far, I just know it will be. Let the countdown begin...

I remembered all the little things. My Seth? Oh, yuck. I wanted to scrub out my brain with detergent.
I dropped down on the cushion beside Lea and picked up the book she'd been reading. Turning the book over, my brows flew up as I got an eyeful of the hottie on the cover. "Wait. Is this book about aliens?"
She snatched it back from me. "Yes."
"But they're hot aliens." She tapped on the guy's face with one thin finger. "And he can be my ET any day.”
A smug, satisfied grin stretched Apollo's lips. "I took Hermes' helmet, melted the mother down, and here you go. An invisibility charm just for you."
Apollo dropped the necklace into my palm. It was a reddish-gold color, and a crudely shaped wing was etched into it. "Ha," I said. "It's like Harry Potter and the invisibility cloak."
Everyone stared at me.
“Alex fainted—"
"I didn't faint," I grumbled, feeling my cheeks flush.
Aiden's lip curved up on one side. "Okay. She was suddenly not walking or talking anymore. During that time, she saw Seth. Apparently he used Hermes to pull her in."
"Hermes?" Apollo hissed—actually hissed like an angry lion. "That little, punk-ass bitch."
My brows rose.”

USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
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  1. LOL! Love the clips of emotional reactions. LOL!

    So glad you are loving these so highly. I've got the first three and really need to get to them. :) Thank you!

  2. Great review, Stephanie, I love her humour and I've so got to start this series :)

  3. Great quotes. the my seth thing was freaky, but it was quite a roller coaster reading about her being connected to seth... but I just love alex and aiden together, so I had to root for that to be over.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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