Friday, 4 May 2012

Book Review: Pure [Covenant II]

PURE [Covenant II]
Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bookshelves: Heroes I love, Favorites, Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology
Rate O Meter: ♥♥♥♥♥

What the Blurb said

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.

What I say
First off, this cover is gorgeous! It's such a divine shade of blue. Love it!

SETH! *.* 

Seth! Oh my God, where to start? I am totally rooting for Seth and Alex to end up together now! I just love these two together! They not only have great chemistry, physics and biology, Seth brings out a lighter side in her. He'd make her forget her past, or her troubles and just be great! Okay, I believe there will be time to gush about Seth later on.

Back to reviewing! I hope you guys like it [It's really going to be about Seth I warn you. My writing a review is only an excuse to cover up the fact that I'm going to be totally gush about him after every 5 lines]

While Half Blood focused on Aiden as the hero, this book has him in the back seat and it's a welcome change I must say. The book opens with Alex in her training class, not long after all that has happened. She's still trying hard and her trainers are pushing her like always. What's more, she has to train with both Aiden and Seth [who by the way never lets a chance to flirt pass by, gotta hand it to him. He's pretty tenacious]. Apart from her very hectic training schedule, nightmares from the time she was captured by Daemons when she went to hunt her mother keep her awake at night.

Her popularity is the same as it was in book one [which was nil, nada, non existent zero] so naturally there are plenty of taunts, snide comments, general antagonism and only two of her friends stick by her.

Covenant II is about Seth and Alex really [all the more reason to love it], their Apollyon prophecy to be specific.

I totally adored Seth in Pure, even though he had those cliched traits of a prick I couldn't help liking him. He's just one of those loveable guys, I love his devotion, his calmness, his carefree attitdue. His compassion and understanding and the utmost care he shows despite being the steretypical bad boy who eats little girls for breakfast! I always enjoy reading his interaction with Alex, be it their training session or flirtatious banter. Aiden seems a dead bore in comparison [I probably go for guys like Aiden in rl but on paper Seth sounds so much better! Yes, double standards]

Pure was one hell of an adrenaline pumping ride and I enjoyed reading it. I did roll my eyes every time Seth called Alex cuddle bear :P [Just couldn't help it] but I also chuckled every time Seth had Alex all worked up and spitting fire and vice-versa.

I also rolled my eyes [a little bit] to all those moments when Alex was just so bad ass. Seriously, tackling the furies on her own? It seemed too atypical of the lead protagonist of the average YA novel. Having Seth and Aiden by her side would've been a lot more believable and cooler. I mean, within a span of some weeks, she goes from not being able to tackle a daimon on her own to killing three furies? She seems all too powerful which only makes her more dangerous because she doesn't use her brain as much as I'd like her too! She was a lot better behaved in this book though. I'm hoping her journey from now onward will only make her wiser and mature.

So in a nutshell
Political plots? [Nothing makes for a great mystery and intrigued than back stabbing, two faced politicians who'd stop at nothing to get what they desire]

Lobbying against the apollyons - Imminent danger to my most favorite Seth and the girl he's destined to be with? Oh, we are not going down without a fight! Bring it on.

Seth - You're awesome! Just don't get your heart broken!

Fancy balls [Am I a sucker for fancy dresses and lavish balls, but I didn't really approve of Seth's white suit]

Kick ass scenes [There were plenty, yes]

The Kiss! Seth and Alex moment we've all been waiting for! I just hope she can make a good choice and stop pining after Aiden. She's hurt Seth a lot more times than he's actually let known through out the book.

Seth - I love how passionate he is. Perhaps it's because he's only a year older but I love Seth for fiercely defending Alex every single time. I mean, he actually goes dangerous when the master slaps Alex.

The furies! Oh, I loved the furies, but they were a bit disappointing. I imagined them to be a lot more apocalyptic-ally bad ass and not die so quickly.

Cuddling - Lol, yeah my apologies but I like fluff, loads of it! I found it sweet. I like how Seth always sneaked in Alex's room and comforted her. I like the bond they share, whatever the connection is.

Seth again! I also loved his streak of possessiveness, that was bordering on annoyingly-jealous-and-needs-to-get-checked-out in the book but hey I thought it was nice. He's never cared about anyone like this before so obviously he doesn't really know much about having a proper relationship with someone.

Compulsions? Some crafty people here! I guess we'll find out who's behind all this? and I wonder if we'd be meeting Alex's father any time soon?

Seth's POV was a bit disappointing and I'm glad I didn't read it fully. I was too afraid I might spoil the uber hot persona I have of him in my mind.

Unjust love - I was pretty pissed at Aiden to be honest, I mean what the heck was he thinking initially? Taking Alex out on a trip, being all nice and caring around her when he clearly knows her feelings. He treated her pretty badly when she confessed her love for him. Thought he was more mature than that. Anyways, I do understand his logic behind it but whatever. He's just being too much like the typical, suffering in silence hero type.

Having said that I did feel sad for Aiden in the end, I didn't really much care for him throughout the book [It's not really his fault because Armentrout just wrote out Seth so beautifully that he blew Aiden out of my mind, and took all the limelight] [how he takes a risk and puts his neck on the line, made me remember all the wonderful things about him that I loved in Half blood and I realized how much he truly carez for Alex. Well we kind of knew it all along, but now Seth knows too.]

I was so pissed at the stupid rules these people have made. Hey guys, there's a word called freedom - ever look it up in the dictionary? You might want to add it to your rules and legislature. Geez, what a bunch of crazy lunatics, standing in the way of budding romance between two people. Not that I want Aiden and Alex to end up together but for their sake. I mean I don't want them to suffer.

For those of you who haven't read this book, you're missing out on some amazing writing and brilliant story. The covenant series are definitely going on my favorites shelf.

I can't wait for the third book!

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