11 April, 2012

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Pages: 329.
Publication: 3rd April 2012.
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"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."

This is a hard review to write without any spoilers. Anyone who is in with the Young Adult genre knows the name Jennifer L. Armentrout. She has taken the world by storm with both this Covenant series and her Lux series.  I will warn however, a little of your soul may die while reading Pure, sequel of the highly praised Half-Blood.

Pure is a game changer for the series. Not only for the story within the series itself but also for the quality of the writing. Pure lives up to the high expectations I as well as most of the YA world had. Daimons are attacking students on school grounds, the Gods are not happy, people are put in live and situations and Alex has probably blurted out something she should not have said. Oh, yes, the Covenant series is back. 

Most of the characters are back in Pure including Alex, Aiden, Seth, Caleb, Marcus and so on.
Alex is still her kick-ass self who still does not know when to keep her mouth shut or her fist down. So yes, she is still getting into a lot trouble. It's why I love her. She stands up for what she believes in and despite being a very rash individual, she is smart. She also has some great one-liners in Pure some of which did actually make me laugh out loud. 

Aiden. Poor, poor Aiden. He is always trying to do the right thing. Although I find Aiden a little too uptight and shy to appeal to me as a love interest, he is DEFINITELY not shy when fighting but I find his personality a little lack in spontaneity for my taste. Well, he is bland compared to Seth. With this being said, Aiden is still a wonderful character who balance's Alex out in the right ways. My heart does go out for him. You can tell he is aching because of the Breed rules and you can see how much he genuinely cares for Alex. I also applaud him for standing his ground.

I love Seth. I do. No, really, I love him. I am really glad he played a bigger role in this book. He is so many kinds of awesome. I love his humour and battles of wit and retort with Alex. Seth is also rude, egotistical and obnoxious and that makes me want him even more. Does that say something about my taste in men, that I would choose Seth over Aiden? I know, I make Seth sound like a one-dimensional comical relief character but truly, he is not. We see more of Seth and other sides of his personality including a few scenes in his POV at the end of the book. 

Romance plays an integral part of Pure, a lot more than it did in Half-Blood. Alex does a lot of thinking about boys in this book. The romance aspect takes a few twists and turns as well has hitting a few bumps throughout the book. I will tell you who I 'ship' if you have not guessed. I kinda want Alex and Seth together despite being a ticking time bomb. However with that being said, if they would become an actual couple, would they lose the hilarious war of words they have on a daily basis? I hate when that happens in books.

I know in my review of Half-Blood, I said I was not sure I enjoyed the whole Apollyon dynamic of the book mainly because I did not know much about it but I must say, I found it really interesting in this book especially how being Apollyons affects Alex and Seth individually and Alex and Seth as a whole.

Pure has a few plot twists and turns and one main shocker which had me repeating "Oh, Miss Armentrout, why did you do what you did? Haven't you broken my heart enough?" And then saying ugh, WHY, many times over. Many times over.

Final Thought.
Pure is a fast-paced book full of action, humour and romance. There is battles between daimons and our heoine, battles of love and of course, battles of wit and retort. There is no doubt about it. The Covenant series is a MUST READ. I am already anticapting the third novel, Deity, which is expected to be out 6th November 2012.  


  1. Oh, Carmy, your review makes me want to read this book NOW! I haven't read any Jennifer L. Armentrout's books (I know! *blush*), but if there is anything more to convince me, it is your amazing review! I'm glad that you enjoyed this book. I keep hearing awesome things about this series, so I think I should find a corner and start reading it soon! <3

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words!
    Oh, you definitely should read her books, they're great. I think you owuld really enjoy them! :)