Thursday, March 28, 2013

Deity (Covenant #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: review

Goodreads rating: 4.58
Paperback 330 pages
Published November 6th 2012
Series: Covenant #3
Source: Bought

"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...

WARNING: SPOILERS FROM BOOKS 1 & 2

Words cannot express the beauty of this book. After reading Pure, I was losing faith in Alex's ability to reason, especially when it came to the boys in her life. After spending all that time at the main Covenant and fighting an army or daimons (both Pures and Half-Bloods), she still has her birthday to worry about. Seth could easily suck her powers from her and become the god killer. Somehow, though, he's finding a way to speed up the process. Whenever Alexa and Seth start making out hard, another one of the Apollyon tattoos pops up on her skin. Luckily, she starts to realize that maybe time with Seth isn't the best thing for her. The other problem is that Alex has a secret: she killed a Pure. Even though it was out of self-defense, the Council doesn't care. Killing a Pure constitutes death for a Half-Blood. Luckily, she has Aiden to help her cover it up. But that puts him in danger too, and that's the last thing Alex wants. I loved this extra element that brought Aiden and Alex closer together. Others know the secret as well, but it really showed Aiden's loyalty to Alex. Seth, on the other hand, is really wrapped around Alex's step-father's finger. I guess Seth never really had a dad, so now he sees the step-father as a sort of replacement. Too bad the step-father has his own agenda.

What can I say, guys, the romance was awesome! I was so disappointed in Pure because Alex was settling for Seth (as Aiden mentioned numerous times to her), and Aiden was barely there. But in Deity, we get Aiden in full form. Now that they're back from the Catskills, they have to be more careful than ever. The head of the Covenant is hell-bent on either killing Alex or getting her to admit that she killed the Pure in the big battle scene in the second book. But if Alex turns herself in, it means that Aiden will be implicated as well, and that would not be good for either of them. This book made me realize how amazing Aiden is. In Pure, we just get so much Seth that I felt myself being attracted to him (on a physical level only though; that boy's about as deep as a fish bowl). Luckily, JLA brought us back to Aiden full-force and I could not have been happier. There was nothing in this book that disappointed me, and especially now the romance. Alex is getting more suspicious that Seth is purposefully trying to make her Awaken early so that he can use her power and become the god killer sooner. Luckily (and also unluckily), the gods also want a say in this, and one of them has been living in the Covenant for some time now. But I was just glad that Alex finally figured out what a prick Seth is.

I'm really glad Alex's uncle is showing how much he cares about her now. When she first comes back to the Covenant in the first book, he's pretty cold to her and acts as more of a principle than an uncle. But during these troubling times, Alex doesn't know who she can trust. It turns out that someone is trying to kill Alex from the inside, and getting orders from the head of the Covenant in the Catskills. And Alex doesn't figure it out until it's almost too late. But, as always, Aiden is there. Alex is really scared of what she'll become on her birthday, but there are a lot of people there that support her, which is really good now that Caleb is dead. And like I said, the gods now have a stake in this, and some very powerful ones want Alex to live. This series is just so great. I know that the Greek mythology bit in YA has been overplayed, but JLA has found a new way to combine Greek mythology, boarding school and a sort of vampire thing going on. And, though JLA writes some of the best romances, YA or otherwise, she also always has an interesting and well-thought-out plot to go along with it. I've already pre-ordered Apollyon and can't wait to see what happens next!

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