Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: review

Goodreads rating: 4.48
Paperback, 343 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press
Series: Covenant #4
Source: Bought
Genre: YA mythological romance

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.

Spoilers from books 1-3.
Some coarse language and sexy YA moments.

So this was some insanity guys. Everything JLA writes is gold and Apollyon is no different. Every book makes me fall more in love with this series, as well as Aiden and Alex. But the beginning of this book just pissed me off. JLA leaves us off in Deity where Alex's Apollyon powers have finally decided to make an appearance. Alex was worried about losing herself to the Awakening of her powers, and she did. The beginning of this book was like Pure all over again: Alex getting weirdly cozy with Seth, but this time she has no choice and Aiden being on the outside. But this time Aiden's all in for Alex. He's not going to let the Awakening consume her, and he's definitely not going to let Seth and Alex meet because Alex's power would transfer to Seth and that would not be good. This beginning was heartbreaking because Alex was obsessed with Seth and kind of hated Aiden, ad you could tell how much that was breaking his heart. But when that boy is determined, things happen, and he will not let Alex be consumed by her fate.

We knew Aiden would do anything to save Alex. And he does. Alex's other fear besides losing herself to the Awakening is realized because Aiden didn't see any other options. Alex was distraught and powerful, and he felt he had to do what was right. Aiden is just magical in this one. It's no secret that eventually Alex snaps out of it, and she feels so guilty for what she did and said. But Aiden is so humble about everything. And Seth was just Seth. He wanted to learn where Alex was being hidden by the Pures, and at first Alex wanted the same thing. He was in her head constantly at first, and then when she breaks away from the Awakening's hold and is blissfully silent. Seth is sadly still under the impression that Alex's stepfather cares about what happens to Seth, but he's only after power. I want to feel bad for Seth, but he's so delusional and acts like such an asshat that it really feels like he's lost. I don't really care what happens to Seth to be honest, but he needs to be dealt with one way or another and it will be interesting to see what happens to him in the final installment of this series.

Eventually we learn that there is a way that Seth's powers can be transferred to Alex instead. Oh those loopholes. But the only person that knows how to do that is dead. Though it helps when you have an ally in the Underworld--namely the wonderful Caleb. I'm so glad that he's still a intricate part of the story. A part of Alex died the day that Caleb was killed by the daemon, and I though the one time we got to see him would be it; that that was enough for closure. But I'm so happy that he's not only included in the story, but he's still invaluable to the story and Alex's character. I also loved Alex's uncle. He truly showed how much he loved Alex, and that he has a totally kick-butt side to him. Apollo was as frustrating and mysterious and wonderful. I've realized that the thing I love about this series is that Alex can't do these things alone, and she has so many people that love her that will do anything for her. She needs them to live and to feel alive. I loved this fourth installment and I can't wait to see what happens in Sentinel! I'll be sad to see this series end, but JLA really set us up for a fantastic ending.

Readers of this awesome series! Otherwise you wouldn't have read this review.

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