Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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.
Please keep in mind: this review will not spoil this particular book, but it most likely will have spoilers for previous books.
Literally everything is starting to come together in this book. Alex has finally become the Apollyon, and her deepest fear has come true: she loses herself and she wants nothing more than to be reunited with Seth, because she wants what he wants, and she is devoted to him. I had been hoping so HARD that it wouldn’t happen and when it happened, I almost died. I wanted to throw the book across the room, especially when I read the short novella between Deity and Apollyon: Elixir and we see inside Aidan’s head, as he struggles with Alex.
But I think that’s a huge reason why this book got to me so much. We see Aidan’s point of view briefly in Elixir, and we know how he feels about her and both his fears, and his worries for Alex. Coming back into the book with Alex as the wacked out Apollyon was something that was frightening, especially knowing what to expect, and wondering how on earth they were going to manage to get the real Alex back. I think the entire book, we see the devotion and love and friendship that Alex is able to get from Aidan and Marcus and Olivia, and Caleb, and even the god, Apollo. I think there is a lot to be shown in that, and in their faith that she can break the bond with Seth.
Which leads to me Seth. I had such mixed feelings about Seth since the beginning. I’m a big shipper of Aidan and Alex (what’s their ship name? does anyone know?) but Seth was kind of sexy in a dark way. I’m not going to lie, my cheeks got all flushed when Seth and Alex had those steamy scenes. But then Seth just…he went so bad in Deity with his attack on the Covenant, and his allegiance with Lucian, and I wanted to kill him. I especially wanted to kill him when you hear him in Alex’s mind, while she’s not herself, connected at him through the bond. He’s so slippery and sneaky. But Alex and Caleb are so determined that there is some kind of hope for him, and so its interesting to see where it goes, especially when its obviously that Alex cares for him, and that Seth does for her, bond or not.
But I also love that we’re building up more and more for what is going to take place in Sentinel, which releases in exactly one month. There are so many aspects to be concerned with. You have Ares, who is the God who is determined to use Seth for his own means, you have the bond between Seth and Alex, and Alex’s task to strip him of his power, or kill him. There’s the issue of the completely torn apart Covenant world, and the laws that need to be changed in regards to half bloods and their relations with pure bloods. There is so much at stake, and it makes for a great cliffhanger, a great desire to read the next book and a completely impatient Sara.
5 out of 5 stars