Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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GoodReads Summary:

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, treatment Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoon worthy Aiden St. Delphi, information pills they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, thumb action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

My Review:

Please be aware while this review will NOT have spoilers for Sentinel, I cannot in any way guarantee there will not be spoilers for Half-Blood, Pure, Deity, Elixir or Apollyon. Please visit my book reviews page to read those! 

I’m not sure what I expected when I was reading this book but every single thing that happened was completely not in my line of expectations. I could call Sentinel the book of plot twists. There were so many surprises at every turn that there is no way on earth I could have ever predicted how this story would go. But that was a good thing! This novel was an emotional roller coaster taking us from hot and steamy scenes between Alex and Aidan into epic battles and fight scenes to completely emotional moments that made you want to cry. Every page was a surprise, taking us further into the unexpected, and you keep reading, because you just HAVE to know what happens next.

Jennifer creates a beautiful story, to wrap up a five book series. Do you know how hard it is to write a five book series and keep an audience captivated until the very last page? Its incredibly hard, and I think there’s a lot of authors that struggle with this. This is why, sometimes, when I read series, I find myself feeling less interested and less captivated as I get further in the series. This is so opposite for the Covenant series and especially of Sentinel. I am addicted until the very last page, where tears were running down my face, in sadness, in happiness, in completely satisfaction.

She takes the story that we’ve come so familiar with in the past four novels and two novellas, and creates an ending that is both very believable and very realistic but that would make any reader of the series feel like she did right by her story and her characters. The journey that the characters take is a rough one. They must face down Ares, a vindictive, determined, extremely powerful god, and his legion of half bloods and pures and compelled mortals, as well as Alex’s Apollyon counterpart, Seth. And the direction the story takes them, all of them, is a surprise to me. I can’t say too much without ruining any of the story but the outcomes of certain characters were definitely unexpected but seemed to fit perfectly with the story, and the events that take place in this finale.

Plus, Jennifer just tells great stories. She writes an action scene, and you’re clutching the pages in excitement while simultaneously Googling how to learn hand to hand combat. She weaves humor into almost every moment in her novel, keeping us still breathing, even when our hearts are breaking. She understands friendships and family, sacrifice, and battle and war, she understands romance and she understands fear and love and bravery and selfishness and so many other emotions and she can put so many of those into the stories, and it all feels so real.

And she can write a steamy scene like no body else. She is able to write a beautiful, romantic, hot and heavy scene that leaves you blushing and wishing very much for a cold shower, but she keeps it tasteful and classy, and in a way that fits so perfectly in her young adult novels. She addresses it responsibly, of course, but she knows that two people in love, whether they’re teenagers or adults, are going to experience that sort of intimacy and she does it so beautifully. Any time that Alex and Aidan share a steamy scene, I felt myself getting more comfortable and diving in, because she is SO good at romance, and because I love Aidan and Alex, and I LOVE them as a couple.

Simply put, any fan of this series is going to be so satisfied by the end of this novel. I thought it was an incredibly fitting ending, for all of the characters, and I felt like, while there was a heartbreak, there was also hope and happiness as well. I think it wraps up the story very well, but also shows that the story can continue as well, in our own minds and hearts and I think that’s beautiful. Definitely a must read for fans, you will most definitely enjoy it!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

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Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, more about 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, cure 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.

My Review:

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.

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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GoodReads Summary:

“History is on repeat, discount 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, sick 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…

My Review:

Please note that while this review will NOT have spoilers for this novel, it most likely will have spoilers for the first novel, Half Blood. You can read the review for that here. It may also include spoilers for the second book, Pure, the review of which can be read here. 

Is it possible to give this book 6 stars out of 5? Seriously. I keep thinking that this series canNOT possibly get better, and it totally gets better.

This one is SO steamy, and what I have waited for has finally happened, but not easily, of course. Sigh. I need to move on to the next book.

This book feels like the climax, which makes me wonder what happens in Apollyon to need Sentinel as the final book. There is so much build up, so much tension, so much electricity, and Alex is smack in the middle of it. She has so much to deal with. Her mother and best friend are dead. People hate her. She has to go Council, where half bloods aren’t exactly welcome. She is madly in love with Aidan but her bond with Seth makes her attracted to him as well. She has to train as a Sentinel and an Apollyon, and oh yeah, there’s that whole daimon plan that her mother told her about before she died. No big deal.

So all of that put together really makes for a tense filled novel. One minute, you’re sighing as Aidan and Alex share an intimate scene (I am so rooting for Aidan St. Delphi in this series), and you’re reluctantly also sighing when Seth and Alex share a scene. You’re on the edge of your seat as Alex is treated terribly at the Council and you know there is so much more to it than you know. Her life is threatened, she almost dies. SO much is going on in this novel that it was a wonder that I didn’t finish it in a couple hours.

I really loved that the problems of the books are continuing. New problems are coming up, but its an extension of the previous problems. Jennifer Armentrout is creating a great series by creating this building issue that eventually is going to explode. I keep thinking that maybe things will be figured out and then the world gets even more mysterious and slipperier. She really knows how to build the story for you, so you can’t help but want to continue. I finished this at 3:30 am, and it took a lot of resolve to tell myself to go to bed, and that I could read the next book in the morning. She is that addicting.

Plus, can I just add how seriously sexy both Aidan and Seth are? I mean, I’m all about Aidan St. Delphi, but Seth has his moments where you’re like, “I seriously hate to love this guy.” Props to Jennifer L. Armentrout for creating these characters that make me want to fan myself.

Read these books, seriously. I’m moving on to book four now. Ciao!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout Book Review

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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GoodReads Summary:

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, medications outside her classes, pill and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, troche 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.

My Review:

Please note that while this review will NOT have spoilers for this novel, it most likely will have spoilers for the first novel, Half Blood. You can read the review for that here. 

These books literally just keep getting better and better. I absolutely loved the first one but I’m not going to lie, I saw a ton of similarities between it and the first Vampire Academy novel. But I really loved the characters, and I love the story, and the idea of the Greek gods, and the way she represents it as opposed to others. I was even more relieved when I read this second book, and realized that it took a much different direction than the storyline of VA.

I really love the issue that Jennifer L. Armentrout creates. Alex is the second Apollyon of the generation, which makes her better than any pure blood, half blood or mortal but she has been a half blood her entire life, and she still technically is a half blood. She still feels the pains of being a half blood. You either train your butt to become a Sentinel or a Guard, or you drink the elixir, and became compliant, a slave. One step, one TOE out of line and thats it for a half. Pures are everything: they have a say in how the world is run, and the laws are all in their favor. They have no regard for the halfs, and some are so high strung that the death of a half means absolutely nothing to them.

So I think its very hard for Alex. She is the Apollyon, and so much is on her shoulders but she still feels that sting of being a half blood, especially since most of her friends are half bloods and I think that internal struggle and that issue she has with trying to figure herself out, now that she has even more to learn, is really what makes the core of this novel. There’s a lot of action but I think so much of what makes this novel so easy to bust through is the fact that there is so much tension, mentally and emotionally and in the politics and in the relationships and friendships that she has. Everything seems so calculated and everyone seems to have their own different opinion and plan for her and its a lot for her to sift through. She doesn’t know who to trust completely, or who to listen to.

Which leads to me to the whole Seth and Aidan thing. Aidan is a pure, her trainer, but she’s madly in love with her, even though they most definitely canNOT be together. Then there’s is Seth, the first Apollyon, who Alex is bonded to, and so they have this intense attraction to each other, but she’s so unsure if she really feels that way or if its just the bond. And even this bond can’t take away the love that she feels for Aidan. The triangle would normally bother me incredibly but it doesn’t so much because neither one of them really gives her much, which only serves to frustrate her more, which frustrates me to no end either. I adore them both for different reasons, though I’m totally rooting for Aidan. I think that the differences between the two: Aidan, a pure Sentinel and Seth, a half blood Apollyon, only makes her conflicting thoughts on what is going on in her community even worse.

In all, it was a satisfying sequel to the first novel that I enjoyed so much. I think it really takes the issues of the first book, expands it, and expands the universe that she has built. She really presents real conflicts, conflicts that exist anywhere, and have existed, and so they feel so much more real, especially since Alex is a half blood, and she’s on the bottom scale of everything. I love all the characters of this novel, and the story. I’m about half way through the third book, which I can’t wait to review for you all. I’m catching up fast!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Half Blood Book Review

Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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GoodReads Summary:

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, information pills and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Review:

I absolutely love the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I do. I remember feeling really apprehension about buying it because I didn’t like the cover, and some people had said it was too romantic and mushy but I ended up really liking, and I think a big part of that was the fact that the main character, Katy, was a book blogger, and Daemon was a hot alien who reminded me of Jace Wayland. But I do enjoy the series, and I eagerly await the final installment.

That being said, I’ve had quite a few people bugging me to read her other series, the Covenant series, for awhile now, some of them a little more demanding than others (I’m looking at you, Erin and Eilidh). I read a lot of books os it was on my “to-read” list but I just couldn’t make time for it. Then yesterday, for some reason, even though I have a huge stack of books to read, I decided to pick up the first in the series, Half Blood.

I finished it last night.

I think I’m already way more in love with this series than I am with the Lux series. and I do genuinely love that series. But oh my god, Half Blood absolutely blew me away. There’s something different that Jennifer Armentrout captures in these novels that I just don’t think comes across in Lux, and its just a great book. I immediately went to my friend, and was like “I’m broke, help me find the others” and she lent me the second one on Kindle, which I am EAGERLY waiting to read once I’m done reviewing it all for you.

The main character, Alexandria who goes by Alex, is just a seriously awesome character. She is so, excuse the language, but badass. She’s a fighter, she has a tough attitude and she’s stubborn as all hell. She has to prove that she is worth to stay at the Covenant and she has to work hard to prove that, but her temper and her stubbornness gets in the way of that sometimes and it makes you love her as a character. I hate perfect characters that always tend to do the right thing, and even when they do the wrong thing, its because they were trying to do the right thing. Alex is a very real character, and she has her own doubts and ideas and she gets distracted and she flies off the handle and she doesn’t always do the right thing, and I absolutely love that. I love that you’re so in her head that you feel her confidences and her doubts and her emotions. She feels so real to you.

I love all the other characters as well. Seth is pretty interesting and I’m curious to see how the interactions between him and Alex continue in the future of the books. I can’t say much more than that about him because it would be wicked spoiler like. I adore Aidan, because well, you’re totally supposed because he’s super hot, and a badass fighter and Alex is mad about him, and yeah, now I’m mad about him. Caleb is a fun character, who I wish I had as my best friend. There are so many characters, and even if you only see them for so long, you know them. That’s a mark of Jennifer L. Armentrout. She creates these massive worlds but she builds all the characters to seem real, and she does it so quickly.

I really enjoyed the story, and really whipped through it. Its a very different view of the whole demigod idea, which is a popular choice of story telling in the past few years but its interesting to see the different approaches that you get and I really like this one. I think its interesting how there’s almost a hierarchy based on if you’re a pure blood or a half blood, and even when you’re a half blood, whether you’re a servant or a Sentinel. Its so interesting which makes me believe that there’s going to be way more to this story than just Alex’s struggles but perhaps the struggle between the different classes of demigods. It should be super interesting. Now, I’m going to urge all of you to go read this book, so I can stop writing this review and go read the second one!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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GoodReads Summary:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. 

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, ask he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everyting becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive. 

Surrounded by enemies, order the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or The Luxen? 

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together? 

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was worth the wait and I literally zipped right through it. I was lucky enough to win an eARC from Heather Riccio, who is a senior publicist at Entangled Teen (Thanks Heather!). Because it was in PDF form, it was WAY too tiny to read on my phone, my Kindle wouldn’t charge and the only logical solution was to read the book on my computer…until 4 am. That’s how good this book was. I kept reading, I wanted to see what was going to happen.

I really like the direction that Jennifer went with in this novel. I loved the dual point of views. Lately, that has been kind of a trend, with later books switching off into dual points of view and I haven’t been the biggest fan of it. But I think it really fit with the story. Daemon and Katy are into two different places and it was really essential to the story to get both points of view as they try to fight their way back to each other. It was also so nice to get into Daemon’s head. Daemon’s head is a complicated place and I think that it was seriously fun to dive in there, especially during a time like this, where he’s anger and scared and on a mission to save Katy. Its like, the best and worst of Daemon is going to come out at that moment because of her being taken and we get to see all of that from HIS point of view.

I also loved the direction that she took in this book. In the previous books, there were always these threats, but they were kind of unknown or they sort of sneaked up later in the books. They weren’t always the main focus, and the story wasn’t always wrapped around in whatever the threat was. But this book was so different. You know who the threat is from page one. Katy is taken by Daedalus and you get inside the minds of these people that we’ve really only heard about. Now we get to see first hand what their plans are, why they are doing what they are doing, and all that sort of thing. Before we really only had Dawson and Blake to go off, but now we’re really delving into it.

And, without spoilers, I really was intrigued and caught up in what was going on. I really felt there was more of a story building, more action to come, and more drama to come. I love the love story between Daemon and Katy a LOT (seriously, Daemon Black can make any girl swoon) but I felt it overpowered a lot of the stories in the other books. Not that it made dislike the books in any way but you know how I can get if the romance starts to overpower the stories. I swear, I get an eye twitch or something. This book really starts to prove that the Lux series is not just a romance book, but a seriously awesome, action-packed sci-fi novel. The amount of action, the amount of tension, the crazy stuff that kept going down…I couldn’t stop reading. Things are getting tighter and tenser and I am so stuck to the novel.

Also, the cliffhanger? I hate you Jennifer L. Armentrout (not really, of course). I thought the cliffhanger in Opal was bad, and that there was no way it could get any worse. I was so insanely wrong! I couldn’t believe it was the end. I kept trying to scroll down in the PDF. I should have known that Jennifer would want to leave me with these heightened emotions and the sudden urge to rip all of my hair off my head. I can’t believe how amazing it was. I need a release date for book #5 soon so that I can start obsessively counting down the days until I can find out what happens next.

I did have one issue, and its the reason the book gets a 4.5 out of 5 instead of a 5 out of 5. I don’t want to ruin the book, as it obviously doesn’t come out until Tuesday and I do spoiler free reviews. But something happens in Chapter 25 that I don’t agree with. I have made my opinion VERY clear on stuff like that and as much as part of me was a little happy, I still don’t agree with it. I know that sounds super vague and stuff but it honestly made me stop reading for about a half an hour before returning to the book. The rest of the book was SO good that I felt better, but every time I think of it, I get a kind of pissed off feeling. I just…I don’t like when that sort of thing happens in teen books. I don’t think its appropriate or a good example. Its just something that is a real book turn-off for me.

Other than that though, really, this was a great book. It was worth the wait and I was so excited to be able to get the eARC before the book releases on Tuesday. Now that I’ve had a chance to read ARCs of this book and Rae Carson’s The Bitter Kingdom, the only book that I have to worry about on Tuesday is Sarah J. Maas’ The Crown of Midnight.

Seriously though, definitely read this book. If you’ve read Opal though, I’m sure you’re just DYING for this book and trust me, its way worth the wait. I can’t wait for book #5…whenever that happens!

Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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