Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: Covenant , #4 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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* This is the fourth book in the series. If you haven't started the series yet, then the synopsis will be spoilery.. My review is spoiler free for this book, but may contain spoilers for the previous books in the series.

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.

My Thoughts

This series continues to get better with each book. Not just better, but OMG the feels!! This series is seriously doing some major damage to my emotions. I have come to love these characters so much that they are more like real people to me than just some random characters on a page.With each book I feel closer and closer to them. This one is pretty intense. They are literally at war now and Alex is the center of all of it. It was everything I was hoping it would be and more!

Alex goes through a lot in this book. I mean, really this girl can't catch a break and it just gets worse and worse for her, but she is so tough and strong and even when it would be so easy to just give up, she pushes on. She has a lot of weight on her shoulders. Yes, she is a bit selfish at times, but she really does grow up in this one and she realizes how selfish she is being. She isn't quite as snarky as we are used to, but never fear, it's still there. She just reigns it in and is more mature about it when possible. She has really grown into a woman through the series, and I think that with what she went through in this it was a wake up call to her that she can't be the selfish and immature girl she was before. The fate of the world is literally on her and it's a lot of pressure. She loses herself a few times, but the fighter in her always wins out. I can only hope that she can hang on to that inner strength for the sake of everyone else.

Aiden just stole my heart completely. I was already totally team Aiden and adored him beyond words, but her really did me in this time. I think what I loved the most was he has always seemed so unnatainably perfect, but in this we see his not so perfectness. (Not that he's not still almost perfect) We see him lose his temper a few times, we learn what goes on inside his head that eats him up and makes his guilt overpower him. He has always had that vulnerable side, but it's so much more in this one. He is open about his feelings for Alex, he is super over protective of her and his brother. He will sacrifice himself if it means that they are safe. On top of all that, he still keeps Alex as grounded as he can. He saves her from getting sucked into herself and the bond that Seth holds with her. I love him more with each book!

Seth was growing on me a bit, but now... oh no. The thing is, I do still have hope for him to not be a bad person. I want to believe that he will do the right thing. He really does care for Alex. No matter what messed up things he has done or will do, he truly does care about her and I want to trust that it will be enough in the end to get through to him. You can see the cracks, but he is just so lost in what he thinks is love and affection from all the wrong people. He is consumed with his power and doesn't see what he is really doing. He doesn't understand because he doesn't have that compassion in his heart like Alex does. For most of this book I really despised him, but I want to believe that there is good in him. I still am giving him a chance to not become evil.

This one is filled with action, laughs, emotions, sweet moments, steamy moments, and a few angry moments. My emotions while reading this book were like one of those feelings charts. We meet a lot of the Gods, we get deeper into the story, and things are pretty rough for Alex and the rest of the group. It's always hard trying to review a book this far into a series because I feel like I can only say so much about the characters because I have said most of it all already, but I don't want to get too deep into the things that happen for fear of spoiling things for people. The story progressed well and it does leave you with a little cliffhanger, but it's not a super intense one like with the previous book. It leaves you hanging, but not wanting to throwing things around and have a tantrum. It was a very satisfying ending to this book and a great lead into the next (and final *sob*) book in the series.


16 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I didn't read this review, though each time I see one of these books to the Half-Blood series, I want to pick them right up and read them. I imagine you wrote an AMAZING review as always and I'm so glad you gave it 5 stars! Def. beginning this series once my review pile eases down :)

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    1. I always try to put a warning so no one gets anything ruined for them. Hope you get to read the series soon.

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  2. I agree, these books just have so many feels! I almost can't handle it, I swear. Alex has grown so much since the beginning of this series and Aiden is completely swoonworthy. I have hope for Seth as a person too but I don't understand why people want Alex to choose him. I loved this book too and I think it was up and down in a crazy but awesome way too! Waiting for the last book is going to be torture. Fantastic review, dear! <3

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    1. OMG right!! I in no way want or think that Alex and Seth belong together. Obviously her and Aiden are perfect for each other and are totally soulmates!! This book was kind of crazy, but I really loved it. We really got a big range of what they are feeling and what's going on.

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  3. Great review! I just finished this last night. I think this is my most favorite so far. I just loved Aiden in this book. Of all Jennifer's characters, I think Alex is my favorite female heroine. Waiting for Sentinel will be so hard now. If Alex and Aiden don't end up together when it's all said and done, I think I will just die.

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  4. Erin loved this one. Her review goes up on the 26th. I can't wait to read it!!! Great review hun!

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  5. Eep I only skimmed the review bc I haven't read this series yet but it's awesome to see t,s still such a great series after 4 books! It's annoying when a series loses steam after 2-3 books. I even have the first one here I should get on that >.<

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  6. Oooooh 5 Stars. I didn't read anything here just looked at your rating because I haven't even gotten around to pick up the first book in this series. So happy that it is continuing to be so awesome for you! I'll have to get to this series sooner rather than later.

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  7. I love Seth! He really does love Alex and I think he will redeem himself. He just never had any family or friends so he didn't understand he was being used. I missed him in this book. This one was slow for me and Ii haven't even reviewed it yet because it was all Aiden and I get rather bored by him.

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  8. I'm still scared of Armentrout's books, but Seth sounds intriguing. I don't usually go for bad boy types, but when I do...oh man. Like the Darkling. Break me off a piece of that, am I right?

    Also, it's nice that the heroine clued in on her selfishness. I love selfish characters, but only if they know that about themselves and own it.

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  9. Ok, I have not read this series, so I'm skipping down to read your WoW!

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  10. I still have hope for Seth but not with Alex. I wanted to write him off completely during this book but the ending gave a hint that he may be redeemed. Great review. You know I agree with you.

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  11. oh wow... for you to be emotionally close to the characters sounds amazing!! For me, characters are SO important, so I'm really excited for this series!! Lovely review! Im glad you loved it!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  12. GAHHH! I just knew it. I skimmed your review since I will be reading this myself and ahhh. I can not wait. Aiden, *sigh*

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  13. OMG! Reading your review, and esp what you wrote about Aiden is making me really feel for this book again and want to reread it. Oh, Aiden! I love him so much, #1 book boyfriend, for sure. I love how much Alex matures and grows as the series progresses. This book def ranks up there w/my favs. You know how much I love this series. Great review!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  14. While I have a long list of books to read, I still need to come back to this series and finish it out. I've been hooked for a while!
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