Book Review: Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout

Synopsis: Even though she isn’t exactly happy about being the second Apollyon, Alexandria is beginning to realize that she needs Seth –if only because his presence puts her to sleep.  Between the daimon attacks at school, being called before the Council, and the appearance of the Furies, Alex has more than enough trouble in her life to give her nightmares. Alexandria’s life is on the line from enemies both known and unknown, and she discovers just what Aiden is willing do to keep her safe.

Author: Jennifer L Armentrout is an up-and-coming author quickly gaining popularity. Having only made her debut last year, Jennifer now has five published works and six more expected to be published by 2013.

Cover: The artwork in this series continues to be fantastic. It follows the theme of a fiery flower set on a single coloured background. I still like best Half-Blood’s purple hibiscus over Daimon’s green tulip and Pure’s blue Rose, but all of them are truly beautiful and always have meaning.

Writing Style: Jennifer has a quirky sense of humour that comes out in her stories, and quite often you won’t even realize you’re smiling as you read until someone catches you. Yet Jennifer is just as capable in writing serious or sad scenes, which balance out the novel’s overall aesthetic.

Pacing: The novel starts by dealing with the emotional aspects of Alex’s life, but then begins to build into a fully action-packed climatic battle between daimons and the sentinels.

Location: While the novel does begin in the Covenant of North Carolina, the latter portion takes place in New York.

Plot: I wasn’t expecting Alex to be relocated to another Covenant, but it does add a level of the unknown for the main characters and therefore a greater measure of danger. We know from the previous novel that the existence of two Apollyons is a threat, but the reader now gets to see the effect of their existence among others outside of their school.

Romance: The main character’s relationship with Aiden reaches a new level, with the pure always trying to do whatever it takes to protect Alex. This is counterbalanced by the growing bond between the Apollyons, the male half of which isn’t nearly as caring about what is safe and has a tendency towards the self-serving. Alex will have to choose between the forbidden and fate, though each in their own way could lead to her death.

Side Note: Having just recently watched the movie Thor, I now imagine Seth looking a lot like Chris Hemsworth did in that film.

Theme: In this book an image keeps reappearing –the upside down torch. It represents Thanatos who is both the god of peaceful death as well as an ancient Order of extremists presumed to no longer be in existence.  Due to the prominence of this emblem, it appears to be leading up to something of importance… but not yet revealed.

 Personal Thoughts: I have some theories about Alex’s stepfather Lucian, the Order of Thanatos, and even Leon, but in case I am even close to being right in my suspicions of where things might lead I shant say what those ideas are.

Quote: Everything changed the moment you were born.

The Verdict:  This was another fantastic novel by Jennifer L Armentrout. She manages to keep things fresh and original while adding layers of complexity. This series, though only just beginning, is one I already know I will enjoy over and over again. I will be looking forward to future books in the Covenant series and other works by this author.

 Previous Reviews: DaimonHalf-Blood

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Waiting On Wednesday (Apr-4)

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

I have read the prequel “Daimon“, the debut novel called “Half-Blood“, and I am now reading the second book of “Pure“. It will come as no surprise that I am now awaiting the third book of the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout, “Deity“.

This new novel is set to come out in November of this year from Spencer Hill Press, a whole seven months from now… How will I ever endure not knowing what will happen next with Alex, Seth, and Aiden for so long?

 Previous Waiting: Mar-3Mar-4Apr-2

Cover Reveal and Tourney!

Today brings great things! Well, two at least. First is the cover reveal of Jennifer L Armentrout’s third Covenant novel and, secondly, Alex duking it out for supremacy in her first tournament.

As many of you may know, I am a big fan of Jennifer L Armentrout whom I first *met* through a book blogger chat site (see Read.Chat.Love). She is a fabulous person and awesome author who always has time for her fans. I was one of the lucky bloggers who received ARCs and got to interview Jennifer (see previous post links below).

So when I was asked to help out with the cover reveal of the third Covenant novel I jumped at the chance! The cover has in fact been revealed last night by Jennifer, but for those who haven’t yet seen this fabulous third book in Jennifer L Armentrout’s Covenant series… Here is Deity in all it’s gorgeousness:

So what do you think of the cover? Is it your new favourite or do you prefer the artwork of one of the previous books in the series? And if you haven’t started reading Jennifer’s books, do!  They may be classified as ya, but they are wonderful no matter what your age. If you have already started reading these books, then you already know who Alexandria “Alex” Andros is…

She is the heroine of the Covenant books and needs votes in The Heroine Tournament that the YA Sisterhood is hosting. You can find out a bit more about this on Momo’s Books Over Boys blog as she is championing Alex. The incentive for you voting is just this: if Alex wins, Jennifer will write a scene that happens between the first Covenant novel Half-Blood and the second book Pure *yAy* Books Over Boys posted about this here, including tweets as proof.

So get on over there and Vote for Alex!

And once you have finished voting yourself, ensure to tweet (#HALFBLOODLEGION and #ALEXCOVENANT), facebook update, blog post, bribe your friends and family, do whatever you need to in order to get others voting for Alex, too!

 Previous Posts: DaimonHalf-Blood, Writerly Questions

Don’t forget to enter my Birthday Giveaway!

And the Winner is…

Thank you to all who participated in my first ever book giveaway contest!

Also, a big thank you to Spencer Hill Press for providing the additional copy of
Jennifer L Armentrout‘s ARC of her debut novel Half-Blood to be given away.

But now is the moment you have all been waiting for…

*drumroll*

The winner is:

BRANDI ENGLISH-ROSE WILSON! 

You have 72 hours to reply or the prize will be redrawn for.

Related Posts: Daimon, IMMOct-2,  TTOct-1, WoWOct-1,
TTOct-2, WoWOct-2JLA InterviewHalf-Blood

**Photo courtesy of lip gloss and literature

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout

Synopsis: Alexandria has finally returned to the covenant after spending the past three years living among mortals. Because of her long absence, Alex has fallen behind in her studies and she has only been given the summer to catch up on her training towards becoming a sentinel. If Alex doesn’t succeed she will be forced into servitude, so she has to find a way to stay focused and stay alive. Alex soon finds herself crushing on her trainer, but he’s a pureblood and it’s against the rules. But then, Alex has always had a hard time obeying the rules….

Author: Though Jennifer L Armentrout has already released an ebook prequel to the Covenant series, it is Half-Blood that is considered her debut novel.  Frequently found on twitter and blogger chats, Jennifer is actually living in West Virginia.

Writing Style: This book has a very accessible quality to it as well as a rather cheeky tone, making it a wonderful mix of emotion, seriousness, and humour. For those of you who know and like the author, you will love her book because within it you can definitely catch an overall essence that is Jennifer.

Plot: This story-line quite literally picks up where Daimon left off, with only minutes passing rather than a greater length of time.  This book skimps on the details of what occurred before, but reiterates the necessary information needed within this novel. The story is filled with physical action, internal debate, and disobedient hearts.

Pacing: The novel never drags, but neither does it overload the senses. The text seamlessly transitions between mental and emotion struggles alternated with wicked fight scenes or witty repartee.

Character: Caleb is Alexandria’s best friend, even after years apart. He stands by her side no matter how angry she gets, how stupid she acts, or what rumours are circling about her. He keeps her secrets, gives her support when she needs it, and would follow her into danger.

Character Development: Alexandria is the protagonist and as such she changes the most. In the prequel she is essentially the usual selfish teenager, but her growth continues further in this next book. Alex starts off rather cocky and confident, believing that she doesn’t need to rely on anyone but herself. Then she starts to realize that it is okay to need help, okay to lean on someone, okay to show emotion. The more her inner strength grows, the greater her physical power becomes.

Romance: The pureblood offspring of two Hematoi are not supposed to fraternize with the half-bloods, making Alex and Aiden’s budding relationship take on the appeal of a forbidden love. While most would consider the idea of a daily @$$kicking rather unromantic, the personalities of these two protagonists would cause them to be unable to respect anyone who could not fight and thus making their training sessions the most logical way for them to bond.

Quote: I stared up at him, entertaining a vividly wild scenario in which he pulled me against him and kissed me like the barrel-chested men in those smutty books my mom used to read.

Sidenote: While the pronunciation guide is helpful, it would have been more so as a glossary by including the definitions of the words and phrases.

The Verdict: Half-Blood is one of those can’t-put-down-and-really-want-the-rest-of-the-series-now type of book.  It is a fantastic combination of paranormal, romance, and action that will satisfy any reader. The novel is available this month so keep an eye out for it in the bookstore, because you will not want to pass this book by.

Previous Posts: Daimon, IMMOct-2,  TTOct-1, WoWOct-1, TTOct-2, WoWOct-2JLA Interview

Writerly Questions with Jennifer L Armentrout

You may have noticed that these past two weeks have been devoted to the fabulous Jennifer L Armentrout. This is because Jennifer’s debut novel is hitting the bookstore shelves on October 18th!

Last week I posted teaser quotes and my review for her prequel ebook to the Covenant series called Daimon, and this week is all about her debut novel Half-Blood.

You can take a look at Half-blood teasers here, or check out her next novel, Pure, here. On Friday I will be posting my review for the debut novel and on Saturday I’ll have some news to smile about.

But because Jennifer is so fabulous she was willing to do a really quick interview with me about Half-Blood for today’s post…

1.     What name do you prefer to be called by?
I prefer Jennifer or Awesome Author Ever. Haha.

2.     How long did it take you to write this book?
It can literally take me anywhere from 8 days to 3 months to a write a book. It all depends on the characters. plot an story.

3.    How many drafts do you go through?
Before submission, about 2-3.

4.    When do you write best, in the morning or night?
At night usually.

5.    Typewriter, laptop, or pen & paper?
Laptop.

6.    What do you drink or eat while you write?
Sometimes I eat dinner while writing, depending on if I’m on a time line.

7.    Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
I like to listen to music when writing fight scenes, to get into the kickass mode.

8.     What do you wear when you write?
LOL. That is a different question. Whatever I put on that morning.

9. How do you plot? By chapter or an overall synopsis? Do you use detailed outlines?
Page by page. No outlines whatsoever

10.  Who is the first person who gets to read your manuscript?
Julie Fedderson, usually. She’s my first crit partner that gets to read everything

11.  What did you do immediately after hearing that you were being published for the very first time?
Smiled. Then told my husband.

12.  What’s on your nightstand right now?
Silence

13. Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, as cliche as that sounds.

14. What is the best gift someone could give a writer?
Time alone, lol

15.  What is the best advice someone could give a writer?
Never give up and keep writing.

16. What is one random thing most people don’t know about you?
I hate interstates.

For more FAQ, be sure to check out Jennifer’s website here.

Related Posts:  Daimon, IMMOct-2,  TTOct-1, WoWOct-1, TTOct-2, WoWOct-2

Waiting on Wednesday (Oct-2)

After last week’s review and this week’s book in my mailbox, it should not come as any surprise as to just what I’m absolutely dying to get my greedy little book-loving hands on.

Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout

I liked Daimon and I loved Half-Blood, so I just know the third book of the covenant series is going to be seriously astounding! I can hardly wait to find out what happens next for Alex, Aiden, and Seth…

Related Posts: Daimon, IMMOct-2,  TTOct-1, WoWOct-1, TTOct-2