Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Blog Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to the Pure Blog Tour, organised by Valerie at StuckInBooks! This event is absolutely massive so be sure to check out all of the fun. This review will be my first post of the tour but come back on April 9th because I have a delicious exclusive scene from Half Blood in Aiden's POV that involves a steamy kiss ;) You'll want to see it. I swear.

GIVEAWAY:  To gain an entry in either/both of the big tour-long giveaways for Pure, leave a comment here about what you love most about this series and then go to StuckInBooks and/or A Cupcake and a Latte with this link to complete your entry. You are allowed to submit 5 comment entries everyday to their Rafflecopter forms. Check out the Tour Schedule Page to keep up with the latest news/posts and enter the giveaway to win a Covenant Series bracelet while you're there too!

If you have not read Half Blood, I strongly suggest you do so right now!

Title: Pure
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #2
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: April 3rd 2012
Source: ARC from publisher for review

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

In the exciting sequel to Armentrout's smashing debut, you'll have the chance to explore the relationship between Alex and Seth even further. The two Apollyons, destined for tragedy, come closer than ever before as her Sentinel instructor Aiden continues to push her away. I enjoyed Pure even more than I did Half Blood and was shocked by the emotions the author was able to provoke from me. As of now, I am officially TEAM SETH. Who would've thought?

Now that the rules of daimons have changed completely, everyone is in a chaos, panicked and at a loss about how to stop themselves from being slaughtered. With the then-impossible existence of half-daimons, anyone in the Covenant could be the traitor now and no one would know until it was too late. Once again, this novel is filled with heart-pumping action and mystery that pairs so very well with the romance and humour. Jennifer achieves such a perfect balance of all of these elements and her thorough building of the atmosphere is what makes this series so fantastic for me. It was a joy getting to know the secondary characters on a deeper level - their stories were so entertaining! Pure also brings in a trove of new mythology you'll love, from killer furies to barbaric Covenant politics.

The romance in this book will absolutely blow you away. While Aiden still hovers at the forefront of Alex's mind, Seth makes himself known and begins to dominate her thoughts with his persistence and surprisingly sweet personality. Despite how much Alex tries to discourage and chase away the annoying pain in her backside, Seth just keeps coming back and showing her that he cares. Their relationship develops slowly and delicately, shaped by several small moments and big milestones. You'll adore how much focus is put on Alex's relationships and will most likely have a strong urge to fangirl and swoon throughout the novel because of it! In Pure, Aiden and Seth are very much aware of the competition they pose to each other, so get ready for some masculine, tension-filled, head-to-head action! Seth will appear on your radar in a way that's entertaining. His entrance into Alex's heart isn't mushy, sudden or ridiculous - you'll be wetting your pants laughing, aww-ing and doing some frantic fanning instead!

Whether Seth wins you over with his adorable terms of endearment (little baby apollyon!) or you're forever loyal to Aiden, Jennifer will have you holding your breath before you realise you have none left at all. A truly brilliant continuation of a series that I'm dying to continue, as always. If romance isn't your thing, there's enough action and mystery in this book to keep you going, what with Alex sneaking around corners trying not to get stabbed to death by daimons in disguise… My head is currently up in the clouds and I'll be an extremely happy girl once I get the chance to reread this and relive the moments of absolute bliss! Cliffhangers, more questions, new villains, a looming turning point… Why the hell isn't it November yet?!

Are we in love with this series or what? Be sure to leave a comment about why this series is fantastic to you so that you can grab an extra entry for the two main tour giveaways!

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