Review: Covenant #2, Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

20516616Blurb from Goodreads

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.

ebook, 360 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
language edition: English
series: Covenant:
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
This book still has similarity with the first 3 books of The Vampire Academy series, not as much as its prequel, Half-Blood but more than enough for me to recognize it. It made me feel there weren’t things that surprise me. I just read it without my mind wondering for the story, a habit I cannot avoid when I read a very good book.

In some part I didn’t quite like Alex. I was kind of bored and annoyed with her make-the-wrong-choice moved again and again. Because of it, not only to herself, she also brought everyone close to her in danger. I know she’s a badass in an impulsive-reckless-irresponsible-irrational-stubborn kind of way but I can’t help myself to wish even just once she acts like a lovable badass, a badass heroine that I love without making me cringe or roll my eyes. Those hate to like attitude has its perk, though. I really liked the way she stood herself before the council. I think that was the only scene I really liked her impulsive-stubborn moves. She was also too wrapped up with her feeling with Aiden. I (again) just wish she can set her priorities, to prepare herself as an Apollyon with Seth and can see that what he said mostly true, rather than whine and pity herself for the love she can’t have. At this point I couldn’t care less who will she choose since yes, I already knew who she will end up with but I also liked the other guy in this book. That wasn’t my priority I wished I get when started this series. My priorities are to get Greek mythology stories with a bunch of badass characters and huge and great fighting scenes.

I think I can say this is better than Half-Blood . It had more fighting scenes than Half-Blood and I really liked the battle at the end of the story. The battles made it felt like the characters were always in dangerous situation. Hence, there was tension in this book. It was an okay book but I think I’m going to wait the sequels to decide whether it is worth than just an okay book.

Result: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Review: Covenant #1, Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

9680718Blurb from Goodreads

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, 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.

ebook, 242 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
edition language: English
series: Covenant
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I keep this book on hold since many reviewers said it has similarity with The Vampire Academy. I love Vampire Academy it was my first vampire book after the shocking Twilight saga. Hence, I kind of hesitate to read it because I’m not quite sure I can enjoy it and see it differently from Vampire Academy. But now, after 2 years on hold I try to read it with my friends as buddy reads.I really can see the similarity and understand why readers keep saying it. In this case, I think I can’t help to not compare it. While I love Rose Hathaway, I have opposite feeling to Alex. She’s kind of annoyed me. It is okay she has dry wit and sarcastic personality it’s kinda cool, actually. I like this kind of heroine but Alex is also careless and reckless. I think she doesn’t know how to act properly. I mean Aiden saved her from Marcus, her uncle but she doesn’t understand what it means for herself. She keeps cause troubles and what she said and asked to her uncle when she trains with Aiden is unbelievable to me. I don’t mind her playing around with her friends but it’s a big no in her training. That’s reckless and it can make you die. On the other hand, Aiden is way too kind, too soft as her instructor. Yes, he isn’t instructor but he is a Sentinel. He supposed to be more menacing than as an instructor, if It possible. Along her training I couldn’t feel that he’s roughest, toughest, meanest Sentinel as Alex’s friends said.

Aside the similarity, the story is quite predictable. I can guess what *SPOILER* actually happened with Alex’s mom *End of SPOILER*
less than half of the story, though I’m kind of hope I’m wrong. When my guess is right, the only thing I hope is there is something epic will happen so that I can see it differently from The Vampire Academy but nothing major happened. In the end, I think this book is like a recap from The Vampire Academy with different characters’ name and different setting. A few chapters to the end are my only reason gave it 2 stars. Those chapters slightly different from The Vampire Academy and for the sake of my curiosity, I think I want to read its sequel, Pure.

Result: 2 of 5 stars