APOLLYON by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Apollyon on BookApollyon (Covenant Series)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: YA
Format: E-Book
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 16+

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Contains no spoilers

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: I am a huge Jennifer Armentrout fan and there literally isn’t one book that I’ve rated under 5; however, I am going to have to break with tradition here because even though this was a great read that thrust the characters into a very imminent situation, I felt it was missing something. The spark, perhaps, that the others in the series set off. That aside, I encourage fans to read it because it is still a great book with some ramped up, kick ass scenes that will get those synapse fired up for the big finale.

[note color=”#fce3ca”]SYNOPSIS: 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.[/note]

THE LOWDOWN: Jennifer Armentrout has a fantastic way of creating tension. She knows how to produce that amazing sexual pull and creates fight scenes fueled by raw angst. Her words explore the different feelings one has that usually cannot be explained. Those hard to reach feelings we all carry inside, Jennifer taps into those and breathes life into them. I felt it more in this book than I had in any other, possibly because this one has Alex battling an inner demon that threatens to destroy her…literally.

From the first page I knew this was going to bring about wholly different feelings than the previous in the series. We have two lovers, who, in previous books, fought their feelings, now openly expressing their emotions to one another. There is also a war waging against many known and unknown forces, so the characters have to do a tremendous amount of strength building. The fluff is gone and Alex is now a warrior, leaving behind the angry, snarky defiant girl , while Aiden enjoys his new found freedom allowing him to openly speak about his undying love for Alex. And although this is a big leap, Jennifer’s writing is authentic. I never felt it anything other than a natural progression in the narrative.

There was much about this book that I found interesting. The politics of the Gods, the healing of old wounds and the trip to The Underworld, it all captivated me. I was able to visit with old friends who had died in previous books and meet new, dark and scary creatures at nearly every turn. Where the other books were founded in romance, this was an adventure.

The problem was, there were a lot of scenes that I found redundant, monotonous and a little boring. In fact, about 15% in I began to drift, my mind searching for other things to focus on. And this came as a shock, because I finished every other book by this author in a day. It was simply too much prep and setup for the big finale. It felt a little, and I hate saying it, like this book was food for the monster finale. A buffer so to speak.

Now don’t get me wrong, I did love this book, I just didn’t love it with the fervor I felt toward others.

FINAL WORDS: If you are a fan of the series (you should only read this if you have read the rest) you should definitely pick this up and carry the torch of Alex and Aiden. Because I have a sinking suspicion Sentinel will be epic!

Sara O'Connor
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