Tuesday, February 28

Review: Pure (Covenant #2) + Author Interview

Pure (Covenant #2)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Dare Read: January 16, 2012
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: Review Copy on loan from Donna @Book Passion for Life
Format: Paperback
Pages: 329

From Goodreads:
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.
Wow! All I can say is Wow. Pure was absolutely EPIC!
I finished this book weeks ago and I still can't put into words how amazing it was.

Alex is slowly coming to terms with being the Apollyon but with Seth, 'her other half' close by she struggles to dead with their supernatural connection, not to mention the complication he causes with her relationship with Aidne. But when Daimon's attack the Covenant, all three must work together with the other Sentinals to survive the attack and protect the Pure Bloods.

I seriously still do not know how to put my thoughts and feelings on this book in words. It left me completely breathless and speechless.
Alex was, as always, amazing and strong and no matter what happened to her she dealt with it. I loved that we saw a more vulnerable side to her in Pure and it really made me love her even more. A lot of time when heroines show their vulnerable side I find them quite annoying but I did not get this feeling with Alex at all, I just loved her more seeing her vulnerable side. I really loved that you saw she is only human and things affect her just like everyone else and it really made me admire her so much more when she puts on the brave front to everyone else.

Aiden, oh, Aiden. I just adore him. He is one of my favourite fictional guys ever. I think he is right behind Daemon, another of Jennifer's phenomenal characters. I definitely fell more and more in love with during Pure and I adored every scene he was in. Saying that he did break my heart as well. By the end of the book I was completely and utterly head-over-heels in love with him again.

Now on to Seth. At the end of Half-Blood I liked Seth but to me this wasn't a love triangle because next to Aiden there was no competition. Then I read Pure. One thing Jennifer is great at doing is making you love every single one of her characters so you cannot choose at all. The more of this book I read the more I fell in love with Seth. He is so sweet and caring and I just wanted to hug him. I adore both hum and Aiden.
I am still 100% Team Aiden but after Pure it's fair to say that whichever Alex chooses, I will have the other because I am just in love with both of them.

Jennifer is definitely sticking as my favourite author ever. Considering half-Blood was her debut novel and I have read only 5 books (yes I'm counting the prequels to both series) she has just completely blown me away with her work. I have never been so impressed with an author so quickly and I am obsessed with all of her books and cannot wait for the next one.
Pure what without a doubt the best sequel I have ever read and I cannot wait for Deity.

Phenomenal! Epic!

And now I have a very special treat and I am so excited to share this with you. A short interview with the woman herself Jennifer L Armentrout. I was so excited when she agreed to answer a few questions to go with my review, after all it's not every day you get to interview your favourite author.

K-Books: Hi Jennifer, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be on K-Books Today.

Jennifer: Thanks for having me!

I absolutely love all of your books and I thought Pure was the best sequel I have ever read. How did you come up with the idea for the Covenant series?

Aw, thank you so much! When I started writing the Covenant Series in 2007/2008, there wasn’t much going on that was mythology based and I always had a huge fascination with Greek mythology and the Greek society around the time that gods were worshipped. I didn’t want to recreate a  famous myth, so I took the demigod mythology and twisted it into the half-blood and pure-blood world. The rest came after that. 

Who is your favourite character in the Covenant series to write and why?

My favorite is Alex, because she is so snarky, fun, and immature at times. It’s like my inner child gets to come and play—my inner, snarky child. Besides that, Alex is the character who goes through the most growth/change throughout the series. 

While reading Pure as as I swear I'm Team Aiden I could not help loving Seth, was it always your intention to make the reader fall for both guys?

Hehe. I have no control over what people think or feel. 

You have another series currently out, the Lux series, which I love by the way, which was the most challenging to write?

I think they’re both equally challenging for different reasons.  The Covenant Series is a much more complex world and has a lot more world building, I think. But the Lux Series has more difficult characters to shape and wrangle under control.  Not to mention, the looks one gets when you have to explain your book is about aliens… that’s challenging. 

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Um, more books? Pure is about to release, then Onyx (sequel to Obsidian) in August, Cursed in September, Deity in November, and Opal in December of this year, plus my adult series under the pen name J. Lynn kicks off in October. The end of 2012 will be extremely busy, and beyond that, there is Don’t Look Back, the end of the Covenant Series, and a few other books. Wink. Wink. 

Thank you for being here on K-Books today.

Thank you for having me!

Okay you guys have no idea how excited I got when I read this through and read the "few other books" I will now be stalking her blog for news of these other books. She is without a doubt my favourite author and I will read everything she publishes. I don't even need to know what they are about.

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  1. So Julie tried to leave a comment but it's not letting her so here's Julie's coment.

    "Damn, I want to know what the *wink wink* other books are. Kay, you already know YOU'VE converted me into a JLA (sorry, Jennifer, we've abbreviated you) fan. I haven't been this excited about upcoming titles in a long time. Great interview. And I'm impressed with the spoiler free review--though you had me scrambling to interpret everything and I now have all kinds of what-ifs whirling through my head. :o)"

  2. Great review! And I love the interview! I can't wait to find out more about the other books! <3
    Also, how amazing is Jennifer?!? I recently interviewed her on my blog aswell! She's definitely my favourite author aswell! :D

  3. Cannot wait to read Pure & Obsidian, thank you Kay for turning me onto her books,Read JLA! You will Love then!!

  4. OMIGOD!!!!!!!! I didn't read the title of the post because I was thinking "Oh my God, where did she get Pure and where can I get a copy????" Then I actually squealed when I saw there was an interview with the women herself! As Jennifer herself says in Obsidian, Jen to me is "an author I would give my firstborn to eat lunch with"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so jealous Kay!!!!!!

  5. Lol I know. I cannot believe that I got to interview Jennifer. She's my favourite author ever so it was amazing.

  6. I loved both, review and interview!!
    I'm well aware of how much you adore Jennifer so, I'm particularly happy you got to interview her! Well done, Kayleigh! ;)


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