Monday, May 27, 2013

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout [REVIEW]

TITLE: Apollyon (Covenant #4)
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill Press
PUB DATE: Apr 4 2013
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."


(Pardon any errors on the review, I haven't had time to proofread this because of my hectic schedule. ^_^)

Apollyon continues on the Covenant series, where readers catch our hero, Alex, after her awakening as the second Apollyon, held in a cell in insistence of keeping her away from the First. She is determined to break free and connect with Seth no matter what the cost – and so the opportunity presents itself. But something inside her made her stop and think about what she’s about to do...

Meanwhile, a war is brewing between the gods, and if this continues on, the mortals are those that would suffer for the gods’ wraths.

Now that she has finally gotten a hold of herself, Alex wants nothing more than to prevent the one thing she was determined to do when she awakened. She must not let Seth connect and drain her power, and become the God Killer. With nothing but wits and willpower, Alex and Aiden venture into the Underworld in search for the source to ending the impending war, and hopefully save countless lives.

I’ve said from my review of Deity that the Covenant series gets better by each book. Half-Blood was good, Pure was better, and Deity was way better... as for the 4th book, Apollyon however, didn’t surpass the enjoyment I felt with book three. I feel there were elements in the story that contradicted on how I felt about the entirety of the book.

I was glad that Alex was able to snap out of her trance and fixation over needing to be with Seth. If I admired Aiden’s love and loyalty to Alex in Deity and more so in Elixir, he just made me adore him even more. He doesn’t fail to show just as much determination and passion in Apollyon.

I’m quite surprised with Alex’s character. I’m used to the impulsive Alex that although has good intentions, always end up making a mess of things. But the Alex I see here has grown mature and more selfless than before.

The few things that bothered me over the course of the story were: (1) The predictability of sort when it comes to determining which god Solaris was a descendant of. The minute Persephone gave the clue regarding a certain god, and all of Alex’s speculations about something she’s supposed to remember, that was kind of a giveaway right there. (2) There were a lot of hanky-panky moments between Aiden and Alex. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for them and I find some of the scenes hot, but I think it’s a little too much for a book considered being in the YA genre. Seriously, I’m cool with it but I know not everyone would be comfortable with this much intimate scenes for the target market of this book. But oh well, to each their own, right?

I expect a lot of butt kicking on the fifth instalment of this series over what Alex had to go through here in this book. Also, considering I’m mystified over the idea that there isn’t a fail-safe or something over the rule that there could only be one standing Apollyon, either Seth or Alex, I’m rather eager to see how Jennifer L. Armentrout would pull of the twist here.

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