Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.
Armentrout took no prisoners with this installment and absolutely did not hold anything back.  Alex once again has a lot going on and not a whole lot of time to work through everything and figure it all out.  She's forced to stay on her toes and doesn't really have the luxury to make any mistakes, even small ones, because even the slightest misstep on her part could cause huge ramifications.  Aiden is still working through the fact that he was forced to put Alex on the elixir, Alex must face the fact that she has connected with Seth and accept that he is her other half, for better or for worse, in her case.
Readers will enjoy the deeper character development Armentrout offered up, especially for those outside of Alex.  We get to see a different side of Aiden, mainly the vulnerability he isn't able to hide all the time and the struggles he deals with both outwordly and the internal conflicts he's constantly battling.  As for Seth, well lets just say that in order to avoid spoiling any of the real juicy stuff that takes place this time around, I'll only say that it's possible that despite readers feeling firm in their opinions of him after the last installment, they might in fact find themselves swaying just a bit.  I definitely went back and forth and found myself questioning my rational a time or two thanks to Armentrout's revelations.
Bottom line being that Armentrout shows no signs of slowing down with this series anytime soon, and I know I'm not alone in wanting the fifth installment, Sentinel to hit the shelves pronto!

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