Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Welcome to my post as part of the amazing Pure Tour!  This tour is running from March 19th to April 13th and is being hosted by Stuck in Books.  Thanks to Valerie at Stuck in Books for hosting and organizing this tour.  Throughout the tour you can get credit towards the two tour wide giveaways by commenting on any of the posts along the tour and going to Stuck in Books and A Cupcake and a Latte.  Your comments on my post and others on the tour will earn you extra entries!  What can you win?  Stuck in Books has copies of Daimon, Pure and Half-Blood up for grabs.  A Cupcake and a Latte has a tour swag pack, a signed copy of Daimon, and a cool bracelet made with miniature books from the Covenant Series.  You can also enter the Twitter Giveaway to win a miniature book bracelet.  Just tweet about the Pure Tour (use hastag #PureTourJLA) and enter on the form found at Stuck in Books!  Be sure you check it all out!  You can find the full, up to date schedule on Stuck in Books.

Without further ado, let's get to the review.  I received my ARC of Pure from the publisher, Spencer Hill Press.  Be sure to check them out, every book from them is amazing.  Pure is the second book in the Covenant Series by Jennifer Armentrout.  The series begins with the prequel, Daimon.  The first book Half-Blood was one of the great debuts of 2011.  Pure continues the story of Alex and the strange world that she lives in.  Here's the Goodreads blurb:

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.
If you've checked out my list of Book Boyfriends (which is impossible to keep up with and far longer than it looks), you know that I am Team Seth from here to forever.  I don't know what it is about Aiden but he rubs me the wrong way.  There is just something about him that I can't get behind.  And yes, I know that Seth is kind of a jerk but he's a hot jerk who can be really sweet when he wants to be.  I'll warn you now that I am going to try my best to keep this spoiler free but some tiny ones might slip.  I apologize for that in advance.  It's hard to hold everything back with a review for a book that you absolutely love.  I really enjoyed getting to see Alex spending more time with Seth.  Alex also gets to really see what her future could be and what opportunities she actually has.  I think she is operating under some very wrong assumptions.  She doesn't have all the freedom that she thinks she does and I really think that she needs to deal with that.  Yeah, it would be awesome if their society functioned differently but short of a revolution, I don't see it happening.  And in the event that Alex does decide to fight for her freedom, she needs to do it for the right reasons and I just don't think Aiden is worth the trouble.  Seeing the world outside of the school is a real eye opener.  The reader really gets a better understanding of how the society works and how Pures and Half-bloods are treated differently.  I think it's a society that (thankfully) few of us reading the books will fully understand.  The life of a Half-blood feels a lot like slavery.  You're told that you are different and just, less than other people.  You can't love people who are different and if you try, you'll pay dearly for thinking that you could defy the laws.  It's a really tough pill for Alex to swallow because, I think, she feels like most of us do: that all people are created equal.  That is not the reality for Alex though.  Not even Seth, as powerful as he is, is exempt from all of the rules.  Even he knows where the line is drawn.  Pure is a book with lots of action and drama.  Alex puts herself in more than one situation that she might not come back from.  The ending will have you begging for the next book, Diety!  

You can find out more about Jennifer Armentrout and her books by checking out her blog, her website and of course you can follow her on Twitter.  You can also click here to find the Covenant Series on Goodreads.  If you click here you can find all the books by Jennifer Armentrout on Goodreads.

I give Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout 5 Fairies for a profusion of Seth, action, adventure and of course, SETH!


miki said...

i'm not so far yet but after the review of the tour i think i will like Seth more ^^

all the best

Evie said...

I can't wait to start reading Half-Blood. This series seems so intense!
And finally I found someone that likes Seth too. Just by reading the reviews I know that I'll like him more.

Valerie StuckInBooks said...

So glad you liked Pure.

I on the other hand LOVE Aiden and am put off by the jerk that Seth is! Guess we need some for each team though.

---->#TeamAiden NOW and FOREVER <----

Thanks for being part of the tour!


Anonymous said...

Ehh. I'm Team Aiden. Things might not be looking up so much if Seth dominates in this one. Still can't wait to read Pure!!! :D
Alyssa S.

Oh! Paper Pages said...

Great post. I am definitely on Team Seth, and I can't wait to read what happens in Pure.

Tanja Tejić said...

Thank you for the review! I can't wait to read the rest of the story! :) #TeamAiden! :)

Vivien said...

Team Aiden!!!! I cannot wait for more....I'd marry this book too :)

Karen said...

#TeamAideth I definitely enjoyed Seth's snarkiness and banter in Pure!