Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

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Image result for pure jennifer armentroutTitle: Pure
Series: Covenant, #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 03/12/12
Genre: young adult, Greek mythology, romance
Pages: 320
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
Goodreads page

Attention: There are no spoilers of this book in this review. However, there are spoilers from the previous book(s) in this series.

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Synopsis

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

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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Thoughts

Can I just point out how sucky Alex’s life is throughout this series? She’s constantly hunted down for what she is and a lot of people blame her for things that aren’t even her fault because it’s the easier thing to do. Not only that, she has a major crush on someone she shouldn’t want to be with because of a law that could end up killing her. On top of all that, there’s someone/something out there that desperately wants her dead. She never get’s a break. Sure, she’s not fully human, but even half-bloods like her need breaks.

I know that the genre is fantasy, but I really like how the protagonist makes mistakes and have insecurities like normal people do. I’m able to relate with her more because of those characteristics. I’m definitely not a half-blood that’s super powerful and might be the cause of the death of the gods, but at least I can relate with her mistakes and her insecurities.

Here’s the thing with love triangles. First of all, they are very entertaining to read about if you like drama. Second, they are very unrealistic. Does that stop me from reading them? Absolutely not. However, since love triangles are pretty common in YA romance novels, I’ve noticed a pattern. In this series, it’s between Alex, Aiden, and Seth. Aiden represents love while Seth represents fate. The thing with love triangles is that the protagonist normally ends up with the second person they fall in love with. The more I think about it, it makes sense that they end up with the second person because if you fall in love with someone while you think you like another person, you might not like the first person as much as you think you do. It’s like cheating in a relationship. Wait. Do love triangles represent cheating? Did I just realize this? I just think I’ve made a breakthrough. I’m joking. Most of the time love triangles represent inner turmoil inside the main character.

If you’re looking for something that’s exciting and constantly has action in it, this series is for you. You’ll also have to to like love triangles because it’s a prominent part of the story.

(On a really unrelated note: do female half-bloods and pure bloods have periods like human females do? If not, how do they give birth? These are the things I think about when I read books. Don’t ask why. My mind wanders all the time.)

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Characters

Alexandria “Alex” Andros

Honestly, she just needs a hug.

Aiden St. Delphi

He’s that kind of guy that every girl crushes on because he’s cute AND he has manners. You don’t normally get that in high school boys.

Seth

Is he another form of Daemon from the Lux series because they certainly have the same personality?

Lucien

If there’s one word I could describe Alex’s stepfather, it’s this: snake.

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Conclusion

I give this book 3.5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads.

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Until next time….

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