Book Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted November 22, 2012 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments Tags:

Book Review: Pure by Jennifer L. ArmentroutPure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #2
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 2014-09-18
Genres: fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

Ok, I feel like there’s something wrong with me. I definitely wasn’t as taken with this book as pretty much everyone else who has read it seems to be. It was difficult even for me to get through at times. I’m assuming that it’s me and not the book, since my feelings are so different from many others, but I’m going to share my thoughts on the book anyway because that’s what I do. So here are my reasons for the less than five star rating. *If you haven’t read Half-Blood, there are some spoilers for it in this review.*

My Dislikes: It just took me a long time to get through this book and it honestly felt like that’s what I was doing at certain points, getting through it. I wasn’t as invested in Alex’s future in this one, was a little annoyed about the whole love-triangle thing, and was kind of annoyed with the characters. It just felt a bit repetitive and stuck at points. I didn’t want to hear, again, how Alex was irrational, disrespectful, and unlucky. I get that her main characteristic is that she acts before she thinks, but it gets a bit old as an excuse for her behavior.

I also wasn’t all that excited about the new setting. They were there for the Council, but there were only two scenes that actually took place inside at a meeting. They were intense scenes, definitely. But the rest of the setting really did nothing for me.

I didn’t like the characters as much in this one either. I don’t like Seth. I’m not sure if I ever will. I just don’t trust him and his feelings for Alex. I think he’s purely selfish and all of his actions are based on how her feelings and reactions make him feel through their connection. I’m not sure how he’ll be able to earn my trust or if he even should, but I just don’t like him. So the fact that he was in so much of the book definitely contributed to my overall feelings. And Aiden was actually annoying me a little bit too.  He’s made his feelings towards Alex clear and the Blood Order prevents anything happening between them, so he needs to just leave her alone. Stop making sneaky comments about how you feel and stop being jealous, just let her go or be honest with her and yourself. If you say you can’t be with her, you can’t be mad if she’s with someone else. It drove me crazy!

My Likes: I will say this, Jennifer L. Armentrout sure knows how to write a villain! There are some creepy dudes in her books. I’m not entirely sure yet who the biggest villain is in the Covenant series, I do have some ideas, but I’m sure when we find out, it’ll be epic. And that is perhaps another reason why Pure didn’t get a better rating for me (though don’t forget that a three still means that I liked it). I have pretty high standards for Jennifer now. After the Lux series, she’s got a lot to live up to! And I’m looking forward to more of her books!

Overall Feelings: Pure, for me, was my least favorite Armentrout book so far. I don’t know why it didn’t grab me like the others have, but it just didn’t. My favorite characters felt a little stale and I was stuck with a few that I just didn’t like. I missed the school, as well as a favorite character from that setting. (I’m still a bit emotional about that scene!) But I’m looking forward now to Deity. Jennifer is a great story teller and I can’t wait to see what she’s got going on next for Alex. And that’s why I’ll keep reading the series. Because Jennifer is a great writer. Even though I felt like Pure suffered a bit from the second book syndrome, I will continue to read the series. Based on Half-Blood and the Lux series and the reviews I’ve been hearing about Deity, I know there are books out there from her that I’ll like more than this one. I wish it had been Pure, but it wasn’t. I gave Pure three stars.

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