Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #3
Published: November 6th 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Paperback: 330 pages
Buy: The Book Depository
From now on, the year 2012 shall be known as The Year of Cliffhangers and Jennifer L. Armentrout as the person responsible. Two in a row is more than I can take. Why not just hand me a rope to hang myself with instead? Where are the Furies when you need them?
This will be a moderately short review because there really isn't much to write about. With Pure and Deity (and Opal), Armentrout restored my faith in her and and turned me into an addict. I have now grudgingly joined hordes of fans who eagerly await her every release.
It’s not all roses and rainbows, though. I think what's stopping this series from truly becoming one of my favorites is that, thanks to the Half-Blood debacle, I can't stop comparing it to Vampire Academy. Even though Alex is now a heroine in her own right, a part of me still sees her as a pale copy of Rose Hathaway. The same goes for Aiden – as amazing as he is (and trust me, he is one amazing guy), I can't help but compare him to Dimitri on occasion, and of course he loses every time. That is the consequence of Armentrout's initial plagiarism. Although she found a different path for her characters (and hopefully for herself), all those connections my mind made at the beginning simply refuse to go away.
Although reluctantly, I feel that I must also mention a series of editing issues I’ve come across in Deity. Awkward, clumsy sentences and incorrect word order are just some of the things a more careful reader will surely notice. This could have easily been avoided which is why it upset me so much.
But I didn’t set out to write a negative review. Deity set a new course for this series, an expected one perhaps, but a new and satisfying direction nonetheless. Aside from the horrendous cliffhanger, I have no objections whatsoever. With Deity, Armentrout gave me exactly what I’ve learned to expect from her. As for the said cliffhanger, I’ve been told that Elixir, a novella from Aiden’s point of view, really takes the edge off and I’m looking forward to it.
Without revealing too much, I'll try to ease the minds of those who are like me: the (in)famous love triangle finally gets resolved in this book, or at least Alex sees things for what they really are. If you’re anything like me, you were severely annoyed by the Aiden-Alex-Seth mess in the second book, but rest assured, it does get better.
That simple act stole my breath, my heart. But even as he pulled away, I realized that he couldn't steal something he already had.
At this point, I'd say I'm enjoying this series despite myself. It is extremely addictive and fun, but at the same time, I can't forget how it started. Perhaps with Apollyon, Armentrout will break those last stubborn connections and make me look at things differently. Either way, I'm looking forward to it.