Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #4
Release date: April 9th 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Paperback, 360 pages
Buy: The Book Depository
By now, it’s pretty clear that Jennifer L. Armentrout knows what she’s doing. Little by little, she’s converted even the strongest non-believers, including me. I still maintain that Half-Blood is a result of blatant plagiarism, but I have changed my mind about the series as a whole, and I’m not one to keep quiet in such an occasion. Ever since Pure, I’ve been enjoying this series more and more with each new installment, and now, with just one book left, I can even call myself a fan.
Deity ended with Alex in a serious disaster. I won’t say much more lest I spoil it for some poor, unsuspecting soul, but it was a vicious cliffhanger – I ranted about it HERE. Elixir, the subsequent novella in Aiden’s POV softened the blow just a little bit, but still, Apollyon couldn’t come soon enough. And again, there were no disappointments coming from the JLA camp. Apollyon is just as exciting, just as romantic, just as heartbreaking as the previous installments, if not more.
Our favorite Sentinels are in the middle of a war. Now that they’re facing a powerful and invisible enemy, Alex’s past problems seem funny in comparison, even to her. The only thing that really keeps her together is the fact that she’s not alone. Although she’s lost so much, she’s still surrounded by her loved ones, both her real family and her replacement family, and she’s willing to do anything to protect them. Now that she’s the Apollyon, she might actually stand a chance, if only she could somehow separate herself from the First.
It is almost impossible to predict the outcome in the battle of wills between Alex and Seth. Both are strong, driven, determined to do anything to achieve their goals. But the prophecy says Alex is there to give her power to the First, not the other way around, so defying that prophecy is her only choice.
Let’s not kid ourselves: we read these books for their plots, and their worldbuilding, and their humor, but above all, we read them for the romance. Let me assure you, the romance in Apollyon is exquisite. Keep those smelling salts within reach, ladies, our favorite couple will make you swoon.
Yes, some of Armentrout’s popularity comes from the fact that she doesn’t hesitate to write numerous scenes that are pure fan service, but I’m a fan, and I like to be given exactly what I want. I suppose we could rant about artistic integrity, but honestly, some books you read for their artistic value, and some just to have fun. And guess what? I’m all about fun. So bring it on, JLA! I’ll buy it, I’ll read it, and I’ll thank you for it.