Archive | March 2013

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Paperback
329 pages
Published April 3rd 2012
by Spencer Hill Press
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 Book Contain:  Love Triangle, Romance, Action, Violence, Death and Suspense.

My Thoughts:

This book has it all! It has action, romance, violence and character death. This book blew me away it was even better than the first.  I love the characters, the conflict and even the romance.  I know I said that half-bloods was very similar to the Vampire Academy and it was but this book is starting to define its own story.  I really like the direction the author is taking this story.

I will say that the tragic things that happen in this book added to Alex’s personality.  Although, sometime you have to wonder what were the authors thinking.  How much loss can on character endure before they need a white jacket and a padded room.  I understand that some loss is need but sometimes it just too much for even fictional characters.

With that being said, I absolutely love this series and I can’t wait to read the third book.  If you haven’t checked out this series I have one question for you.  Why the HELL NOT ?

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Paperback
281 pages
Published October 18th 2011
by Spencer Hill Press (first published September 20th 2011)
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
This Book Contains: Greek Mythology, Violence, Power Struggles, Romance and Love Triangle.
My Thoughts:
I loved this book and think Armentrout is just a brilliant writer.  This is one of the most fascinating reads and it instantly pulled me into the story and had me hooked until the very end. I loved the characters and all the twists and turns in the plot.  I don’t think there is really anything negative that I can possibly say about this book.

Alex is a “Half-Blood,” which is basically  just above servant status.  Half Bloods lack godly powers that the Pures have and can either fight against evil daimons who try to kill Pures, or become  slaves to Pures.   Alex refuses to end up a slave to a Pure and wants to become a  Sentinel who protects.  There is a slight flaw to her plan her mother has taken her on the run from The Covenant.  Although after a tragic event Alex is back and she either has to catch up with all the training she has missed out on or she will have to be come a slave.

Without giving too much away this story seems to follow the plot line of Vampire Academy as far as the love triangle is concerned, along with some other smaller similarities.  There is the handsome instructor and the bad boy super star both fighting to have and not have Alex.  Even though I found a lot of similarities between the two stories I still couldn’t help becoming completely invested in the characters and the story it’s self.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I want to see where Armentrout plans to take these characters.  I will say for those of you who loved Vampire Academy you will most likely enjoy this book.  Also, for those who just enjoy Greek mythology, lots of action, vampires and romance you should check this out!

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Hardcover
369 pages
Published October 2nd 2012
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
(first published October 1st 2012)

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

This Book Contains: Sexual Content, Violence, Death, Destruction and Character Transformation.

Wow!  Pretty much sums up how I feel about this book.  I know it is hard sometimes for adult author to write for younger audiences but not for this author.  Everything in this book just flows so nicely.  I was hooked from the very start of this book.  The author really draws you in to where you can’t  possibly think about anything else except what is going on with this story.  You start to feel as if you are part of the story.  I had all the heart racing and emotional moments right along with the characters.
This story  follows Evangeline ‘Evie’ Greene.  She is your typical teenage rich girl with a hot boyfriend and great friends, but she holds a secret that if she told anyone it could destroy her whole little world. Evie has hallucinations about horrify events and people she has never met.  They seem to be trying to tell her something but she doesn’t understand why she is having them.  Her grandmother told her she was special and that she need to remember what she was teaching her but her mother said the old women was crazy.  She wouldn’t let Evie see her and now everything she thought was just in her head because of what her grandmother had been trying to teach her is now coming true.

First off everyone is always saying that there is nothing original about YA.  Let me tell you if  teenagers with special powers that are somehow linked to tarot cards  isn’t original than I don’t know what is!  I don’t think I have ever read something so original in my life.  You have a post-apocalyptic world with a teenage girl with vision of things she thought were just in her head now realizes that they are very real and she is the only one who can stop them.  Also, you have this boy named Jackson who was a complete ass to her the whole time in school and now she has to rely on him to help her find her grandmother so that she might possible get answers to this battle that she has to fight.

This book has everything anyone could want in a book other than a longer story.  What I mean by this, is that you get so invested in these characters that when it ends you feel like you must have more.  I am so anxious to read the next book.  I almost wish I had waited to read this so that I would have the sequel because the wait is almost unbearable.   This is a must read for any one who wants an original story.