Monday, April 08, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: APOLLYON by Jennifer L. Armentrout



APOLLYON (Covenant Series #5)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

eBook published April 5, 2013 by  

GENRE: Young Adult • Greek Mythology • Paranormal Romance  Mystery • Fantasy • Modern Day • Action • Dystopian                      
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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.



Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
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I couldn't write my review yesterday because I was too busy picking up the pieces of my mind... and they were blown all over the house. Completely speechless. (My husband noticed and said I should read more books like this one.. ha ha) My jaw literally dropped at the end. 

Armentrout made a slam dunk with this fourth installment of the Covenant Series. It had everything I had been craving for and darn it... I can't tell you what they are or I will spoil it. Argh! Let's just say it was the maximum dosage of hotness, action, teamwork, mystery and character development. Honestly, there were some scenes that were so intense, I needed my inhaler. 


OK, I will downgrade from spaz-fan-girl mode and get to the respectable level. There was a deeper dimension to this novel than previous installments and I really respected that. Alex is changing and going through so much, so quickly that its a jumbled mess inside her head. As bad as it is, she doesn't regress and revert to a two year old. She matures in ways I didn't think possible. (Waving #1 foam finger wildly.) That was a much needed jolt to the series. Some series you read, the character development is soooooooo slow. I thought with what Alex had gone through the past couple of books she would have progressed more, but she hit light speed in this novel. 
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Armentrout created some intricate plot twists that left me feeling like large, soft pretzel... all twisted up but warm and soft inside. It warms my heart to read plots that have multiple layers and confuse you enough you aren't sure what's going to happen. As for what goes on in this book, I can tell you there is an avalanche or action scenes, some steamy romance, and some scenes so disturbing I should have worn some DEPENDS undergarments when I read them. I can't tell you what happens in the last couple of chapters.... but I will leave you with my reaction to what I read:

                                             

That's what makes it so good. It forces these massive reactions out of you that are spontaneous and uncontrollable. Maybe that's why my husband said I had to get the paperback next time. It won't cost so much to replace when I throw it across the room ;)
My calendar is marked, my timer is running and I am pacing the floor for book #5!