Monday, 17 February 2014

Monday Mini-Reviews - Apollyon and Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant, #4)

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.

It’s impossible to write a review of this book without at least some minor spoilers for the preceding three Covenant books, but trust me – you’re going to want to read them first!

Apollyon begins with Alex not quite herself – after Awakening as the second Apollyon, she has become consumed by the power and is completely under its influence, encouraged by Seth, the other Apollyon. Meanwhile, the gods are determined to kill both of them to stop Seth from taking her power. So the quest begins to find a way to break their connection and since the only person who might have known something is dead, a trip to the Underworld is in order.

This is definitely one of my favourite mythology-based series. The characters are all fantastic. Alex and Aiden get a lot of character growth, especially Alex, and she’s definitely matured as a character. The two face a number of trials in this book and it’s great to see how they work out their problems together. Seth…well, I’m still not sure how I feel about him turning into a crazy Apollyon, but I genuinely can’t predict how his story’s going to turn out!

Jennifer L. Armentrout once again brings us an action-packed, emotionally intense read, with some great humour to balance out the bleaker moments. It’s the perfect set-up for the final book of the series, and I can’t wait to find out how it all ends!

Rating: ****
Sentinel (Covenant, #5)

t's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

The final book in JLA's Covenant series certainly didn't disappoint. Picking up where Apollyon left off with an all-our war with the gods on the horizon, Sentinel had me glued to the pages, desperate to find out how it would all end!

 As with the previous books, Jennifer L. Armentrout combines romance, action and plot twists into a relentlessly page-turning story. The characters steal the show. Aiden and Alex continue to grow as individuals and as a couple, while Seth somewhat redeems himself. I couldn't predict how the story would turn out. Ending a series is a tricky thing to do, but JLA nails it. This is possibly my favourite of the series, and is certainly the most emotional. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Covenant novels to anyone looking for a great YA paranormal series packed with action, romance and great characters.

Rating: ****


  1. I've yet to read Sentinel though I own it. Too many books--too little time. So happy that you enjoyed how the series ended and hopefully I can pick up my copy sooner than later!

  2. I liked the whole series and this forth novel really finished it off nicely, there was only a few loose ends that weren't tied up.
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