REVIEW ✧ PURE

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“But love, child, love is the root of all that is good, and the root of all things that are evil.”

☆☆☆1/2

 

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

I may or may not be noticing somewhat of a pattern in Armentrout’s writing because for the second time, I’m slightly underwhelmed with the second book of a series. And the thing is that this book started off amazingly well for me. I was happy with what was going on with the characters and what was happening with the plot but then certain…..things…..started happening. I’ll definitely get into more detail about this later but about 3/4 through it was like a disappointment switch was turned on. We were so close to escaping second book syndrome but close just won’t cut it. Certain things about this book were great, certain things were not, but it’s still a book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

As always, since this is the second book in a series I cannot properly review it without revealing any spoilers so a SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • As far as the overall writing goes, it’s still unbelievably good. The thing that I love most about Armentrout’s writing is how naturally it flows, whether it’s the narration or the plot line or even conversations between characters. Whatever it is, whichever aspect you choose to focus on, it feels completely natural. I think that’s what really draws me in to her writing because it doesn’t feel like something you have to work through. Sometimes there are books that you kind of have to force yourself to read because the stiffness of the writing makes it difficult to get through, even if you love the story and characters at hand. But I never feel like I have to force myself to read her words. Her writing is natural yet smart and unbelievably compelling and that’s why I love it so much. She’s able to keep up with her initial plot line as well as expanding on it in a way that keeps your interest fully. It’s one of the main reasons I’d call Armentrout one of my favourite authors and I’m glad that she gives me such great writing to believe in.
  • I don’t think I really talked about Aiden a lot in my last review so I’m gonna take the time to do so now. I love Aiden a lot. I think he might be one of the most respectful love interests in YA that I’ve ever encountered, and that sounds a bit sad now that I think about it. Even though it’s horrible from a shipping angle, I really like and admire how Aiden chooses to protect Alex because he knows how she’ll be the only one facing consequences if they ever got involved. I mean obviously this is gonna change and he’ll end up breaking the rules for her but as of now I truly admire how he’s choosing her life and her protection over his own desires. What a wild concept, a boy thinking with his head for once! But you can tell how much he loves her and how he’d do anything for her but he’d never jeopardize her life or her freedom. It hurts having him push her away and push down his feelings when we all know that it’s not what he wants but I can still respect him for it 100%. I could never hate Aiden for this and I love how his character has been written thus far.
  • I’m really enjoying the twist of how half-bloods are actually able to be turned into daimons and I think that the plot of having them infiltrate the various Covenants is really interesting. It makes you wonder how far these daimons would go to “take over” and also has you wondering if all of them collectively agreed to this plan or if there’s someone in charge and now you wonder who the leader could be. But it’s also interesting how the Council is using these attacks as a way to “handle” Alex and essentially ensure that her powers don’t transfer to Seth and he becomes a god killer. There’s something both intriguing and iffy about the Council and part of me wonders if Marcus, Alex’s uncle, is in cahoots with Head Minister Telly, who’s quite infuriating if you ask me, but I know Telly is up to something. And THEN there’s all this stuff with Thanatos and you wonder what the hell all of that is about. Like is there some kind of secret society running around? Are they responsible for some of the things happening? I have so many questions. These kinds of plot lines and twists are the kinds that I really enjoy because it a) makes you think about what’s happening and what could happen and b) it makes you want to keep reading because you need these answers. I like how we’re kind of losing sight of who the real enemy is and there’s a lot of ambiguity to it all and honestly sometimes that’s better than a clear good vs evil. It just means you’ll be kept on your toes at all times and I like that a lot.

THE BAD

  • I still don’t like Seth and I really don’t like what he’s doing here. First of all, we have this stupid “almost” love triangle going on and it’s not the same as it was in Lux because it was clear that Katy was never choosing Blake over Daemon. But here? I have no idea what’s going on. I still don’t know what it means when Alex says she’s choosing Seth because it’s so freaking clear that she still loves Aiden and constantly refers to him as the man she loves. I already know she doesn’t end up with Seth, thanks to my friend, but it still bothers me having to go through all of this. I just can’t shake this feeling that Seth is ultimately up to something and he’s just using Alex and doing anything to gain her trust so he can accomplish whatever it is he’s trying to do. Maybe it’s him who’s aligned with Telly and they’re both in on putting compulsions on Alex and drugging her, I don’t know. All I know is I don’t like Seth and I sure as hell don’t trust him. I swear I would’ve enjoyed this book so much more if there wasn’t this “almost” love triangle because it’s really bothered me during my reading experience. If I was to blame the second book syndrome on anything it would be this. We would’ve been so much better off without it.
  • Someone died in this book and I really wish that that person didn’t die. They really didn’t deserve it and, if I’m being honest, it didn’t really make any sense for this person to die. The only thing it did was just amplify the stupid love triangle and pushed Seth and Alex closer together which is something I don’t want whatsoever.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • Even though this book sadly suffers from the ever deadly second book syndrome, it’s still a great piece of writing from Armentrout. The protagonist is still someone you love and want to root for and the plot is full of action and beginning to thicken quite nicely. All I ask is that we destroy this triangle as soon as possible because I can’t take it much longer.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Pure (Covenant #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Pages: 320 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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