REVIEW ✧ DEITY

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“The oracle had a prophecy upon your birth, that one would bring the true death to all of us and the other would be our savior.”
“Oh geez,” I muttered. “Grandma Piperi strikes again.”

☆☆☆3/4

 

History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time.

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

*claps hands together* Alright, now we’re starting to get into the meat of this series. Things are starting to become more serious and plans are beginning to unravel. This is honestly becoming such a fun series for me and there are so many things I’m enjoying. Plus, it’s putting my history degree somewhat to work and making my brain make all these wonderful connections to classic Greek mythology. While I enjoyed this book a lot, definitely more than the last one, I’m still in that weird “I can’t decide between 3 and a half stars and 4 stars” funk because I want to give it 4 but I just…..can’t. I mean maybe if we cut out some things in the first quarter of this book I can be like “yes, this deserves 4 full stars” and because of the rest of what happened I can’t cut it down to 3 and a half because it doesn’t deserve that either. Thus, we’re back at it with the 3/4 stars. We should make it a real thing. All the cool kids will do it.

As per usual, since this is a book in the middle of series, I cannot properly review this without revealing spoilers so a giant SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • Like I said in my little intro, this is where we’re starting to get into the meat of the story and find out who the big power players are. In the near end of the previous book it’s clear that there’s some kind of plot against Alex but you don’t know who’s actually behind it but here, in this book, the curtain’s beginning to pull back. I mean, it’s still sorta kinda up in the air because there’s still no concrete person to point the finger at but we know it’s not just the Order of Thanatos; it’s a god who’s behind this. And this god is using Lucian and Seth as his or her puppets. The prime suspect at the moment is Hermes which doesn’t really surprise me since he’s always been a little bitch, in my opinion (I have a degree, I can say that). Ares might be an interesting puppetmaster as well but I honestly can’t see it. Or even Aphrodite to get back at Apollo for, I don’t know, something he did. So many options. As long as my boy Hephaestus isn’t a baddie I’m cool. Now it’s only a matter of finding out who it is and why. And I hope to see more gods involved since it’s always a party when they’re around.
  • Speaking of gods, I could not believe who Apollo actually was. Like I thought that this person was actually an oracle but a god? Wow. Definitely did not see that coming AT ALL. But here’s the best part about it all. I honestly cannot stand Apollo in Greek mythology. I’ve never really liked him but in grade 12 I did a project on Hephaestus and found out that Apollo stole Aphrodite from him, who was his wife at the time. Does it matter that Aphrodite was forced to marry Hephaestus because Hera was pissed at Zeus? Nah. So yeah, I hate Apollo. But my god, Armentrout made me LOVE him here. He was hilarious and so damn likeable that it’s actually impossible not to like him. I also like how his involvement in the story and just his overall presence brings more of a connection between the two worlds and honestly up until this point I didn’t think the gods really cared so it’s nice to see that they actually do care and they’re still around. But yeah, Apollo. What a guy.
  • THE. ROMANCE. I have been waiting for this for two whole books and it’s been killing me not having Alex and Aiden together and it killed me even more seeing her doing [gestures vaguely] whatever that was with Seth when we all knew how much she loved Aiden. Thank god he finally got his head out of his ass and realized how important it was for him to tell Alex how he really felt. And yeah, I cried. It was a truly beautiful moment, ok? And I loved how basically everyone knew. Like Deacon obviously knew and Apollo knew, which was hilarious, but Marcus was a bit of a shock. I’m glad he didn’t freak out and like ask for Alex’s execution or whatever. I also like how his character is warming up and showing how much he cares for Alex. But I’m beyond happy that my little kids are finally together and proclaiming their love and all is right with the world.
  • I touched on this in an earlier review, but I still love how this world of Greek gods is one that coexists with the mortal world, the world we all know. I like how they acknowledge mortal holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day even if they don’t celebrate them themselves. And they don’t make fun of the mortals for these holidays or overly question them for celebrating them. Especially Deacon, he’s so cute with his little Mortal Holiday Tree and I love how happy it makes him. And there’s the fact that they watch all the same movies and shows that mortals watch. It just gives off more of a realistic and relatable vibe to the books rather than what a dystopian book would give and I love how Armentrout continues to write this world.

THE BAD

  • It’s still Seth for me. I know he’s eventually gonna find and earn redemption but at the moment his character is just a nuisance for me. Like he creates unnecessary drama with Alex and Aiden and is a pawn in an “almost” love triangle and he uses Alex for most of the book. From a plot standpoint, I understand his character and why he used Alex because it was a partial catalyst, for sure. But I still can’t stand his character. He’s no Aiden, and he’s definitely no Daemon Black. Hell, I even liked Blake a bit more than Seth right now because he knew his place. Seth does not. And he’s being played like a fiddle himself. So when it hits the fan, more than it already has, thanks to him, it should be fun.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • This is a definite improvement from the second book and we’re finally getting into the juicy part of the story. There are still some teeny tiny unnecessary thing here and there but overall it’s continuing a truly great plot in an exciting and thrilling way. Them Greek gods be crazy, eh?

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Deity (Covenant #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Pages: 360 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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