REVIEW ✧ APOLLYON

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“To love is not weak. Love is the strongest thing there is.”

☆☆☆☆

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.

I was expecting Armentrout to start the last half of this series off with a bang and damn, did she deliver. After that somewhat confusing cliffhanger from Deity and the heartbreakingly emotional Elixir novella, I wasn’t quite sure what I was gonna get when I started this one. But I think that this book built even further upon what was already great about it, from the plot to the action to the romance and especially the influences of Greek mythology. I think out of all the books in the series thus far, this was the most exciting. From the very first page it was like we’d already passed Go and there was no chance of slowing down and it made the reading experience much more enjoyable. Dare I say it’s my favourite of the series? It’s very, very possible.

Since this is the fourth book in a series, I cannot fully review it without revealing any spoilers so a huge SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • This is something I mentioned in my review of Opposition (which is also by Armentrout) but I love when the mind control plot device is used because I feel like it makes for great writing. I mean sure, mind control is horrible and it hurts to see your favourite character’s thoughts being controlled and not acting like themselves, but it creates so many possibilities. First of all, it makes you want to keep reading to see if they’ll break free. Then there’s the plot of them breaking free from the control and discovering how strong they are. And I also feel like it allows the author to be more creative and have their character act in a way that’s not like themselves and you get to explore another way of writing them. But nothing is better than when they break free from the control and become themselves again. It was heartbreaking actually being in Alex’s head while all of this happened to her and seeing how deep, deep down inside her the real her was still there amidst all of Seth’s control. In the Lux series we weren’t truly in the mind of someone who was under mind control, since Daemon was faking it, so it was an experience going through it with Alex. But when she broke free, ugh I wanted to cry. It almost broke me seeing her trying to kill Aiden but it was his love that helped her break and it was beautiful. Definitely one of the biggest highlights of the series, for sure.
  • I loved going back to the Underworld! The little glimpse we got in the last book wasn’t enough and I really enjoyed getting a more in depth look of it. The circumstances for the visit was also super cool but there was more to this part than just going down there. We saw more of Alex’s Apollyon powers when she fought outside the gates and we also saw some great development for both Alex and Aiden when the wards posed as their deceased parents. For Aiden especially, it was important for him to hear his own fears but it was also important for him to defeat them the way he did. It made me extremely proud of him in that moment. I was glad that we got to see Caleb again because I miss him so much and I’m glad we got to see Persephone rather than Hades (though their myth and all the romanticizing of it really pisses me off) and I liked how she actually showed sympathy towards Alex, which the other gods never do. The only thing I didn’t appreciate about the Underworld visit was all the ginormous spiders. Ain’t nobody got time for spiders.
  • I really like that we’re getting to see more and more gods, especially since I spent most of my time believing that they weren’t as involved as the Hematoi believed them to be. Sure, we got Apollo in the previous book, who I still can’t believe I like now, but now we’re getting Dionysius, Artemis, my boy Hephaestus (in passing), Hermes, and the big baddie god who shall remain nameless because I don’t want to reveal that spoiler. It’s interesting how most of these gods do live up to their mythological personifications but there’s also some kind of modern twist to them, like how Dionysius looks like a frat boy and how Apollo refers to Hermes as a punk ass bitch. We’re getting a bit more insight into the relationships between the gods and compared to what I already know of their relationships it’s quite interesting seeing them like this. I think it’s a nice balance between the true mythology and to this fictional world and it definitely keeps it all interesting.
  • Can I just say that Aiden St. Delphi is the best book boyfriend I’ve ever met? And I’ve encountered a lot of book boyfriends but my god, this boy takes the cake. He never gives up on Alex, he loves her unconditionally, and when she was controlled by Seth and attacked him he only defended himself instead of attacking her. He always has the right thing to say and it’s what makes him such a great support system. And it’s so cute how he tries to be responsible and respectful but it all goes out the window when he’s around Alex, like when they were in the cave in the Underworld. Again, another reason why that part of the book was A+. It might be cliche to use the whole “love is stronger than anything” but Aiden is truly the embodiment of that and I really enjoy how it’s used here.
  • I’m glad that we’re seeing more of the minor characters, like Deacon, Luke, Olivia, and even Marcus. It’s great seeing how all of these characters play into the story and seeing how much they care about Alex. I’m also glad that she and Marcus really talked and got over that wall that was between them. They’re not perfect, but they’ve had some great development and you can now see how much they care about each other now.

THE BAD

  • While I loved the mind control as a plot device, it was still gross seeing all those thoughts and feelings that Seth implanted in Alex’s mind. Like how she referred to him as “my Seth”, that was disgusting. Even Alex thought so. It was even worse how she made him promise not to do that to her and he did it anyways. I get why all of this happened but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
  • Please, Jennifer L. Armentrout, stop killing everyone. I know it’s fun killing people but I don’t want anyone else to die, especially after some well earned character development. It’s not fair.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • This series has truly broken through here with this book and there is no chance of slowing down. The characters are better than ever, the plot is exciting and enthralling, and the use of mythology continues to be unbelievably clever. I need to get my hands on the final book immediately because this finale has me running.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Apollyon (Covenant #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Pages: 363 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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