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Pure: The Second Covenant Novel Paperback – April 3, 2012
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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"Pure" was a fun and thrilling sequel filled with action and suspense, drama, sarcasm, humor, romance, a butt-load of daimons, and more of our favorite characters: Alex, Aiden, and Seth. Everything I know and love from the Covenant Series.
The storyline kept me thoroughly entertained and was definitely extremely detailed. A lot happened in this novel as well, and many new facts were revealed that were both shocking and surprising. Many left me reeling on more than one occasion; some of them good, others not so good. But that is to be expected in almost any novel you read. It was definitely worth reading and I am so glad that I did. I don't regret it one bit!
The characters were as amazing as ever, and I was ecstatic to see more interaction between Alex, Aiden, and Seth, among others. Deacon, Caleb, and Leon were also very entertaining and I loved seeing more of them in this book as well. To be honest, they were all truly incredible and made the book even better than the last one.
"Pure" was an amazing second installment in the Covenant Series by the extraordinarily talented, Jennifer L. Armentrout. I swear there is not one of her books that I don't absolutely love, and this one was no exception. All I can say is, thank the gods for the genius that is Jennifer L. Armentrout. Without her amazing creativity and talent, I would be truly lost in the literary world. I CANNOT wait to get my hands on the rest of the series!
Pure is such a rush of emotions, with all the twist and turns and the OMG moments, that you won't be able to put it down until the very last page! Alexandria is as reckless as ever, doing stuff she shouldn't be doing and blurting out things she shouldn't be blurting. When the new rules are put into place for the half-bloods, Alex refuses to submit to them almost inciting a revolution. Soon enough, she learns the hard way that maybe rules are not such a bad thing to follow, because disregarding them can bring big consequences. Also, her connection with Seth is growing, and the emotions are leaking through at the most embarrassing moments. But after a terrible ordeal the only one there for her is Seth, and Alex has to think that maybe there's more to them than a mythical connection.
I really liked how the Seth-Alex-Aiden love triangle was worked. I couldn't help but to fall in love all over again with Aiden. With his silvery eyes, dark curly hair, comments that leave Alex breathless, and that planned date! *Swoons* But he seriously needs to stop doing all that if in the end he'll just say...we can't do this. On the other hand is Seth, who I didn't care for in the first book but now I sort of love him too. Yes, he might be reckless, impulsive, vain, egotistical, and a womanizer, but he seems to genuinely care about Alex. He is there every step of the way, helping Alex get through some tough times, and protecting her from the evils of the NY Covenant. I just hope Alex doesn't end up using him, and really gives him a chance.
Going back to the NY Covenant...I wanted to snap some of the Council's necks. We really get so see the ugly side of the Pure's there, and it just made me so angry. Alex finally learns that some battles are won by backing down, and that other's are just won by awesome destruction with a sickle switchblade thing! Fans of the Covenant series will love this even more, and new readers will fall in love with it. Pure will leave you begging for more!
Pure finds Alex at the Covenant, working on her training with Aiden...and Seth. She is the Second Apollyon, something to be feared - or praised and worshipped - for the future she might bring to her kind. She continues to struggle between her need for Aiden and her hatred at being fated for someone else, if the prophesies are correct. Fate's a fickle B.
Like I said, I had some misgivings regarding how similar Half-Blood was to Vampire Academy, and I created a cute little chart to show those similarities. But I was told by other readers that Pure is nothing like Vampire Academy, that it is fresh and full of awesome, and that I MUST give it a chance. Hell, it wasn't hard to talk me into it, because I did enjoy the first one. Like, yeah, okay, I GET IT YOU GUYS, READ PURE.
Yes, Pure is purely awesome. I loved it. Jennifer Armentrout takes the first book to a whole new level. Alex is fresh off the "I-just-killed-my-daemon-mom" boat and trying to move on, go to class, and train. She feels the pull between Aiden and Seth, something that confuses her on a level she isn't used to. Not used to questioning herself, she stops to think more often and is less the petulant teenager she was in Half-Blood. She's growing up, y'all, and I really like who she's becoming.
Seth is something of a mystery in Pure. I totally jumped on the Team Seth bandwagon. Aiden who? Seth may come off as cocky, but somewhere beneath that shiny exterior is a guy who I think really cares. Do I suspect that there is something else he isn't telling us? Yes. But that just makes him sexy and dangerous, and this girl drooled all over her iPad during every one of his scenes. Nomnomnom.
For you Team Aiden folks, never fear. He's all over and then some in Pure. There isn't a thing he wouldn't do for Alex, and I do mean NOT ONE THING. He seems to deeply care, but it's reminiscent of the whole "Edward Cullen I-have-to-quit-you-because-it's-dangerous" façade he had going on. Please man, grow some balls already. Maybe I just like the bad boys; after all, I liked Adrian over Dimitri in Vampire Academy.
The plot was very fresh. I really had a hard time putting it down, because I needed to know what happened next. Things have changed, halfs can become Daemons, it's next to impossible to know them by sight, and...they are not just aether-crazed draining machines. They are capable of cognizant organization and planning. Oh, but let's throw more into the mix: they aren't the only threat to Alex and the Gang. Nope. But I'll just leave it at that. There is also a lot of laughter, love, and fighting thrown in...Pure has some kick-butt action scenes. And it tore my heart up when a favorite character left us.
Overall, Armentrout has created a fab second in a series, where often, the second lacks and is just the device to get you from first to third. That is not the case here; Pure is exciting and riveting, so much so, that I needed to have and read Deity immediately. So, uh...excuse me, I'll BRB.