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Mini Review: Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout

22 Nov 2012

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 2nd 2012
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Book Depository

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.

Pure, the sequel to Half-Blood was just as thrillingly entertaining as the first book. I absolutely adored it! Ms Armentrout certainly has a talent for writing; with all her books once I started reading, I literally can't stop. I only have one complaint after devouring Pure - that is, a lack of appearances from Aiden. I think Half-Blood could be dubbed "Aiden's book" while Pure is "Seth's book". I believe, in Deity, there will be a showdown between these two hotties :) And yes, I'm eagerly anticipating the release of Deity!

Alex is as witty and humorous and plain awesome as ever. I loved her in Half-Blood, and I think I love her character even more after reading Pure :) She may be reckless and implusive and I suppose a little frustrating at times, but when it comes to Alex, I really didn't care. Now, onto the love interests. Aiden...Oh My Gods. Why is the guy so perfect? I don't know how anyone can not like Aiden after what he did at the very end. It was so ridiculously stupid damn swoonworthy. Seth is still...Seth. He's mysterious, hilarious and infuriatingly narcissistic as ever. I may not *mind* him anymore, but I still don't trust him; and no matter how much he appears to care about Alex, I'll never become Team Seth. Just putting it out there;) Oh, and I do believe there's something up with Leon. His weird ability to always appear at the most crucial moments is seriously freaky. I'm actually debating whether I should trust him or not....

The plot is becoming as riveting as ever; so much happened in Pure, and a lot was also revealed. I loved what happened towards the end; it really set the scene and plotline for the future books :) In a nutshell, Ms Armentrout's a freaking genius and I'm in love with her. Guys, I don't care if you thought Half-Blood was too similar to VA, just...PICK UP THE SEQUEL. It is SO much better and totally different :)


  1. If you're Team Aiden, Shriley, you are going to LOVE Deity!! Oh my heart!! It's amazing and Aiden is amazing in it. Great review. :)

  2. I feel the same way about Alex! Normally that level of impulsiveness and recklessness would frustrate me, but she pulls it off pretty well. And YAY! You are Team Aiden! Like Rachel said, you will love Deity. ;)

  3. I haven't actually picked up a JLA book yet! I know, it's awful right? But I'm so glad you enjoyed the sequel :) I love it when you fall in love with the characters even more in the second book. Aiden and Seth sound so swoon-worthy... must check out this series soon!

    Fab review, Shirley <3

  4. I say this to everyone with a review of this book and of series . . . I really MUST read this series! There's nothing but 'I LOVE THIS BOOK' type of comments so I seriously must look into it very, very soon. Anyway fab review!

  5. Oh my gosh Shirley, seriously you are killing me here for not having picked this series up! I think I will have to try and tackle it before Christmas now! I can't wait to meet Seth and Aiden, I wonder which one I will side with! Another wonderful review! :)

  6. Wow, five stars and much love! Now I feel guilty for not reading this book yet. Clearly, this is a mistake I've made in my life that must be corrected. Brilliant review, Shirley!

  7. I'm torn when it comes to this series- I've been on and off about reading it for MONTHS because I never feel as if it has enough pull or that I would enjoy it enough to pick it up... maybe I should just read it and then I'll know for sure, though I think I would perhaps find the protagonist a little trying... (: It's awesome that you loved it so much!


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