by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #2
Publication date: 03 April 2012
Spencer Hill Press, Hardcover, 329 pages
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR HALF-BLOOD.
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.
This book is just filled with feels. Not the first quarter though. Though Pure started out pretty boring, the action definitely picked up after a particular tragedy. Maybe part of the reason why I felt it was boring was because I read Half-Blood (the first book of the series) more than 6 months ago and had a pretty bad case of plot memory loss.
Anyway, Alex is pretty darn awesome! Yes, she can be irrational, stupid and crazy at times but in the end, her intentions are never bad. I love her spunk and her mouthiness. It really makes her so much more engaging and hilarious. I seriously wish I knew her in real-life.
Next, the guys… Aiden’s the brooding, forbidden fruit who Alex loves while Seth is the infuriatingly hot Apollyon who is apparently her ‘other half’. Literally. Pure is one of the rare books which I really do understand why the protagonist cannot decide/have a hard time deciding on which dude. Because, all the pros and cons about having a relationship with each of them is completely reasonable and true. Which is why I’m actually glad I’m not stuck in her situation. Not that I would mind two hot guys pining for me though…
As for the plot, it was good enough but I felt that it was the characters that really brought the story to life. Pure is extremely character-oriented, which isn’t a bad thing, because this way, the book becomes much more emotional and touching, giving readers feels. I’ll admit, I did tear up a few times, especially towards the end.
All in all, I do so love Pure and the Covenant series is really coming along well! Right now, I’m just waiting to get my hands on Deity, the next installment in the series. Since I borrow all the books I read from the library, I might unfortunately have to wait for some time. What a pity. But to end off on a good note, I would recommend this book to anyone with a fetish for YA romances, paranormal stuff & Greek mythology.