Friday, April 12, 2013

{Review} Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apollyon
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #4
Pages: 344
Release Date: April 4, 2013
by Spencer Hill Press

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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.


*A copy was provided by Spencer Hill Press for review purposes*

Crap on a cracker!  Holy daimon babies!  What an epic book!

Needless to say, I’ve gotten over the fact that this series is very similar to Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy books.  In fact, I might like this series a tiny bit more.  This book is a combination of everything I love in a book: snarky characters, smoking hot guys, kick-ass fighting, good writing, and a fast-paced story line.  This book started right where book three, Deity, ended, and I couldn’t really remember what had happened, so I was bit lost at the beginning of this book.  JLA didn’t explain what had happened it the previous books so I didn’t really have a clue, but I kind of hate it when authors describe every little thing that had happened in the previous books, so I was okay with being clueless.  I really loved JLA’s writing style.  It was, in a word, sassy.  I literally was laughing my head off at some of the things she wrote, including those to morsels of hilarity above.  I love her sense of humor!  The staging was perfect, the story line was fast-paced, the fight scenes were very well described, and romance finished it off perfectly.  The romantic scenes (if you know what I mean) could best be described as sizzling, but how else could you describe them when Aiden is involved right?  I also really liked the ending, even though it wasn’t really a conventional ending.  It’s like the lull before the storm, and JLA set up the fifth and final book in this series to be one hell of a thriller!

Because of this book, Alex has become my new favorite female character – EVER!  There are no words to describe her.  She was completely kick-ass, snarky, defiant, didn’t take any crap, annoying (but in a good way.  She was good at getting on people’s nerves in the book, and it was hilarious to read), funny, and just freaking awesome.  Can I please be her?  Please please please please please!?  Of course, if I’m her, I also get Aiden.  Aiden Aiden Aiden – sex-god extraordinaire, smoking hot, kick-ass, sweet, nice, sexy…I could really go on and on forever and I still wouldn’t be able to describe how freaking attractive Aiden is.

The main reasons I like this series better than Vampire Academy would have to be JLA’s hilarious writing style and Alex and Aiden.  Those three things make this series what it is, and what it is is awesome.  So there!


5 pink flowers


Favorite Quotes ah la Alex: 

I rolled my eyes, finishing off the burger.  Rummaging around in the bag, I pulled out an extra-large order of fries.  With all the exercise I was getting, my escape would involve me rolling out of here.
~Page 32, uncorrected ARC edition

No matter how convoluted my life got, one thing remained consistent—my hair looked like a baby opossum had taken refuge in it, invited friends over, and thrown a party.
~Page 64, uncorrected ARC edition

Now I was in full internal whine mode.
~Page 92, uncorrected ARC edition

“Alex,” Aiden snapped…” I also doubt Apollo meant for your mouth to be the only thing getting a workout.”
~Page 93, uncorrected ARC edition

I flipped the dagger in my right hand.  “It’s called being awesome and it worked.”
~Page 94, uncorrected ARC edition

The bathroom door opened and Aiden filled the doorway.  Lit by the soft glow of the light behind him, he was a study of shadowy contrast – shirtless and wearing only a pair of pajama bottoms that hung low on his hips.  That didn’t help my heart or breathing problem.
(See, I told you Aiden was freaking sexy!)
~Page 98, uncorrected ARC edition

Apollo dropped the necklace into my palm.  “Ha,” I said.  “It’s like Harry Potter and the invisibility cloak.”
Everyone stared at me.
I rolled my eyes.  “Whatever.  So I’m invisible if I wear this.”
~Page 139, uncorrected ARC edition

(So, for the record, Alex was like shaking her leg up and down because she was bored.  Plus, I TOTALLY DO THIS!!)

Apollo smacked a hand down on my leg.  “Must you always be moving some part of your body?”
I glared at him and not-so-gently removed his hand.  “It’s not hurting you,” I said.
“It’s annoying.”
You’re annoying,” I shot back.

(Ah, classic Alex)
~Page 141, uncorrected ARC edition

Me?  The girl who pretty much said F.U. to everything, especially Fate.
~Page 262, uncorrected ARC edition

Damn.  Aiden was a badass ninja.
~Page 266, uncorrected ARC edition

I squared my shoulders.  “Release the Kraken!”
Several sets of eyes settled on me.
“What?” I gave a lopsided shrug.  “I’ve always wanted to yell that since I saw the movie.  Seemed like the perfect moment.”
~Page 275, uncorrected ARC edition

2 comments:

  1. Great review. Alex is my favorite female MC ever to. I just love her. I think Apollyon has been my favorite of the books so far to, along with Half-Blood.

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  2. Filled with action and romance, Apollyon is another captivating installment in the Half-Blood series. Armentrout has done it again, leaving readers on the edge of their seat begging for the next installment. From the fabulous cast of characters to the mythological mysteries, Apollyon is definitely a must read.
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