Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenant #2
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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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.

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

This whole series is set in a world that was taken from Vampire Academy, but I’ve been able to look past that now and accept it for what it is. There are still some things you could compare to Vampire Academy, but, on the whole, this book was much better than the first.

First up, the similarities:

Pure: The daimons attacking the Covenent
Vampire Academy: The Strigoi attacking Vampire Academy

Pure: The daimons are working together, getting smarter.
Vampire Academy: The Strigoi are working together, getting smarter.

But, that’s about it for the similarities. Half-Blood had many more.

This book was also a lot more exciting than Half-Blood. There was more action, more excitement, and more romance. The writing was really good, as was the story line and staging. And, the ending was superb, so I have to give Armentrout points for that. Plus, this book was down-right hysterical. Alex and Seth are so funny together. Below are a few funny moments (trust me, there are a lot more):

Alex: “I loath you.”
Seth: “You reluctantly like me”
~Page 64
Seth: “Aw, did you just fall?”
Alex: “No, I attacked the floor.”
~Page 64

It was like that the entire book, Alex and Seth, going back and forth.

One thing that this book had and Half-Blood lacked was more romance. I loved the romance in this book. It was so hot and sexy and really, really fun to read about. If only it could happen in real life to me ;) I probably fainted and drooled like a million times :P

I like Alex more in this book than I did in the first. She was still really feisty, just not as violent. She was kick-ass, funny and totally a problem child, but I love that, because I am too :P
Unlike in the first book, I don’t really liked Aiden. This could be because Armentrout didn’t talk as much about him, but he just kind of lost all attraction to me. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still smokin’, I just prefer Seth to him.
And, unlike in the first book, I love Seth. He was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing. I think Seth is a better fit for Alex because they have the same personality. They’re both goof-balls, compulsive, and, at times, not too bright. Aiden is kind of like a board—no personality whatsoever. So, I’M ROOTING FOR YOU, SETH!!

This book was soooo much better than Half-Blood, plus the cover is better as well. I am resigned to the fact that this whole series is going to have similarities to Vampire Academy, so I’m just going to look past that fact so I can really enjoy it.

4 1/2 pink flowers

The Covenant series so far:


  1. Hi Emily! I like Pure, though I think the Lux series is better... *sigh* Seth and Alex...

    ~Ariella @ A Sprinkle of Books


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