Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Apollyon- J.L Armentrout

"Do you think they'll stop this... zombie-apocalypse-in-the-making if they realize I'm back on Team Not-Insane?"

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.

I nearly passed out from excitement in anticipation of the awesomeness that this book would bring...and it definitely lived up to the expectations. After Deity I had thought the Covenant Series couldn't get more amazing than this. Apparently I was wrong since Apollyon raised that bar a few notches.

The book was full of twists and turns that made it unputdownable. It begins where Elixir left off and the first few chapters saw Alex being controlled by her connection to seth and needless to say I was quite relieved when the nauseating 'My Seth' crap ended and Alex was back to normal. But the experience left her a changed woman. Although her snarkiness is not really gone, there is a grown up and purposeful side to her that contradicts her impulsiveness and urges her to be more rational and level headed.

There is a lot of Aiden in the book...not that I'm complaining. That guy simply reduces me to a puddle of mush! We get a glimpse of his past and what he thinks about Alex, Deacon, his deceased parents and his decision to become a Sentinel.

"By the way," Aiden said casting me a long look that had me totally forgetting the seriousness of our mission. "You look damn good in a Sentinel uniform."

Of course there is also plenty of badass ninja action with pissed off Gods, misled Sentinels, gigantic otherworldly demons and what-not.

"We had no idea what waited ahead of us, other than the big, fat unknown, and most likely a big, fat kick in the face. The gravity of that was killing me-killing us.

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 that movie. Seemed like the perfect moment."

The big secret of Lucien and Seth's godly ally is revealed and Alex discovers the full purpose of her involvement in the big scheme of things. It was incredibly sweet how in the face of all that chaos Alex and Aiden still found time to be all over each other- in a house full of people including her uncle and Aiden's brother, in the midst of destruction redefined at the University....after engaging in a fight with ginormous spiders in the Underworld??!! Well...that's love I suppose...

The book also saw Marcus and Alex's relationship finally progress to the stage where they could actually give out hugs and have heart-to-heart talks. More info about Alex's father and her relationship with Rachelle was also revealed. It was sad to bade goodbye to some of the characters we have come to love through the course of the series.

Apollo is still a pain in the ass, popping out at inappropriate times without warning and Seth is pretty much a hum in the background throughout the book- always there but then not really....

So, an excellent plot coupled with an entertaining POV, Olympus Gods, heady drama, angst, romance, betrayal and Aiden St Delphi equals a double thumbs up for the book from me. The wait for Sentinel seems like aeons!!

3/5 stars!!

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