By Jennifer L Armentrout
Covenant Book Two
Available 3 April 2012
Read my review of Half Blood, the first book in this series
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 Blonde’s Review:
Despite suffering from nightmares, Alex is training harder than ever. She knows the plans her mother spoke of won’t stop with her mother’s death and she wants to be prepared, even if no one else wants to believe it. When a Pure is attacked on campus for the first time in history a new threat looms over them all.
In addition to the new threat Alex and the other Half Bloods are held to a stricter rules and mandatory examinations in an attempt to discover who among them could be a daimon. Our headstrong Alex refuses to accept an examination and shows us yet another reason we love her character. When the exams don’t succeed as hoped and a friend suffers the consequences the guilt crushes Alex. We see that a prediction from the first book came true in ways Alex never expected.
In the first book we fell in love with Aiden. We loved his strength of character and how much he cared for Alex. In book two we are finally able to get to know Seth better and learn that he’s more than he appears. When Aiden chooses to back away it’s still clear to see he cares for Alex. Jennifer L Armentrout did a fabulous job with this love triangle since it is so easy to see Alex with either boy and she makes it hard to choose who would be best for her. Seth gets his chance with her as they grow closer and he becomes the one person who can calm her nightmares and be there for her.
The biggest problem in Alex’s life isn’t the new rules or the love triangle, it’s the mysterious new threat. We have some very clear suspects on who is after Alex, but with this great author I don’t want to point fingers since she could easily throw a curve ball at us. I expect it’s going to be something fantastic. Whoever is after Alex will do anything to stop Alex from becoming one of the Apollyon. Alex is clearly going to be going up against a very intelligent and devious person or group when the truth comes to light.
As Alex and Seth navigate the unusual situation as two Apollyons all they have to go on are the stories from the last time it occurred. Not to give away anything fantastic, but it is already obvious that Alex and Seth are going to be two different Apollyons and their story is going to play out in a far bigger and better way.
It was so hard to write a review for this story that consisted of more than I WANT BOOK THREE NOW. Many times the second book in a series seems like a filler between a great start and a potentially fantastic finish. This one is not like that. We see Alex grow and learn more about some of our secondary characters. We’re left with so many questions and suspicions that I know I wanted to jump right to the third book to find out What Happened and if what I think is going on is really what is happening.
I loved this one. When I hear of a series being described as the ‘next (insert big great series)’ I tend to have lower expectations than when I find a book that sounds great. Too often the hype doesn’t live up to the book. The Covenant series is already living up to the hype and is one I know I’ll be recommending, even to a sister who rarely reads for fun.
If you’re interested in this one you should check out the first book in the series, Half Blood. Once you do you’ll be eager for April to get here so you can get your hands on book two of the Covenants series. If you enjoy reading about strong, independent girls who aren’t afraid to throw a punch or attack a daimon, you’ll love reading Alex’s story. If a world with gods, almost gods, and half bloods sounds fascinating to you then the world Jennifer L Armentrout has created here will be one you won’t want to step out of when the story is over.