Review: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: November 2nd 2013
Links: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads

It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

I’ve finally, FINALLY finished the Covenant series!!! I honestly don’t know why it took me this long to get to this final book – I read Apollyon over two years ago and I guess I just never kept going even with that awful cliffhanger. But I guess one good thing about waiting is that I have Seth’s series ready for me to read! Anyway, now that I have finished the Covenant series, I’m feeling so bittersweet. Jennifer L. Armentrout did an amazing job ending this brilliant series, but I’m still so sad to say goodbye to Alex and Aiden, who make up one of my favorite couples ever. Sentinel is fast-paced, action-packed, and never has a dull moment, but the highlight of the book is definitely Alex and Aiden’s relationship. They’ve been through so much, so it’s amazing to see how everything wraps up between them.

Our love had never been easy.
… He was my strength when I needed him to be, my friend when I needed someone to talk me down, my equal in a world where by law I would always be less than him, and honest to gods, he was the love of my life.
And he would wait forever for me, just as I would wait forever and a day for him.

I skimmed through the first four books before starting Sentinel, because I knew if I picked this final book up, I’d be just a teensy bit lost. Luckily, JLA is a fantastic writer, able to suck me into her Covenant world even after leaving it for over two years. Sentinel picks up right where Apollyon left off, after Alex’s terrible fight with Ares, which left her completely broken and near death’s door. But once she’s healed thanks to Apollo, she’s still not quite up to par, which isn’t good since the world is being torn apart by Ares, Lucian, and… Seth. It’s a race to the finish to see who will reach whom first – whether Ares will find a way to enslave mankind, or if Alex and the gang can manage to stop him and pretty much save the world.

What I love about this series (besides the amazing romance) is how humorous it is. No matter how dire things are, Alex and her friends manage to find a levity that lightens everyone up. As serious as the whole end-of-the-world thing going on is, Alex and the gang always make quips and jokes that have me laughing so hard. I love this balance in emotions that JLA handles so effortlessly.

Of course, now I get to talk about the romance! Alex and Aiden are just… perfect. They complement each other so well, even after the both of them have grown so much throughout the series. Alex has matured greatly, no longer that impulsive girl who seems to always get herself in trouble. Aiden is as swoon-worthy as ever, always believing in Alex and never being too overly alpha-male. These two just GET each other, support each other, love each other, and my heart easily fell for these two all over again in Sentinel.

“I love you.”
Agapi mou, you are my everything.”

And oh gods, SETH!! I have to admit, I was Team Seth once upon a time back in Pure, so he’ll always have a piece of my heart, even though he’s turned a little power-hungry and is on the bad guys’ side. But if you’re a Seth fan (or even if you’re not), he’ll surprise you in this book. He’s made bad decisions, but he’s inherently a good guy, and I’m definitely excited to see how his story continues in his series!

The ending was something I… didn’t expect. I’m honestly still not quite sure how to feel about it, but the book overall was an epic ending to a series I adore. Sentinel isn’t my favorite of the series (I think it still might be Deity), but I’m so glad to have finally read it. I know I’d feel a lot worse leaving the Covenant world if there wasn’t the spinoff series, so I’m thanking the gods that JLA is giving us that!

4 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Covenant series

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

#0.5 ~ Daimon: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#1 ~ Half-Blood: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Pure: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Deity: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3.5 ~ Elixir: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Apollyon: My Review •  Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ Sentinel: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads


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Sentinel Blog Tour & Giveaway: Featuring Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Welcome to the Sentinel blog tour, hosted by Stuck in Books, and today’s stop features book 3 in the series: Deity!

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #3 (full reading order below)
Release Date: November 6th 2012
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“History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time. ”

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

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Deity is my absolute favorite of the series–so far. I’m sure once Sentinel comes out, I might change my mind 😉 Honestly, I LOVED Deity. It was incredibly intense and exciting and it was AIDEN all day every day! I had been leaning a bit on Team Seth from Pure, but then Deity came out and BAM. Totally Team Aiden from then on.

But seriously, Deity was just incredible. It was edge-of-your-seat thrilling and the romance was off the charts! It was everything I expected from JLA and more. I became so invested in the story and characters, and Aiden will forever be one of my favorite book boyfriends because of this book.

Here are some of my favorite (somewhat spoilery) quotes from Deity (and let me tell you, there are some majorly swoony scenes here):

“I can’t keep pretending that I don’t want this – that I don’t want you. I can’t. Not after what happened to you. It thought… I thought I’d lost you, Alex, forever. And I would’ve lost everything. You are my everything.”

“Because I love you, we share each other’s problems. When we fight, we fight together. I’m going to be by your side no matter what, whether you like it or not. That’s what love is, Alex. You never have to face anything alone again. And I get what you’re saying. I don’t agree with it, but I will support you in any way I can.”

“You’ll have a piece of my heart – all of it, really. Forever.”

Aiden had slipped under my skin, wrapped himself around my heart and embedded himself into my bones.

“I know what’s happened,” Apollo said after a few seconds. My brows furrowed. “What are you talking about?” He nodded at the board. My gaze dropped to the game and I nearly passed out. He’d spelled SEX and AIDEN with those stupid little squares.”

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For JLA – Deity lets the Gods out of the bag. Who’s your favorite God to write and why? Apollo. I just really enjoyed writing his character because of his personality.

For Alex – The vanishing act of Apollo is sorta fun but his timing can be annoying. If he wasn’t a God and still pulled that trick, what would you do to him? Oh, I would kick his ass. I’m tempted to try it, God or not.

For Aiden – What was your reaction to finding out the truth about Leon? I was surprised, but given the situation in which I found out, I couldn’t even focus on Leon. I was too focused on Alex at that moment.

For Apollo – Were there ever any times that you wanted to intervene but didn’t to protect your identity? Yes, that girl needs a full time babysitter. I tried to be around, especially when I knew Aiden wasn’t with her, and I did intervene a few times without revealing my identity.

And don’t forget! Sentinel comes out November 2nd!

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #5 (full reading order below)
Release Date: November 2nd 2013
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It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

Reading Order: Covenant series

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

#0.5 ~ Daimon: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#1 ~ Half Blood: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Pure: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Deity: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3.5 ~ Elixir: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Apollyon: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#5 ~ Sentinel: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads

about the author

Jennifer L. Armentrout#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Review: Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #4 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: April 4th 2013
Links: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads

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.

So, I think this is going to be my first review that I’m doing by myself, and sadly, it’s not for a book that I am crazy ecstatic about. I mean, it’s not for a book that loved with my whole heart, but the book was still pretty  good. Apollyon was fun to read. There were exciting parts, and then there were  s  l  o  w parts. And honestly, the slow parts were probably why I started reading other books in the middle of reading Apollyon. Which is a VERY BAD THING for me. Because guess what I decided to read instead of Apollyon? Perfect Scoundrels. Eleanor & Park. This Girl. So can you blame me for taking almost 3 weeks to finish Apollyon? No, you cannot. Because those books I just named are perfect and amazing and became some of my very favorite books ever. (So go read them if you haven’t!!!)

I don’t usually stop reading in the middle of the book. It’s just not me. I can’t really concentrate on a book if I’m also in the middle other stories, so it was unusual for me to just STOP and wait 2-3 weeks to finish Apollyon up. I NEVER take that long to read a book. Usually I can finish in less that 3 days but since it’s school, I take around a week. *sniffles* But the book ended up dragging in parts where it could have been more exciting, and I just DIDN’T want to read it. And once I started it up again, I could never fully immerse myself into the book either. I kept reading it bit by bit instead of all the way through, and that just made the whole reading experience not as good as it could have been. BUT, I still think that even if I had read Apollyon straight through without interruptions, the book wouldn’t have been as good as the previous books in the series. I was expecting Apollyon to be a lot better, since I was so excited to read it after the MAJOR cliffhanger at the end of the 3rd book, but I ended up being a bit disappointed.

There’s nothing I can really say without spoiling anything that’s been happening in the ENTIRE series, since Apollyon is the 4th book, so I’ll just say the basics. Alex, the heroine, grows so much throughout the entire series, but I think it’s in this book that she truly shows how much she’s matured from being a feisty, impulsive girl to one who finally thinks all (well, most) of her actions through. The world is pretty much in chaos with the gods at war, so I was glad that Alex and Aiden were able to have some happy moments, but the romance aspect of Apollyon definitely was not the main part. Which was a bit disappointing, since Aiden is a fantastic character, but it was reasonable, since the romance between them was focused more in the first few books and their relationship is as steady as it can be now in the 4th book.

So overall, I enjoyed Apollyon, but expected it be better. But I am still crazy excited for the next and final (!!) book to come out! Can’t wait to see how it all ends. (Hopefully everything will be resolved and a ton of people don’t need to die anymore. Oops. Was that a spoiler? Oh well.)

3.5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Covenant series

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

#0.5 ~ Daimon: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#1 ~ Half-Blood: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Pure: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Deity: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3.5 ~ Elixir: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Apollyon: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ Sentinel: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads


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