Author:Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Book #4 in the Covenant series
Release Date:April 4th 2013
Publisher:Spencer Hill Press
Number of pages:343 pages
Source: paperback copy purchased by reviewer
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Grade: 5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: 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.
My Thoughts: Every time I have to write a review of one of Jennifer Armentrout's novels I face the same problem: How to write a review without repeating myself over and over. I mean I think that I have said a thousand times already how great an author Armentrout is and how much I freaking love her stories! There, in fear of becoming repetitive I say it again: everytime I think this author can't become any better she just proves me wrong with her next novel. Apollyon was absolutely amazing! Not that I expected it to be any less...
The things that happen in this novel just broke my heart. Granted, I never was team Seth, but still, seeing him behaving the way he did in Apollyon just made me feel really sad. Because even though I always wanted Alex to end up with Aiden, still, I had a soft spot for Seth and really liked his character. Well, in Apollyon, although I still love him ( I can't help it! ) well, let's just say that his behavior made me wish for him to be stripped of his powers sooner rather than later... He acted like a jerk throughout the whole novel and although he can't help it, or does he?, he frustrated me more than a few times...
I won't say anything about the story. I hate spoilers. The only thing I will say is that Apollyon is one of the most action packed books in this series and really fast paced. All the things that keep happening, I promise you that you won't be able to put this book down until you reach the final page.
But, the best thing about Apollyon is how Armentrout develops all her characters in this novel. With the series reaching its end, Apollyon was the ideal book for all the characters to show signs of development according to all the hellish things that happen. And Alex is the character that has changed more than anyone else since the first book. She changed and matured so much you won't believe your eyes! Gone is the reckless Alex who acts first and then thinks of the consequences of her actions. Granted, reckless Alex was charming nonetheless but this Alex is so much better and I love her so much more!
As I love so much more this new edition of Aiden. Or rather not a new edition of him, but the fact that he finally gets all the space he was needed to show as his true self. Aiden's presence in Apollyon is dominating everything else. And I'm so glad that he finally gets to be the centre of attention. With Seth mostly not present in this book, Aiden reminded me why I loved him so much in Half- Blood.
Other than that expect from Apollyon what you usually expect from this author. Fast paced narration, non stop action and a heart-wrenching romance. The best part of the book is by far the one that takes place in the Underworld. All the descriptions and everything that happens while Aiden and Alex travel to the Underworld makes this part the most memorable of the whole story.
Verdict: Once more, Jennifer Armentrout delivers an incredible story in a way only she can. Sentinel, the final book of the series is bound to be the best one to come yet. And I so can't wait to read it!