Book Review: Pure

Published by Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
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My thoughts: 

Have I mentioned before that I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's work? Because I do. I really, really do. In the Easter basket of the literary world, Armentrout's books are the Peeps. You know, those wonderfully addictive confections to which no human being can easily say no. They're good right out of the package, and they're better the next day. They're great with your cocoa in the morning, and with a graham cracker in the evening. The closer to time for them to appear, the more you crave them. They're a little bit of happiness wrapped up in pretty sugar, and if you don't like them, there's a good chance you're a zombie.

This is book 2 in the series. Because I loved book 1 (reviewed HERE), I was a bit anxious when I got my hands on this volume. Would I love it like I did the first one? The answer to that question is no. Because I loved it more.

Warning: If you have not yet read Half-Blood, you might want to stop reading here to avoid spoilers.

Pure picks up shortly after Half-Blood leaves off. Alex has fallen into a routine at the Covenant, complete with regular training sessions with both Aiden and Seth. It doesn't take long, however, for Armentrout to ramp up the action with a daimon attack to worry about. The plot takes off from there, and the tension in this universe keeps Alex struggling to filter her language as she maneuvers the treacherous waters of a world where just about everyone seems to have some sort of strong feeling about her. And whether those feelings are positive or negative, Alex's candid reactions are absolutely delicious.

Most of the characters from Half-Blood are back for book 2, with a few added faces. Alex will find herself forging a somewhat unconventional alliance with a female Pure, and gets on much more familiar terms with the Apollyon as well.  And yes, Aiden fans, you'll see some pretty nice scenes with him, too. The fact that Armentrout manages to balance the two boys in this book, allowing Seth to get some page time without writing Aiden completely out of the storyline, is one of my favorite things about this book. If you want to know more about why I love these characters, you can check out my Aiden Book Boyfriend post, or my Alex BFF post .

The Covenant series is a favorite of mine because in this completely theatrical fantasy setting, these characters are fighting for things that really matter: respectful treatment of all people, and the right to live free, happy lives. I am excited that readers can explore these serious issues in such a compellingly entertaining way. I am excited that I can read something that is fun and relaxing, but still challenges me to grow as a person. I am thrilled to be able to share these books with other readers, and recommend them with two great big thumbs up.

The third book in the series will be coming soon. Want to see what it will look like? You can visit our Deity cover reveal.

Thank you, thank you to Stuck in Books for hosting the Pure blog tour, and allowing us to participate! You can see the entire tour schedule here: Tour schedule page

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 Summary from Goodreads

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.


  1. i will have to see if my feelings change too between half blood and pure

    all the best and thanks you for this post

  2. I really like your review and your blog background.

  3. I'm not sure i can change my mind about Seth, cuz i realllllyyy like Aiden, but we'll see. Can't wait to read Pure!!!! :D
    Alyssa S.

  4. Great review. I am excited to read Pure. JLA has definitely created an interesting series.

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  6. Ummmmm...yummy! I wonder if I'll switch teams or not. Either way, it'll be one hell of a ride!!!

  7. OH HOW I LOVE JENNIFER's writing! Pure is AMAZING! Jennifer is a sheer genius. I don't know how she does it but I know if I start one of her books, I will not put it down until I have finished it. HONESTLY! Thank you for a great review!!!

  8. I seriously adore Jennifer's writing! Great review! :)

  9. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! :D

  10. I'm curious if I'm going to switch teams (I highly doubt). I can't imagine to like Seth more than Aiden. :)

    Anyway, great review! :)


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