{Review} Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Pure
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Number of Pgs. 329 (Paperback)
Publication date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
How I got the copy:  bought
Rating: 5 Stars

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.


I've been using a new way of reviewing that I saw over at Making the Grade.  It breaks the book down and makes it easier to rate.  The way it works is each category gets a score out of ten points.  Then you add them all up + 50 (50% automatically for each book) and that's your score out of 100.
9/10: Holy Moly this book is insane.  I thought I liked the Lux series, but let me tell you... this one is really good.  So much has happened in 329 pages it's crazy.  I love the way the romance is playing out.  I was all ready to stock up on Team Aiden paraphernalia until halfway through the book Seth didn't seem so bad.  I've never had an author make me questions the side I've taken...which says a lot.  The first book, Alex is just trying to stay out of trouble and also stop her mom from ruining her world.  But this book delves even deeper.  It was like her world was a snowglobe and the daimons and Minister Telly just shook the hell out of it.  There was only one thing I didn't enjoy and that involves someone Alex is really close to.  I mourned a long with Alex and I didn't really understand why it had to happen.  
10/10: Alex is so irrational and acts on impulse mostly.  I really wish I could act on impulse.  I calculate everything before I do it.  So when she does something crazy I'm green with envy...that is until she ends up in heaps of trouble or almost killed.  And she seems to be the type of girl that is really pretty without even trying because she exudes confidence and purpose.  


Aiden is still ridiculously hot.  J.L.A really knows how to write them.  And I love that every guy character she writes is different.  Aiden is so good.  He wants the best for Alex and he doesn't give in to temptation because it would mean the end of freedom for Alex.  But the few moments when he does give in...well those are fun swoonworthy moments sprinkled in for our enjoyment.



Seth bothered me like I'm sure he was meant to.  But after awhile I started to realize he's not half bad.  It really takes a lot for me to change my mind about a character so I was pleasantly surprised when I, along with Alex, didn't feel the need to punch him after he opens his mouth.  I'm excited to see where this goes.

10/10: THANK YOU GODS...as Alex would say.  Finally this book has more locations than just a school.  Alex starts off at school and this time we actually get to see many parts of the campus.  But she also goes to Council.  And this is were so much happens and again there are many locations including a labyrinth. 
9/10: The beginning of this author's books are always slow, but I like it that way.  We get to develop feelings for the characters and we understand them more.  By the time we get to the gripping action we're so attached to them we're literally on the edge of our seats hoping they make it out alive.  This story gets so fast paced halfway through I couldn't put it down without finishing the rest of it, even though it was 1 am.
10/10: Once again I am amazed by this author.  She has the right mixture of romance, action, character development, suspense, and my favorite...snark.  Her books are the long island iced teas of literature (it's late while I'm writing this review so please ignore my randomness).  But seriously, I love her writing and will continue to buy all her books without even reading the summary first.  Because if it says Jennifer L. Armentrout on the cover, I know I'm in for a crazy and swoon-worthy ride.
GO BUY THIS SERIES NOW!  It's so good you really won't regret spending the $10 on it.  You could spend that ten bucks on cheap fast food that you'll regret eating later or The Covenant series that you will consume over and over again for the rest of your life (for 0 calories).  

Total: 98/100 

“I guess there were two types of people in the world, those who sat around a fire, staring into the flames, and those who started the fire. 
Seth and I started the fire, and then we danced around it.”

***
“I'm not drunk," I said indignantly.

"You were just dancing like some wood nymph five minutes ago. You took your shirt off and now you're latched onto me like a little monkey. So don't tell me you're in complete control of yourself.”




              




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