Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pure Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

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Every once in awhile as a reader an author comes along that just speaks to your soul.  Everything they write captures your heart and never lets it go.  For us, Jennifer is that author!  All of her characters, worlds and words have taken apart of us with them!  For her, no ordinary review would do.  We had to do a top 10 list!  If you haven't read any or all of JLA's books yet, then we implore you from the bottom of our souls to read them!!!  You will not regret!

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.

These are the top 10 out of a million things we LOVED about Pure!

10.  The Trainings
 In Pure, Alex must split her time training between Aiden and Seth.  We love these scenes because you can really see Aiden’s protectiveness coming out, and we get a little more insight into how Seth feels about Alex.  And what we love the most, the sessions are always tinged with heat—the good heat, not the sweaty, smelly kind of heat.  The guy’s training techniques are completely different, but these scenes will definitely make you question whether you should be Team Aiden or Team Seth.

9.  Deacon
Aiden’s too cute little brother that follows in Aiden’s heartthrob footsteps.  We don’t know much about Deacon so far, but what we do know, we like!  He’s broken, just like Aiden, and keeps himself in a slightly drunken oblivion so he doesn’t have to deal with the loss of his parents.  Besides his heartbroken demeanor, we love that he stands up for Alex, refusing to treat her like a half-blood.
8.  The Furies
They used to be beautiful women, now they are killers, huntresses of evil, or anything that threatens the Gods.  With snakes as hair and blood dripping from their eyes (creepy imagery, huh), these terrifying women take Pure by storm.  These are the first true Gods we see in the Covenant series, and let us tell you, she picked the perfect Gods to foreshadow the wrath and destruction that we are sure is to come in Deity.  They say “hell hath no ‘fury’ (perfect word) like a woman scorned,” but apparently, they didn’t know about Hades minions.
7.  Greek Mythology
Let us just say, “Yay!  Greek Mythology!”  We love when authors take mythology and modernize it into something fresh.  You have the Half-Bloods who are children of Pure bloods and mortals who are either forced into protecting the Pures or serving them.  Then you have the Pure bloods who sit up on their high horse like nothing could touch them, looking down on the halfs like they are lesser beings.  But we have a feeling that their high horse will end up reminiscent of the Trojan horse, and I can’t wait to see how Jennifer L. Armentrout brings it all down!

6.  Hey Jealousy, Hey Jealousy
Just like the song says, “Hey jealousy, well she took my heart.”  Between Aiden and Seth, you can cut the jealous tension with a Covenant dagger (and with those two, they just might)!  The scenes where Aiden and Seth get jealous are some of our absolute favorite.  Jennifer L. Armentrout describes them perfectly--how their faces turn red and you can sense the anger wellling up in their chests.  Were not going to say too much more, but let us insist…you MUST read this book because seeing Aiden and Seth lose their cool with make you giggle like a school girl and smile ear to ear.

5.  Crazy Apollyon Connection
They thought it was just a legend, but it turns out it wasn't!  Seth and Alex are both Apollyons which doesn't bode well for either of them or for anyone else.  It's the first time in modern history that this has happened.  There's always only been 1 Apollyon.  With 2 at one time now though, Seth and Alex are connected in a way that is powerful, emotional, physical, and so much more.  They sense each other's thoughts, feelings, and powers.  This makes for some very entertaining reading!  Picture Seth, who as we mentioned earlier, does have a jealous streak.  Now, imagine Seth reaction to the physical and emotional feelings Alex might have as she's kissing Aiden!  If you are picturing something similar to an atomic bomb going off, you would be absolutely correct!  For this craziness alone, Pure gets a million stars from us!

4.  Forbidden Love  
Hook, Line and Sinker!!!  Here at the Sisterhood, we love the angst, especially if it is directly due to Forbidden Love!  The constant longing that can never cease without serious consequences is a heavy theme throughout this series, and to watch the torture that this longining causes is honestly so much fun.  Mwahahaha!  I will say that Alex and Aiden's forbidden romance makes Romeo's and Juliet's look like preschool.  I would go to battle against the Montague's and Capulets any day before I would face the supernatural powers of the Pures!  So many obstacles lie in the path of "happily ever after" for Aiden and Alex!  The threat of physical punishment hangs heavily over their relationship causing the heat level to rise to boiling!  It's getting hot in here...

3.  Seth
Umm, can you say "broken bad boy" on steroids!  Seth is like He-Man meets Iron Man plus the Hulk all rolled into one!  With all that testosterone, girls are pretty much dropping at this feet.  Holy daimons, I need a fan just thinking about him!  Seth is the guy every girl wants to date, but the idea scares them to death.  No one comes out of an entanglement with Seth in one piece!  We're hoping with all hope, that his brokeness is the kind that can be fixed.  Even if not though, we would still take the chance!  

2.  Alex
Team Half-Blood is here to stay!  I know that Alex didn't win the Heroine Tourney, but it wasn't because she didn't deserve it!  She deserves that and more with all that she has accomplished and overcome.  Alex represents everything that being a true heroine entails!  She amazed us all in Half-Blood, and she will blow you away again in Pure.  I cannot wait to see where Jennifer takes her throughout the rest of this series!

1.  Aiden
The you-make-me-sigh-every-time-I-think-about-you (which is all the time) forbidden hottie of the series.  A completely off-limits pure blood, Aiden is one of Alex’s love interests, the one that makes her heart flutter and face turn bright red with the slightest look.  So, what do we like most about him?   He’s conflicted, contradictory.  He’s fire and ice—hot one minute, full of compassion and desire, and then, bam…he’s frigid.  He’s heaven and hell (or should I say Elysium and Tartarus)—one minute he can’t keep his eyes off Alex (or his lips) causing her heart to float with the Gods, and the next he’s pushing her away insisting he doesn’t care, causing her to plummet into an abyss.  But, oh gods, are the highs worth every penny!  He’s unpredictable, he’s chiseled, he’s broken—the trifecta of perfection!  Move over Zeus, there’s a new God in town.

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