- Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
- Format: Paperback | 360 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 28mm | 567g
- Publication date: 3 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: Contoocook
- ISBN 10: 0983157227
- ISBN 13: 9780983157229
- Sales rank: 5,325
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.
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By Moodyno1 02 Jul 2013
Favourite Quote: "Pure-bloods were off-limits to us halfs, which meant what had gone down between us was tantamout to feeling up the Pope or offering Gandhi a roast beef sandwich"
I was pleasently surprised that this book was as good as the first! I thought it was a great sequel to "Half-Blood" and I give this book a 4/5 stars!
The plot was good, there was definitely some shocking twists like a death of a certain character! I was almost in tears with that one, such a shock but I felt it did propell the story along so I'm happy the death actually contirbuted a lot to the story! There was quite a few action scenes and there were incredibly well done and they were the much needed excitement! I did take a star off because I felt that the pacing of the book was slow at some points but overall I did enjoy the plot!
In my opinion the characters make this series! All the different interactions and feelings just make this book awesome! The main character Alex is still badass and I really felt connected to her I nthis novel. Then there's Seth who I actually grew to love, he is just hilarious and his banter with Alex just brightens my mood. Aiden was quite an ******* in this and he wasn't in the book all that much to be honest but I still like him a lot! As for the love triangle, for once I actually don't mind it although I do prefer Alex with Aiden!
Overall this was a good installment in the series and I cannot wait to continue on with it!
By Suzanne Finnegan 28 May 2013
For me, this book outshone Half Blood by miles. Alex has left all Rose's idiosyncrasies behind and I've really warmed to her. Her and Seth spend a lot of time together, and I just came to love him. He's hot, he's fun and he's dangerous. My kind of fictional guy. My favourite parts of this book were when they were together, with one scene that I especially enjoyed.
Aiden is quite the stand up guy, but he kept making little comments to Alex, leading her on, but yet saying, 'no, I can't be with you!'. This annoyed me and was very unfair to Alex.
And Caleb, such an awesome guy. Why? Just why?
I love how Aiden and Seth are both really protective of Alex and enjoyed the little spats they have with each other, over her.
Ms. Armentrout has created a very harsh world for half bloods. No marriage, no children, fight the daimons or become a drugged up slave. I couldn't help but wonder why the pure's would have children who would have to live this life. I felt the same way about guardian's in Vampire Academy.
Overall, this was a fantastic sequel and I'm looking forward to continuing on with this series.
By Stephanie Verhaegen 28 Mar 2013
I've had Pure for a while now, sitting on my shelf, withering away, waiting for me to read it, after I'd finished Half-Blood which I really liked. I don't know what made me pick it up. Maybe because Apollyon is coming out soon and I want to be caught up with the whole series by then? Maybe I'm just in need of some awesome JLA books. Whatever it was, I'm so freaking happy (and kinda scared) that I did.
I've seen countless 5 star reviews of it on Goodsreads. I'm not kidding, pretty much the only reviews there are 5 stars, as it usually is with JLA's books. Only here and there the rare 3, 2 and 1 star review. I can't imagine what somebody thinks giving this book such a low rating but whatever. So far any of JLA's books have not yet disappointed me. I haven't read them all. Definitely not by far but I doubt there'll be one I'd hate. Anyhow... I'm getting off topic again. In one word this book was just awesome!
So much happened in this book, it's hard to get my thoughts together for this one. Alex is so strong in this book. No doubt about that. Although there were times when I wanted to slap her, especially when she was always staring at Aiden with this love sick puppy look. I don't have anything against Aiden. He's swoon-worthy and the zoo thing he did for Alex was pretty cute but even he knows that they can't be together. I was even sad for them when Aiden kind of broke things off with her in a cold way. But luckily Seth was there for Alex. Making me even love Seth more. Truly, Seth was probably the biggest reason for me to totally love this book. I can't express how much I love him. And he cares so much for Alex. Team Seth all the way!
There didn't seem to be too much action in this book, except at the end. Major battle. Though I reminded me of Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) I can't help myself but be reminded of it. Anyway, though not much action, I love it anyway.
And it was sad, so damn sad. Someone dies. Which was really obvious from book one that that person was going to die and yet my heart is still broken.
Jennifer L. Armentrout did it once again! She knows how to capture the attention of her readers time and time again. Pure was heart-breaking but an awesome sequel to Half-Bloood nonetheless. I can't wait to read more!
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 09 Apr 2012
I love Jennifer's writing so much. She has an awesome style that pulls me right into the story, and makes me connect with her characters. Jennifer Armentrout is an awesome writer, and she is on my top ten favorite authors. You know, the ones that you'd read over and over even if they wrote the back of a cereal box! Yep. She's there. Why? Because she writes these characters that I wish were real and in my life, she weaves kick butt humor and sarcasm into the story, she has great ideas and she constantly surprises me.
In Pure, the action never stops, and Alex does more awesome things... including sweet fighting moves and throwing more stuff. One of my favorite things about this book is getting to know Seth more. I'm such a sucker for the bad boy especially when we see that underneath it all, there is a soft heart. I think that I am Team Aiden for Alex and Team Seth for me. If somehow I could have that connection of course.
I connected even more with Alex during this book--how could I resist with how powerful her emotions are and how great Jennifer is at writing them and making them feel so real. (There were moments where I busted out laughing--lots of these actually--others where I was growling in frustration, others where I wanted to just melt, and then the next second throw the book.) I love how she doesn't do anything half-way and how she stands up for herself. She doesn't just accept things at face value, and has qualities that I wish I had a bit more of. Okay, okay, a lot more of.
There are plenty of hot moments, and I wish that I could talk about them without spoiling them. But, have no fear they are there. Though it can change so fast, because one scene I seriously thought about ripping out the page. But I wouldn't do that because I love the book so much.
A wonderful example that I jotted down of why I love Jennifer's humor and writing: The are you Team Edward? No, I'm more Team James or Team Tyler's van, but by the looks of it, they don't win because she's still alive.
I mean, I love Twilight don't get me wrong, but I'm one of the fans that can laugh at it too, at an awesome comment like that. Especially since my husband has said something similar, if less eloquently,
I know what teams I mentioned earlier, but I have to say that Jennifer has the mark of brilliance that I can't definitively choose. Because I can see the appeal of both, and I've read what Alex feels about both Aiden and Seth. I just really hope that Alex makes a choice, and that Seth doesn't end up as a pitiful 2nd choice. But then I laugh at thinking that because I also know the type of character that Jennifer has written Seth as and I know that it won't come to that. Just holy cow at the chemistry. But, even if she probably won't end up with Seth, and I get that deep feeling that she won't, I know and understand that the series wouldn't be complete without fully exploring the relationship between the two Apollyons.
In summary, in case you can't tell, I loved this book in all it's awesomeness. I recommend getting your hands on it as soon as possible, and I really can't believe I waited so long to read it, and I can't wait for the next one.
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