Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

                                                    Jennifer L. Armentrout
                                                      Spencer Hill Press
                                                     November 6, 2012
                                                        360 pgs (paperback)

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout. Which is why I was so excited to get my hands on a few ARCs of hers at this year's BEA. In fact, out of the 80+ books I came home with, the VERY FIRST one I read was Deity. The only reason I regret that decision is that I now have to wait that much longer for the next installment! Caution, if you haven't yet read books 1 & 2 of this series, stop reading here - I don't want to spoil either of them for you.

In Deity, Ms. Armentrout continues to do what she does best - write amazing characters with incredible chemistry. I've come to expect that from her, it's one of the main reasons I loved the previous Covenant Series books, Half-Blood and Pure (see review), as well as Cursed (will link to review once published in Sept) and of course, my favorite Obsidian. But, what I was not expecting in Deity was the twists and turns that the story takes and the intricate manner in which she weaves the plot together. Besides the exciting drama with the daimons and the gods, the Awakening and the council order, all of which continues in here, she also starts to make you think about serious questions regarding fate and destiny. And boy, are there some surprises in there as well! 

After reading Half-Blood and Pure, I was a solid Team Aiden supporter, but very reluctantly was starting to really like Seth, and the lines in my mind (as well as in Alex's) were starting to get blurry. I was not happy this continues in Deity, but I was super excited we get to see a lot more of Aiden in this one and everything starts to become a little clearer in the end (although you'll have to read for yourself how).. It is a bit frustrating to see how impossibly unfair circumstances become, but that only fuels my desire to keep reading because I just know this has to have a happy ending, right? Right?

Deity may just be my favorite of the three Covenant books so far. It has all the romance anyone could ask for, plus a whole lot of action and suspenseful drama as well. I felt so much more got resolved than in the previous books, but there are still a whole lot of questions yet to be answered for the next two books (at least!). Can't wait for them next year! 

Deity: 4.5/5 stars
Cover: 5/5 stars (have I mentioned how much I LOVE these covers!)


 Jennifer signing copies of Deity at The Voracious Reader In Larchmont NY on November 10, 2012

Tanya's review:
At the recommendation of my fellow blogger, I read my first Jennifer Armentrout book, Cursed, a few months ago and since then I have devoured everything she puts out, even her adult books.  Deity is the third book in the Covenant series and it was definitely my favorite so far. I started this book on a Sunday morning and was done by 7 pm that night. (I had to stop occasionally to do my domestic duties). Once I started reading I could not stop. Each chapter  pulled me in more and more. Ms. Armentrout has a way of writing mixing humor, action and romance that just makes you stop everything and you travel to the place she created. To say I was surprised by some twists would be an understatement. The choices that Alex has to make in this book and the danger she faces, who to trust? Do they love me? Are they my friend or do they only want me because of who I am, the Apollyon? This one was definitely a page turner and just when you think you know where the story has to go and who you can trust the world changes in an instant and you know nothing anymore. I completely agree with my co-blogger on team Aiden and was so happy he was in more of this book than the last.  Ms. Armentrout left us with a bit of a cliff hanger and I am extremely anxious to find out what happens next. She has created an amazing world and Alex is one strong kick butt heroine that I can not help but root for and I really want her to have a HEA.

Deity:                 4.5/5
Cover:                5/5  (All covers in series are just beautiful)

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