Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A fantastic, hilarious sequel that is better than the first.

Alex's life is more complicated than ever. Not only does she have to deal with the new implications of becoming the second Apollyon, the First, and her other half, Seth, is always there--in her training room, outside her classes, and in her bedroom almost every night. And while he is fun to be around, impulsive and sarcastic just like her, he can't remove the forbidden, undeniable need she has for pure-blooded Aiden.

But when daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, tensions between half-bloods and pure-bloods are at an all time high. Everyone wants to blame the half-bloods, and in particular, Alex, for the new strengths that the daimons are showing. And if that wasn't bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Alex and Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude...or killing her.

From the first page of this book, I was hooked. I was desperate to find out what was going to happen in Alex's life, and in particular, her love life. And boy, did this novel take me on a roller coaster. I was giggling one second and squealing the next, or tearing up. It had a perfect blend of action and emotion, like only Jennifer L. Armentrout can do. Now granted, I wasn't sure where this book was going to go, and while I didn't feel like there was a "bad guy" or "bad event" that was going to happen in this book, for whatever reason, it didn't feel like a total filler book. This book had a point, and that point, was to just continue the story. It didn't really have a purpose except for that.

Alex continued to grow in this sequel, and started to feel a little less generic. In the first one, she felt very much like a character I had read 200 times before. But in this continuation, she'd begun to diverge from that stereotype, and become a unique character. She isn't there completely, but hopefully by the next book she will be. But Seth was probably my favorite character in Pure. He's so sarcastic and passionate, and while it seems as if he never takes anything seriously, he pays attention and remembers every little detail. He basically made the book for me.

So yes, this series is starting to have a bit of a love triangle. But everyone should know that I have no problem with love triangles. They are amusing as hell to me. But this series hasn't quite reached the love triangle completely because while Alex has feelings for Aiden still--in fact, she admits she's in love with him--he has essentially removed himself from the equation. So she is free to be with anyone else. Enter Seth. But seriously, I have no clue if he will become present in her love life again, possibly if the Breeding Order gets changed, or if for the rest of the series, Alex and Seth will fall for each other. Zero clues. But I have really started like the idea of Seth and Alex together. It fact, I'd say I ship Alex/Seth wholeheartedly.

The writing is fluffy and fun and hilarious, but it isn't Pulitzer prize winning. It's Jennifer L. Armentrout.

To say the least, I am very excited to read the next book!

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