29 October 2013

Sentinel Blog Tour by JLA - Pure Day

I'm extremely excited to be part of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Sentinel blog tour!! 

To celebrate the release of the final instalment in the Covenant series, Jennifer, Spencer Hill Press and Stuck in Books are hosting a swan-song tour remembering the entire series before we get our hands on the last book and say goodbye to Alex, Aiden and Seth.
I absolutely loved the second Covenant novel so I'm remembering Pure on the blog today! 

There are a whole heap of Covenant goodies coming up including an AWESOME Giveaway, a Pure related Mini Interview with Jennifer, you can relive my Pure review and don't forget to follow the rest of the tour here!

What they say about Pure:

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.

Where to Buy Pure:

Author Spotlight: # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Jennifer has got to be one of the hardest working and most generous authors out there. She is very supportive of her fans/readers and is always hosting Giveaways and posting book excerpts/extras on her blog. To find out more about Jennifer the head here:

Spencer Hill Press is giving away a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of the winner's choice to not only stock up on amazing books, but to perhaps buy a Nook HD or Kindle Fire. 

Mini Interview With Jennifer about Pure:

For JLA – Pure has been called Seth’s book.  Did fans reaction to Seth surprise you?  I wasn’t really surprised by the reaction to Pure because I knew that the book focused more on Seth than Aiden.
For Alex -  Knowing what you know about Leon, do you think there was more to him being the one to find you in labyrinth?  Oh, I’m sure there was more to it.
For Aiden -  By far, the zoo was the best scene in Pure.  What did you enjoy most about being at the zoo with Alex?  I loved knowing that I was doing something for her that made her happy. 
For Seth – That whole sleeping issue that you and Alex have in Pure, did you realize what was up or were you just going with it?  I would’ve just gone with it.  But, truth?  I knew what was up.
What I say (review): For those of you who haven't read book one Half-Blood I suggest you read it first, but here's a brief intro to the series: The Greek Gods are real and the series focuses on their Daimon-hunting offspring. The MC and our heroine Alex is a 17-year-old Half Blood (pure blood mother and human father) who has returned to school/training after years on the run with her mother. She meets the uber hot pure and her trainer Aiden. Relationships between pure's and half's are banned by the gods so nothing can happen between Alex and Aiden (but it sorta did, almost). There's also the super powerful Apollyon (think uber hunter) Seth; Seth is a pain in the butt but is Alex's 'other half'. Sentinel's are highly trained guards, hunters and all round bad ass's trained to kill Daimon's. Daimon's kill and drain the godly aether out of the half's/pure's.
Right, well that summary was less brief than I had imagined so I'll refrain from devolving too much of the plot in Pure. Pure starts just after the dramatic ending of Half-Blood

Alex is as sassy, irresponsible and headstrong as ever. I love Alex because she's the Queen of snark and sarcasm but she's also really sweet and loyal. Alex is a mix of fierce power and innocent vulnerability. Despite her recklessness Alex is extremely likeable and she gets some brilliant one-liners!!
I was so cross with Aiden after a certain scene in the last book, but it's hard to stay angry with him because he's such a sweetie: the Zoo! Aiden thinks about his actions and has a lot of responsibility - at times he sort of reminds me of Dimka from VA. Towards the end I literally couldn't believe what was happening!
Oh Seth I don't trust you, but I kinda love you anyway! Seth is possibly even more reckless than Alex and is used to getting his way. There's also a very hidden sensitive side to him and I love how Seth and Aiden spark over Alex.

Seth is a big presence in Pure, he's not just there to annoy Aiden! I felt like there are two sides to Seth and it's a constant battle as to which side wins. Oh hello swimming scene!!

It's great to see Alex becoming stronger and more independent. Everyone seems to have an agenda when it comes to her and she has to battle to be heard a lot of the time.
I really like Jennifer's books because she writes banter really well. I always love how good she is at creating awesome female leads. I could literally write a whole blog post based on Jennifer quotes and one-liners!
Pure is a great follow-up and a fab instalment in a wonderful series!!

4.5 Shiny Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:

  • "Ever since I’ve met you, I’ve wanted to break every rule." Aiden turned away, the muscles in his neck tensing. He sighed. "You’ll become the centre of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth."  
  • "So... uh, you're a Team Edward kind of guy?" He snorted. "No. I'm Team James or Team Tyler's Van, but apparently neither of them won by the look of it. She's still alive."  
  • "You know what, you need to stay out of my bedroom. You have your own.” He smiled. "I know I do. I see it quite often. I just prefer your bed. It smells better."
    I made a face. "It smells better? What does your bed smell like? Regret and bad taste?"  
  • He followed me around the edge of the bed. "I've been told my lips can make a girl forget just about anything. You should try it out." 
  • "You know what? Lets go." I shot Aiden a defiant look. "Come on Seth. Let's go continue our lovers' quarrel." "Yes my love, that sounds fantastic. Don't forget to grab a dagger so you can poke my eyeballs out."

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