In May of 2011, I won an ARC of Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout. I was drawn to the purple cover but when I started reading it I was totally captivated. That was the beginning of discovering what an incredible author Jennifer is. I have read everything she has published. She graciously indulged my crazy character interviews requests and efforts to help Alex win the YA Sisterhood heroines tourney. I am so excited that she asked me to host this tour for Pure. I hope you enjoy all the posts. There are SO many blogs participating and it will be fabulous. Check out the schedule here.
I am re-posting my review of Pure for the beginning of this tour. Plus checkout the giveaway below.
Source: eBook from author in exchange from a fair and honest review
Alex may have survived her Daimon "Mom's" evil designs for her, but someone forgot to tell her nightmares. The scene plays out over and over again making it impossible to sleep. That's a problem when you're training with the HOTTEST pure blood Sentinel out there, the one Alex was in bed with, the one Alex can't stay away from. Totally off limits, Aiden continues to train Alex but her lack of sleep is showing. Of course Seth would love to help Alex out with that little problem. With him in her bed, she sleeps just fine - just sleeps. Jeeze, please what are you thinking! But as the Daimons infiltrate the covenant, Alex has her hands full. Unfortunately the covenant doesn't see the Daimons as the real problem, that would be Alex and Seth. At least someone is trying to get them out of the way. Can Alex keep her hands off Aiden and Seth's hands off her while trying to protect those she loves?
5 stars - a must read
So when it comes to Jennifer's writing, I am totally in love! Pure was better than Half-Blood and HB is on my favorite five list for 2011. Why is Pure better? Let's start with the plot. It's fast paced and unpredictable, at least for me. I didn't see most of it coming at all. I wish I could share so many examples of unique plot twists but I wouldn't spoil this read for anyone! I know the hints are there and a few I've seen after the fact but I have a feeling that the web started with HB and we aren't gonna see the whole picture until the last book. On example I think is safe to discuss is the villain in this story. While Alex's mom was the front person in HB, I don't think that's who was really pulling the strings. I spent a lot of time contemplating who the brains behind all the events in Pure was and came up with a list of only a few possibilities but really nothing. That level of writing is wickedly fabulous!
Favorite scenes included a trip to the zoo, Alex in a dress at a dance - seriously-, and a late night swim. Oh and there was one more that involved quite a bit of jealousy but I can't say more.
Jennifer's characters are another huge reason this book is so good. I love Alex. She's a perfect kick-ass, smart mouthed, rocking heroine. I love that she says what's on her mind. She jumps to defend those in need and asks questions later. No one needs to save her but she still longs for the perfect Aiden. What a hotty that boy is. He would do anything to help Alex but the hardest thing he has to do is stay away from her. Any relationship between them is totally forbidden so Aiden takes the high road but he isn't hiding his feelings from me. I can see how he feels about Alex. Then there's Seth. I have to admit that I didn't care for him in HB. Don't get me wrong, he was and is the perfect "match" for Alex. He is just as hard headed and reckless as she is. But I didn't and don't want anyone getting in the way of things with Aiden. But in Pure, I got to know Seth and fell for him and his protective ways. Let's just say that I'm still team Aiden but would be okay with Alex getting either guy and I don't normally feel that way in love triangles, yes it's a love triangle.
The world that Jennifer has created for this series has captured my heart. It combines some intriguing mythology, modern teenage struggles and ties it together with Jennifer's distinctive flare.
Moving on to the ending, um.... let's just say that I was VERY unhappy not to have Deity in my hands when I finished Pure. Of course, reading Pure early means all that longer to wait for Deity. I see a reread coming, don't you?
This book, this series is a MUST read for anyone who loves YA. I would stand in line to read ANYTHING that Jennifer writes. Pick this one up for sure. It's available April 3, 2012.
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*** Giveaway ***
Check out my previous posts about Jennifer L Armentrout books.
*** Giveaway ***
This giveaway will last the whole tour. There is one free entry. Then to earn extra entries visit the other tour stops and make comments. Find the tour schedule here. Then return here to leave links of your comments. Of course you can also get extra entries for spreading the word.
What's up for grabs?
1st place paperback copy of Daimon, Half-Blood and Pure. (Int entries won't get the copy of Daimon because it's not available from the Book Depository.)
2nd place will win a paperback copy of Half-Blood and Pure.
3rd place will win a paperback copy of Pure.