ARC Review: Pure

DEJA VU?

Title: Pure
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #2
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 24, 2012

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.

“I started to deny it, but I stopped and actually thought about it instead of dismissing it. There was something about Seth that called to my wilder and yes, stupider side. We were both reckless, a little wild, and aggressive, and neither of us knew when to ever be quiet. I guess there were two types of people in the world, those who sat around a fire, and staring into the flames, and those who started the fire. Seth and I started the fire, and then we danced around it.”

Okay, I absolutely went into this with an open mind after reading and enjoying the first book despite of the similarities between Vampire Academy and Half Blood. However, Pure was a bit slow moving and very repetitive until about halfway through. I kept putting down the book and coming back to it a day or two later. Although when I put it down, I did find myself thinking about Pure, so that’s definitely a plus when reading a book. With that mentioned I’ll be honest my main reason for continuing this book which almost became a DNF for me was the alone fact that Seth.

“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 center of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.”

Aiden is a very likable character, yet he lacks the excitement and appeal that I’m usually drawn too in a character. Yet I can see how he would have a huge fan base because he’s honorable, and tries his best to follow the rules set for him for both Alex and his protection. Yet Seth is exciting, arrogant, powerful and oh so delicious. When he’s not in a scene I found myself skimming the pages for a glimpse of his next appearance. With that being said that’s how I know I love a particular character when I love him more than the actual plot.

Seth reached out slowly, as if he was afraid to startle me. His caught my chin with the tips of my fingers. He didn’t say anything. Not that he needed to—the connection between us was there, sparkling alive. I  needed it right now. I needed Seth.

Okay so this was an enjoyable read that I would probably recommend to people if they enjoy mythology and Vampire Academy. See this is the problem it’s starting to feel like Jennifer L Arnentrout is writing Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy fan fiction, or Vampire Academy spin-off series.That’s starting to weaken the appeal of this series for me. To say that I’m a HUGE Vampire Academy fan would be an understatement, and so when I’m reading her books I get the sense of deja Vu and I’m not liking it at all, it’s as if she has copy and pasted Richelle Mead’s work throughout this entire series. I don’t want to spoil anything for you but I will say that there’s a scene in Pure where everyone sneaks out to get a soda and from then on the book was a waste for me because it was basically Frostbite all over again for me.

I’m giving it 3 stars because it held my attention though I have such mixed feelings about this book I’d like to explain how I came to the 3 star conclusion. Basically if you want to read a more enjoyable and original series I would recommend you read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead first and the read The Covenant series by Jennifer L.  Armentrout. This series has just reminded me how much I loved Vampire Academy, while also reminding me that no series has yet to replace it or fill that void for me. I would recommend Covenant series but it’s more like a discounted version of the Outstanding Vampire Academy series. Unfortunately these books are lacking originality for me, that’s becoming a bit uncomfortable to read.

ARC provided by Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews

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14 Responses to ARC Review: Pure

  1. tnx 4 the review
    i’m more interested in the alien series

  2. Jennifer says:

    You just named exactly what I was feeling. I absolutely love the Vampire Academy series and while I was reading this series, I couldn’t help feeling like there were eerie similarities between the two series.
    I do like this series, but I can’t give it all the love possible since it’s not the original to be honest:/

  3. Jennifer says:

    You just named exactly what I was feeling. I absolutely love the Vampire Academy series and while I was reading this series, I couldn’t help feeling like there were eerie similarities between the two series.
    I do like this series, but I can’t give it all the love possible since it’s not the original to be honest :/

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Jennifer :)

      See I’m so glad I’m not alone!! It’s just difficult to give this book a high rating when it feels like I’ve read it before. It’s also feels like a betrayal to Richelle Mead to enjoy a book that is a less than Awesome version of her original series!! Thanks for visiting!!:)

  4. Jennifer says:

    Ah, I posted it twice :/ Sorry about that!

  5. Good review. I am looking forward to picking up this book (not as much as I look forward to ONYX) but I have seen the mixed reviews! I hope to pick up a copy soon so I can see how I feel :)

  6. You know I actually gave this book a 4 star rating, but even I noticed the glaring similarities between VA and The Covenant series. Your review got me thinking more of this and I agree when you mention that it looks like a VA fan fiction. I have loved the VA series and somehow I feel a little guilty for enjoying this series so much. You have to admit though, this series is like guilty pleasure.
    What really bothers me though is that if you check the Goodreads ratings, the overall rating for VA is less than for The Covenant series. Also, the author claims that she never read the VA series before. Somehow, I find that odd.

    Her Lux series is a lot better, but clearly her inspiration for that came from Twilight. She pretty much just improved the characters to the liking of readers. It’s still very enjoyable though.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Miss Vain. :)

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Nick!!:)

      You know what, originally I also rated it 4 stars, but I read it in February and so now in April I decided to give it 3 which in my opinion was generous considering it’s been done before by such a talented author named Richelle Mead lol!!

      I agree though, that this is a guilty pleasure series, lol. I ALSO felt guilty for enjoying it, yet I did NOT enjoy it as much as Vampire Academy or Frostbite. Lol.

      Funny you say that because I also checked the GR ratings today and was shocked to see that the Covenant series has higher ratings than Vampire Academy…very disappointing. I agree, and I have suspicion that’s she’s read VA, lol….they’re too close…

      You know what I’m going to read Luxe very soon, and I had not heard about the Twilight similarities before, (I’ll keep an eye out for that) yet I did hear its better than her Covenant series..

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts girlie ;)

  7. Miss Vain…
    Man, after reading your review, I am contemplating NOT reading…but the blurb sounded interesting. I haven’t read the first one, nor have I read any of Jennifer’s books.
    Thanks for you honest opinion–I truly appreciate it :)
    Have a great Sunday!

  8. Ning says:

    great review! That’s the reason I’ve been putting off reading this series. I’ve read some vampire academy and when I read reviews and summaries for this book it sounds so much like VA that I just can’t be bothered to pick it up when there’re so many other great books out there.

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  9. Alexa says:

    Oh darn, I can’t believe this one did nothing for you. I personally and entirely with you on love for Seth. I loved Aiden in Half-Blood but Seth brought so much to the table in Pure that there was no doubt in my mind he had captured my heart. See I thought Half-Blood was a rip off of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series for adults so that is what came to my mind at the time. It is hard for me to think of VA when reading this because I have never read that series. I’m sure I would be more outraged had I read VA first and this was a carbon copy of that storyline.

    Sorry you didn’t like this one that much. Maybe you will stick around for book three to get your final thoughts on whether you like the series or not.

    I personally thought Pure was even better than Half-Blood, sorry you didn’t share the same thoughts.

    Thanks for the great review.

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