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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