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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sentinel by Jennifer Armentrout (The Covenant Series #5), Book Review

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Released on: November 2nd, 2013
Series: The Covenant Series #5
Source: gifted
5 Stars: I LOVED It!
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As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.
And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.
In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant Series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

Holy Demi-Gods! Jennifer Armentrout has done it again. She's delivered an exciting, fast paced, thrilling, swoon worthy and action packed ending to one of my favorite YA series. I love the rich Greek mythology that really came to life in this book. Some of the Gods even have a sense of humor (Apollo).... who knew. I like how Jennifer made the mythology come to life in Sentinel. It was fabulous. Seeing the Gods and the characters in this book together was awesome. Literally. They bring the action, danger, and taking those thrilling scenes to a whole new level. 

I don't know what I can say about Alex and Aiden that I haven't already said before. Alex is just as feisty, and snarky as ever. I love that she can be this fierce butt kicking heroine and then have this sensual and snarky side. She's strong when she needs to be, and I love that she has learned to not only trust in herself, but in those who are around her and love her. Aiden is the one that's grown the most in my opinion. I love that he's learned to loosen up more. For his part, he's still that scary, don't piss off Sentinel who wouldn't hesitate killing someone who harmed Alex. Even though he can be a force you don't want to mess with, I love his protective side. His love for Alex is undeniable and yes, totally swoon worthy. I love that he lets her do what she's fated to do. Even though he doesn't agree with everything she does, he lets her be her own person, and supports her in that.

Then there's Seth. Oh Seth! Yes, I am Team Seth. In saying that, that does not mean I'm not Team Aiden, because really I love both guys, and I'm Team Alex. But I seriously I totally love Seth! He pushes Alex like no one else can, and I loved seeing how much he's come to care for her. And it's funny at how much he can also push Aiden's button. Let's be honest, it is hilarious to read about Seth and Aiden's bickering over Alex. Also, I KNEW IT when it came to Seth in this book!! I had my suspicions about some of the things he was going to do and I was right! Those things, meaning his true intentions and his choices came to light in this book. No I'm not going to say what those are, as you'll have to read the book. Seth totally shows his true colors in this book, and I swear I loved him even more so for doing that. Don't worry,  he doesn't compete with what Aiden and Alex have, though I do love the bond that Seth and Alex have as well. 

 One of the things I've loved about this series is the character relationships Jennifer has created. The supporting characters play such a huge role in this series and I love how they've all come full circle. I feel like with each book the characters have not only grown stronger, but they've grown closer together. Even if some of them don't like each other, they grow to have this unease trust, if that makes sense. I've loved reading the snarky things they say to each other, the humor that's every present, the heart felt moments & heart ache they've shared, and sacrifices they all made for each other. Not to mention the swoon worthy moments that each book has had it's share of. Yeah.... those! Jennifer's characters are characters I've come to care about and love reading about. 

What I wasn't excepting with this particular books is some of the gut wrenching things that happen and are discussed, especially between Alex and Aiden. It definitely made the two of them look at their relationship on a more serious level. It also gave the over all storyline a more mature feel to it. Not that the previous book didn't have that, but there's a lot more at stake in this book than the previous ones, and it needed to have a bit of a more serious undertone to it. There's a lot at stake for everyone involved in this story. 

I'm normally a reader who needs closure with an ending of a series. There have been very few books where I was okay with not having everything wrapped perfectly, because it fit with the story. This is one of those books. I thought the ending was great, as it focused on Alex. Yes I wanted the other characters to be present for the ending, but as much as I wanted that, I felt that it wouldn't have been as fitting to have them there. You'll get what I'm saying when you read the book. They're there, just not physically in the scene. The ending of this series focused on the two people it needed to. In my mind, the other characters's stories continue, while I know how Alex's and someone else's ends. It's beautiful and gives me the closure I need while at the same time has me wishing this series didn't end. 

If you're a fan of this series, Sentinel is a must read! *There are well written, non graphic sexual scenes, mentions of sex, mild language and the discussion of teenage pregnancy in this book. I will note that the characters in this book are 18 years & older and are mature characters. 

Jordan Gavaris to Narrate The Bane Chronicles: What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything

Cassie announced that Jordan Gavaris will be narrating the next installment of The Bane Chronicles: What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything. Check out her announcement below:

Hello! Cute boy got your attention? I am zipping by in the middle of editing to announce that Jordan Gavaris of Orphan Black will be reading the next of the Bane Chronicles. If you haven’t seen Orphan Black, Jordan’s character Felix is one of the most fantastic things about an already fantastic show with amazing performances, and we’re so happy to have Jordan reading what might be the funniest of the Bane Chronicles installments: What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything. In which Magnus angsts, calls Ragnor, and seeks advice from a tentacled demon about his love life.
Look out for an interview where I chat with Jordan about reading the Bane Chronicles and also angle for Orphan Black spoilers. (If you aren’t watching it, you should be! Sarah RB turned me onto it and I am grateful enough to forgive her for the stunt she pulled in Italy with the bat.)
Welcome, Jordan. :)