Monday, May 26, 2014

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

"Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself."

Wow. Apollyon is certainly sick, or at least in the beginning of the book. It goes all wrong, because Alex was way too into Seth. She keeps on calling him "my Seth" and all those other mushy, gooey words. This is the exact reason why I will never be on Team Seth. Heck, there was never a Team Seth in the first place. It was always Aiden from the beginning to the end. Always, always, always Aiden.

Anyway, Apollyon gets very interesting. We see other gods and goddesses. And we finally get to met the villain. For one, I will tell you that it isn't Lucien despite what he has done to Alex or Seth. It is a god. And it is the most obvious god of all. It was simply too predictable. Heck, if I tell you the name of the villain, it wouldn't even be a spoiler. It is just that obvious. And who is the villain? Ares, the god of war.

Alex and Aiden go even further. That is all I need to say and will say. Their relationship deepens even more, especially at the beginning of Apollyon. Needless to say, it is terribly sweet and adorable. This time it isn't Dimitri who is bad. It is Rose. (That is a reference to Vampire Academy, guys).

And Alex matures even more. I have a small feeling that Alex is almost ready for her role in the battle against Seth and Lucien and everyone else. Whatever her fate is, I can easily predict that her future road is going to be fun.

Throughout Apollyon, I never let go of my interest for one second. I was always entertained while reading the entire book. Even the "my Seth" parts weren't enough to get be disgusted enough to abandon Apollyon. (Plus, we get to see how arrogant and self-absorbed Seth is in those small moments). Even through the lows of Apollyon, I kept reading. And yes, there were a few low parts of Apollyon. It obviously wasn't Hermes, the messenger god. It was Ares. Even Apollo couldn't see that. I'm pretty sure Athena, the goddess of wisdom, could tell Ares' work on the mortal world. She hates him with a passion, remember? Greek mythology, in some ways, is the loosest threads of this series.

Overall, I think Apollyon is definitely worth reading. Try to read Half-Blood first. I never liked reading out of order. I definitely had done that before.

Rating: Three Point Five out of Five (Ares is so obvious; he isn't the god of wisdom).

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