Sunday, November 4, 2012

Deity and Elixir: Review and Stuff, Flashbacks of Covenant series

Time for some Deity! Yeah, the original release date is November 6th. But I got my Kindle edition so... I read early! And I thought I told you guys before that I have had Elixir even before I got my hands on Deity. And one more, I accept JLA reading challenge hosted by Deity Island, so I will post flashbacks of Daimon, Half-Blood and Pure. That's gonna be a long post.

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

Warning: If you haven't read Deity, be careful. Spoilers below.

I gotta say, this is the best book by JLA so far! Better than Pure, and even better than Onyx! There are more intense feelings than in Pure. More angst and love. The stakes are higher than ever. And man, the plot is so much better than in Pure! Even though it starts out a little bit slow, it's still, one of the best books ever!

I think the guys who read Deity ARC is quite correct about this book. Yes, there is so much more Aiden in Deity. Finally he admits his love for Alex (Hallelujah!). I've (or we've) waited so long for this moment! In the end of Pure... well, I sort of hate him. Like really hate-him-in-the-guts feeling. He hurt Alex so much in Pure even though he tried to protect her from being put into servitude. Now I can't even understand why I had that kind of feelings in the first place. He is so FREAKING sweet to Alex in Deity. And yeah, I feel really, really bad for him when he was heartbroken. In this part, you don't disappoint us, JLA. I LOVE IT!

On the other hand, there are not so much Seth. Not as much as in Pure. I thought there will be more of him. I sort of miss him especially when he is absent for most of the parts. But now, I hate him in his guts. I can't believe he uses the Apollyon bond to control Alex. I truly thought he is a good guy in Pure and he cares about her or even love her in his own way. Well maybe he really does love her, in a twisted way. But what he does to Alex is unacceptable. But I guess that's a part of the story.

There are so much shock and humor in the book. The best is probably... Alex's dad's alive. That guy... that Brown Eyes, is Alex's father. And he's a freaking half-blood! Than why doesn't the elixir work on him? Or some other halfs? I have a feeling that it's Lucian's doing. Speaking of Lucian, he is the most crazy lunatic I've ever seen. What does he think he's doing huh? He just wants to be more than a god. He's not fucking saving those half-bloods. He's so damn selfish. He lies to Alex. And worse, he controls Seth to get on Alex. I hope he die. 

Another shocking yet very funny thing is the true identity of Leon. He's a god. AND he is Apollo. I was like WHAT!?. Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking at that moment. But you might ask, "What's the funny part?". Well, the funniest part is that he doesn't act like a god. More like he's an overgrown child, like Alex had said. Isn't that gods' suppose to be wise, or at least, act wise? I can't stop laughing while Leon/Apollo act like he's even more childish than Alex. No wonder he's such an Apollo fanboy. He IS APOLLO.

The part tha Alex died... it was one of the most heartbreaking part. Alex can't just die like that. This kind of death is so lame for her. If she's truly gonna die, she deserves a hero death. And seeing that Aiden is lost... oh, it's just so hard to carry on yet addicting. Another one is of course, when Hades' trying to take away Alex's soul. I just don't understand why I have a thing for death situations. I just don't freaking understand. Maybe because I'm Scorpion? Maybe it's for the best. Because it's even harder to see Alex lost her control over herself.

Once again, really. This is the best book ever. I don't know about Opal and Apollyon or other books. But for now, I really enjoy reading this book once again. It's just so addicting. It's a little sad that there's no daimon issues here. But I guess this is the smallest and only imperfect thing now. Can't wait for Apollyon after Deity, especially after Elixir.

Rating: 9/10
And now it's time for Elixir:


Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

After reading Deity, I immediately started reading this short novella. Yeah, it's short. But it's so intense. The homicidal Alex... I can't even begin to imagine how hurt Aiden will be. It makes me want to kill Seth. How can he do this to her? Controlling her, hurting her? Seth is a heartless beast. I will have to confirm that even though I don't want to.

Reading Aiden's PoV is one of the freshest experiences. In the past I could only have a glimpse of what Aiden's really thinking in extra stories like Chapter 1 and 2 in Aiden's Point of View and the kiss scene in the cabin. Now is the full perspective occur between Deity and Apollyon. Now his feeling for her is fully exposed. He can't deny that anymore.

His guilt that he had to put Alex into Elixir nearly undo him... and me. I know this is for the best, and I know the effects will not last more than four days. But I also understand why Aiden hates this idea. Alex is definitely the last person on Earth that is willing to be put into Elixir. And seeing Aiden pouring the thick blue liquid down to Alex's throat... well, you can guess what I was feeling.

A calm and and quiet Alex is the most ridiculous idea. Yet, here she was, in Elixir. The compulsed young frightened girl with no memory of who she really is is the wrongest thing. I don't blame Aiden, Marcus or even Apollo for this. I blame Seth and Lucian for that. They make this happen. They kind of force Aiden to do this. I hope Aiden will kill Seth. Or better, Alex will do this. I can't wait to see what will happen in Apollyon. Why April is so freaking far away?

Rating: 9.5/10


So it's time for some flashbacks! I reviewed them once, so I'm not gonna write an essay about each of them. But I will still write some new comments or rough ideas of what I think about the books. 

Let's start with the prequel, Daimon.

So the prequel is here, and comparing this to Shadows, Shadows is better. I think I said that before... But this one is awesome too. The still-normal live for Alex is better than nothing. And the chase? It's sad, trying to stay alive by running. But now I've read Deity, and some part of me thinks that it may be better if her mom's still alive. She will stay relatively safe. Now she's not safe. But I guess there will be no stories to tell if she's safe with her mom in mortal world.

Full review:

And now it's time for Half-Blood

Half-Blood is kind of the start of all things (although I should say that Daimon is the prequel of Half-Blood). The first encounter (well, not the first, but still, kind of first) of Alex and Aiden is  weird enough. They trained together, they bicker with each other is somehow entertaining. But I know better than just these stuff. Aiden have had a thing for Alex since he was in Atlanta. And you remember that Leon was there to help Alex? Now I want to choke out my laughter. A god was there, and they aren't even aware of him. Who can imagine that Apollo is among them? And the appearance of Seth... I don't really like him in Half-Blood. Not to the point of hate, but still, dislike him. Now I hate him more than anything else because he tricked Alex so many times. I guess having flashbacks is really good for us, because some things have to be answered afterwards.

Full Review:

Finally, it's time for Pure.

Pure... well, I don't know what to say about Pure but uh... I think it's awesome. Like I said before, I kind of hate Aiden for hurting Alex when all she does is to admit her love for him. She doesn't deserve that. And the death of Caleb... he's one of my favorite characters. Seeing him die is no easy task for me. But I moved on. And Seth is getting much sweeter in Pure except now I know that the actions are to trick Alex into his arms and drain her Apollyon power. I don't understand Seth. I don't know if he truly cares about her or not. I hope that some of his human parts are not drained, but I guess it's stupid to think so because now he sides with Lucian.

Full Review:

So... challenge accepted!

If you wanna take this challenge, go to this page and follow the instructions. 

And lastly, giveaways and blog tours of Deity. Want some giveaways? Go to the pages below and make sure you follow the instructions.

One more little thing: Apollyon's second early summary

Alex is now 18... and nothing will ever be the same again. War is coming, and when the gods are involved, no one is safe.

I can't wait for Apollyon. Hope that April will come soon enough.

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