My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Says: "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...

I’ve tried to type up this review at least ten times and I have yet to make it sound a bit grown and a lot less fan girly. Sorry folks, I just can’t seem to do it. Let’s give it one more try. Perhaps I can get the fan girl out of the way first…

Let’s see…

O. M. G.! !! ! Holy moly! What did I just read?! Awesomeness, that’s what!  Wonderful freakin’ ending! Oooo and the cover! The cover! 

O. M. G.! !!!!

Ok… Hopefully, it is now out of my system. I mean, it's been like month since I read this book but this has been the tamest of fan girl-ism displayed.

Seriously though, this was probably the best written book of the series. I almost want to say it was the best written book thus far by Jennifer L. Armentrout but it might just be tied with Onyx of the Lux series.  They are different in many ways and satisfy the reader in different ways…but anywho… I digress.

As always, it is a pleasure to enter into this world knowing that you will find intrigue, action, romance, laughter, tears, and raw emotions among other things. It’s always new and always refreshing.  JLA has a writing style that sucks you in, refuses to let you go until the very last word on the very last page and then leaves you hanging wondering what the heck just happened and why you can’t close your mouth shut.

Alex and company are back at the North Carolina Covenant dealing with all the crazy events that came about in Pure in a “hey, nothing happened in Pure” kind of way or at the very most, trying. Alex is also dealing with the fact that at any moment she will awaken as the second Apollyon.  Many secrets are revealed and many loose ends are mended. Although the reader finds answers they seek, the mystery and intrigue still lingers. This book is a bit mellower in the action department but not in a boring kind of way. If I were to describe this book in one word it would have to be GROWTH. Everyone grows in this book including JLA’s writing. Alex and Aiden do the most growing and not necessarily in the romantic kind of sense, although there is that, but as individuals.  Alex shows the most growth in that she no longer just thinks of herself.  She’s reaching out to people she normally would not have, taking interest in what they are feeling and thinking. She also seems to be thinking more before she reacts even though she still lands herself in trouble.  Aiden grows emotionally. He faces his feelings for everyone in his life and comes to terms with all that has happened so far. He decides what’s important and what’s not. 

As I mentioned before JLA’s writing grows in this book and I’m finding it hard to put into words how. I think it has to do with the fact that this book felt more like it flowed as it had to. It progressed in the way that it was meant to and didn't feel like the author was writing what the readers wanted to read. I also found growth in that every single character in this book is interesting. You have Alex and you have Aiden, the main protagonists and even Seth because of his huge link to Alex. However, you have a crap load of other characters that were there from the beginning and new characters constantly being introduced who are all really interesting and are all important to the overall story line.  You love to love them, you love to hate them, they are absolutely necessary and you don't mind.  I don’t think that is easy to achieve. It rarely happens and I can only think of maybe two or three other authors who manage to make every character just as interesting and/or important as their main hero or heroine.

I recommend this book to everyone! You will not be disappointed. Really great things happen in Deity that will literally have you jumping onto Goodreads immediately upon finishing the read to find out when Apollyon will come out… which, by the way, will be in April.

Well… I think that went rather well. 


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