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.Wow. Just wow. I really, really love Jennifer Armentrout's writing style. Every book of hers that I've read (4 now) sticks in my head and makes me need the next one. Her books are just incredibly addicting!!
With my J. L. Armentrout love out of the way, let's talk about the plot. I really liked this one better than Half-Blood, only because there weren't any similarities to VA. It really was all it's own, and I loved not being able to compare it to any other book. In Pure, we delve into the whole "Half-bloods can be daimons now" thing, and it's a massive (very scary) issue. And then the threat of Alex being put in servitude is even more prominent, because they (meaning Alex, Lucian, Marcus, Seth, Aiden, etc.) end up at the New York Covenant for Alex's hearing about the events with her mother, and those who run the NY covenant are very old school and they don't particularly approve of Alex's behavior/attitude. While there, Alex is still training, but this training is more centered on her learning to be the second Apollyon. It's very fast-paced and I couldn't put it down until I was done reading it. When I finished, I was so shocked and I just needed Deity so bad. Unfortunately it hasn't come out yet :/
So, the plot was very good, and I loved it. Now we can talk about the characters. I still adore Alex. She's reckless, crazy, and witty (the best traits in a great YA heroine). She can kick butt, and has a thing for sharp objects. I wanna be her. There's not much else to say on her awesomeness. There is also a lot of Seth in this one. In Half-Blood, he seems like the cold and aloof guy who's totally full of himself and could care less about anyone else. And he kind of is. But there is a soft side of him that I think only Alex sees, and it's kind of nice. I mean, he's certainly no Aiden St. Delphi, but I don't think he's a bad guy. He and Alex together are a little scary (freaky Apollyon connection junk) and they fight constantly, but he takes really good care of her. I personally think Aiden is and always will be the better candidate, because he is incredibly thoughtful and sweet and caring, while Seth is reckless and doesn't really think a whole lot. And then Aiden is even a good guy while he's being a jerk. He's that great. When Seth is a jerk, he's just a jerk.
I definitely give Pure 5 stars for Alex's sheer awesomeness and the way the story completely captivated me. It's just so amazing, and I do suggest that people read this series. Especially those who liked Obsidian, because Jennifer's writing is just as good in these.
Speaking of Obsidian, Onyx comes out in like 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS, GUYS. I'm like so insanely excited, it's crazy.