Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #5)
Dani's rating: 5 stars 
Steph's rating: 5 stars
Overall rating: 5 stars

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: November 2, 2013
Pages: 297

Goodreads synopsis:
It's a beautiful day for a war.

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

Dani's Review:
Spoilers if you haven't read the first 4 books. But if you haven't read the Covenant series yet, I don't know what you're doing with your life...Jk just read them ASAP!

Holy daimon babies, Ms. Armentrout has done it again! Each sequel she writes somehow tops the previous one! Sentinel is a breathtaking, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, and tear-worthy finale to her amazing Covenant series. It is filled not only with Aiden and Alex's oh-so-sweet romance, but also ties all--well most--of the loose ends left over from the beginning of the series.

Apollyon ended with Ares's brutal mauling of Alex, literally tearing her apart limb by limb. *shudders* After a few appearances from Greek gods that hadn't been introduced yet until this novel, a more important character shows up...Remember Seth? Seth as in Alex's other half, the "First" Apollyon? Well, he's back and surprisingly doesn't want to destroy anyone--except maybe Aiden, but hey they've always had boy battles over Alex.

That's right, all you Team Seth ladies who held onto the tiniest sliver of hope that Seth would join "Team Good" again. Seth seems to have turned over a new leaf, but the "Army of Awesomeness" christened by none other than the hilarious Deacon, Aiden's little brother, has their doubts.

Sentinel had me laughing out loud, shedding tears, and seething with anger all within a few chapters. JLA's signature humor is still there, through Alex's various jibes and taunts that she both thinks her head and expresses vocally, but there is an overall morbid tone. Alex has to deal with her grief of fallen friends, worry over what will happen to the future of her fellow half-bloods if the Breed Order is still in power, and her fear of facing Ares in the final battle. Will she able to kill him, even with the power of the God-Killer? Will Seth let her transfer the power? 

I thought that the character development in Sentinel was extremely well down, especially how Alex and Seth changed since the first book, Half-Blood. Alex has matured and put on her "big girl pants". She knows what the worst case scenario of this war will be, and she accepts that it will happen. Seth is not the arrogant, big-headed douchbag he used to be. He is tormented by all the bad things he has done and wonders if he can ever be forgiven for what he did under Lucian's bidding.

Alex and Aiden's romance is as adorable as ever. JLA somewhat blended YA and NA in terms of the lovey-dovey scenes, but eh, Alex is a big girl now...right? However, while Sentinel does focus a lot on the love triangle, as it should, there are definitely many exciting action scenes as the Army of Awesomeness battles daimons, automatons, and gods.

Remember when Steph dubbed JLA the "Queen of Awkward Moments"? Well, Sentinel did not disappoint. Here's a sneak peek!

      "I don't know how many times I've told you two that you shouldn't be sharing a room." He turned to me. "I don't care how old you are or that you're an Apollyon, Alexandria. You're my niece; therefore, I am responsible for you. And you?" He spun on Aiden, whose eyes widened. "You know better."
    "Oh my gods," I moaned. I would have rather run naked through the quad than had this conversation both with my uncle and with an audience. Especially this audience.
     "Don't 'oh my gods' me." The color had returned to Marcus' face. It was red. "Do I really need to have a conversation with you about responsible sexual activity?"

LOL! I sincerely thought that Sentinel was a flawless ending to this wonderful series. The ending, OMG, the ending....It was the perfect way to settle the problem of having a God Killer in the Covenant world and let Alex and Aiden have their "happily ever after", but it was vague about a certain annoying blonde Apollyon. I predict more Covenant sequels! JLA is too nice to leave us readers hanging.

Sentinel really deserves all 5 of its 5 stars. It actually deserves 100 stars, no, all the shining stars in the night sky! But if you have been reading the Covenant series faithfully, you would already know that. ;)


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