Publisher: Spencer Hill Press, 2012
Format: Real book, made of paper (which is so challenging after using my Kindle)
Of course there are SPOILERS from the first two books so if you haven’t read those then you should probably stop now (or at the very least read Judith’s reviews of Half-Blood and Pure). I’m also going to try to keep the spoilers from this book to a minimum since I know it doesn’t come out for a few months (there’s even a countdown on JL’s blog) and I don’t want you all to spontaneously combust due to intense longing.
Plot: Back at the Covenant after her eventful trip to the Catskills, Alex tries to get back to her “normal” life. There’s still tons of tension between her and the other students after Caleb’s death, awkwardness with Aiden due to the romantical feelings they have to suppress, dealing with the guilt of knowing that Aiden put his life at risk by compelling two people to forget they saw Alex kill a pure, and tons of pressure from Seth to not only choose him over Aiden but also to speed up her Awakening so she and Seth can become the most powerful beings on Earth. With her 18th birthday quickly approaching, Alex really struggles with figuring out who to trust and how to be the second Apollyon without also becoming a cold-blooded killer.
Review: In a way this book was both more and less eventful than the other two in the series. Very little new information is exposed (but what does is AWESOME), there’s a lot less action than in Pure, and I’d say it’s much more angst-y since Alex has lost her mom and best friend, finds out her dad is alive, and worries about Seth’s motives for wanting to advance her Awakening.
Here’s what I can tell you: someone is not who they appear to be, you haven’t seen the last of Caleb, we get to meet several of the gods and goddesses, the Seth vs. Aiden debate is pretty decisively over but then opened back up in a HUGE way at the end of the book, and it’s killing me to have no idea what’s going to happen after Alex’s Awakening.
My favorite part of the book was the change in Alex’s personality. As Judith mentioned, Alex can be way too impulsive and makes some really stupid decisions, but in Deity I think she really took a step forward and thought about her actions and their repercussions a lot more. Does she always make the right choice? No way – but at least she isn’t acting based solely on knee-jerk reaction. Oh and the significant increase in sexy times was also GREATLY appreciated.
In the end I’m going to give this one a 9 out of 10.
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 9. While I did like Alex a lot more in this book than the previous two, I still can’t get to Katy-level of adoration. She has a very abrasive personality and can completely ignore what’s going on around her, but she’s had a crazy year and finding out she’s supposed to become a God Killer can’t be easy. I want to shake her for having trust in people I just know are going to end up betraying her and tell her to stop putting herself in such insane situations. But I also think that most of what she does is because she thinks it’s best for everyone around her – often at her own expense. And her ability to keep putting herself out there with Aiden, despite the fact that he’s told her several times he doesn’t love her, is both foolhardy and incredibly strong.
How much did I like the love interest: I have no idea. See this is why writing reviews way ahead of the book publication date can suck because I want to say SO much but don’t want to spill anything. As I stated there was a significant increase in sexy times which was awesome, and the Seth vs. Aiden debate is put to rest but then the end of the book just throws everything into insane levels of “what is happening? This is CRAZY” land. I can’t wait to see what everyone has to say after they read it.
How believable is the plot: 10. All the god-stuff/special abilities/Awakening stuff aside it’s completely believable.
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. While there were more typos than in your typical JL book I’m not going to take off any points because 1) I think this was still a rough draft and 2) even her rough drafts are better than many published books. Her writing style is, as always, gripping and perfectly descriptive.
How much did I want to keep reading: 8. For some reason I just wasn’t as sucked into this one as the first two. But then the second half seriously picked up, both in terms of the action and the sexy times.
Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 1. But it was after I finished because my brain was spinning from all the “WTF just happened?!” thoughts.
Final Score: 9/10. According to the front of the book we’ll get a novella entitled Elixer at some undisclosed time and then Apollyon next April. Which is AWFUL because I need to know what happens to Alex, Seth, and my love Aiden!!
****Disclaimer: I got this book for free from the author. I swear I didn’t bribe her in any way, or get paid for my review. And we might not be legit enough to need this disclaimer but after working at a law firm for many years it’s better safe than sorry!****