Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I'd put a release date here, but let's be honest. The release date of this book means nothing, considering how screwed up it all got.
There is need. And then there is Fate...
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.
In Half-Blood, Alex was sarcastic. Funny. Tough. Hot-tempered. Awesome. In Pure, she's the same old Alex, but even more sarcastic. Even funnier. And everything else. She's still a kick-ass heroine, just like in the last book, but it's interesting to see how she's grown. She's always had a dangerous life, but I think Alex is starting to realize just how dangerous it truly is.
Pure has funny moments, heartbreaking moments, and some steamy hot moments. (I think JLA specializes in those.) And more Seth.
And the best part? All the action. There's never a boring moment in Pure. Alex is still training, but sometimes it's not just training. Sometimes it's the real thing. This book is intense, even more so than the first book in the series, and you can practically feel the danger and suspense coming off the pages. It's impossible to stop reading.
Even the side characters are pretty kickass. Caleb being on top, of course. Alex's best friend is kind of symbol to me. He shows that Alex can still have a little bit of normality in her life. All I can say is that I'm going to miss him.
Most of you who have follow me on Twitter (or who have been following this blog for awhile) know how much I hate love triangles. Even in Pure, I'm not fond of it, and Seth is probably one of my favorite male YA characters. But the thing is, I'm pretty positive that Alex is going to end up with Aiden. That much is fairly obvious to me. (It's always the "forbidden love," pooey.) And even knowing that, I still absolutely love this series. That's saying something. Jennifer Armentrout handles the love triangle amazingly well. It's easy to see why Alex has feelings for Aiden. It's easy to see why she has feelings for Seth. (I use that term loosely. Alex has lots of feelings for Seth, and not all of them are good ones.) What's done really well is how the romance is woven throughout the book - it's not the main plot, but it's also not just a side plot that seems like it was thrown in.
Overall: Pure is an amazing follow up to Half-Blood, to put it simply. This book is not a letdown at all. It makes you hungry for the next book and leaves you wishing all characters could be as amazing as Alex. 5 stars.