Review | Sentinel (Covenant #5) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Sentinel

Jennifer L. Armentrout
297 pages

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.

Bullet Review:

5star

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“He was my strength when I needed him to be, my friend when I needed someone to talk me down, my equal in a world where by law I would always be less than him, and honest to gods, he was the love of my life.”

Can I just say how much I looooove Aiden?! He’s so perfect. I love Aiden and Alex, they’re perfect. This book’s perfect. Jennifer L. Armentrout is perfect.

♥ What can I say other than that Sentinel was the perfect ending that I could hope for the series. It was honestly so amazing how everything turned out

♥ Armentrout continues the series where it left off and keeps you wanting more and at the edge of your seat.

♥ The writing is just as amazing and it is the same Armentrout, witty type of dialogue that she loves to use in her books

♥ One of the best things about this book is that you really see the development of Alex’s character. She is so much more mature and level headed than when we first met her. I actually love her now. She’s uses her brain to make her decisions and is less likely to act on her impulsiveness.

♥ The best thing about this series is the dynamic relationship between Alex and Aiden. Let’s not kid ourselves, anything with Aiden is amazing. They are truly made for each other. They understand each other so much emotionally and they are in sync in battle. It was amazing to read.

♥ In every review for the Half-Blood series, I have swooned over the magnificence of Aiden over and over again. I mean, I even named one of my Sims kids after him! Ha I’m a nerd. He is everything you would want in a character. Very funny, dependable, loveable, caring, sweet, physically active and strong, loyal, and every nice adjective out there.

♥ The last time I brought up Seth, it was not good. I never really loved him as a character because he was so arrogant and I think what happens to him in this book really knocks him down a peg or two. I liked that he knocked down a peg or two but it made me feel for him. He’s got a series all to himself, I’m still deciding on if I will read it or not.

♥ The ending was fantastic and I wish it didn’t have to end. I wish I got to know more about the war and the relationships with the Greek gods and the future of all the other characters. But I know, the book can’t go on forever. We can only dream.

xoxo

Review | Don’t Look Back – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Don’t Look Back

Jennifer L. Armentrout
384 pages

Synopsis:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all – popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the truth about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory – someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

My Review:

5star

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I was stuck in a life I didn’t remember, squeezed into the shell of this girl – this Samantha Joe Franco – and the more I learned about her, the more I was starting to hate her.

It’s always a challenge when you read a book from one of your favorite authors, especially when you’ve constantly given their books 4-5 star ratings. It places a lot of expectations on the next book. It makes you wonder if this will be the book that breaks the high rating streak. I was indeed nervous about Don’t Look Back because I have loved all the JLA books I’ve read before. I was worried that I wouldn’t like this one as much, especially since it was contemporary and I was used to reading fantasy and science fiction from JLA. However, after the first couple of chapters, it was clear that I didn’t have anything to worry about. JLA always had the ability to transport me to the world she writes but Don’t Look Back was different. It was like I was the main character. It left me in more suspense than I could have imagined. Guys, I am beyond serious. There were moments were I was living each day as Samantha, that I was about to have panic attacks. I was worried I actually was going to start hallucinating! I was sweating, anxious and panicking. My heart rate was incredibly fast and it was just a wild ride.

Sammy, the new Sammy, was very likeable. I think that it would have been different had we met her before her amnesia. It was crazy because you sort of feel this disconnect between the Sam she was now and the mean, bullying Sam she was before. I liked how bold and confident she was. She went through a very traumatic experience and she came out strong. If I was in her place, I know I’d be a mess. I’d be crying all day and not wanting to face the school, the world. Sammy was a terrible bully before and honestly, if we met her at that state, she probably would not be a likeable character. Since we met her after the incident, she kind of gets a clean slate. What I love about her is that when she remembered how terrible she was, she was regretful and she wanted to change.

Scott, her twin brother, is just amazing. I am in love with him. I love how supportive he was and it seems like he was always supportive of Sammy, even when she was a monstrous person. I love protective he was over his sister without being overbearing. I loved his relationship with Julie and I love how he wasn’t like the other “rich” and “snobby” kids in school, including his past sister. Carson, Scott’s best friend, was also incredible. Even from the beginning, you could tell that he didn’t have the best relationship with Sammy yet he still gave her a second chance at redeeming herself. He is a total sweetheart and I loved every part that he was in. As for Del the Dick, Sammy’s boyfriend, well … he’s given that nickname in the book for a reason. Wow. I honestly hate his guts. As for Cassie, we’re only told about her through Sammy’s memories and from other’s opinion of her and let’s just say she wasn’t popular for being sweet. She’s pretty much the most hated person in the school so the suspects weren’t exactly a short list.

Other than the characters, the writing really shined for me. I love the way JLA wrote the book and how she paced it. She made it more suspenseful and I love that you don’t expect what is coming next. She made it so mysterious and it definitely helped me love the book even more. The plot twist in the end was just surprising! It was a real shocker. I had a couple of suspects along the way but I just didn’t have anything to stick it to this person. It was just really surprising! I felt like I was Sammy, I couldn’t trust anyone because I didn’t know who to trust. Overall, the book automatically became a favorite of mine and I’ve been doing nothing but recommending it to all my friends!

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