My rating: ❤ of 5!
Length: 329 pages
Published: the 3rd of April 2012
I was recommended this book by a friend, so I figured that it couldn’t hurt to give this a try. But this book only seems semi decent, so far. I think it’s a matter of the idea being alright, but the execution is very, very bad. However, my friend did also say that it gets better, so I will be reading the entire series.
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
Aside from plot holes and bad writing, I think my biggest issue with this series is the FMC, Alex.
📚 She’s a hypocrite.
📚 She has absolutely no self-control
📚 She’s bitchy
📚 She slut-shames
📚 She never learns
📚 She’s immature
📚 She’s selfish
📚 She’s entitled
This special little snowflake is just too damn much. I have no idea why any author would promote such bad traits. I’m sure (or hoping) that Jennifer was aiming for independent and strong willed, but it really doesn’t come across that way.
Alex’s worst fear is to be made a slave and she’s been warned that it could very well happen, if she doesn’t behave. Yet, she doesn’t behave. At all. And if it wasn’t for her relatives, it would already have happened and yet, she goes on and on about how much she hates them. My biggest fear is spiders, and I flee the room the second I eye one. I would have thought that the fear of being a slave would be worse, and I would also have thought that in order to avoid it, one would make damn well sure to walk the straight and narrow. Yet, Alex goes out of her way to break every rule and offend everyone.
Have you read this book? Or any of the books in the series? How do you feel about characters like Alex? Comment and let me know.