My rating: ❤ of 5!
Length: 343 pages
Published: the 4th of April 2013
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.
Fate isn’t something to mess with and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole an Apollyon can’t be killed theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer or she might become the God Killer herself.
This book was actually much better than expected. Sure, my Alex-peeves are still standing. But this is the first book in the series that didn’t purely suck.
I’m also disappointed that Seth and Alex never met up, like they were supposed to. I was awaiting the moment they finally came together. I mean, in the previous books Jennifer build up the bond between Seth and Alex like this crazy pre-destined unbreakable bond and yet, it was so easily broken that actually, they hadn’t needed to fear it or work against it in the previous books. B-O-R-I-N-G
In my review of Deity, the previous book, I did promise myself to stop making lists of why Alex sucks. It started to get a bit tedious to just list this Mary Sue’s fault. However, Jennifer ruined my plans when she added that Alex is a bully. Yes, you
heard read that right. The heroine of this young adult series, is a bully.
Bullying is a serious issue and yet, Jennifer treats it as something that has entertainment value. Every year there’s children and young people that try to commit suicide, because they’re bullied. I can’t stress it enough, it’s a freaking serious issue that shouldn’t be used to entertain people.
📚 Alex has bullied Lea, made her an outcast and a laughing stock by spitting on her and terrorising her for years. Why? Because she envied her.
📚 Not only does Alex not care about Lea, in her mind she didn’t do anything wrong. When Alex realises that maybe she hasn’t been as cool as she thought, she doesn’t offer up an apology because it’s water under the bridge.
Instead of setting an example to young people Jennifer chooses to embrace bullying. This could have been so very interesting, had it just been handled differently. If Alex had been remorseful, it would have been so different and it would have gotten an important message across to younger readers, but I guess Jennifer either doesn’t think ahead, or maybe she’s okay with bullying. Either way, it sends the wrong message, which is why I won’t rate this more than 1 star. Actually, I would give it -100 hearts if that was an option!
Have you read any of the books in the series? Did you like them? Or have you thought about reading them? What’s your POV on authors that give serious issues entertainment value? Comment and let me know.