**I received this book from the publisher for an honest review**
Synopsis (from Goodreads): "History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "
Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.
If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.
But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.
Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...
My Thoughts: Oh, I do not know why I want to read these books early....(this post won't go live until October but I'm writing it in July) because now I have that much longer to wait until the next book! I am not sure how I am going to be able to wait that long for the next book!
**Spoiler alert if you have not read Half-Blood or Pure**
Alex has been rushed back from New York after the daemon attack. If you remember, she was forced to kill a pure guard in self defense and Aiden used compulsion on the pures that saw Alex kill the guard. Alex is worried someone is going to find out what really happen. Aiden tries to reassure her that no one could possibly know but Seth tells her otherwise. When Minister Telly's guards pull Alex out of class, they soon find out otherwise.
From there, things spiral downward for Alex and Seth. Seth is trying to get Alex to awaken early. Alex is afraid to awaken at all because she doesn't want to lose herself. As the situation heats up, Alex has to try to decide if she can even trust Seth. Okay, I can't say much more about the plot itself or I will give away a lot of amazing scenes!
Alex is still stubborn and still madly in love with Aiden. She is confused though because she has feelings for Seth too. The only thing that seriously irritated me about Alex was the way she was willing to be a martyr for everyone and the stubborness she had when her uncle wanted her to go into hiding. I mean, maybe I am just a very selfish person here but if I was in danger like that, you better believe I would be going into hiding! But, if Alex had gone into hiding then the book wouldn't have been as good so while I was irritated with her, it was understandable.
Aiden is still hot! If only he was real....okay but he's not so, he is so protective of Alex and loyal. He tries not to let his feelings for her show but that ends up being impossible.
I am not sure I like the fact that Alex and Aiden actually got together. I loved the tension between the two and I was totally cheering for them but it's kind of like with Bones and Booth got together on the t.v. show Bones....once they got together, there is none of that tension that leaves you breathless. That said, I liked the way it all came together when they got together.
**spoiler alert over**
Seth...well, Seth is the same as always. He is power hungry but you find out a little more behind that this time. Not at all what I was expecting. Seth isn't around a ton in this book as he gets sent to New York to "deal" with the half-blood servants who aren't taking the elixer. He is scary in this book and I found myself really not liking him at all.
Marcus, however, redeems himself in this book (at least, in my eyes). You get to see a whole other side to Marcus and he's not quite so uncaring and harsh and he has been in the first two books. By the end of this book, I actually really liked and appreciated Marcus. So, there is hope for him!
The ending was totally amazing! Again, the only problem is how in the world am I going to wait for the next book to come out to find out what the heck happens?! The cliffhanger was seriously perfect and leaves you yearning for much more!
It's no secret that Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my very favorite authors but seriously, if you haven't picked up this series yet, go out and get it! You will be caught up in the story and you will not regret it!