Monday, October 28, 2013

Sentinel Blog Tour: Apollyon by Jennifer L Armentrout

Aloha everyone! Today, I am happy to be part of the Sentinel Blog Tour featuring the next-to-last book in the series: Apollyon! Today I have loads of fun stuff for you, including, but not limited to, a repost of my review of the series, a short interview with the characters, a giveaway, and some cool pictures! So scroll around, have fun, and make sure to check out the other stops on the tour!

Series Review (Up to Apollyon):
Wow. Just wow. This series rocked. My. World. It is amazing. I thought her other YA series Lux was good, but this is so much better. It dragged me in and wouldn't let me up for air. The most recent book, Apollyon, came out April 9. It was SO amazing. The first book is called Half-Blood, and let me tell you, you need to go to the bookstore and buy the book RIGHT NOW. And while you're at it, get book two, Pure, and book three, Deity. They are so worth it. Warning! These books may cause extremely loud squealing and/or swooning. Anyway, they are made of awesomesauce, as are all the characters.

The main character is Alex Andros, short for Alexandria. First off, how cool is that name? Awesome, I know. I cannot get enough of Alex. She is pure awesome. For readers of the Vampire Academy series, Alex is very much like Rose. Alex is not afraid to stand up for herself. She isn't afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what she thinks of them, good, bad, or otherwise. She has slight authority issues, but to be fair, most of the authority figures in the book are corrupt or completely evil. Alex, like human beings, makes mistakes. She owns up to her mistakes and makes amends. Sadly, she gets blamed for a lot of things that are out of her control. Alex lives in a world with Half-Bloods, Pures, and Gods. It's greek mythology at its finest. Alex is a Half-Blood, which is not a good thing. Half-Bloods are the result of a Pure and a human. Pures and Halfs are forbidden to be together under the law of the Breed Order. Halfs are given to options in life, train to be a Guard or Sentinel (the best of the best fighters) or become a servant (AKA slave). Servants are doped up on this thing called elixir and forced to work for Masters, Pures who use compulsion to control them. Halfs are looked down upon and punished severely for everything and, when the Breed Order is involved, always get the worse end of the deal. This is something Alex is not happy and seeks to change, as do many others, some with better ulterior motives then others. Alex shows her strength again and again in the series, along with her courage. While she's not fearless, when those she cares about (and even those she doesn't) are in danger, fear takes the second burner for a while.

Then, there's Aiden St. Delphi. Oh. My. Gods. He's many things. He's a Pure. He's a Sentinel. He's amazing. He's hot. Aiden is the epitome of awesomesauce. Alex has had a thing for him since she was young. He's twenty-one when the series begins. Alex left the Covenant (where all the Halfs and Pures live) three years before the book begins and he's the one in charge of bringing her back. Once back at the Covenant, he agrees to train Alex to help her catch up to her classmates. Since he's a Pure, he has control over one of the elements. Aiden can control fire, and is extremely kick-butt. Pures have Aether in them, which daimons (the vampires of the story, so to speak) happen to love. As a Sentinel, Aiden hunts daimons for a living. Warning, he is extremely dangerous and swoon-worthy. No one can blame Alex for falling for him. I love the other characters in these books. There's Alex's best friend, Caleb. Caleb is extremely funny and always there for Alex. Aiden's younger brother, Deacon, is SO adorable. Seriously, he's like a highly caffeinated puppy.

There's also the Apollyon. The Apollyon is a Half-Blood who can control all the elements, plus Akasha (which is kinda like super-charged lightning). The Apollyon is named Seth. He has a huge ego, and I never liked him much. Sorry, he's just not likable in my opinion. I don't get why the character get all fanboy/girl about him. Alex's uncle Marcus is nice enough. He's tough on Alex, and she doesn't realize how much he cares about her. Other characters include Lea (she grows on you), Lucian (he gets worse), and Leon (love him!).

The books are awesome. The author constantly has references to real-life things and places, which gives the book depth. Characters and situations are constantly making readers laugh. The writing is fun and light. Not a so-called 'junk food' book by any standards, it's full of meaning, depth, pain, etc. Friends that I've recommended the books to have loved them. The plot is well laid and is full of action, romance, and everything else a novel needs. There are plot twists and turns and cliffhangers by the dozen. I adore these books and give them five stars.


For JLA – So much of your personality comes out in the snark in your books and Apollyon is no exception. Which character has the most of you in them? Probably Alex. 

For Alex – As far as I can tell, Aiden is just about perfect. What are your thoughts on the matter? I don’t think anyone could be more perfect than Aiden. 

For Aiden – This journey has been full of so many close calls. When were you most concerned that you would lose Alex? I can’t even answer that question because Alex is always scaring me. It seems like I’m never there to protect her or I’m locked on the other side of the door. 

For Caleb – What was it like for you, seeing Alex again? I wanted to see Alex, she’s my best friend, just not where we were reuniting.

Can you spot Apollyon?

Favorite Quotes:

"Hi silver eyes searched mine. They were covered in a fine sheen-like tears, but Aiden never cried. 'Alex . . . oh, gods, Alex, are you here?'"

"Aiden was my other half, my equal."

"There's nothing creepier than having a psychotic Apollyon caged in the basement."~Luke
"No matter how convoluted my life got, one thing remained consistent- my hair looked like a baby opossum had taken refuge in it, invited some friends over, and thrown a party.”

"'Wait. Is this book about aliens?'
She snatched it back from me. 'Yes.'
'But they’re hot aliens.' She tapped on the guy’s face with one thin finger. 'And he can be my ET any day.'"

“I can’t believe Apollo hit me with a god bolt.”
“I can’t believe Aiden punched him.”

"'Dying isn't the only way into the Underworld, but it's the safest.'
Well, that sounded like an oxymoron if I'd ever heard one."

"Deacon laughed. 'Oh, you're so going to be the next person who gets hit. I'm putting money on that.'
'You need to add yourself to that list.' Aiden looked about seventy-percent serious.
'And I'm putting money on that,' Luke threw in."

“You've been running like the little Apollyon Energizer Bunny"

“I was more of a ‘run into things head-first and face-plant a wall’ type of fighter.”

“Other than an apparant Underworld gate, I had no idea what was in Kansas. Hay bales? Dorothy?”


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Author Bio:
# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You Can Find Her At:


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.

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