The Covenant Series Read-Along WRAP UP

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I'm SO sorry this wrap up post is SUPER late. Life got in the way!

Anyways...

Let me start off by saying I had a FANTASTIC time hosting this read-along, chatting with other readers, and reveling in the Covenant series once more. I loved it just as much, if not more, the second time around!

All in all, I think this event was a huge success. I'll admit, things started out strong and got scarce as the weeks went by, but I had some diehard readers stick through until the end and get through all the trivia questions, so YAY! Honestly though, even if you participated for just a week or even attempted to by signing up, I adore each and every one of you.

We had a total of 64 readers signed up, so thank you all!

As for the winners, I wanted to give a shout out to the lucky few:

- SIGNED Copy of Sentinel by JLA (One US & One INT'L): Borghild & Malia
- SIGNED Copy of Wait for You by JLA (US Only): Sami Diaz
- SIGNED Copy of Origin by JLA (US Only): Dana
- SIGNED Copy of Frigid by JLA(US Only): Jessirae
- SIGNED Bookmarks (variety packs): Mary Perez
- SIGNED Bookmarks from K-Books (UK Only): Jennifer Gaskell
- THREE Sentinel T-Shirts from SHP (US & Canada): Stephanie Zhang, Livia Nowlin, & Courtney Slyne
- ONE Covenant-themed Jewelry Piece from Hebel Designs (INT'L): Heather Self
- ONE Set of Covenant series bookmarks from I Heart Big Books (INT'L): Fatima Tariq

Again, thank you SO MUCH to those who donated prizes. You guys are truly amazing!

I'm hoping to get the prizes shipped out by the end of the month, so hopefully most of you will get your prizes by the end of the year.

Remember, the Wrap-Up form will remain open for quite some time, so if you participated at all, I'd love your feedback. Here's some of what I've been getting so far:

Thoughts on the series:

Absolutely love it! One of my favourite series of all time, and it always will be. This is one of those series I can re-read anytime I want.

I love the series so damn much :) They were one of my first books to read in the paranormal genre, people will probably kill me when I say this, but if I had to pick ONE favorite series, it would be the Covenant series. I love the world of greek mythology, probably another reason why I love it so much.

I love, love, love the Covenant Series. It was gripping right from the start with heaps of twists and turns and amazing characters; a really exciting and enjoyable series.

Thoughts on the read-along:

I think it was great, especially the timing, since I needed to re-read the series before reading Sentinel. Having the facebook group is loads of fun, too!

It was great! The questions def had me re-thinking and made me savor what was happening instead of just blitzing through the whole novel. I also liked how we could answer the Qs in our own time, when were not busy, it made me feel like I wasn't missing out.

I thought the Read-Along was a brilliant idea and I have loved participating in it! It really got me all hyped for Sentinel re-reading all the books again and it was so fun answering the questionnaires.


Btw, it seems like I'll be doing a Lux Read-Along next year before Opposition comes out, since everyone is asking about it. I'm super excited. Things are still in the early planning stages, but if you're so inclined, you can join the Facebook group for now! Things won't be kicking into high gear until later next year, but we can always chat about it.

That's it for now!

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My Review of Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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.

When I say I love this series, I truly mean it. From the very first page of Daimon to the very last page of Sentinel, I have been firmly enthralled, riveted, and glued to this story and cast of characters. The Covenant series is truly a legend among books in my opinion. Not only is the story genuine and engaging, the characters are easily some of my favorite YA characters of all time. Jen sparked my intrigue with Half-Blood, had me torn in Pure, captured my heart in Deity, (got me all emotional in Elixir), blew me away with Apollyon, and she gave one hell of an amazing conclusion with Sentinel. Sentinel stands out among its predecessors by really drawing out your emotions and sensibility. You've watched these characters go through so much and when you finally live the epic conclusion, you're definitely left with a feeling of completion and satisfaction. At least, I did.

Alex has grown so much as a female character throughout this series, it just amazes me. She'll always have that inner snark and humor that I love and adore, but she's also become more responsible, sensible, and mature; especially considering all that she's been through and what she faces in Sentinel. She's still my favorite YA heroine, that's for sure. I loved how real Jen kept Alex, especially after what happened with Ares in Apollyon. I got to see various sides of Alex I never thought I would and I loved it. The ending really got me all kinds of choked up and just seeing Alex handle it all just really made me want to hug her.

Aiden. Oh, Aiden. I can never say his name without a loving sigh afterwards. That man is just pure perfection. You all know how much I love him, and he doesn't disappoint in this book. The love, care, consideration, and respect he has for Alex simply radiates off the pages and I can't say enough how I wish this guy were real. Finally embracing their relationship after what happens in Deity and Apollyon, I loved how open and affectionate he was to Alex and how much he valued their love. You get to see a different side of Aiden here and I actually really liked it. I think it made him seem more real and really, if you ever doubted just how much he loves Alex, by the end, you'll understand. This guy?! Ugh, I swear, I'm forever and always, a St. Delphi girl!

While I will say I live and breathe the romance between Alex and Aiden, I also loved Jen's take on the mythology and how that aspect was a strong theme throughout all her books, but especially becoming more and more prominent as the books progressed. You definitely get your fair share of Gods and other mythical creatures in Sentinel and I like how Jen breathed new life into these age-old beings. I loved Apollo. Every time I read one of these books, I want to dive into Greek mythology, re-reading the ones I know and love, and reading those that I have yet to discover.

Let me also say that Seth truly won me over. I was hoping that Seth would redeem himself after all he did in the previous books and I can safely say he did that and so much more. He really surprised me quite a bit in Sentinel. In the other books, we got a playful, sexy, arrogant, and sometimes challenging Seth, but I always knew, deep down, he was a good guy. How good, is still yet to be seen, but he I liked the direction Jen took his character and his relationship with Alex takes on a whole new level after all is said and done. Honestly though, by the end of the book, I just wanted to hug the guy. I love that we've only barely scratched the surface of Seth, yet I care for him so much as a character. I can't wait to know more about him.

I truly never wanted this series to end, (any chance to read more Alex & Aiden scenes is fine by me) but I am very happy with the way Jen ended it. Just thinking about this book and this series is getting me all emotional and making me want to re-read the series even though I literally just did that not too long ago. I tried really hard to savor every word and page, yet also wanting to fly through it so I could see what would happen next. Sentinel is everything you've come to expect from Jen and the Covenant series, and so much more. You get love, action, drama, friendship, all the crazy supernatural stuff, a touch of bittersweetness and tons of humor and entertainment. I can't recommend this book, and this series, enough.

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Spin-Off New: The Titan Series - The Return

9:00 AM Vi Nguyen 0 Comments

Still reeling from a fantastic Sentinel Release Party that happened this weekend, I wanted to officially post the news here about Jen's BIG reveal.



Yep, ICYMI, Jen will be writing a spin-off of the Covenant series, dubbed the Titan series, which will be based on Seth and a mystery mortal girl. The first book is called The Return and will come out February 2015. I know, it's a crazy long wait, but I know it'll be well worth it.

Here's what Jen had to say about it:

1. The Return will be in dual POV (Seth and our main protagonist)
2. You have NOT met the female lead yet.
3. The female lead has absolutely no knowledge of gods and any of that
4. Since it’s a Titan novel, you can expect… the Titans.
5. Apollo will be all up in the book, because well, it’s Apollo and I sort of like him.
6. Deacon and Luke will make appearances, but other main characters will not be featured in this series. (Not giving details to avoid as much spoilers as possible)
7. The biggest difference is that the Titan series will be New Adult paranormal. And here’s the reason why. I never gave Seth’s birthday, but he’s always been well over the age of 18 years old, and I really have no real reason bringing him into a high school environment without making him look like a creeper. And he already has enough creeper tendencies as is, so he really is too old for YA. Does that mean the book will be inappropriate for younger readers? Absolutely not. Will it have more adult content? Probably. I mean, Seth was always borderline inappropriate, but my YA books have that, so….
8. And it will be releasing in early 2015, tentatively February 2015 in both print and digital.

What do you all think of the placeholder cover? Remember, it's not the final cover! I still like it though, and Jen and fans at the event were particularly diggin' the "one tear drop" look.

Other thoughts and stuff related to the event I detailed (with pictures) on my other blog, and you can check out that post here.

Btw, I am going to eventually post that Covenant Read-Along wrap-up post! I'm aiming for either Friday or before that, if I can manage it. It will happen though! Oh, and I have an exclusive interview to post with Jen regarding the Obsidian movie/Covenant TV show, so be on the lookout for that, too!

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