Review: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SentinelSentinel (Covenant #5)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 312
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles 

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.

**Please note that this review may contain some spoilers if you haven’t read the rest of the series**

It was with Half-Blood, book one in the Covenant series, that I discovered Jennifer L. Armentrout… and I’ve been in love with her writing ever since. This series–along with the Lux series–is one that should be read back to back, or else you’ll be totally lost.

Sentinel, the final book in the Covenant series was everything I could have hoped for. Alex, our totally snarky, sarcastic, bad-ass heroine is out for blood. And who’s next on her hit list? Ares, the god of War. It took me a couple of chapters to remember exactly what had happened in the previous book, Apollyon. But once I did, did the action-packed ride finally begin! Sentinel begins after Alex wakes up from being almost killed by Ares. Not only is her physical appearance a mirror of what she went through, but so is the numbness and desolation she feels inside. There’s something wrong with Alex. She knows it. We know it. Ares revels in it. Still, she keeps on fighting alongside her Army of Awesomeness… until she finally breaks down.

There are not enough words to describe the awesomeness that is Alexandria Andros. She’s one of the best female characters ever written. Seriously. Her humor, her wit, her fearless attitude, her amazing heart–all make for a wonderful protagonist. It’s been a hilarious, butt-kicking ride for all of us, and it’s such a bittersweet feeling that we’re at the end their journey.

Through Alex’s journey there’s been that one person who’s always had her back, who loves her unconditionally, who’s just as kick-ass as she is… And that’s the swoon-worthy Aiden St. Delphi. Aiden is the definition of the passionate and fiercely-loyal warrior. And unlike Alex, Aiden is the calm before the storm. These two characters are one of the best couples written in young adult literature. They’re each other’s perfect counterbalance. And while it may be cheesy, Aiden is the perfect yang to Alex’s ying. The journey these two protagonist have been through together is one that has been filled with hardships. Still, they’ve persevered and even in the last book, Armentrout gave us the pleasure of reminding us over and over again why we fell in love with these two characters.

The time for war has come, and it hasn’t been an easy road. A lot of wonderful characters have been lost over the course of the series, the same way others have joined. This is it. The end. The time to beat Ares once and for all has come and Alex is scared shitless. Still, the determination and acceptance in which she fights her last battle is one that is unforgettable. Every once in a while you come across wonderful series, filled with an amazing group of primary and secondary characters, and the Covenant series is no different. Each and every one of those supporting characters have managed to worm themselves into our hearts–Seth, Caleb, Marcus, Luke, Olivia, Deacon, even Apollo–and will not be forgotten any time soon.

I truly couldn’t have asked for a better way to end such an amazing series. The wonderfully-developed characters drew me in, but it was the rocky journey these characters went through, the intriguing use of mythology and the skillful way in which Armentrout brought everything together, that made me a fan. Even though Sentinel is the last book in the series, I hope this isn’t the last we hear of Alex and Aiden.

5/5 Stars

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Make sure to check out the other books in the Covenant series!

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