Publication date: April 3rd, 2012
Published by: Spencer Hill
Genre: YA Paranormal, Vampires
There is need. And then there is Fate...
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.
When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.
When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.
Remember when I said that Half-Blood was one hair away from being Vampire Academy? Well, Pure was the same deal kinda. As in Frostbite, the third wheel, in Pure's case Seth-in Frostbite's Adrian, gets a lot of exposure and we get to know him better. We also get a death. Not trying to spoiler shower you, but if you've read Frostbite you already know either way.
As for the basic story, I admit it's quite different from VA but I still can't see the endgame, the reason behind all this, the purpose. What are the supposed heroes set to do and why? There is no apparent arch story yet, at least not one I can detect. Also the fact that everything had to be about Seth and Alex and her finding him annoying and an arrogant jerk but liking him at the same time, and with him shamelessly flirting with her, didn't help any.The ending gave me hope however, that maybe book 3 will focus more to the story. Less dilly dallying, please!
Oh and Furies? Dementor's first cousins. Or identical twins. Just sayin'.
I don't know how I feel about Alex. Seth, I don't care for. He is one of the million jerks in books whom the heroine feels an attraction too, despite having repeatedly expressed her undying love for another guy. And that's what bothered me with Alex in Pure. She seems to have shed her bad-assness and assertiveness completely and suddenly decided to go through a girlie-girl phase which honestly was painful to watch (read, whatever). I can't stand a heroine who says she loves someone with all her heart and is ready to sacrifice everything for them to be together and then she makes out with someone else just because he is a major flirt and she is insecure=recipe for disaster. Suffice it to say that Aiden fans, you are not gonna love this book!
Pure is the poster child for YA paranormal books and I bet it will be extremely appealing to tweens and teens. For me, despite it being all in all a fun and easy read, I expect a whole lot more from the series. There is so much more to a book than romance and love triangles. Have a kick ass story and then maybe I will turn a blind eye to the exaggerated romance. Until then…
"You were staring at him like an ugly chick stares at the last cute guy at the bar when they make the last call".
A bit offensive but so funny!