Fictional Crush of the Week-Aidan St. Delphi from The Covenant Series

I hope you’re all having an AMAZING weekend! Enjoy this week’s Fictional Crush!

As always, viagra buy remember that these WILL have MILD spoilers for the series that they are from!

Character Name:

Aidan St. Delphi

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Covenant Series

Half Blood, Pure, Deity, Elixir, Apollyon, Sentinel

Author/Creator:

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Played By: 

No One…Yet. The Covenant Series has been optioned for a TV series so hopefully we get a visual of Aidan soon!

Who They Are:

Aidan St. Delphi is the secondary character to Alex in the Covenant series. He is a pure, but chooses to become a fighter, a Sentinel, who fights to protect pures. He is serious, with a rare sense of humor around those he cares about, and is a fighter, and a handsome one at that. He’s all dark, except for his shining silver eyes. He’s dedicated to his job, and to his brother, who he is determined to keep safe and happy. He is so distance in the beginning, to protect Alex and to convince her that he has no feelings toward her, so we get that dark and mysterious hot guy thing going on.

But when Alex and Aidan finally do end up together, he is so incredible. He is sweet and protective, but he trusts in Alex and he believes in her strength and her capabilities. He says amazing things and does so many things for her, makes sacrifices and works so hard for her. Plus, the hot and steamy scenes? I was fanning myself quite a few times during those. They are HOT, and Aidan has some serious confidence, and some sexy  moves in the bedroom. I’m just saying. Its no wonder Alex fell in love with him.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Aidan St. Delphi is one of those guys who is so sexy, so caring, so amazing and perfect for the MC and yet he puts it off for so long and you want to bonk him over the head. But for some reason, this guy who does this, distances himself from the main character, to protect her…is so incredibly appealing. Aidan is a pure and Alex is a half, which is a completely NO-NO in that world, and it’ll hurt Alex big time and Aidan doesn’t want that happening to her. So he pushes her away again and again and again, and even though it drives you insane, you love the guy anyway. He’s only doing it for HER.

Notable Quotes: 

“By the way,” Aiden said casting me a long look that had me totally forgetting the seriousness of our mission. “You look damn good in a Sentinel uniform.”

“Apollo had said he knew what this kind of love was capable of. And I finally understood why Paris had risked his country and his blood for Helen. Selfish, yes, but I understood. I would burn the world if that meant Alex would be safe.”

“I swore to you that I wouldn’t let that happen, and I know I’ve failed you, but I’m not going to just give up, Alex. I’ll never give up on you.”

“The ‘I have something I want to say but I shouldn’t’ tone” A little bit of humor seeped into his voice. “I’m well familiar with it.”

“That’s okay,” Apollo replied, smiling at him in a wholly creepy’ hide your kids’ kind of way. “When you least expect it, I’m going to turn you into a a pink flower that smells like cat pee.”

“Because I love you, we share each other’s problems. When we fight, we fight together. I’m going to be by your side no matter what, whether you like it or not. That’s what love is, Alex. You never have to face anything alone again. And I get what you’re saying. I don’t agree with it, but I will support you in any way I can.”

“I can’t keep pretending that I don’t want this – that I don’t want you. I can’t. Not after what happened to you. I thought… I thought I’d lost you, Alex, forever. And I would’ve lost everything. You are my everything.” 

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s swoon worthy character! Tune in next week for some more fictional hotties!

WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature from Should Be Reading. I saw it on my friend Erin’s blog, sales That One Geek Girl, check and decided to join in.

To play along:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

So here are my answers:

What are you currently reading? 

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My good friend Shaina, treat over at The Urge to Write, just debuted her first, self-published novel. Its FREE all day today, and then goes up to 2.99. I can’t wait to dive in and read her book!

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I couldn’t wait for this book to come out, and asked Susan Ee if she’d be interested in doing an interview for the blog. Not only is she interested BUT she sent me an ARC of World After :)

What did you recently finish reading?

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The last and final book of the Legend trilogy was released Tuesday and I finished this in less than three hours, and it’ll have a spoiler-free review tomorrow for the Book of the Week.

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The finale book for the Covenant series, you can read the spoiler free review here.

What do you you think you’ll be reading next? 

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I started this, I just need to go back and finish it. Its really great, and really informative but there’s no story so its hard to get through. But I want to dive back into it and find out more about Shadowhunters and their history.

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I was gifted this by a friend, and I’ve heard many many many good things about this, so I hope to get into that soon too!

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What about you guys? Share what you’re reading, what you plan to read, and all of that fun book jazz in the comments below!

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Author Website

 

GoodReads Summary:

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, treatment 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 swoon worthy Aiden St. Delphi, information pills 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, thumb 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.

My Review:

Please be aware while this review will NOT have spoilers for Sentinel, I cannot in any way guarantee there will not be spoilers for Half-Blood, Pure, Deity, Elixir or Apollyon. Please visit my book reviews page to read those! 

I’m not sure what I expected when I was reading this book but every single thing that happened was completely not in my line of expectations. I could call Sentinel the book of plot twists. There were so many surprises at every turn that there is no way on earth I could have ever predicted how this story would go. But that was a good thing! This novel was an emotional roller coaster taking us from hot and steamy scenes between Alex and Aidan into epic battles and fight scenes to completely emotional moments that made you want to cry. Every page was a surprise, taking us further into the unexpected, and you keep reading, because you just HAVE to know what happens next.

Jennifer creates a beautiful story, to wrap up a five book series. Do you know how hard it is to write a five book series and keep an audience captivated until the very last page? Its incredibly hard, and I think there’s a lot of authors that struggle with this. This is why, sometimes, when I read series, I find myself feeling less interested and less captivated as I get further in the series. This is so opposite for the Covenant series and especially of Sentinel. I am addicted until the very last page, where tears were running down my face, in sadness, in happiness, in completely satisfaction.

She takes the story that we’ve come so familiar with in the past four novels and two novellas, and creates an ending that is both very believable and very realistic but that would make any reader of the series feel like she did right by her story and her characters. The journey that the characters take is a rough one. They must face down Ares, a vindictive, determined, extremely powerful god, and his legion of half bloods and pures and compelled mortals, as well as Alex’s Apollyon counterpart, Seth. And the direction the story takes them, all of them, is a surprise to me. I can’t say too much without ruining any of the story but the outcomes of certain characters were definitely unexpected but seemed to fit perfectly with the story, and the events that take place in this finale.

Plus, Jennifer just tells great stories. She writes an action scene, and you’re clutching the pages in excitement while simultaneously Googling how to learn hand to hand combat. She weaves humor into almost every moment in her novel, keeping us still breathing, even when our hearts are breaking. She understands friendships and family, sacrifice, and battle and war, she understands romance and she understands fear and love and bravery and selfishness and so many other emotions and she can put so many of those into the stories, and it all feels so real.

And she can write a steamy scene like no body else. She is able to write a beautiful, romantic, hot and heavy scene that leaves you blushing and wishing very much for a cold shower, but she keeps it tasteful and classy, and in a way that fits so perfectly in her young adult novels. She addresses it responsibly, of course, but she knows that two people in love, whether they’re teenagers or adults, are going to experience that sort of intimacy and she does it so beautifully. Any time that Alex and Aidan share a steamy scene, I felt myself getting more comfortable and diving in, because she is SO good at romance, and because I love Aidan and Alex, and I LOVE them as a couple.

Simply put, any fan of this series is going to be so satisfied by the end of this novel. I thought it was an incredibly fitting ending, for all of the characters, and I felt like, while there was a heartbreak, there was also hope and happiness as well. I think it wraps up the story very well, but also shows that the story can continue as well, in our own minds and hearts and I think that’s beautiful. Definitely a must read for fans, you will most definitely enjoy it!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

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Exclusive Interview with Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Happy Release Day for Jennifer L. Armentrout. Today the final book in her epic Covenant series releases, order Sentinel.

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The series follows a teen by the name of Alex. Alex is a half-blood demigod, viagra buy living in a world where the halfs are worth much less than the pures. She must prove herself as a fighter, to be part of the Sentinels, or she will be forced into inescapable servitude. She soon finds out that she has more powers than she would have previously ever known and that she could have the power to change the world she lives in, if others don’t destroy it first.

Jennifer is also the author of MANY MANY other novels too, such as her sci-fi romance series, the Lux series, The Dark Elements series, and also writes romance novels and other fantasy novels under the pseudonym of J. Lynn.

She’s an absolutely amazing author, and I really enjoy reading her novels. I first discovered her when I read the Lux series back in May. I blew threw the first three books and eagerly awaited the fourth novel, which was released back in August. I am very excited to read the 5th book, Opposition, when that hits stands. It took me awhile to get into her Covenant series but I am SO glad I did. I am so ready for the release of Sentinel today, and to find out how this epic series ends.

There’s even MORE exciting things happening as well! Obsidian, the first novel of the Lux series, has been optioned to become a feature film, while the Covenant series has been optioned to be a TV show! Can’t wait to see how both of these unfold!

For now, let’s enjoy this short, but fun interview with Jennifer, herself.

Sara: Where did you get the idea or inspiration for the Covenant series? 

Jennifer: I have always been interested in mythology, and I just really wanted to write a book that incorporated some aspects of mythology into the story.

Sara: How excited are you for the Covenant TV series and what are your hopes and expectations for it?

Jennifer: I am so excited about seeing Alex, Aiden and Seth on a TV series. I know that Herrick Entertainment is going to do a great job bringing the world of the Covenant series to TV.

Sara: What is your writing process like: do you treat it like an 8-5 job or do you write when you feel inspired? 

Jennifer: I write every day for 8-10 hours, even on holidays. But I don’t necessarily write from 8-5. I usually write a different times throughout the day.

Sara: What is the hardest part of writing a novel: the outline, the beginning, the middle, the end, the characters, etc? 

Jennifer: After I get started on a new book, the hardest part is usually the middle for me. I will skip around if I get stuck, and then go back after I’ve written some other scenes.

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Sara: What are you working on right now, and what can we expect in the near future?

Jennifer: I’m currently working on a new YA contemporary, The Problem with Forever, for Disney/Hyperion. Then, I’ll be writing the fifth book in the Lux series, Opposition.

Sara: Bonus question that I ask everyone I interview, who is your fictional crush? 

Jennifer: Tod from Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamer series

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I hope you enjoyed this short, but awesome interview! I can’t wait to dive into Sentinel today, and I’m eagerly awaiting Opposition and this new book, The Problem with Forever!

Happy Reading Everyone!

 

Tuesday Top Ten-Must Read Book Releases of the Fall

There are SO many books coming out this fall that I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep up! I already have a stack of books on my table my bed, view and about 20-something books on my Kindle that need to be read, malady and I’m just NEVER going to catch up haha.

But despite that, rx there are a TON of books coming out this fall that I am insanely excited for, and these ten are ones that I will definitely be picking up.

10. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 

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I’ve heard a LOT of good things about this book so far. I’m not a big Beautiful Creatures fan. I read the first book, and thought it was just okay. However, now that Kami and Margaret are writing solo books, I’m curious. They’ve obviously garnered a lot of attention from those books, and I’ve heard from others that Icons by Margaret Stohl is really good. So I thought, meh, why not? Then I read the description. The story follows Kennedy, who, after the death of her mother, discovers there was so much more going on than she ever knew. Her mom was part of a supernatural secret society and now she has been thrown into the mix, and must take her mother’s place. I love anything supernatural and I’ve heard from some people who got their hands on advanced copies that its very Supernatural like, mixed with lots of suspense, romance and action and that just sounds like a seriously good time. This book comes out next week, which I’m very excited about and I hope to make it to the book release signing in Los Angeles that day in order to pick up a copy!

9. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

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I think James Dashner is an absolutely brilliant writer, and I loved The Maze Runner. I had issues getting into The Scorch Trials but its on my “to-finish” list and I’m determined to go back and finish the series. However, again, he’s a great writer and a great storyteller so any book by him is going to immediately catch my attention. This book is reminicent of The Maze Runner but in such a different way. You have the main character, Michael, who is a gamer, and spends most of his time on the VirtNet. Suddenly it all goes bad when a gamer takes things too far, uses technology the wrong way and starts holding gamers hostage. Michael has been watched for awhile now and he’s brought in to help catch the guy. This sounds absolutely amazing, and I honestly can’t wait to read it. It sounds like something that will appeal to both girls and guys, which I notice has been becoming a problem in YA lit lately. But James Dashner has a way of writing a universal story and I think he’ll accomplish that again with this book.

8. Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare

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I seriously can’t wait for this book. For those of you already familiar with the Shadowhunter Chronicles, you know what this is and no explanation is needed. For those of you who don’t, this is almost like the Shadowhunter bible. It shares the history and the culture and the breakdown of being a Shadowhunter and the world that surrounds them. It is the 411 on everything we’ve ever wanted to know about being a part of that world. Think if we got Hogwarts, A History or History of Magic from Harry Potter. Yeah, exactly. This is a hugely important book in that series, and for us to get this is going to be insanely exciting. To really see inside what it takes to be a Shadowhunter, and the rules and customs and all of that, is going to be VERY exciting and I honestly am dying to read this. I think I may be able to convince myself that I’m a Shadowhunter if I have this book.

7. Unsouled by Neal Shusterman 

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Unwind, the first novel of this series, was one of those  books that people kept telling me about and it was a book that I would see at bookstores but I wouldn’t really pay attention to it. Finally, a good follower of mine just kept telling me about these books and I just couldn’t ignore it any longer, and I picked it up. And this book did something to me, it really did. It knocked me off my feet. It really brought forth all these feelings and emotions and thoughts that most other books don’t really do. Unwind is about our country in the future, where we’ve had a second Civil War, but slightly different than what you would imagine. It was a prochoice vs pro-life war, and the outcome is sickening. In order to satisfy both parties, they came to an agreement: that abortion in the womb is completely illegal, and that the protection of a newborn is vitally important. However, when your child is 12-17, you may choose to have them unwound, each body part harvested for a transplant to someone else. There are three main characters set to be unwound: one, because he is a troublemaker and his parents just don’t know what to do anymore, two, a girl who is a Ward of the state and could not prove her worth, and three, a boy who has been raised as a tithe, someone who sees it as God’s divine plan to be unwound. This book brings forth all these debates and ideas and moralities that we have about such a controversial issue and makes it incredibly real. It is so emotional to read, and this is coming from a person who is both pro-life and pro-choice. The books are devastating and incredibly addicting and I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on this book to find out what happens next in the story.

6. Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Okay this one is totally cheating because I just read the first book of this series yesterday and I haven’t read books two through four so how can I possibly be excited for book 5? I’ll tell you this: book one has seriously captured my interest, my attention and my book affection so fast that I know I will easily finish the next few books before the November 2nd release date for Sentinel. So maybe right now I’m not dying to read this book like most Covenant series fans are, because I haven’t even gotten far enough in to feel that way but I know that in a week or so, I will totally feel that way, and that is the reason that its on the list. I can’t wait to speed through the rest of the books to finish this series because this first book is already absolutely amazing and I’m sure that the rest will be too.

5. Just One Year by Gayle Forman

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I discovered Gayle Forman this year, when I went to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and she did a panel and signing with two of my favorite authors, Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen. I had seen her books around and never really given much thought to them but authors always are catching my interest at events so I decided to read her books. I sped through If I Stay, Where She Want and Just One Day in a matter of weeks, and only that long because I borrowed them from the library. And Just One Day was such a great book. In this book, you meet Allyson, on a trip in Europe, who goes on a crazy one day adventure with a Dutch boy named Willem, where sparks fly, even though they’ve only just met. But Allyson wakes up the next day after their adventure and he’s gone. The book follows the aftermath and how it effects Allyson and how she spends the next year of her life, recovering from that crazy day. Just One Year picks off where Just One Day left off and its kind of hard to talk about it without ruining what happens in Just One Day and not ruin it. Just One Year, we’re going to find out everything that happened in that same year, but on Willem’s end. And I can’t wait to read it because seriously the first book had such a huge cliffhanger that I almost threw a library book across the room.

4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Okay, you wanna talk a crazy cliffhanger? Mrs. Veronica Roth over here totally messed me up with the cliffhanger that takes place in Insurgent, the novel that takes place before the finale of the Divergent trilogy. Divergent follows the story of Tris, a girl born in a society that was ravaged apart and came together to fix it by creating five factions that each valued something they felt was necessary for a peaceful and functioning society. She is born into the faction of Abnegation, the selfless, but on her sixteenth birthday, she makes the choice to change to Dauntless, the courageous, the fearless. Tris is what is called Divergent, a forbidden word given to those who display the characteristics for more than one faction. She doesn’t everything she can to hide this fact but it catches up to her, and when it does, so much is revealed about the society she thought she’d always lived in. Insurgent continues the story as her, and her boyfriend, Four (or Tobias, if you prefer), work together to expose the underground nature of the society and what it means to be divergent and how it can change everything. Insurgent left off with kind of a crazy, revealing cliffhanger and so now I’m just seriously anxiously waiting (1.5 years!) for the finale to be released so I can FINALLY find out what happens next!

3. Champion by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu has written one of the best dystopian YA series that I’ve come across in the past few years as I’ve dove further and further into young adult literature. I love the  Hunger Games and Divergent and the rest but this one continues to stand tall to me, and I think its really in that Marie has such a way of creating unique stories and characters, and staying true to a dystopian world without being the same thing over and over again. We meet two different characters in her books: June, a girl bred by society, a perfect, intelligent soldier who believes in the Republic more than anybody and Day, an intelligent boy who failed at his tests and was forced into a life as a criminal to keep his family fed and safe. They both lead two very different, very separate lives until June’s brother is murdered and Day is framed for it, and they come colliding together, and both learn new things. Marie really doesn’t have a clean cut version of society is bad, we need to fix it. By giving us two very different points of view, we’re constantly questioning the motives of everyone involved and always guessing at where the story is going. The second novel in the trilogy, Prodigy, opened our eyes to so much more than we could ever dream to exist in this world, and left us with so many choices and so many questions and a cliffhanger that was utterly heartbreaking. I can’t wait to get my paws on this book so I can devour it.

2. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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All right, all right, the cliffhangers! The Mark of Athena had such an amazing cliffhanger, I can’t even begin to stand it. The House of Hades is the fourth novel in the second series of Percy Jackson, the Heroes of Olympus. The Percy Jackson series follows Percy and his friends, who are the children of gods and mortals: demigods. The Heroes of Olympus continues this story but we get introduced to even more characters, characters that are also demigods, but with a slight twist. They were born of a god while the god was in his/her Roman state. So instead of Hera, its Juno, Zeus is Jupiter, Poseidon is Neptune, etc. This gives the demigods a slight twist, and we learn of whole new camp somewhere else, and the demigods of Greek and Roman join together in order to defeat a very formidable enemy. They are in the process, the seven of them, on completing this mission and restoring peace between the Greeks and Romans, when something goes terribly wrong and they lose two of their party: Percy and his girlfriend, Annabeth. This literally KILLED me when reading it, and I read the book at least a few times over again, almost wishing I could make the story continue. Alas, I am incapable of this power but in a little over a week, I will have this book in my hands and all will be well :)

1. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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This almost doesn’t count because I got an advanced readers copy of it and I’ve already read it so I already know how amazingly awesome it is. But there’s two reasons its number one. One, because it would have been anyway, despite having already read it. Two, I want to call attention to it so I can seriously start getting all of you on board with Cinda Williams Chima because seriously, she’s one of the most amazing writers that I’ve discovered in the past year and a half as a blogger and I want to shove her books in all of your faces. So this is me, doing that again. The first three books of this series is a finished trilogy. It is our world, but not really. There is a secret world that we are unaware of, full of wizards, sorcerers, enchanters, warriors and more. The first trilogy follows the story of Jack and his friends, who want to take down the tyrannical rule of wizards and create an equal society. This book is part of the series but can be read without reading the first three. The story follows Jonah and Emma, both who are part of this world, though only one was aware of it. They are connected by the Thorn Hill Massacre and to this day, it remains a mystery to all. When they come together, more is revealed and there’s much more to each of them than the previously realized. I want you all to read her novels because she is one of the best fantasy authors that I’ve read and I can’t believe how little she is read, and this is a novel that comes out in about a week and its one that you should DEFINITELY pick up.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out this week’s Tuesday Top Ten. Don’t forget you can always check out previous lists here.

What are some books that YOU are looking forward to this fall? Did I get some of them or did I miss some? As always, share in the comments!