Synopsis from Good Reads:
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.
MY THOUGHTS *THERE WILL BE SPOILERS*
-I think that I liked this book a little more than the previous book and I’m pretty sure the reason is More Seth!! I love his sarcastic banter with Alex and the times when he’s actually serious with her, too. However, he’s kind of shady about some things and I don’t have good feelings about where it’s all going. I know that this series is now fully published and it’s been announced that Seth is getting his own spin-off series, so it’s pretty obvious that Seth and Alex don’t end up together. But I’m still hopelessly, foolishly Team Seth.
–Lux alert! At one point in time Alex tells Seth she doesn’t know if he likes her or if it’s just their connection. I had flashbacks to Daemon and Katie in Onyx.
-Even though I’m all about Seth, I feel like Aiden and Alex make a little more sense in this book than they did in Half-Blood. They don’t have a lot of time together, but the moments they have are sweet. It’s a little annoying that Alex believes him when he tells her he doesn’t have feelings for her like that, when he obviously does and is obviously just trying to protect her. We find out at a council session what happens when Pure-Bloods and Half-Bloods try to have a relationship and it’s definitely not pretty.
-RIP Caleb!!! I was so mad when he was killed by a daimon. I really liked his character and he was Alex’s only real friend. I’m interested to see who steps in to the best friend role in the next books.
-There’s a lot of time spent at Council and we get to see some of the politics. The Head Minister is super old school and thinks all half-bloods are worthless. He wants to see Alex put into servitude or killed off so she can never become the second Apollyon. There are a couple of attempts on Alex’s life that we never find out (yet) who’s responsible for, but it’s a good guess that it’s the Head Minister and his minions.
-There’s a lot of action towards the end of the book. There’s a daimon attack at the covenant where the council is being held and the furies are let loose to help destroy them – and Alex. I’m usually not a big fan of a lot of action, but I felt it was described pretty well here, with enough interaction between the characters to keep it from getting too overwhelming.
-Overall, I enjoyed Pure. I really liked the character development of Seth, though there’s still so much I want to know about him. I felt like it did a pretty good job of moving the plot along and focusing on character development and did not fall prey to the Second Book Curse. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.