Friday, February 15, 2013

Team Chat & Series Giveaway: Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today, WinterHaven Books is excited to share our team chat on the upcoming release of Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout along with an exciting SERIES GIVEAWAY!

Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Purchase Links: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.
Apollyon Review
Tina's Thoughts
I swear, I don't know how Jennifer L. Armentrout finds the energy to keep creating amazing books after amazing books. Someone needs to bottle it up and spread it around the world. Think of all the peace we can achieve. But in all seriousness, I've never met a JLA book I didn't like!

Apollyon proves to be another exciting installment in the Covenant series, bringing in more action and more romance then ever before, leaving us breathless and begging for the final conclusion.

I gotta tell ya, some of the hardest reviews I have to write are the ones that have to be spoil-free and the ones that I'm most passionate and excited about. Which are usually all of JLA books.

I always find myself struggling with the right words to convey how much I adored this book and this series, but without giving away to much. I am just such a fan of everything this women puts to pen and in complete awe of her never ending imagination and creativity. She plots in her evil mad genius ways and is an unflinching force when it comes to writing these remarkable characters. 

There is a lot that happens in this book, but not all of our questions were answered. The biggest questions are still to come for the last hurrah. Almost like Jennifer gave us yummy appetizers to sink our teeth into before the main course is revealed. And the best part? We aren't left hanging with our mouths open gasping for air. Evil cliffy be gone! 

Plot wise, everything gets stepped up a notch. Everyone is running around doing damage control and grasping at straws to figure out how to stop the First from destroying the entire world while trying to tame the Gods long enough for Alex to come out of the dark side and join the side of the sane. All the while Aiden is festering with guilt for putting Alex through one of her greatest fears. So in short, lot of drama, lots of angst and lot and lots of swoon worthy goodness all for our reading pleasure.

The mythology also takes a front seat in this book even more so then the previous ones. We get to see some new Godly faces and one of them shocked the Hades out of me! I've always been a huge fan of mythology and love the way Jennifer handles this lore. It's fun and unpredictable and it constantly keeps me on my toes.

All the characters are just so amazing. Some seemed to grow in new and different ways. The atmosphere is more dangerous and dire and it's like they can taste it in the air. They are all preparing for the best but also expecting the worse. For Seth fans, he's in this book...but he's not at the same time. And for Aiden fans, well, the man just keeps getting better and sweeter then ever. It's amazing to witness his playful and feisty side opposed to his ever present stubbornness and control. I laughed out loud at his protectiveness in this book considering who and what Alex is. So adorable!

Alex has always awed me, she's such an incredible protag and the perfect character to go on this journey with. Her laid back personality and sarcastic charm mixed with her kickass abilities is nothing short of brilliance.  We also get to see an old friend that leaves a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. Those scenes really add beautifully to the story line.

As for the romance, well, lets just say those were my favorite moments and I gave each scene an extra read three or five times before moving on. It was just so dame sweet and curl-your-toes romantic that I couldn't get the stupid-grin off my face. Loved will never be a strong enough word.

And last but not least, the ending might not have ended on a cliffhanger, but it was a different kind of brutal that was very hard to read. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.

Bottom line, with the risk of sounding like a broken record on repeat, I absolutely loved this book. The Convent series is one of the most addicting and heart pounding books I ever read. It's fun and funny and I always find myself bouncing with pure joy when ever I get a chance to read these books early and end up with the hugest grin on my face and a big pit of worry in my belly when it's all said and done.

This is the stuff that makes reading, magic!  Action punched and pulse pounding madness. Apollyon is the forth installment in the covenant series and the best one to date. It will have you on your knees begging for the final book; Sentinel!!
Team Chat on Apollyon (Covenant #4) Book
1.Was Apollyon everything you hoped for?
Amber: That and more! I took my time and savored the story as I didn't want it to end. I just love Aiden (yes, I am Team Aiden the whole way!) So much happens in this book which really made it hard to put down.

Arlene: Absolutely!! There was so much action and romance that when I wasn't wiping the steam from my glasses, I was falling off my chair in excitement. I really enjoyed this installment as it leaves a good amount of conflict resolution needed for the final book, yet at this point I really feel like the characters have come so far. Great installment and I can't wait for the final book!

2. Is Jennifer still in time out?
Crystal: You bet your bookies she is!  Yes Apollyon wasn't a huge cliffy like Deity but it was still painful!  I have a feeling with so many books being released this year she will stay in time out for a long long time =P

Tina: Haha, well, she did give us an epic ending that didn't involve an evil cliffy for this book, so I guess she can come out. IF she continues to play nice;-)

3. Were you surprised by the ending?
Amber: Oh yes! And...I will leave it at that.

Crystal: I was totally blindsided by it.  I never would have thought the story would go in that direction, but it was a brilliant move by Jennifer and it added a whole new depth to the already amazing storyline.


4. Team Aiden, Team Seth or Team Leon? Has your Team changed since the first book?
Arlene: ~sigh~ I've been Team Seth from the beginning, but HOT.DAMN!! Aiden and Alex are amazing together!! At this point, I just want Seth to be okay. I still have a soft spot in my heart for him, but you can't deny chemistry and love, even I know that. :)

Tina: Nope, Team Aiden all the way baby!

5. If there was a spin off planned which character would you like to see take the lead? (Hint Hint Jennifer!)
Amber: Oh man! Tough question!!! Gah! I love the idea of a spin off though. I'm game!! As far as a character...I'm gonna have to agree with Tina on that. I think introducing a new characters, same world.

Tina: That's a hard question since I'm not sure how Jennifer is gonna end these books. But I wouldn't mind seeing a companion to the series. New characters, same world. Could be great.

6. Do you think there is any saving Seth?
Arlene: I sure hope so!!! I'm wearing his shirt, aren't I? I tend to be loyal to the characters I fall for and as long as he doesn't do something ridiculously stupid, I'll still wave his flag and root for his team. I just think he's conflicted and confused right now, so if JLA wants to send him over to me for a well needed hug... I'm here. :)

Crystal: I am with Arlene, I really hope there is hope.  He is such a great character and even though he has done some pretty messed up things he doesn't deserve to be cast off just because he has outside influences using him.  I want so very badly for him to have some kind of a HEA.  I no longer think it will be with Alex, but I have seen several characters (Adrian anybody) that have gone through this same type of situation being the other guy and they always come out okay.  He definitely needs a hug lol! 

7. What was your favorite scene in Apollyon?
Amber: These questions are tough. There were so many scenes that I loved. I'm going to say the scene where Aiden and Alex have a conversation between the bars (that is all I'm saying. Can't give the goodies away) He basically told her he would never give up on her. His unconditional love just blew me away in this book. (BTW that is on page 13)

Arlene: I'd like to call it the "pool of desire" in the underworld. That was WOW!! I hit the replay button on that scene a few times. LOL

Crystal: My favorite would have to be when Alex snaps out of her "my Seth" fog.  Even though I love Seth and all that whole My Seth thing was too much for me and when she had the "AHA" moment it was awesome.  I also liked when Apollo kept popping in on Alex and Aiden lol!  That man cracks me up!

Tina: The scene question is always the hardest to answer for me. I love ALL the Aiden scenes. Period. There are so many that are completely swoon-worthy I'm melting just thinking about it. But I also liked when they went to the underworld.

8. Which book did you pick to giveaway and why?
Amber: I'm giving away Deity (Covenant, #3) I loved the action and the scene we all had been waiting for (coughs) and that whopper of an ending, of course this was an easy decision for me!

Arlene: I'm giving away a copy of Half-Blood (Covenant #1). I loved that book!! It's the first in the series, and that's where my fandom began for Jennifer L. Armentrout. The book was fun and addicting and after reading the fourth installment, I'd like to stay that book one set the pace, but Armentrout had no issues in keeping the momentum going with the rest of the series.

Crystal: I am giving away Pure (Covenant #2).  This book really took the series to a whole new level and this one is where I fell in love with Seth.  I really fell into Pure and I don't think I have stopped falling yet. Jennifer is brilliant and this whole series needs an award like right now!

Tina: I decided to give away the Apollyon ARC. Fans will want to get their hands on this book early and who am I to deny them? Hehe. But seriously, it's an amazing installment to the series and I want a lucky fan to be able to get their hands on it as soon as possible:)

Last, but certainly not least, WinterHaven Books is giving away the first four books of this series including our ARC to one lucky follower. Simply fill out the rafflecopter and tell us what you like most about this series, or if you haven't read it, what caught your attention. Good luck!!
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136 comments:

  1. Well I've only read Half-Blood recently, but I just bought Pure and Deity and I can't wait to get into them. I love JLA! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. Your in for a real treat, I wish I could re-discover these books again. So much fun!:)

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  2. I love Jennifer L.A!
    In Spain is becoming well known for his books.
    I love drawing, but I wonder if international (hope so!)

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    1. Yes, it's international:) Good luck!

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    2. Wow, THANKS!! :)
      Greetings from Spain!

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    3. And my favorite book is Obsidian! (in Spain has just published the first book, for now), but also loved covenant.

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  3. I really love Elixir, I love it when it's the guy's point of view :)

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    1. I tend to favor male pov's as well and Aiden was amazing in Elixir:D

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  4. I still haven't read the series but hope to get to them soon

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  5. So far, my favorite one is Deity. LOVED the "twists" and action in that. Elixir comes in close second. Can't wait for Apollyon!

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    1. The cliffy killed me in Deity and so much emotion in Elixir. Good picks!

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  6. I haven't read this series yet, but what drew me to wanting to read them is the GORGEOUS covers! :D Thanks for this giveaway - hopefully it's international. :)
    Happy Reading!

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    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd

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    1. The colors are amazing on those covers!! And yes, it is international:D

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  7. Deity! I love them all though!

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  8. I have not read any by Jennifer but i would like to

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  9. I've been wanting to read these foreeeever. I've read the Lux series and I've heard nothing but good things about the Covenant series :) Awesome giveaway!

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    1. I hope you get to read these books soon. The Lux series is another JLA great!! Love all her books:D

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  10. I have these on my "want to read" list because we cannot get them in Canada. Would LOVE to win them!!!

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    1. I hear ya! I'm from Canada to and have to order them from The Book Depository. Great store btw. Good luck:)

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  11. Love love love this series and can't wait for Apollyon!!
    Deity was my fave ... Or else Elixir I loved seeing Aidens pov!!

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    1. That seems to be the two main favorites lol. They were mine to, but I really did love them all:D

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  12. Shame on me I haven;t read the series yet :( It looks great, I mean the series is everyone's favorite!!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read them. They really are a blast to read:)

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  13. Unfortunately, I've only just recently read the first book in the series, shame on me, 'cause I absolutely loooved it and dying to read the rest of them.
    Thanks for an awesome giveaway! :)

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    1. It's not always easy to get these books so I totally get that. Glad you enjoyed the first and hope you continue to like the rest. Good luck:)

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  14. Probably Deity! Though I'm still rooting for Seth. >.>

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    1. Deity was awesome!! I still have high hopes for Seth myself;)

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  15. I have only read Half-Blood so far.. so I'll have to say it's my favorite, at least for now. When I get a little time off from all the school things I have to do I would definitely read the next books 'cause I keep hearing good things about them.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  16. My favorite hmmm. I don't have one they all are my favorites

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  17. I'd say my favourite is Deity, followed by Elixir. Yes, I am Team Aiden all the way and have been since the beginning.

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  18. I have read Half-Blood, and Pure. I really can't say which is my favorite. I like them both for different reasons.

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    1. Each book brought in something amazing so I know what you mean:)

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  19. I think my favorite would have to be Elixir! I'm Team Aiden and I loved seeing what was going on in his head during that difficult time. Elixir seriously made me like Aiden even more.

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    1. Elixir was a wonderful treat for Team Aiden fans. I loved getting inside his head too. Good luck!:)

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  20. My favorite is Deity because of all the battle scenes, and especially THAT scene because I'm Team Aiden <3 !

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    1. I know THAT scene lol and I totally agree! Aiden all the way!:)

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  21. I haven't read this series yet, but I am excited to!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance. Addicting stuff:)

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  22. I haven't started the series yet, but it is on my to read list and I am so excited to start it.

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  23. I haven't read these yet, but look forward to reading them. They've been on my TBR list for some time. Thanks for the chance to win! :)
    B

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  24. Uh Deity? Yes? That ending killed me and i NEED Apollyon XD

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  25. I haven't read any of them ;-;

    Hopefully that changes with this giveaway!

    Thanks for the chance.

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  26. Awesome giveaway!! Haven't yet read this series but love the Lux series (:

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  27. I didn't get to this series yet, but I absolutely love her other books. Thank you!!

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  28. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I haven't read this series but I'm dying to :) Thanks for the fun post!

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  29. Cheers for the giveaway. I think my favourite book was Deity. It was awesome :)

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  30. I haven't read this series, but I LOVE her Lux series.

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  31. I haven't read this series yet, but I recently finished all the books that are available in the Lux series and loved them, so I would love to check these out.

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  32. I haven't read the series yet, but what caught my attention was the blurb for Half blood:)Can't wait to read them!Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. I haven't read this series, but it is definitely on my list of books to read!

      Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

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      kornsl@yahoo.com

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  33. I haven't read it yet. It's definitely on my TBR list though! :D

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  34. I never read this series yet, but I hopefully will soon! I did read Jennifer's Lux series though.

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  35. I love them all! I can't pick a favorite.

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  36. I haven't read this series but all this talk makes me want to. I read the Lux series.

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  37. I haven't read this series yet, but it's definitely on my MUST-READ list :D

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  38. My favorite so far is Deity because Aiden finally gave in!

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  39. I don't know because I haven't read any of the series yet! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  40. I have not read this series yet...yet. thank you for the giveaway!!

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  41. Hard to say, since I love all these books so much! I'd say either Pure or Deity, but I think after I read Apollyon I'll change my mind :P
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. Definitely Deity!! :)

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  43. I haven't read this series yet. It's been on my TBR list though. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  44. I haven't read them yet, but they look really good!

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  45. I haven't started this series yet but I can't wait to read them!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. These books have been on my TBR list for some time but I still haven`t had the chance to start the series.
    Thanks for making it INT! :)

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  47. Thanks for the Chance to win.Happy Reading All !

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  48. I haven't started reading the series yet! Thank you for the international giveaway! :)

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  49. I Adore this series :) I cant decide Between Deity and Apollyon, Both books are perfect. I love how JLA always manages to surprise me

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  50. I havent read any of this series but they are on my wishlist!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  51. I haven`t read books yet butdefinitely will. I heard that guys in books are swoon worthy.:) Thanks!!

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  52. My favorite so far is Deity. I just loved how Alex has grown as a person. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Brittany S

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  53. My favorite was Deity. Loved it:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. My favorite would have to be Half Blood because it was this book that got me addicted to all things JLA!

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  55. I love Pure or Deity the best, not sure which one:p Love them all! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  56. I haven't read this series yet, but I really want to because EVERYONE keeps talking about it! Thanks for the amazing giveaway :D

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  57. I don't have a favorite, because I haven't read them yet. But the cover of the first book is my favorite. :)

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  58. Pure!!! I loved all of them, but really Seth infuriated me a lot in Deity!!! So yeah my favorite one is Pure...oooh Aiden *sobs*

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  59. Half-Blood is my favorite book in the series.
    Thanks for the giveaway : )

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  60. I love them all! If I have to choose I think I loved Pure the most!

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  61. I've only read Half-Blood and Pure so far, so Pure is my fave.

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  62. I think my favorite book is Deity. It was just such an epic book and I love what happens between Aiden and Alex.

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  63. Great review and I loved the team chat:) I haven't read the series yet but I really like to read mythology book the awsome review and team chat caught my attention for the covenant series most definitely got to check it out and also I would love to read a book by JLA I desperately want and trying to get her Lux series as well because I heard great reviews on it thanks for the great givaway!

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  64. I have yet to read this series, but I am in love with jennifer's Lux series! If it's anything like those book, I'm sure I'll love this series :)

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  65. I loved Deity because of Alex and Aiden.

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  66. I love this whole series, it's like one massive saga to me instead of many separate books seeing as they always end on massive cliff hangers! So it's impossible to pick one favourite :)

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  67. I haven't read any of JLA's books, but I have heard such amazing things about them. I'd love the opportunity to try them out for myself.

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  68. Haven't read the series, didn't know about the series till coming here! Would love to win the giveaway so I can read them! They sound amazing.
    Jenna_bearden_10152005(at)yahoo.com

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  69. I have not read the series yet, but I want to so badly!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  70. I have not read it yet so no favorite yet. Hopefully that is fixed soon.

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  71. I haven't read this series yet! I know I'm behind on all of Jennifer's series.

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  72. Deity! Each book keeps getting better and better! But in Deity Aiden and Alex are finally together!

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  73. Deity! Even though I'm still kinda sorta love Seth, Aiden was to amazing to not fall in love with in Deity.

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  74. I haven't read any, but I've heard great things about this series!

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  75. Deity, definitely. I love that one! Thanks so much for this giveaway :D

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  76. I haven't read the series yet, but it is definitely next on my to-read list! I'm also a sucker for love interests named Aiden, so I'm pretty excited!

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  77. My favorite is Deity bc of the scene in Aiden's house!

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  78. I haven't started it yet, but if I win, I'll let you know!

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  79. I have only read Half-Blood so far and I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to read the rest of the series =D I also love these Team Chat's its fun to see everyone's different opinions!

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  80. Haven't read anything by JLA yet but I've heard so much!!!!

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  81. I LOVED Deity the best so far! :)

    -jennyC

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  82. I haven't read the series yet but I do want to... Unfortunately, it's not sold here... =(

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  83. What I like most + what caught my attention about the Covenant series? AIDEN ^.^

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  84. Have yet to read them. I was waiting for Apollyon to do a marathon. This contest could be an excellent solution for me.

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  85. My favorite is Elixir- I love Aiden
    -Leah Pough

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  86. I haven't read it yet, but I really really want to!(:

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  87. I've just started reading the Half Blood ebook and it sucked me in. My first entrance to the writing style of Jennifer was with The Lux series. That was the first YA pnr fiction book that got me addicted again into reading YA books. Though I haven't finish the Half-Blood but I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be addicted and read through the series this week lol I just frikkin love her writing style. She writes solid characters that really stand out among other books I read.

    I so want to have the covenant series on paperback cos the covers mesmerized me but cannot afford all of them at once cos I'm still a student under budget. I should prioritize my $ for college books. So this giveaway is such a bliss XD Thank you so much for taking yr time to held this giveaway <3

    -Anjani

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  88. I haven't yet read the series. They are on my TBR mountain. I've heard a lot of good stuff about them though.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. I love all of these books, but it I had to pick one above the rest it would be Pure.

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  90. As always, great review. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  91. I haven't read any from the series! Hopefully I win!

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  92. Deity is definitely my favorite from this series.

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  93. Pure is my favorite because it is the last book before everything CRAZY happens. And Seth is still a good guy in Pure... :)

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  94. I haven't read this series yet, but I've been wanting to for a long time!

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  95. I haven't read any books in this series but I would love to!

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  96. I love The Covenant series. And so far I like Deity, it's really a cliffhanger! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  97. I absolutely love the Lux series (holding off on reading book three until four is out). I haven't had a chance to start this series yet, but it looks fantastic! Thank you for hosting this giveaway:-)

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  98. I haven't read any of them yet, but I really want to!! :)

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  99. I have read so many incredible things about these books and have been dying to read them but I really wanted to wait until Apollyn was closer to coming out because the memory part of my brain is damaged and I didn't want to forget what happened in the first 3 books before I read it!

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  100. So far my favourite it Deity because of...things ;)

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  101. Actually I haven´t read this series, but I´m so excited! :) Definitely I´d like to read them. It´s been on my to-read shelf for so long.
    By the way - thanks for the giveaway =)

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  102. I have not read the series yet but I really would like to. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  103. I haven't read this yet, but I am pretty sure I will because I've heard great things about this series :D

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  104. As with any great read, it always ends too soon. Now the wait for sentinel. I can't wait to see how it will end. I miss the characters already.
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