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July 21, 2014

Review: Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.
It's no secret that I've loved JLA's writing ever since Half-Blood first released back in 2011. The wait time between sequels has always been painful, but that definitely applied tenfold for Sentinel. I'd been eagerly awaiting (and honestly, mildly dreading) a chance to find out what happens to Alex and Aiden for ages, and now that I know, let me tell you--ecstatic doesn't even begin to describe my feelings.

Alexandria Andros is easily one of my all-time favorite protagonists. She's got so much sass, a wit that always keeps me amused, and I don't think I even need to bother repeating what a badass she is. At the same time, she's every bit as relatable as a female character in, say, a contemporary novel. The fact that Alex is a skilled fighter in no way dismisses the fact that she is a somewhat flawed, extremely real individual. The same can be said for her love interest, somewhat-broody-but-still-gorgeous, stormy gray-eyed Aiden St. Delphi. These two balance each other out perfectly, and I absolutely love that they have so much belief in the strength of their bond that they no longer feel the need to hide it, even in a world where their relationship is essentially forbidden.

Sentinel is quite literally everything I wanted in a concluding novel and more. It's almost as if JLA has perfected the art of balancing romance with action, of countering lightheartedness with drama. I have so much respect for the fact that she's not afraid to break her fans' hearts a little bit by making us say goodbye to some characters and forget how to breathe when others are teetering between life and death. I even found myself cheering for Seth, who I could not stand from the very beginning, after he very selflessly managed to redeemed himself in this book.

While I'm genuinely sad to say goodbye to Alex and Aiden, there really couldn't have been a better ending to a truly amazing series. I can't wait to read more from this author, especially when one of my other favorite couples--a certain Kat and her hot alien boyfriend Daemon--are involved!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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