Thursday 14 March 2013

Elixir Review

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

Picture the scene.  I’m working a night shift and it gets to my break so I start reading Apollyon (which I’d been dying to read) only to realise that I don’t know what the hell is going on.  That was when I remembered about Elixir, the short novella between Deity and Apollyon and got to work on it straight away.     Obviously, it goes without saying that if you haven’t read any of this awesome series yet, look away now or you will encounter spoilers. 

At the end of Deity, Alex reached her 18th birthday and connected with Seth.  His wants and desires became HER wants and desires and it was only a matter of time before Seth found her, drained her and became the God Killer.  AND THAT’S WHERE THE BOOK ENDED!!!!  Elixir picks up where Deity left off, only this time we see through the eyes of Aiden as the book is written in his point of view.  Alex appears to have had a personality transplant overnight and it’s a case of ‘oh, hello evil Alex, what a fun girl you are!’  I have to say that it was fantastic seeing this side to her, kind of like watching Alex’s evil twin take a turn in the spotlight with loyal Aiden, tortured, angst ridden Aiden waiting on the sidelines, refusing to give up hope that Alex will come back to him.  Le sigh.

As the book title suggests, the elixir plays a huge part in this story and you can guess what’s going to happen.  Aiden would do anything for Alex, even if it means making difficult decisions. Even if it means standing up to the Gods.  He’s one brave guy and he’s definitely head over heels for Alex, as if it wasn’t clear before, it definitely is now.      

Basically, the story all boils down to this - there’s a war brewing among the Gods and the only way to stop it is if Alex can break the connection. Alex is a tough girl and a fighter for sure but is she strong to enough to fight the connection taking over and consuming her?

I absolutely loved this novella and for such a short piece, I was surprised just how entertaining it was and how much information we got from it.  It was wonderful to see from Aiden’s perspective and while Seth was really nowhere to be seen, the absence of him was everywhere.  I am definitely ordering the paperback for my collection.  Five stars again for Ms Armentrout. 

Elixir was published on 27th November, 2012.  To find out more about Jennifer L. Armentrout and her books, please click here to visit her website.

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