Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sentinel Tour: Elixir Day with Mini Interview, Review, Giveaway, and Favorite Quotes


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer Armentrout.  The tour is hosted by Stuck in Books.  You can see the full tour schedule here.    Today is Elixir Day on the tour.  If you are familiar with series then you are aware that Sentinel will be the last book, which is bittersweet for fans because we are dying to see what happens and how things play out, while at the same time being really sad that the series is ending.  My stop today features my review of Elixir, a kicking tour-wide giveaway, a mini-interview with Jennifer as she answers some questions about Elixir, and some of my favorite quotes and dream cast for the characters.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Elixir (Covenant 3.5)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published:  November 27, 2012
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press

Book summary for Elixir:

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.

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My Thoughts - (If you haven't read the series up through Deity you may want to skip this part):  Elixir picks up immediately following the events that occurred at the end of Deity and is told from Aiden’s point of view.  Alex has awakened and is now a full fledged Apollyon.  Despite their attempts to prevent the connection with Seth, it has happened anyway and Alex is now connected with the first, amber-colored eyes, attitude, and all.  This is heartbreaking for the pure-blood Aiden St. Delphi.  Just when he and Alex had really found each other and their relationship was where fans of the series had been dying to see it go, when looking at Alex, it’s Seth’s eyes that now look back at Aiden.  Deep down Aiden knows and believes that Alex is in there and he is determined to do whatever it takes to bring her back out and protect her from harm, and she’s a real heifer in this book, so you know Aiden’s got to love her to put up with her.  For me, I have always loved Aiden St. Delphi, but he has remained somewhat of an enigma thus far, with each installment in the series giving you more and more glimpses into this really hot Sentinel.  Well, in Elixir, you get to get inside Aiden’s head and really get to know him up close and personal, enabling you as the reader to connect with him and see first hand how he thinks, how he feels about his family, and how he feels about Alex. 

I am now and forever will be Team Aiden.  I came to really like Seth in Pure, but Aiden has won my heart once and for all.  Another one of my favorite characters from the series that we get to see a good bit of in Elixir is Deacon St. Delphi, and I just adore him.  Lea, Luke, Solos, and Marcus all have a part in this novel, and then of course there is Apollo.  Elixir is a short novella, but it really adds a lot to the series and I would definitely encourage reading it because of the insight it gives you into Aiden St. Delphi and the events that take place after Deity and prior to Apollyon - and I'm pretty sure you'll love end up loving Aiden even more after you read it. 
Author bio:
# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Jennifer Armentrout talks about Elixir:

For JLA – After writing the series from Alex’s POV, what challenges did you face writing from Aiden’s POV in Elixir?  It was hard to get into Aiden’s head because he was more of a challenge to write than I anticipated.

For Alex – Um…seriously girl, if I ever hear “My Seth” again, I may puke.  Is there anything about that time that you want to remember?  No.  Well, except Aiden because he believed in me. 

For Aiden – Where does your strength come from? Standing up to Alex and even the Gods, you were a rock during Elixir.  How did you do it?  It was all for Alex.  I love her and I wasn’t giving up.

For Seth – During the time where you didn’t know where Alex was, what were you doing to find her?  Everything.  I was gonna find her.
I shook my head. “Alex, you have to be in there. I know you. My heart would not be beating if you were truly gone.” Dropping onto the mattress, she growled. “Gods, isn’t that just so sweet? My heart is all aflutter.”

"Need is not love Alex."

Forcing myself to break eye contact with Alex, I turned to Marcus. His eyes were glazed over and vacant. He was seconds away from spilling our location. I placed my hand on Marcus’ shoulder. He blinked, and then swore. “Is it just me or is she getting better at that?” Alex giggled, and it sounded off, reminding me of that creepy little boy in Pet Cemetery. The one who had ran around killing people with a scalpel.

“We are not going to harm Alex,” I snarled, lifting the Sentinel onto the tips of his boots. “We aren’t going to touch a hair on her head. Do you understand me?” 
Solos’ eyes bugged. “I know you love her—”
“You don’t know shit. You sure as hell don’t know the lengths I will go to keep her safe.” I dropped him and he slumped against the wall. “And if that means killing one half-blood to make sure nothing happens to her, I won’t hesitate.”


“I know you can do it,” I said. “I know you have that strength in you, because that’s what I love about you most. Your strength is admirable— beautiful. It is who you are. And what you’ve become is not you.” “Love?” she repeated the word as if it were foreign to her tongue. My chest tightened and the words spilled out of my mouth before I could stop them. And dammit, I begged—something I’d never done before. “Please come back to me, Alex. Please. I love you too much to lose you.

“Dear gods, Alex, can you stop fighting me for a damn second?” She opened her mouth, but I placed my other hand over her lips. “Don’t say something smartass. You have no idea what kind of shitty night I’ve had.”

I finally understood why Paris had risked his country and his blood for Helen. Selfish, yes, but I understood. I would burn down the world if that meant Alex would be safe.

The gods wanted war? They were about to get it.


Two narrow shadows crept along the wall of the hallway, and I was sure the two thought they had James Bond stealth. More like two of the Three Stooges. How long had they been standing outside the room, and was I going to strangle them both? Possibly. I stepped out. Deacon jumped back, knocking into an equally unprepared Luke.
“Which god was here?” There was no reason to keep that a secret. “Dionysus.” “Dude? Are you serious?” Deacon looked crestfallen. “He’s like my favorite god of all time."  “Why doesn’t that surprise me?” Luke muttered. And it didn’t surprise me either. Even though Deacon had substantially cut back on the drinking, he could easily be mistaken for Dionysus’ soul-twin.

“You’re doing okay, Aiden. Better than most would do in this… situation.” “Thank you.” I smiled, shifting my bundle. “So are you.” “I know.” Deacon grinned. “I’m just awesome.” “And modest.” I stopped in front of him, lowering my chin.

“I like Marcus.” Alex stood and drifted over to me.
Deacon arched a brow. “Now, that’s odd…” “Deacon,” I warned. Alex smiled up at me, holding a bishop in her hand. “Checkmate?” He chortled. “Good gods, she’s like Rain Man.”


Luke shook his head. “Honestly, considering how screwed-up everything is right now? With Evil Alex locked up in the basement and a war brewing, keeping us safe isn’t a top priority. We should know what’s going on. We could help.” 

I haven’t seen her, but I’ve heard her. We’ve all heard her. And the gods know that she and I have never been friends, but Alex—she never would’ve said the things I’ve heard her yelling. That isn’t her.”........Lea

                                                            
“We’ll find a way.”
“And if we don’t?” Solos shot back, shaking his head. “Do we let her out of the cage so she and Seth can go all Bonnie-and-Clyde on the world? Or do we let her rot in the basement and starve to death?”

Solos still stared. “Aiden has gone Rambo on us.”

“What are you getting at, Apollo?” He tilted his head to the side. “The kind of love you hold for Alex is admirable, but I’ve seen this love before. It has brought down entire civilizations. Need I remind you of Troy?” “Is this a history lesson?” His eyes flashed. “Okay. We won’t talk about the glaring elephant in the room, Aiden.”

Apollo stopped short, blond eyebrows shooting up. “Did she just hide behind you?” I glared at the god. “She’s not the same. You know that.” He blinked all-white eyes. “I know. It’s just unexpected. She’s like a little nymph or something.”

No one moved for a while, and then Marcus strolled forward, clapping a hand down on my shoulder. “We’ve got your back, Aiden. We’ve also got Alex’s.”



And a few more of the characters in the series that have made it what it is, Seth of course, Olivia, and Laadan:
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11 comments:

  1. I love all those quotes from the novella! And it's totally my favourite novella ever. So freaking excited for Sentinel omg :D

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    Oh Aiden - there's just something about you that makes us all wanna give you a huge hug!!

    Love the quotes, and the casting photos:)

    Thank you:)

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  3. I haven't started this series yet so I'll have to come back to your review, but this post is AWESOME! Holy hot Aiden pics!! I have got to bump this series to the very top of the reading list! Thanks so much for sharing, Ellen!!

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  4. I love this series and can not wait for Sentinel. It will be bittersweet for sure. I really hope Alex and Aiden get their HEA!!

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  5. I've the character casting choices. Great job, Ellen!

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  6. I really suck, I've only read the first book! Love the character casting choices!

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  7. I loved Elixir and how gorgeous is that cast! I really enjoyed the quotes. So very excited for Sentinel.

    Thanks for sharing Ellen! :)

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  8. This is one series that I really want to start, I'm waiting for my library to have them all. :) Thanks for sharing the interview and the great review too.

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  9. Wow! Those pictures really catch a girl's eye and keep her attention! Great choices, especially Aiden. His eyes... damn! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! LOVE your books!!

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  10. I only heard wonderful things about this series :)
    Great post,looking forward to read this series :)

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