{Review/$200 Giveaway} ELIXIR by Jennifer Armentrout

A Backwards Story is happy to once again be a part of Stuck in Books' tour for Jennifer L. Armentrout as we get ready for the final book in the Covenant series, SENTINEL.

Today is Elixir Day!

Check out the tour schedule to see the list of events.

Spencer Hill Press is giving away a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of the winner's choice to not only stock up on amazing books, but to perhaps buy a Nook HD or Kindle Fire!
(Even in the opening line!!! Make sure you have finished reading DEITY!)

O P E N I N G   L I N E:

   ALEX CLENCHED THE TITANIUM BARS HONED BY Hephaestus and Apollo, amber-colored eyes burning with hate. But those eyes… they didn’t belong to Alex. 
   Alex’s eyes were warm and brown like good whiskey. I’d memorized those eyes the first time I saw them in that warehouse in Atlanta. This was a different creature entirely. 
   When we’d moved her to the safe house deep in Apple River, Illinois, we’d almost lost her. None of us, including me, had been ready for the full display of her power. If Apollo hadn’t finagled Hephaestus— the only god who could build something that could withstand the Apollyon—into creating a room to keep Alex in, we wouldn’t have been able to control her
(pg. 1, US e-book edition)
You can read ELIXIR in its ENTIRETY online for free!
Publisher Spencer Hill Press has made ELIXIR available as an .epub and .pdf!

Visit my review of HALF-BLOOD if you have yet to read this amazing series, or my review of PURE and DEITY if you're not yet ready for DEITY.  I've also reviewed her stand-alone novel, CURSED, and done a guest post with both Armentrout and cover designer Kate Kaynak on the Covenant series design!

Did you see today's guest post with Jennifer Armentrout where she talked about her favorite Halloween Memories?  Check it out!

If you haven't read HALF-BLOOD, PURE, and DEITY, turn back and stop reading this review right now!  Check out one of the above-linked reviews instead!

I was so excited to once again take part in a blog tour for Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant Series. I have been with this series since the very beginning with HALF-BLOOD. I have watched Armentrout become a best-selling author and soar high. I've been lucky enough to meet her, and next month, I'll repeat that pleasure. When I saw that a tour was being put together for the final book in the series, I knew I had to take part once more. This time around, everyone gets a day dedicated to one specific book. I chose ELIXIR because, for some reason, I never reviewed it last time around. Plus, it's the only full "book" in the series in Aiden's POV, which is amazing all by itself. Yet another reason was that today marks the one year anniversary of my tour stop last year with Armentrout and DEITY. What can I say? I like anniversaries! This week, I've been re-reading the entire series. I managed to save APOLLYON all this time, and will read it for the first time today...and then it's on to SENTINEL, which comes out Saturday!!!

What I love best about ELIXIR is that it's from Aiden's POV. Armentrout has given us chapters from his POV before (Visit her site to read them all!), but never an entire "book." By book, I mean novella, but it still counts. This is NOT a part of the story from Aiden's perspective like all the chapters were. Instead, it propels the story forward and moves it along. DEITY ended with Alex becoming the Apollyon she feared, completely lost to Seth. ELIXIR showcases the way everyone in Alex's life deals with her unwanted change of heart. She's become a shell of herself, and wants nothing more than to find Seth and let him take control for eternity. She is lost. Aiden will stop at nothing to find a cure that restores balance to the woman he's finally admitted to loving and save her from a horrible destiny. Instead, he wants to find a way out. The only way to do this, however, requires doing something that Alex would have hated and resisted. If it's a choice between the unthinkable and death, does Aiden really have a choice? He will save Alex at all costs, even if it destroys him along the way.

Just...Aiden! *fans* I have always been Team Aiden. Seth creeps me out. Aiden has far more control than anyone humanly should. Alex is, quite literally, his Achilles' Heel. He will do anything to save her, to protect her, especially now that he's finally given in to these urges. It was amazing going inside his head and seeing the lengths he'd go to protect her. It was often frustrating to know that there was so much more to Aiden than us readers (or Alex, for that matter), were privy to, and ELIXIR is a special treat for fans. ELIXIR is painful and full of angst, yes, but it also showcases the lengths of the relationship that has captured our hearts and promises hints at what's to come in the fight for survival.

There's also a lot more mythology infused in ELIXIR than has been present in previous books. New gods are introduced, and we're starting to get more answers that are just as jaw-dropping as the two revelations that came toward the conclusion of DEITY. I can't wait to see the mythology in store for us with APOLLYON and SENTINEL as the series comes to a powerful close this week!

And...that's all I can really say without getting too spoilery!

C O V E R   D E S I G N:

If you missed it before, check out my cover design interview with Armentrout and designer Kate Kaynak for concept art and info on how they came to the final designs you're seeing now!

I still like the feel of these covers, the way they're so cohesive.  I especially love the beauty of the flower adorning ELIXIR. It looks so fragile, so delicate. It's strong and beautiful, yet it can break so easily. It really reflects what's going on in this book with Alex!
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: Nov. 27, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Received: Free e-book

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.
#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.
Author Links:
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Spencer Hill Press is giving away a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository or any indie bookstore of the winner's choice to not only stock up on amazing books, but to perhaps buy a Nook HD or Kindle Fire.


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  1. This series sounds right up my bookshelf, so to speak. Can't wait to start this series.

  2. Whoop excited!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!


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