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..
This 80-page novella is a bridge between Deity and Apollyon and is told exclusively from Aidan’s point of view. This is our first trip inside his head and he’s everything I thought he would be and more. I love his devotion to Alex, even if it means starting a war with the gods. While it’s not critical to read Elixir before Apollyon, its fun to see it unfold rather than summarized after the fact.
Alex is being held captive to keep her from Seth and from becoming the Apollyon early. She lashes out at everyone as she and Seth share their freaky mind-melding capabilities. Alex doesn’t know where she’s being held, which is the only reason Seth hasn’t come to her. Aiden will do anything to protect her and prevent the others from putting her on the elixir, the one thing that terrifies her most. But when things go from bad to worse, there may not be anything he can do to prevent Apollo from doing just that.
Although it is a novella, there is a lot going on with this plot. It is Jennifer L. Armentrout afterall. As with her novel-length books, she tells a compelling story, builds to a pulse-pounding climax, and mixes in some sweet, romantic moments. One of the things I like most about Elixir is that Aiden sounds like Aiden and not a guy’d up version of Alex. That was always my problem with Daemon’s point of view in the Lux series, the inside of his head just sounded too much like a more profane-laced Katy. That’s not the case here. Aiden is his own person, with his own thoughts and his own expressions.
The character development of Aiden is my favorite part of Elixir. He’s conflicted about so many things, but not his feelings for Alex. Even though their romance is forbidden with a capital F seven font sizes bigger than a regular f, he’ll do anything to save her. Watching Alex transform from a Seth-possessed demon child to an elixir-intoxicated dingbat through Aiden’s eyes is heartbreaking, but incredibly well done.
Elixir, while a novella, is really well done and worth the read. While you don’t have to read it to finish the series, you’ll be glad you did.
Series: Covenant Series #3.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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