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Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
Title:  Half-Blood
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press
Publish Date:  October 18, 2011

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Thoughts:  Oh, how I loved this book!  It reminded me a lot of The Vampire Academy so if you liked that series, you are gonna love this one!

The book started out with a bang and had my attention from page 1 to page 280!  It was action packed right from the start and I really didn't want to put it down.  Considering I had a super busy weekend, this was especially hard. 

Alex has been hiding with her mother for 3 years from the Covenant.  When her mom falls prey to a daimon, Alex has to fight for her life and then is found by Aiden, one of the Covenant's Sentinels.  She is carted by to the Covenant, which is now under the direction of her uncle.  Her uncle is not thrilled to have her back and threatens to have her sent back to her step-father, Lucian but luckily Aiden steps up and offers to train Alex.  If she can get caught up in her training, she can stay at the Covenant once school starts in the fall and continue her training to be a Sentinel.  (See, kinda sounds like Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy right)?

I love the romance between Aiden and Alex.  Like Dimitri and Rose, it is forbidden and yet there is so much passion!  I felt their want and their need for each other but the fact that it was forbidden made it so conflicting and confusing.  I am hoping this will continue on through the next books. 

Aiden is hot!  Like Dimitri in the Vampire Academy, he is super controlled and serious.  He is so protective of Alex though and like I said earlier, the passion is amazing.  He is strong and comes to Alex's defense many times not to mention the fact that he saves Alex.

Seth is also a fun character.  He is also a confusing character.  I didn't know if there was going to be a romance between him and Alex or not.  I was surprised with the connection between Seth and Alex but enjoyed it all the same.  I can't wait to read more about him!

I also loved the Greek mythology in this story.  It was very different from anything else I have read and it was very easy to follow.  I was never lost or confused.  I loved the daimons, the Gods and the Pures and half-bloods. 

Again, this book was very similar to Vampire Academy but also very different.  If you loved Vampire Academy though, I am positive you will love this series as well.  The characters are fun, the ending is unpredictable and leaves you begging for more. 

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