Nov 1, 2013

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
(Covenant, #1)
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 281 pages
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.
There's a reason (actually there are quite a few) why I'm such a big Jennifer Armentrout fan. She adds snark to her characters that are lacking in a lot of other books. Alex is such a smart-ass, always joking and so much fun reading. She's the type of girl you'd want as your best friend. She's incredibly strong-in the sense that she can have everything going wrong in her life but you would never be able to tell looking at her.

My friend has been begging me to read this series for awhile now. It's not that I didn't want to, believe me, I did (I even had these books sitting on my shelf, signed and everything) but the problem was finding the time to read them. I finally caved and what better time than now? I won't have to wait in between books and can read the whole series straight through. I've never been able to do that so I'm glad it's this series I get to read straight through.

I read Daimon before starting Half-Blood, I wanted to read them in order, including the novellas (can I say how much I love how you can get the novellas in print; more publishers should offer this). What I loved about Daimon was it was a more in-depth look to what happened with Alex and her mother, Rachelle, while they were living in Miami, before all broke loose.

I love the idea that Pure-Bloods and Half-Bloods aren't allowed to mix, romantically. That Pure's think Half's are so beneath them, it's shitty but it's awesome. It gives this whole mystery to everything plus it gives Alex and the immensely good looking Aiden a problem. He's a Pure and she's a Half, there can't be any hanky panky between them or else they'll take it on Alex. But you know . . . rules are meant to be broken sometimes. Aiden is hot and sweet and nothing like I was expecting. He's a bad-ass but a reserved bad-ass because who knew they existed? They do. He's our proof.

I was waiting and waiting and waiting for a character named Seth to appear. I knew the main three characters going in to this series so I was curious to see what he was all about. Let me tell you . . . I was NOT disappointed. Oh man, I think I may like him best. It's too early to tell because I really, really love all these characters. All of them. I really love Caleb, too. Not in the sense of him with Alex or anything but as a character, on a whole. There was a scene in this book that I was literally holding my breath reading and it involved Caleb.

This is a love triangle in the making that I not only don't mind but one I'm really curious about and I cannot wait to read more of. It's kind of weird going in to this series already knowing some stuff but even though I know them I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. The story in this book is tough and I have mad respect for Alex. She's just so awesome I can't even put in to words how much I like her. She's going on my 'girl crush' list which is very small.

There are some really tough decision made in this book; ones that I would never be able to make but this is why I'm the reader - I don't have to be the one doing it. Do I agree with every decision? Absolutely not but hey, we got four more books to go.

I used to like the Greek Gods when I was younger but all the details I learned have become fuzzy over the years; it doesn't make me love books less that involve them, it actually makes me wish I remembered more. But I really do like the premise of this book and the Gods.

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