Sunday, January 15, 2017

{Book Review} Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Arementrout
Published: October 18th, 2011 by Spence Hill Press
Series: Covenant #1
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 281

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.

I didn’t think it was possible to like a series by Armentrout more than I liked the Lux series, but this might just become my favorite series by her!  It is SO good!  I know a lot of people like this series and I am not sure why I waited so long to pick it up, but I am excited that I am now getting to experience this series for the first time.

The writing is just like all of Armentrout’s other books…addictive, amazing and fun.  The world building is great.  I like how intricate it is already and it is only book one!  I normally don’t find myself gravitating towards books that have Greek mythology, but it really added a great element to the story.  I also liked that there were so many twists and turns I never seen coming and I found myself staying up late to finish reading. 

The character development in this book was great.  I really liked Alex, but she did seem like the somewhat stereotypical heroine in these types of books.  She is sassy, strong, bottles up her emotions and makes rash decisions that end up putting her and the people she loves in danger.  Some of her decisions in this book did annoy me, but she had other redeeming personality traits that made her slowly grow on me.  I hope that in future books, she will not make as many rash decisions just to drive the plot forward. 

Aiden, the main romantic interest, was also somewhat stereotypical.  He was the quiet, brooding, protective type.  However, that is good for me since I really enjoy those characters.  However, I am really interested in Seth (the other romantic interest, maybe?).  I am excited to learn more about him in the next book and delve deeper into getting to know his history.

One thing I really LOVED about this book was the growing relationships.  I felt the friendship between Caleb and Alex was really sincere and heart-warming.  They were there for each other and their relationship never felt forced.  I also like the relationship between Aiden and Alex.  There was just so much angst, which I love!  I cannot wait to see how their relationship progresses.  They might even beat out my OTP of Katy and Daemon (which will be really hard to do!).

This book does get compared to Vampire Academy…a lot!  When looking over the book reviews to this book, all I see is readers comparing the two books.  I did read Vampire Academy about a year ago and I did not like it.  I never continued on with the series (yet) even though I have all the books.  I liked this book WAY better than Vampire Academy.  I can see the similarities, but there are tons of books that have similarities that I like both or one of the series.  I don’t think that the similarities should affect reader’s opinions on whether they pick this series up or not.  The writing is different and from what I hear, after book one, the series move in different directions.

Overall, I think that anyone and everyone would love this book.  If you have read Armentrout in the past, you will love it.  If you have not read Armentrout yet, you will love it.  I am really excited to keep reading this story and see where it goes.  I am also really excited to be able to read the spin-off series that Armentrout is currently writing that revolves around Seth and is NA!


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