Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review: Half-Blood



Half-Blood

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Release date: 18th October, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 281 (paperback copy bought by me)

Summary 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.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

First we have Alexandria (with whom I share my real name! Well, almost, hahaha) that is already kicking-ass in the first page. With her mother already dead by the daimons she keeps fighting with only one hope: to go back to the Covenant alive.
But she finds herself surrounded and when hope had left her body a voice, one she quickly remembers, tells her to duck. And she does it like a pro.
Her savior, Aiden, will soon become her personal trainer in a race against time that is going to decide if she becomes a Sentinel -and fight daimons in order to protect the pure bloods and her race- or become a servant (more likely slave) to a pure's house. Which, for a girl like her so strong and free, would be worst than hell.

But there's a secret about her and a prophecy (involving her mother's death) that might change her life completely. Or kill her in the process, the probabilities are very similar.

To complicate things even more Alex is attracted to Aiden but he is a pure blood and a relationship between them is strictly forbidden...
And then Seth appears in the picture... a very mysterious guy that will surely make the decision to choose between him and Aiden very difficult.

Personal Opinion:
Everything related to Greek gods is immediately added to my TBR. Of course Half-Blood was no exception. Before beginning the book I had read a lot of amazing things regarding this book and, to be honest, I was a little bit scared that my expectations were too high.

Thank goodness Jennifer did an AMAZING job.

Characters like Aiden, a swoon worthy hero, will make you melt from the very beginning. Not only because he is sexy, strong and a total fighter but because he believes in Alex and her potential to become one of the best Sentinels.
Did I mention he is hot? Those grey eyes and perfect abs deserve another mention.

And Alex... oh, what an amazing heroine. She has the potential, yes, but she also has a very human side that let us connect with her very easily. Despite all the struggles like her mother's death, the prophecy that made them leave the Covenant in the first place and the constant threat of her becoming a servant Alex fights to  overcome them all as best as she cans.

But as much as I liked them all my heart goes to Alex's best friend, Caleb. He is another half-blood training to become a Sentinel that is not only funny, caring and intelligent but also loyal. And I appreciate loyalty above all. He won't hesitate to put his life on the line for Alex, and the guy is not even in love with her which gives him a lot of points.

As for the plot I won't say it's very original but what I can say is that it won't disappoint you at all, I'm sure you will find yourself turning page after page and by the end of the book I hope you have Pure already in your TBR pile 'cause you are going to need it very badly!

I would recommend Half-Blood to people who like strong female characters, lots of fights and a story not too centered in romance. The dialogues are clever, the plot intriguing and well developed and the characters are believable which only improves the chances of you loving the series so don't hesitate and read it too :]

Alaiel's Rating:

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