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Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

August 22, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: October, 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Greek Mythology, YA
Pages: 281
Series: Covenant
    Daimon 
    Half-Blood
    Pure
    Deity
    Elixir
    Apollyon
    Sentitel

    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.

    Review:

         Half-Blood is the first book I've read by Jennifer Armentrout, and I'm in love with it. Let me just clear the air by saying that YES, Half-Blood does have some similarities to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead but it's only in the beginning. Halfway through the book, the story takes unexpected turns of events which makes it so much more exciting and entertaining.

         One of the things that made me love this book instantly was the use of mythology in a usual yet interesting way. I'm a huge fan of Greek mythologies, and the author did justice using it. I loved the world Ms. Armentrout created with pure bloods (Hematoi) and half bloods. Pures are the descendents of Gods and basically rule their entire race. Whereas, Halfs are the result of Pure-Human relation, and are the lowest in their food chain. Oh, how I felt bad with their slave/servant treatment, but of course there will be changes about that in the future. Know why? Because our main protagonist is a Half-Blood.

         Alex is the best heroin I've read in a long time. She's bad-ass, feisty, saucy, lovable, and just the most entertaining person. There is not one dull moment with her. She has a forbidden romance going on with her trainer, Aiden who is a Pure. He is like one of those goody go follow-by-the-rules kind of guy. He's nice enough but didn't leave a lasting impression on me. Oops. But there is someone who not only made my heart flutter but exploded it out of my chest. SETH. Love at first sight. Yes, it happened with him. I just fell irrevocably, irresistible and all that IR kind of love with him the moment he entered the auditorium. He just had this persona about him that can't be explained in words. Please Ms. Armentrout, don't let him turn out to be a jerk because it will simply break my heart.

         Ms. Armentrout writing is just brilliant. It makes me hold on to the story, and never let it end. The anticipation of what's going to happen next is always there. The other thing I like is the secondary characters. They are not there for the sake of the story but their characters are important and very well defined. I loved reading about Caleb, Deacon, and so many more. I wish Deacon gets a novella or something. I'd love to read more about his story. 

         Everything about this book is excellent. I can't wait to read about more Seth & Alex. This series has a really good potential, and is already one of the best I've read. I love it, and just can't recommend it enough. If you don't read it, then you are definitely missing out on something great.   


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