August 25, 2014

Review ~ Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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.

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Half-Blood is one of those books that will make you want to crawl inside the book and partake in the adventures of the characters. I found it very hard to put this book down because my attention is fixed on the story as if looking away for a moment will make me miss something good. It is highly intoxicating.

The Hematois are the Pure-bloods, children of demigods. They are the royal bloods of the covenants and assaulting them is simply forbidden. Half-bloods are the children of Hematois and mortals, and they are forever under the Pures’ thumbs. They are not given the choice to do as they please. For them, it is either become a Guard/Sentinel or fall in servitude for life. Either way, they are to serve the Pures and nothing else. Pures are not particular to Half-Bloods because 1) they are taught to be superior over Half-Bloods their whole lives and 2) Half-Bloods and Pure-Bloods are forbidden to be together because “it will taint a Pure’s blood”. Daimons are Pures who succumbed to aether. They hunt Pures to drain the aether in their bloods. They are the only danger the covenant faces, or so they thought.

The plot is carefully thought out and beautifully written. Everything has significance, and the events are very engaging. I like this Greek myth unique spin-off. It is adventurous, action-packed and romantic.

Alex’s character is very entertaining. She’s the badass character that I’m looking for in every read. She’s funny, sarcastic, smartass, and brave. I like the “tone” of the whole book because Alex’s snide comments are very entertaining. She’s also stupid, stubborn, and at times bad-tempered. She dives headfirst into dangerous territories, but that is part of her charm. She’s one of those badass characters whose stupid decisions might lead to World war III, but then she can also save the day. She is a very strong female lead.

Aiden is your typical good-boy hero. He’s hot, hot, and hot. (Have I mentioned hot?) He’s a natural leader and a very good strategist, which I guess comes from being a Sentinel. He’s one of the Pures who thinks Half-Bloods are their equals. This guy is the typical brainy, hot, and badass hero who doesn’t know how to smile. When you get to really meet him throughout the book, he is also sweet and funny.

I don’t feel Seth’s character. He’s like Alex in many ways—stubborn, sarcastic, bad-tempered—but there is just something about him that didn’t quite reach me. He’s the self-centered character every book has to have.  Being the Apollyon, though, I’d like to have his abilities.

Caleb is a very strong secondary character, and I have a bad feeling about this because strong secondary characters tend to die in books. I really hope I see him throughout the series.

I enjoyed Armentrout’s unique writing style. I like it that she put very distinctive differences in her characters. She’s one of those authors who can’t seem to write in a bad way even if she tried.

I super loved this book. I guess it’s a good thing this is a part of a series because I can’t get enough.

~ Zee


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