by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press Release date : October 18th 2011
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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 feel like I have a book crush on Jennifer Armentrout. I was introduced to her from a friend on Goodreads, who screamed at me for a long time to read Lux. (and honestly, that is still my favorite) Admittedly, I haven’t read ALL her books though but it seems like the more I read her books, the more my crush grows. To be honest, I was terrified to read this series because a lot of people have compared it to Vampire Academy. And it is. Like, a lot. I feel like my crush just did something nasty and I am backing away with my hands up. Sad, sad day my friends.
I hate to compare books. But there are times when two are just SO similar it’s crazy. I won’t bore you with just how similar these books are. I don’t really need to. Vampire Academy and Half Blood are two sides to the same coin. Different on the outside, yet bred from the same metal. Whew my metaphors are terrible.
OK. So, similarities aside, I thought Half Blood was awesome. Jennifer is a rock star writer. She has a wild imagination, she’s great at creating real characters that are awesome and equally flawed. The angst and heart pounding action. I am always sucked in. I really don’t know how she does it, but I will read anything she writes.
I loved the mythology in this one. It was fascinating and just fun to learn about. I was a little put off about the way the halfs were treated though. Everyone has something that effects them one kind of way; slavery and discrimination are two of mine. Especially since the halfs were RAISED this way. It’s sad and sickening.
Alex is a pretty bad ass girl. She’s tough, non nonsense and quite funny. She feels responsible for her mother’s death and the turn of events and feels responsible to right that wrong. She is selfless and brave (which makes her equally stupid too) and her love for her friends and mother was admirable.
I liked the slow building attraction/relationship between her and Aiden. I wasn’t put off by their age difference either. Their situation makes for some great angst and tension, but I loved it. Aiden is one of those… too perfect gents. Sweet and kind yet hard-core and bad ass. He looks past Alex’s defenses and really gets under her skin. I couldn’t find a single “flaw” in his character. But since he has that “too perfect” persona, that makes him flawed in my eyes. I did appreciate that he didn’t treat the halfs any different.
And just a note, I don’t like nor do I trust Seth. That is all I have to say about him.
Overall- Although the similarities to VA kind of irritated me, I thought this was a well written, interesting read. I got Pure through ARCycling so I am going to read that soon. Jennifer Armentrout fans and fans of mythology will adore this.
Vaguest review… ever.
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