Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published: October 18, 2011


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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I started this book because I've read the DAIMON, the prequel, eons ago and I loved the cover. I wasn't very sure because I'm a huge fan of the Lux series and I thought this one was going to dissappoint me. And honestly I thought it was about witches lol (what??? the covenant thing confused me! and I didn't read the blurb until I read "Daimon")

Anyway, once I grab it, I didn't put it down. J.L.A has an incredible ability to pull you in the story from the first chapter. She just has a special gift to do it.
She makes each book so easy to read and fast paced.
And every chapter's end is amazing. I just couldn't stop reading.

Alex, our protagonist has been in the human world for the past 3 years. Her mother decided to escape the Covenant and she doesn't know why. But after some events that you can read about in the prequel, she comes back.

She is extremely difficult and childish. She has a really bad attitude that acomplishes nothing. 
At the same time, she is funny and you can see how much she grows by the end of the book and through the whole series.

"I was going to make it -I had to make it. I'd be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this craphole"

Caleb is so sweet and caring. A great friend, I liked their pranks. 
Also, I like the rivalry she has with Leah. We see a little of Olivia, Deacon and Luke which are amazing supporting characters. Each with a rich world and personality.

Aiden... he is a pure... he is forbidden... oh cr*p!  He is just amazing. Loyal, sweet under the tough looks, he is protective of her. 

Kostas Martakis - My Aiden

I particularly liked the way their feelings for each other grow. It's slow and tender. I liked the way it unfolded. My heart was jumping out of my chest. As always in Armentrout's books there are tons of chemistry. I loved them together...

But I have a favorite... Seth's entrance in the story is just absolutely 
P - E - R - F - E - C - T. And I like how their relationship changes and evolves.

Jamie Campbell Bower - Something similar to my Seth ;)

Yes, I've noticed the similarities with Vampire Academy because they are half breeds, they are guards to the pures (and Moroi) and the heroines are kick ass but this story is as good as the other one. Actually, I enjoyed this one more. (don't get me wrong, I loved V.A but I like this one more)

I guess the only way to know if it's your cup of tea is to try it!

Btw, I'm SO team Seth. (I wasn't sure when I read this book yet, but through the series, even if I love Aiden, Seth is amazing!)

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