Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ARC, 281 pages
Date Published: October 18, 2011
Description (Taken 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.
Half-Blood is easily one of my favorite books of the year. I picked it up and had the hardest time putting it back down. Jennifer L. Armentrout nails Alex’s snappy, refreshing, and attitude-infused voice, making this main character one that I adored. There’s nothing about Alex that I didn’t like. She’s fun, witty, has a number of issues with authority, but she’s also this teenage girl who loves her friend(s), misses her mother, and has a growing attraction to someone she shouldn’t.

And we all can’t help but be intrigued by forbidden love, right?

Well Aiden is certainly forbidden. But he’s also deliciously magnetic. He’s not a bad boy, by any stretch, which is fantastic. Aiden’s genuinely a good guy. A little standoffish, sure, but sexy and tough, and intellectual. As a reader, intelligent guys are a huge draw. Caleb, Alex’s best friend is also a good addition to the book. He helps round Alex out and softens her edges.

Then there’s the entire mythological aspect. It’s freaking awesome. Armentrout approaches this half-blood/pure-blood scenario from a new angle and doesn’t focus strictly on the politics or the hierarchy of it. Instead, the story slips in this unseen side door and slaps the reader with a slew of complications: 1. Dead mom. 2. Alex’s life is definitely not what she expected it to be. 3. Seth.

Keep in mind that Half-Blood is by no means a love triangle. Alex is the focus and the tinges of romance are delectable, but do not drive the story. If anything, the romantic mishaps and ooh-la-la feelings add layers to an already well-developed and thought out story. Half-Blood will knock you off your feet with how easily it draws you in and refuses to let you go. Thank goodness Pure, book 2 in the Covenant series, will be out this coming April.

Opening line: My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight or flight response into overdrive. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages:

“There is nothing wrong with hope, Alex.”
“But you have to know when to let hope go.” ~ pg. 172

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  

Easily one of my favorite books this year
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
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*If you come back tomorrow, you just may find a giveaway for a book that may or may not be this one*


DforDarla said...

Half Blood was awesome. Loved it and can't wait for Pure. Great review!

P.E. said...

Sounds great! I want this one so badly. Alex sounds awesome and the concept is intriguing. Great review!

~The Book Pixie said...

Sooo glad I brought my ARC of this to college with me! I was already really looking forward to reading it and now...well now I'm dying to. Will have to get to it soon. Excellent review my friend! :D


Bere said...

Awesome review, Nikki! I absolutely want to read this one. It sounds incredible. I already love Alex. Can't wait to pick this one up. Thank you =).

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