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.
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
“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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