Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #1)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Format: eBook
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: 09.20.2011
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.

I was convinced to read this book after reading Momo's argument for Alex in the Tournament of Heroines yesterday. I've been in a huge reading rut lately (the worst one this year), and haven't been reading much (hence the lack of a review posted yesterday). This book sounded like something that could keep my interest, and it definitely did!

Before I started it, I happened to read a review that compared the similarities between Half-Blood and Vampire Academy. I just skimmed through them, but I started reading the book with that thought in my head, and so I became hyper-aware of the similarities as I read. For the first half of the book, the similarities are startling.  But once I got past that first half though, the book took some unexpected turns and became a very different--and highly entertaining--story that could no longer be compared to VA.

As far as the characters, my favorites are Deacon and Seth. Their personalities are so different, but they're both charming and interesting in their own ways. Sadly, I didn't like Alex (the main character) as much as I had hoped to. She seemed clueless half of the time, and reckless the other half of the time. But also--in all honesty--I know that at least some of my assessment of her had to do with me comparing her to Rose...and finding Alex lacking. I know that's not very fair of me, but it happened.

I really liked the mythology aspect that is behind the story. It doesn't talk a whole lot about the Gods and Goddesses, but there are little hints and references here and there that were fun to pick up on.  It's an addicting story, and one that I found myself easily lost in. Armentrout's world is full and detail, giving lots of good info for the imagination to run with. Everything has a purpose or reason, and it all makes sense.

I'm eager to see what happens in the next book, since things seemed to be clicking into place for something big to happen. Can't wait!

Read this if:...
You like the Vampire Academy series (SO good!), and are looking for something similarly enthralling.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{A few steamy make out scenes, one hot sexy time scene, and I don't remember coming across any bad language...but correct me if I'm wrong, please!}

Other Books in the Series:
Prequel: Daimon  /  Book 2: Pure (2012)  /  Book 3: Deity (2012)  /  Book 4: Apollyon (2013)

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  1. I've seen others compare Half-Blood to VA as well but since I never read the VA books, this was not a problem for me. I really liked Half-Blood and cannot wait to read the sequel!
    Truly Bookish

  2. NC: You NEED to read Vampire Academy!! :) Also: I'm glad you enjoyed Half-Blood. I mostly enjoyed it, but I think the sequel will be much better.

  3. Seth is my fave character too! And I struggled a little bit with the similarities to VA as well but I loved Half-Blood!

  4. This sounds great, I'm going to have to get my hands on a copy of it soon. I'm a new follower of yours, by the way. Great reviews!

  5. I also haven't read VA ---- yes yes shame on me lol, but this book intrigues me. So I will have to pick up both!

  6. I've heard so many AMAZING reviews of this one that it's nice to read a more realistic review of it. Glad you generally liked it, though. I really want to check it out, since I did like the author's writing in Obsidian.

  7. Completely agree there are a lot of major similarities to VA, but I agree the second half takes a completely different turn and makes the novel stand up for itself! Great review. Totally get what you mean about a reading slump too, I'm in a major one! Finding it very hard to get out of.

    The Cait Files

  8. Awh, you read Half-Blood because of my advocate post?! That is amazeballs! :)

  9. I gave it a try, too. It is just too similar to VA that I couldn't get myself to even take it seriously. I kept comparing the characters, the plot - well practically everything in the book. I have to say that not all of the things in Half-Blood were the same as in VA, but still, the majority was. And the fact has made the book one of the worst I have read in 2011. Sorry, guys. *shrug*

  10. Have this book on my TBR list! Glad you liked it! Thanks for the review!


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