Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

September 9, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 14 ★★★★★

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. ArmentroutTitle: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Published by: Spencer Hill Press on October 18, 2011
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 281
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Pure, Sentinel
Also by this author: Obsidian, Pure, Shadows, Sentinel, White Hot Kiss, Don't Look Back, Opposition, Stone Cold Touch, Wicked, The Return, Fall With Me, Scorched, Dream of You, Every Last Breath, Forever with You, Oblivion, The Power, The Problem with Forever, If There's No Tomorrow

Reminiscent of The Mortal Instruments, fans of that series will devour Half-Blood. Armentrout draws the reader in with an action-packed first chapter that leaves you wanting more. Alex is sarcastic, outgoing, adventurous, and a force to be reckoned with. She adds humor and light to story and I immediately liked her, which is uncommon for me since the lead girl usually starts out so niave and irritating that I’m always subconsciously yelling at her for being so immature (but she eventually grows at the end and I still root for the girl). I loved that she was so tough and that she never really cared what other people thought about her, which is the kind of girl I like. Armentrout gives Alex a sense of strength and character you’ll find irresistible, and don’t get me started on Aiden!

Ah, Aiden…must all the authors out there create such a swoon-worthy male lead? Aiden’s presence is seen from the start and you feel an instant connection between him and Alex. Their chemistry and rare, but steamy intimate scenes had me holding my breath waiting for what would happen next. And the twist of fate between Alex, Aiden, and another mystery man will have you questioning destiny and whether or not you control your own life.

I enjoyed all the characters in this book, even the evil ones, and I think Armentrout did a great job in recreating ancient myth for the modern world. I honestly couldn’t put the book down and devoured it in no time. Yes, it’s THAT good! Waiting around for Pure, the next book in The Covenant Series, will be *pure* torture!

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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14 Responses to “Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

    • Vivian

      Yes! I can talk your ear off about how much I love this book and how taken I am with Aiden, haha. You definitely have to give this a read. I love how strong and snarky Alex is, a rarity in the recent books who have female leads who play the “damsel in distress”. I love that she can defend herself! Great book and I’m dying for more.

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