| BOOK REVIEW | HALF-BLOOD BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

half bloodHalf-Blood
Author : Jennifer L. ArmentroutSeries : Covenant
Genres : Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publication :October 18th 2011 by Spencer Hill Press

 

Goodreads’ synopsis : 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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Half-Blood is the first book in the Covenant series.

It starts with Alex, a half-blood trying to survive on her own. Daimons are a real threat ; they want to drain her from her blood, more accurately the aether in her blood.
While facing an attack, she is saved by Sentinels. They get her back to the Covenant, where she belongs.
She has fled with her mother and now she’ll have to face the consequences.
A sentinel (and a Pure) called Aiden decides to train her so she can catch up with her fellows students.

I really enjoyed this book ! It was a really quick read !
We’ve got a really interesting universe in this book. It follows gods’ descendants : the Hematoi (called Pures) and the half-bloods, less considered than the pures. Half-bloods can either become slaves (their free will is suppressed) or warriors, guards or sentinels for the luckiest.

The whole story reminded me a lot of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead :
– Half-blood = dhampir
– Hematoi = moroï
– Daimon = strigoï
– Alex ran away from the Covenant, just like Rose
– let’s not forget a forbidden love story

These similarities didn’t bother me at all, though !

Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.”
“Did you just quote Harry Potter?


The plot :
It’s not the most original plot, nor the most complicated or surprising. But it does its job. It’s entertaining, funny and I had a hard time putting it down.
Moreover, even though one of the two major plot twists was pretty predictable, the other one was unexpected !

Characters :
– Alex : I really liked her character ! She is talented, smart and witty ! And so strong-minded. A great female lead character.
– Aiden is the perfect Sentinel, dedicated to his duty. They have things in common with Alex ! I really like him.
– Caleb is a nice sidekick. Alex’s best friend, I hope he’ll have a more important role in the sequel.
– Seth is the Apollyon. I found him insufferable. He is so used to everyone being afraid of him ! He is also used to always get what he wants. He is too self confident ! I found it difficult to truly appreciate him, but the ending started to change my mind.

Need covers itself with love, but need… need is never love. Always beware of the one who needs you. There is always a want behind a need, you see.


The special bond Alex and Seth share is something I’m really eager to read about !

That’s all ! I hope to be able to pick Pure in a really near future !!

5 stars

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About the author

Jennifer L. Armentrout# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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