Review: Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 20 July, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments

Review: Half-blood by Jennifer L. ArmentroutHalf-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press on October 18, 2011
Source: Purchased
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.

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Favorite Quote(s):

“‘Alex, stop staring at me and do some cardio.’ He flipped another page. I blinked. ‘I hoppe that book of yours is on charm and personality skills.'”

“Suddenly he bent at the waist and swooped in. He was so damn fast I didn’t even have a chance to jerk back, which by the way, is totally a natural reaction when the Apollyon comes at someone that quickly. He brushed his lips over my forehead, lingering only long enough I could be positive he’d placed a gentle kiss against my skin before straightening.”

Favorite character: Seth. His annoying and sarcastic nature is very enduring, and it kept me wanting more Alex/Seth moments.
First Line:

“My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight or flight response into overdrive.”

My Musings: Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again—this book had me completely hooked! I was so hooked on Obsidian, I just had to start this other series by Armentrout. It was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to finish writing up this review so I can start the next book, Pure.

Alexandria (who insists on being called Alex) is a half blood—a mix of human and god. Half bloods have two choices in life: become a Sentinel or Guard, or live of life of servitude under the compulsion of an Elixir, which basically leaves them an empty shell. Alex’s mom fled the Covenant with Alex, and after some unfortunate events, Alex finds herself back at the place she hasn’t seen for years, sans her mother. After this, the book is a whirlwind of events, complete with to swoon worthy guys.

As in Obsidian, Armentrout’s writing is positively captivating. It will keep you wanting more. The plot, the descriptions, the romance, the action—it was all invigorating. There was never a dull moment, never a moment when I wanted to skip ahead to something more interesting. I didn’t even stop reading to eat!

The romance, I have to say, was one of my favorite elements in this novel. Though it is the common love triangle with the forbidden love interest, Armentrout brought in a twist. I love Aiden and Alex’s relationship—it was realistic, and it shows that love knows no discrimination. Alex is impulsive—she tends to dive into things first, and think about the consequences later. She’s a relatable character, driven throughout the book by her sense of duty, and the love for her mom. Aiden, on the other hand, is calm, mature, and collected. Though he had no choice but to grow up at a young age, his personality balances out with Alex’s perfectly. And Seth. Seth is that mysterious guy who you can’t help but want to know more about. I can’t wait to see how Seth and Alex’s relationship grows as their connection strengthens. But enough about the boys!

The only thing that I can think of that disturbs me is the change in Lucian. We hadn’t seen his blasé attitude towards Alex, so to see him warm towards her is kind of creepy. And suspicious. But I suppose we will learn more about that soon!

Overall, this book was a really fun and exciting read. I am looking forward to hunkering down, reading the next book, and seeing what new adventures await our heroine.

4.5 Stars

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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.
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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