Monday, November 12, 2012
Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout♥
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback, 281 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Series: Covenant #1
Source: Won in Jen's Deity trailer and Apollyon cover reveal giveaway! Thank you SO much, Jen! SO much.
Description 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.
I have been literally DYING to read this book for the longest time. I love Jen (as you all probably know by now--VOTE HOUSTON!) and her books are so completely awesome, awesome really isn't a good enough word. And of course, Half-Blood just adds to this list of awesomeness.
This book has everything I could want in a book: a badass/kickass MC, a cute boy, another cute boy, scary things, creepy things, and GREEK MYTHOLOGY! I love Greek mythology. This book starts out as epic, and finished in a calm way that left me wanting more. Of course, there was a lot of butt-kicking and sweetness in between the two.
Alex: Okay. Alex. Alex is no Katy Swartz, let me tell you that. But then again, she's not supposed to be. I don't dislike Alex, but I did want to slap her a few times. Other than that, she was cool as a popsicle. She made me laugh quite a bit and I didn't mind reading from her POV at all.
Aiden: I have such mixed feelings for this boy! He's sweet, caring, and a total fighter, but...I don't know. I'm not so sure I'm on his team... Putting teams aside, though, he was a fun character to see, especially with Alex. They are so sweet together. I also like him as his own person. He's such a deep person, and I love that.
Seth: Now here's my boy. I'm kind of scared to choose his team, because I've heard not-so-great things about the later books, but since I've only read this one so far (I'm currently reading Pure!) I'm going with what I want. And I want Seth. He is the most epic element of this story. Where Alex and Aiden together are sweet, I think Seth and Alex together are the cutest. And Seth...he's not head-over-heels for Alex right now, so it's cool that he's just HIM. I want to learn more! He's so unique, being the Apollyon and all.
Other Characters: Caleb is a sweetheart. Leon...I like that dude, even though he's not in this all that much. He was nice to stick up for Alex, and I hope to goodness we see more or him!
The plot. I already covered this. IT IS EPIC. That is all.
Relationships: Alex & Aiden. As I said, they are sweet. Aiden does the white knight thing and puts Alex first, and Alex couldn't care about Aiden more. This isn't all that exciting, but it is so sweet to read.
Seth & Alex. I adore Seth right now. He and Alex are so cute together. They certainly have aways to go before an actual RELATIONSHIP will be here, but I'd love to watch them grow, together. There's so much possibility here! I have a doomed feeling, though, which is sad. Still, I shall keep hope for now!
The ending. The ending was peaceful. Kind of sad. But it was a nice growth for Alex compared to the beginning. And, as I also said, it left me wanting more. It did NOT, however, leave me hanging off the side of a cliff, thank goodness. It's obvious there's more to the story, but it doesn't end in a way that makes people want to be abusive. Well, it didn't make me want to punch anybody, anwyay.
Overall, this book just made me love Jen more. If you're a fan of Jen's writing, or if you're a fan of good books, you should 100% get your hands on this book and read it.
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