Review: Half-Blood-Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Young adult, paranormal
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.
So I had read this when it first came out, way back in 2011 and remembered nothing of it. In fact, I had forgotten all about the series itself. Until I saw the new covers. I decided to have a re-read and leave my review.
So the one thing I liked about this is that it's long, but a quick read. I never read a dull moment. From conversations, to fighting, and mystery, it was fast and always moving. It worked perfectly with the plot and I love books like this.
“So? What are you going to do about it? Throw your mashed potatoes at me? I'm consumed by terror.”
Alexandria is awesome. She's kick ass, always has a witty one liner, and is fierce against any force. I felt so connected to her, because in a way, I relate to her so much. She's literally me in the way she talks and handles situations! She's returned to school to learn how to fight so she can one day rid the world of daimons. Her dream is to be a Senetal, the highest form of a warrior in their world. But she's gotta take more classes since having been pulled from the school and she's not sure if it'll happen.
Especially with Aiden, one of the high up fighters.
“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?”
I love their interactions. From the moment they're together, we know they belong with each other. They fight through words-and weapons-and deeply care for each other. I was rooting for them since the beginning, but knew they'd have a tough go. Because Pure's (children of Hematoi, gods) can't be with Half-Bloods (Hematoi who got it on with a human). This was an interesting development in the story. It's not hard for them because he's her teacher in a sense, but add in a law of them being unfit for each other, and it becomes tough.
The side characters are all note worthy, but one specifically is Seth. He's what they call a Apollyon. He's got like super powers and is basically the Brittany Spears of their world, a la 2000's. But, Seth and Alex are more intertwined then they could have seen and everything just got more tough.
I love the fighting scenes, and the daimons. It's so neat to have so much action and love and craziness in one book.
There isn't much bad that I found in this book. But I did notice something right off the bad, and maybe this isn't considered "bad" but I'll put it here anyway:
This story strongly resembles Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
From the second Axel talked she reminded me of Rose Hathaway. There were scenes that were almost to a t of that scenes from VA. It boggled me. I believe this and VA were released around the same time. I'm not saying one copied the other, but man, the resemblance is uncanny.
Other than this, I really loved the book and yes, one of the major reasons I'm going to continue reading the series is because it reminds me so much of VA and I miss that world. So this is familiar and comforting and I'm not gonna stop reading it now!
What do you guys think of this? Let me know below!
“There is a difference between love and need. Sometimes, what you feel is immediate and without rhyme or reason.”