Half Blood – Jennifer L Armentrout

15 Aug

Half Blood
By Jennifer L Armentrout
Covenant Book One
Available October 2011

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.

This Blonde’s Review:

Alex’s mother took her and left the Convenant without explaining anything. So when her mother dies, Alex finds herself alone trying to avoid daimons or fight them off when she can’t. At least until she finds herself cornered and is saved by none other than Aiden. The pure she had a crush on before she left the Covenant, who had been sent to bring her back.

When she goes back she finds things to be a lot like she expected, her uncle doesn’t care about a worthless half blood, and her step father wants to turn her into a mindless servant. Luckily Alex has a few pures to vouch for her skills as a fighter to give her a chance to try to catch up with her class, with Aiden as her personal instructor.

Working with Aiden was obviously torture and a dream come true, all at once. He is one of the best Sentinels and not about to go easy on her, plus he’s not bad to look at while he’s showing her everything she’s forgotten about fighting.

But there is more to the Covenant’s desire to have her back than she knows, and life for Alex is about to get a lot more complicated than her crush on a guy she is forbidden to have. And it’s not going to get easier.

I really enjoyed this story. At first I wasn’t sure what I thought about it beyond that I liked the cover. I’m a determined reader and I kept going. I’m glad I did too.
Alex is stubborn, talented, and overconfident. She has good reason to have confidence, but she has a lot of catching up to do. I love characters who have strength and fight through the worst things that can happen in their lives. Alex does not disappoint with her refusal to roll over for her ‘betters,’ the pures.

There are several things we can see coming, but we don’t know for sure how they’ll work themselves out, which is important in making us want to keep reading. I’m not sure how I felt about the ending of this story. On one hand… I felt it could have ended after Alex’s first issue she had to overcome and left the rest as part of book two. On the other hand… throwing out the rest of her complications gives us a better idea of who she is going into the next book.

I really can’t wait to read the next one and see what’s going to happen with Alex and her situation, as well as whether her feelings for Aiden develop into a forbidden relationship or stay buried.

The Hermatoi in this story are essentially half gods, with the half bloods being further diluted with a Hermatoi and a mortal parent. The daimons are a lot like vampires for the ether in the blood of all the Hermatoi and half bloods. The other details of the story; such as what the daimons look like, what the pures and the half bloods can do that mortals can’t; are all explained well, so I won’t get into that, it’ll make sense as you read it.

So if a story about the descendants of Gods, the vampire-like daimons who hunt them, and battles of a girl who is more than she realizes sounds interesting to you then you should definitely pick this one up. I am already looking forward to the second book in this great new series!


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