REVIEW ✧ HALF-BLOOD

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“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?” 

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First book in the addictive Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout.
HALF-BLOOD is the unputdownable first book in the acclaimed Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout. This special paperback edition also includes the prequel novella DAIMON.

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.

Yes, yes, I’m back reading yet another series by Jennifer L. Armentrout but can you honestly blame me? Her books are like crack to me. I’m addicted and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I think when I started the Lux series a friend on Goodreads (shout out to Mandy!) told me that I should check out this series because they figured I’d like it too and boy, were they right. This book had so many things that I loved and from the moment I started it I already knew that I was going to enjoy it. So many things like the plot, the universe, the characters, and so on, made me really happy and all I want to do is get lost in this series. Plus, there wasn’t really anything concrete that I disliked about this book so that’s yet another seal of approval for Armentrout becoming one of my all time favourite authors.

THE GOOD

  • My absolute favourite thing about this series is that it’s a world that exists within Greek mythology. I know I’ve said this a bunch of times but every time I read a book that’s either influenced by Greek mythology or exists in the same world as it I’m beyond happy. Your resident history major loves all things Greek mythology. So seeing how that mythology was brought into this series and seeing how the world almost coexists with it is kind of mindblowing. I think usually I’ve encountered worlds where the Greek gods were the overall history but the present world wasn’t the same world that we all know or how the author is clearly influenced by Greek mythology but creates their own gods based off of them. In this book, the modern world was still the modern world, there was no sense of any kind of dystopia, but the descendants of the Greek gods basically coexisted with the mortals. It’s kind of like “what would the world be like if the gods still existed” and the answer is: not much actually changes. Sure, there’s a different kind of race, the Hematoi, who have special powers but other than that they’re still relatively normal and modern. I liked that it was a world I could actually envision because it’s a world that’s not different from mine. The only difference is that the gods are still real and Greek mythology isn’t actually mythology so I can say that this history nerd wants to live in that world.
  • I thought all the characters were great but I loved Alex so much, oh my god. When I first met her and got to know her in the first few chapters I realized that she’s almost like the female version of Daemon from Lux, but maybe a tad less broody. I loved her snark, I loved her strength and power, and I loved her determination. She also has a great sense of loyalty and while it sometimes becomes her fatal flaw I still think it’s a good thing to have. I also liked how her story wasn’t something like her becoming the first female Sentinel or something like that which I’ve seen in other series because honestly it’s getting old. It seemed that in this world there was no kind of “girls are weaker than boys and therefore I must prove myself.” For Alex it was more about proving that she was meant to become a Sentinel and how she needed to prove that to everyone around her. I think most of the time when I encounter a protagonist like Alex they come off as being arrogant and narcissistic but she didn’t come off that way. I thought her reputation was kind of funny and I liked that she got the characteristics a male character would usually get (it also wouldn’t surprise me if people didn’t like Alex because of her character but if she were a boy I guarantee they’d love her). Regardless, I think she’s great and I definitely support her.
  • The romance in the book is just beautiful. It’s one of those “forbidden” types but literally, a relationship between a pure and a half-blood is forbidden and Alex could get executed for it. So obviously I’m gonna ship it and I’m gonna love it. Aiden is fantastic in his own right and I’m in love with him almost as much as Alex is. There’s also some serious slow burn happening with these two and it’s killing me but it’s also forcing me to keep reading. I just want these two in a relationship handed to me on a silver platter, please and thank you.
  • I’m not gonna go into detail about this but we all know how much I love Armentrout’s writing and it’s still great here. It’s vivid, descriptive, and it always flows naturally.

THE BAD

  • I’m not too crazy about Seth and everything he stands for. It seems like there’s potential for a love triangle but I was assured that nothing will ever happen but still, the thought is there. I can understand why he’s here and everything but I guess I don’t understand why he has to be that way.  He’s just iffy for me.
  • The word “daimon” kind of bugged me sometimes. I know it’s pronounced like “demon” but the spelling throws me off. The brain doesn’t like it.
  • I’m looking through some Goodreads reviews and apparently this book is super similar to Vampire Academy, which I’ve never read because I hate vampires, so this is meaningless to me but it could mean something to someone else so because of that and how I believe in all things impartial, it’s being said here. The extent of my Vampire Academy goes as far as the trailer for the movie and they don’t seem the same to me but I know, I know, books and movies are different, so my opinion still means nothing here.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • This is a book that has a nice balance between mythology and the modern, wonderfully badass characters, and a romance that you can’t help but root for. It’s definitely the perfect starter book for what looks like a wild and exciting series. I’m definitely hungry for more…..kinda like a daimon hopped up on aether.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Pages: 375 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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