Half Blood (Covenant #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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9680718The 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.

Last year I fell in love with Armentrout’s Lux series, and I have been dying to get my hands on her Covenant series. Half Blood is about a girl named Alexandria, or Alex as she likes to be called, who is a half blood who ran away from the Covenant three years prior to the plot setting with her mother. The story starts out with her mother being killed by a Daimon and a hunky Sentinel named Aiden rescuing her and taking her back to the Covenant.

Once Alex returns to the Covenant, she is automatically threatened with servitude in her step-father’s house. Half Bloods have two purposes in life: They can train to become Sentinel’s or they can be drugged every single day of their life and become servants with basically no thoughts or feelings. Aiden, the hunky Sentinel who saved Alex’s life, ends up standing up for her and offers to train her and catch her up to speed in her training.

As the story progresses, Alex forms feelings for Aiden, learns interesting facts about herself and her mother, and faces the ultimate test of love and loyalty. Jennifer L. Armentrout blew me away with her Lux series, and I was not disappointed with the first book in the Covenant series.

 

Normally I don’t like reading books about gods and half gods and things around those topics, because I tend to find them overdone and a little dramatic, but I was pleasantly surprised with Half Blood. I’ve read four books by Jennifer L. Armentrout in the past. I have read the Lux series, which I adored, and I have read Cursed, which I absolutely hated. So, I didn’t know quite what to expect. I ended up really liking the story line and the characters….especially Aiden! I was just really blown away.

I really loved both of the main characters, Alex and Aiden. Alex was such a strong female lead who didn’t put up with crap from anyone, and I really respect those types of characters. At the same time, Aiden was hunky, gorgeous, sexy, wonderful, strong, powerful….I could go on and on.  I loved him. But I don’t really know what I think about Alex and Aiden as a potential couple. Aiden is mature, strong – willed and loyal, and while Alex shares many of the same traits, she’s also very immature. She’s so immature that I actually had a hard time coupling the two together. Most of the time the two characters seemed to have a relationship of an older brother/father figure and a little sister/daughter figure. Then there were a few moments where they showed interest in each other and that really put me off a little. I wasn’t grossed out or anything, but I was really confused by the relationship itself.

While I really liked the book, it did lack a certain spark. It was also very predictable. I knew almost every single thing that was going to happen in this book from beginning to end. I wanted to be shocked. I wanted to be outraged. I want to see more authors pushing past their limits and creating a twist that will just knock my socks off. I loved the book, but I would have loved it even more if it hadn’t been so predictable.

I’m naming off some negatives in the books, but please don’t think that that means that I disliked the book. I loved the book! I do hope and expect to see some more character development as the series progresses. I’m also looking forward to see where Armentrout takes some of the twists that she introduced. Such a great book. I really enjoyed it.

Armentrout’s writing style is so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I found my eyes glued to the pages, and I was devastated whenever I had to set the book down. When it came to the scenes involving Alex’s mother, tears literally sprang to my eyes. The words on the page melted my heart, and I was just an emotional basket case. It is safe to say that I spent many nights staying up till 2 a.m. reading this book.

Fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series will fall head over heels in love with this book. At first it bugged me because there are SO many similarities between the two series. If I really wanted to I could put characters together and say who was who and why everything was so similar, but I finally told myself that it just doesn’t matter. So what if the two series are similar? Does it lack originality? Maybe a little, but it was still a great read, and I would definitely recommend this book to fans of paranormal reads!

 

Pages: 281

Publication Date: October 18th, 2011

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Source: Library

Rating: [rating: 4]

 

Teaser Quote: “So? What are you going to do about it? Throw your mashed potatoes at me? I’m consumed by terror.” 

 

“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?” 

 

“Did you think he was just some lazy pure-blood who needed protection?” His voice dripped sarcasm.
“Well he looks like one! How was I supposed to know he was secretly Rambo in Dockers?” 

 

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