Sunday, 4 November 2012

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Half-Blood
Series: The Covenant #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Rating:

Reason chosen: 

I saw soo many people list this book as a favourite.

Summary taken 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.

Review:

Oh my gods. This was definitely an interesting take on the Greek gods and their children. Extremely interesting. I loved the hierarchy, and how, like the ones in our lives, doesn’t really make any sense. The characters are awesome. Its rare that we come across a blatant bad girl and nice guy. Granted, there is a bad boy as well, but the man I’m talking about, the one that I am rooting for, is a nice guy. The Superman type. *Sigh. But Alex might just be his Lois Lane…expect with a little more bite and bark. On her first day back at school she rips a girls hair out. The chick was a witch with a capital B, but still…that takes cojones when you’re on the verge of being expelled and put into servitude. It’s nice and refreshing to have the opposite of what I’ve been reading for quite some time.
There were moments that were a little predictable, but when they happened I was still freaking out, and there were many moments that made me smile, and laugh out loud. Now, I was not as taken with Aiden from the beginning as many other people were. With Seth I was. He was made out to be like a God even before you met him, so when we were introduced and he had some crude humour to go along with those awesome powers and bad boy attitude I felt my heart move in my chest. But, with Aiden it took a while. He didn’t seem that interested at first. Instead he seemed a little emotionless and I couldn’t see him endgame with Alex. It wasn’t until about halfway through the novel that my heart moved for him. A certain…locker room moment. If you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about. In fact, my heart tried to jump out of my chest at that moment. And now I love him. *Sigh
Although the novel took some time to really get moving it had one hell of an opening, middle, and end. There was a long period when there wasn’t any action and instead we were getting to know all the characters, but when the action came I was riveted and grabbing onto the book so tightly that I think I left indents on the covers. It was never boring and always very interesting with the info that it provided in those less action filled moments. But I guess it was the characters. She never fully reveals everyone’s intent. Not even Alex. So I was left questioning everyone. What is Seth’s endgame? What about Aiden? What about her Uncle? Or, her Stepfather? God, you’ve got to love a series that makes you question everything and want more. Mind-boggling I tell you!

Good:

Alex—Refreshing from the usual good girls that we come across. Finally we have one that is will to fight and more than happy to pick a fight

Aiden—Can truly be seen in my mind as the Superman type. No friggin wonder everyone loves him.

Seth—He brings promise of shenanigans in the next novels.

Caleb—One hell of a very good friend

Bad:

Aiden—he seemed very distant at first and I just thought this romance was not going to work. Luckily he made up for it afterwards.

There were a couple of characters that were filled with Alex settling back into her life and generally that makes my mind wonder, but the information that is provided during those chapters is important stuff and in the end it all makes up for it.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the writing style of this very well done. Like, Obsidian and Onyx, I found the humor to be well timed, the characters to be independent and different, and I found the story to be a new and refreshing take on something that people have written about many times, making this a very inviting read. Jennifer L. Armentrout never seems to provide anything less than an awesome book filled with awesome characters that promises to be a great series. This is definitely one that I plan on continuing.

Quotes:

Click here for some of my favourite quotes.

Previously in the Series:
Daimon (#0.5)

Next in the Series:
Pure (#2)
Deity (#3)
Elixir (#3.5) ETA: Nov 27th 2012
Apollyn (#4) ETA: April 9th 2013

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Sentinel (#5) ETA: 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of a the kick-butt chicks, a lover of Greek mythology, or a lover of YA romance of the supernatural/paranormal kind then pick this baby up.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver, Shifters series by Rachel Vincent, Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, Of Poseidon by  Anna Banks, Providence by Jamie McGuire, Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines, Crave by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, TheMediator series by Meg Cabot, I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvator

Read Completely:
Yes

Trailer:

There are three!

Teams:

Are you Team Aiden? Or Team Seth?


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2 comments:

  1. HaHa Aiden as superman! He's very adorable but I'm still Team Seth. I love love love covenant series, and it is the best greek mythology I've read. Great review!

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  2. Really liked this book, and loved the others as the series has moved on. Cannot wait for Apollyon!

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