August 15, 2011

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher's Summary: 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:
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.


My Take: After reading Daimon, I just knew that Half-Blood was going to be amazing, and I was MORE than satisfied! It was Fab-Tab-U-Lous! Reading the highly intense, action-packed Daimon left me wanting to know all about this world Jennifer L. Armentrout has created, and Jennifer did not disappoint in Half-Blood which picked right up where Daimon left off. Good thing too because after reading Daimon, I had tons of questions like: “What are these evil creatures that are after Alex and that killed her mother?” ”What are Pure Bloods?” ”Why did Alex’s mom run away from the Covenant?” ”Why are the Daimon’s saying, “What are you?”” “Who is this boy that Alex has always had a crush on?” And one of the things that I loved most about Half-Blood is that ALL of my questions were answered. Yes…of course, even more doors are opened with this book (hello it’s a series!), but it’s an amazing standalone book on its own.

One thing I decided for sure is that I cannot stand the Covenant’s rules/laws; they truly drove me NUTTY! I won’t go into the details of why they drove me nutty because that is left for you (the reader) to figure out! I wanted to scream in the book, “What the heck is wrong with you people?” But I will give this hint; the rules don’t benefit the Half-bloods, and what I hated most is that even though Half-bloods are treated so horribly, they just go along with it and simply accept that this is how it is! It’s obvious that Alex only knows better because she has lived outside the Covenant in human society and knows that life can be lived differently. The Gods have turned their backs on the Pures, and I am almost wondering if it is because of the way the Pures are living their lives. My thoughts are that the Gods don’t agree with the way the Pures are living and the way they treat their offspring.

When it comes to the romance in Half-Blood, anything that had to do with Aiden was totally HOT! But he’s forbidden. Grrrr!!! Hmm…but does Alex really listen to the (or any) rules? Only, of course, Aiden HAS to be a saint. Now even though I loved reading about the Aiden and Alex romance and wanted so badly for them to be together, I am starting to wonder if I like Seth more! I think I might be Team Seth! (Yummy) Weird, huh? Maybe it’s because I just want Seth for myself! Should I tell Alex that she can have Aiden and I can have Seth? Why the heck do I get all goo-goo-gah-gah over guys that only exist in books?! Maybe I should require that my husband start reading my books so he can get some tips? Nevermind, it just wouldn’t be the same because I love the fantasy!

There is a horrible but fabulous ending to this book, and I am left wondering, “How the heck is Jennifer going to be able to compete with this book in future books?” Well I am more than excited to see where this series leads, and I am more than a little excited to read more about Seth! Woot! Woot!

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1 comment:

Rachel Brooks said...

I've heard such great things about this book! Great review. Also, I see you are reading Demonglass. I just finished it a couple nights ago!

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