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.
There’s so much to love about Half-Blood. First, there’s Alex. She’s a feisty, irreverent, half-blood who’s never met a rule she’s not willing to break. And when the biggest rule of all means the boy of her dreams is totally off limits, you know there’s going to be trouble. The world Jennifer L. Armentrout has created is part Percy Jackson, part Vampire Academy, with a dash of Harry Potter. After Alex’s mother is killed, she returns to the Covenant where she was born to train to be a Sentinel. When Aiden, the boy she’s crushing on hard, agrees to train her, sparks fly and all hell breaks loose.
I know there are a lot of similarities to other books, and I’ve heard a lot of people complain, but as the saying goes, there are only seven original plots. The rest is execution and the author delivers a story that stands apart from the others and as a result, is unpredictable. Sure, we know something’s going to happen between Aiden and Alex because it’s forbidden, but this is a young adult romance after all. But what we don’t know is how the rest of the story is going to play out and how the intense attraction between the two of them is not only going to affect their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.
I like Alex. She’s mouthy, stubborn, and impulsive, which makes her unlikeable to some, but it’s probably what I like most about her. I get tired of female heroes who never do anything wrong. Sure, Alex does everything wrong, but it so fits her personality that I get her. Aiden is my book boyfriend. He’s perfect in every way. In fact, he’s the anti-Alex. Far from being a drawback, though, his perfection only makes him more endearing, because he tries to keep Alex in line. But, I think my favorite character is Caleb. As Alex’s best friend, he has some of the best lines and their relationship is sweet and helps humanize Alex a bit.
Half-Blood is a thrilling young adult adventure with a strong romantic component and both the romance and the adventure will leave you breathless.
Title: Half-Blood (Covenant Series #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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