Monday, September 12, 2011

Early Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author:Jennifer L Armentrout
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Covenant Book #1
ISBN:  0983157200
ISBN13: 97809831572
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Publisher

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.

If you enjoyed VAMPIRE ACADEMY you will enjoy HALF-BLOOD. Alex's mother took her out of school one day with no explanation and Alex has been moving around among the humans ever since. Something big happens where she is brought back to the school and has to make up all her missed training so that she isn't forced into serving as a slave to the pure bloods for the rest of her life.

Alex is rebellious, funny, independent and all around easy to like. The "relationship" between Alex and Aiden is one of those forbidden romances that could ruin Alex's life if they took it to the next stage. I really had no troubles getting into the storyline, I stayed up way to late reading and didn't want to put the book down when my eyes felt like they were falling out of my head. There is some fantastic Greek mythology thrown into the story that brings the book together. I don't want to say to much more about the story for fear that I will give something away so I will just say although there is a lot of similarity to VA I feel that there was a lot that was original to HALF-BLOOD that kept me interested and engaged throughout the book and I cant wait to read PURE in April 2012. 

I gave it 4/5 stars