Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Details: ARC, Published in Paperback 281 pgs.
Published: Oct 18th, 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
Reading Level: Young Adult
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.
I had seen only good reviews (rave reviews, really) about this book when my friend offered to loan it to me. I think I was feeling a bit concerned that it wouldn't be for me though. I've just read so many books lately about gods and goddesses and mythology and wasn't really convinced that I would like it. But she had raved and raved about how much she loved it so I figured I'd give it a try. And boy, am I glad I did! First of all, this book isn't like anything I've read before. I didn't find myself comparing it to anything. And the whole gods and mythology stuff, well, just forget what you know, this is something totally different!
Alex is a girl with a mouth. She says what she thinks and does what she wants to do. But through the book we watch as she grows. As she learns to curb her tongue (when it's truly necessary) and hold herself back when she's provoked (okay, maybe not really...). She's fun, she's kick butt and she's realistic as a person. She was a character I could connect with, most of the time. There was one thing she did that pretty much had me screaming at her but I knew, I knew she was going to do that. I was just waiting. And I didn't like that at all. I don't know that the story could have went any other way, but it was a bit frustrating for me.
I loved Aiden. I thought he was perfect and swoonworthy and I loved that he was kick butt but he wasn't the 'bad' boy. He was more like the 'good' boy, but the good boy with a hot bod who kicked butt ;) And the way Alex and Aiden's 'relationship' played out. It was done in a realistic and believable way. I loved that there wasn't loads of drama involved while they are still forbidden to each other.
This book was predictable in many places. I could see the things that were coming, but I was okay with that. It didn't ruin the story at all. And it wasn't like I opened it up and knew, it was as one thing played out I could see where the twist would come in in the future. And there were lots of twists and turns that kept me on my toes and completely engrossed in the story, they were just twists that had signs warning us ahead of time. But I must stress, this did not take away from the story for me, at all.
One or two times I had to bring out the Kleenexes. It wasn't a real tear jerker, but just a few moments I felt the tears well up. It certainly brings out the different emotions though. From anger, frustration, love, hate and the pain and regret you feel for the characters themselves. Jennifer wasn't afraid to take the book into some scary places which made it all the more real.
I most definitely recommend this book and can't wait for the second book, Pure!
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Question: Have you been enjoying all the books with mythology and Gods and Goddesses in them? Do you think mythology should be tampered with and turned into different sorts of stories, or do you prefer the original stories better and think people should leave it alone? Let me know your thoughts!
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