Book Review: Half- Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Details: ARC, Published in Paperback 281 pgs.
Published: Oct 18th, 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed


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!

Also, have you read this one?  Considered reading it?  Want to read it?  Or think it’s not for you?  

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  1. Oh my god, I’ve read a review. I usually stay away from reviews since I don’t want my thoughts to be preconditioned somehow. But sometimes I make an exception.

    This is in my list to get and from your review, I’m more than ready to read the book.

    So far, I’m enjoying all the books that feature the gods and goddesses. And I think that there’s nothing wrong with taking the original stories and rework them as long as the writers do a good job of doing it.

  2. Half-blood is my MOST ANTICIPATED read of 2011. Seriously I want to read this book so bad it’s ridiculous : i just know this is something that i will love and so far I haven’t seen one negative review about it.

    I really like the spin a lot of authors have put on mythology recently in YA. They’re often very enjoyable reads.

  3. Ay and Allie,
    I’m with you. I think it’s okay to be creative with mythology and it has been fun seeing all these different stories.
    And so glad you both took the time to read my review! I totally agree that sometimes reviews can mess with what we expect in a book or what we imagine. I sometimes just check out the ratings if I plan to read it really soon. But if it’ll be several weeks to months away I don’t worry about it.

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Candace. I’ve only seen awesome reviews for this as well. Though I’m not a fan of the cover, I’ll have to check it out!

  5. I love mythology and stories invovling them. But if it gets too weird or involves gods I really don’t know and if its too complicated then I don’t want to read it. Like this series it looks interesting and I might check it out but it also looks complicated. After reading your review I will definitely check into it. I don’t know what the Hematoi are so I might like it I might not. Going to go add it to my goodreads. =]
    -Michael/Bookshelf Reviewer

  6. AHHH! I loved this book so so so so so much!!! =D I am so happy that your enjoyed it! Thanks for the great review, Candace!

    To answer your question: I love books with mythology in them and will pick them up if their synopsis’ intrigue me. =)

  7. I love mythology so much, and I love all books about mythology. As long as the gods/goddesses are still “in character” I’m ok. This cover really put me off since I admittedly judge books by covers. But I’ve heard tons of great stuff, so I’m thinking of picking it up. Great review! :)

  8. I love the mythology theme going on lately! I’ve always enjoyed reading the original stories, however I’ve taken a shine to these new “spins”. I guess what I really enjoy is when an author takes the Gods and Goddesses and uses them for characters but tells a whole new story. Like “Goddess Test”, “Starcrossed”, or the “Percy Jackson” series. I have not read “Half-Blood” yet but I am really wanting to!!

  9. The books that you are skeptical or hesitant about that turn out to be really good and full of amazing are just the best! The ones that catch you off guard and leave you drooling for more, hah! :)

    So glad to hear that you loved it!

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