I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on August 14, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
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First book in the addictive Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout.HALF-BLOOD is the unputdownable first book in the acclaimed Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout. This special paperback edition also includes the prequel novella DAIMON.
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.
As an ex-classics student I always get really excited about books based on Greek Mythology so yay! Half-Blood was a brilliant conversion to the modern world.
The pures are the direct descendants of the gods, while the halfs are those pures who have mixed with mortals. What annoyed me a little bit was how accepting the halfs were of their situation either to be slaves or guards, that is all they can do. It’s not much of a choice is it?
Alex may start of being a typical rebellious, know-it-all teen but she soon has to grow up and make some difficult decisions. She may be impulsive but she is strong; she appears to be so independent but there is an element of niavity and inexperience. And there is a Aiden, silent, strong but ultimately a loyal friend. There is also Seth, who appears to be really annoying but prehaps as he develops over the series, I will grow to like him.
Overall Half-Blood was an intriguing read, with a sensational heroine, a twisty plot, forbidden love and an unwanted destiny. I cannot wait to read the next in the series!