Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

image

Image result for half blood jennifer armentroutTitle: Half-Blood
Series: Covenant, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 09/19/11
Genre: mythology, fantasy, romance, young adult
Pages: 304
My Rating: 4 / 5
Goodreads page

This review is free of spoilers.

image

Synopsis

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.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

image

Thoughts

Now that I’ve read many of Armentrout’s young adult books, I’ve noticed a common theme among them. First of all, most of romance in her YA books are forbidden because the boy and girl are different species. Also, the main protagonist is always extremely lucky. The gods must be on their side or something because there’s no way in h e double hockey sticks that someone can survive all that. Seriously. Can I borrow some of that luck because I need it lately.

Unlike a lot of her paranormal books, the Covenant series mainly takes place in an island hidden from the humans. Her other series have different species (whether it be aliens or demons) blending in with the humans rather than hiding from them. That being said, the characters in Half-Blood don’t have the typical human morals, which spices things up.

Half-Blood is written in first person from Alex’s perspective. Whenever I read romance novels that have a first person POV, I normally wish that the perspective would switch between the people in the romantic relationship. However in this book, I don’t really care to read about Aiden’s POV because he’s kind of dull. You might even say that he doesn’t have much character, pun intended.

I also sense a love triangle. In this book, the romance was mainly between Alex and Aiden, but I have a feeling Seth is going to come into play later on in the series. Unfortunately, I’m not that fond of either boys because their characters are dull in comparison to Alex. I’m not rooting for a particular party… yet. We’ll see if my opinion changes throughout the series.

image

Characters

Alexandria “Alex” Andros

How’s that name alliteration for ya?

Aiden St. Delphi

His last name even makes him sound like a pure.

Caleb Nicolo

Every trouble maker needs a partner-in-crime… except that he more takes care of Alex and tries to get her to stop doing stupid things.

Jackson Manos

It’s funny how his last name is “hands” in Spanish, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, the short version is that he’s very hands-on when it comes to girls.

Lea Samos

Every young adult novel with a school in it needs a mean girl.

Seth

What does a scouter say about his power level? It’s OVER 9000! Yeah. Seth is pretty dang powerful. Wouldn’t want to get on his bad side.

Lucian

Wouldn’t trust him with anything. Oh wait, no one does.

image

Conclusion

I give this book 4 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads.

image

image

Until next time….

end

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

  1. TeacherofYA 06/21/2017 / 11:14 am

    I’ve wanted to read this series for awhile! I have the third book HC from the dollar store: that’s how bad I want to read this, lol!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jessica 06/21/2017 / 11:25 am

      It’s pretty good. If you like Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books, you’ll probably like this one. 😊

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s