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I Belong

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout

Title: Half-Blood

Author: Jennifer Armentrout

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Covenant (Book 1)

Publication DateSeptember 20, 2011

Format: Paperback, 281 Pages

ISBN-100983157200 (Spencer Hill Press)

ISBN-13: 978-0983157205 (Spencer Hill Press)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Awesome YA Paranormal packed with action, intriguing characters, and hot forbidden romance.

Opening Sentence: My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight or flight response into overdrive.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Alex is a half-blood, she is part human and part Hematoi.  Three years ago she attended a school to become a Sentinel called The Covenant.  A Sentinel is a guard that helps protect full blooded Hematoi from the Daimons.  Daimons are creatures that suck the aether out of pure and half blood Hematoi.  They can also turn pure bloods into Daimons as well but so far they have never turned a half blood.

But three years ago Alex’s pure blooded mother decided it was no longer safe for Alex to become a Sentinel and they run away into the human world, and she never told Alex why.  Recently the Damions found Alex and her mother and her mother didn’t make it out alive.  Lucky for Alex she was saved by some Sentinels sent by the Covenant.  Now Alex has returned to Deity Island where many Pure’s and Half-bloods live.  She wants to restart school but unfortunately she is really behind on training and most people feel that there is no way to catch up.  For half-bloods there are only two types of professions that you can have — a guard/sentinel or a servant.  If you become a servant you are given an elixir that makes you a vacant person.  It pretty much puts you on a high that you never come down from, but it makes you a very compliant servant.  Alex has had nightmares about being put into servitude and now it looks as if she has no other choice.  Fortunately for Alex some people believe that she has too much natural talent and putting her in servitude would be a waste.  One person in particular is Aiden St. Delphi, he is a pure Sentinel.  He offers to help train Alex so she will be ready when the school starts in the fall.  Alex needs to train hard and learn to deal with what happened to her mother.  Also some people have a different agenda for Alex’s life and she might not have much to say in her future as she would like.

Alex is a great character.  She is very independent and has lots of attitude.  I will admit that at times she has a very immature streak that can be a little frustrating.  She is very impulsive and tends to act before she thinks at times.  Despite her flaws she is an awesome character that I really connected with.  She is a very determined person and she goes after what she wants.  She develops a huge crush on her very hot instructor Aiden, but he is a Pure Blood.  Relationships between Pures and Halves is strictly forbidden, but Alex can’t help the connection she feels with Aiden.

Aiden St. Delphi is one of those dream boys.  He has a rocking body; he’s gorgeous, kind, caring and all around pretty much perfect.  Unfortunately, he is also very off limits.  When he was a young man his parents were killed by Daimons, and it forced him to grow up faster than most.  He raised his younger brother and became a Sentinel.  Most Pures leave Sentinel work up to the Halves, but Aiden needed revenge for what happened to his parents and he wanted nothing more than to kill Daimons the rest of his life.  When he meets Alex he feels that she has so much potential and he offers to help train her.  It is pretty obvious that he is attracted to Alex.  Aiden is a decent guy and he tries to rein in his feelings because if he doesn’t Alex will pay the consequences.

So WOW — I have to fangirl a little bit.  Jennifer Armentrout is probably my favorite author right now.  I have read pretty much every book she has written and all of them have been amazing.  Half-Blood is no exception,  it is a great read.  I love how Jennifer writes her stories — they always have lots of action, romance, and great characters.  She does tend to end her books with a cliffhanger which can be frustrating, but the wait for the next book is always worth it.  I love Alex’s story and I am excited to see what happens next.  So if you haven’t read anything by Jennifer yet, I highly recommend you start like right now.  As for the Covenant series, I would recommend it to anyone that likes YA Paranormal.  I don’t think it will disappoint you.

Notable Scene:

His brows rose.  “Now you’re starting to upset me.  That’s two of us you’ve killed.”

“You keeping a tally or something?” My heart stopped when the floor behind me creaked.  I whirled around, spotting a female daimon.  She inched closer, forcing me toward the other daimon.

They were caging me in, giving me no opportunity to escape. Another one shrieked somewhere is the pile of crap.  Panic and fear choked me.  My stomach rolled violently as my fingers trembled around the garden spade.  Gods, I wanted to puke.

The ringleader advanced on my. “Do you know what I’m going to do to you?”

I swallowed and fixed a smirk on my face.  “Blah. Blah. You’re gonna kill me. Blah. I know.”

The female’s ravenous shriek cut off his response.  Obviously, she was very hungry.  She circled me like a vulture, ready to rip into me.  My eyes narrowed on her.  The hungry ones were always the stupidest-the weakest of the bunch.  Legend said it was the first taste of aether-the very life force running through our blood-that possessed a pure-blood.  A single taste turned one into a daimon and resulted in a lifetime of addiction.  There was a good chance I could get past her.  The other one… well, he was a different story.

Covenant Series:

0.5 Daimon

1. Half-Blood

2. Pure

3. Diety

3.5 Elixir

4. Apollyon (April 9, 2013)

5. Sentinel (December 2013)

FTC Advisory: Spencer Hill Press provided me with a copy of Half-Blood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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