Review: Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

9680718 (1)Title: Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: October 2011 (Spencer Hill Press)
Pages: 281
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: UK Edition (Hodder): |Waterstones| |Amazon UK| US Edition: |Book Depository|

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. [Goodreads]

{Dug this review out from my drafts folder from a while back – not sure why it was never published! Hope you enjoy!}

I was super excited to start this book. Mostly because it’s a Jennifer L Armentrout book. And so far, everything I’ve read by her is awesome!

Alex’s mother took Alex and ran away from the Covenant. Three years later, after her mum and home have been taken from her, Alex finds herself back at the Covenant. But since it’s been three years since she’s been in training, she’s behind compared to the other students and catching up would take a long time. Luckily, Aiden steps in and offers to help her. She has to catch up with the other students by the end of summer, but the sudden thrust of training takes its toll on her body and when she discovers the truth about her destiny she is determined to be ready to prove everyone she’s not what history says.

I always feel a little out of the loop when I pick up novels based on greek gods. Even more so now that I’ve found myself picking countless of books about myths and legends. Luckily this book fills us in enough to ensure we can follow, although occasionally it get’s a bit too dense. It also became a little overwhelming sometimes, especially during the beginning where there are lots of character intros. Too many names and facts which didn’t sink in properly.

There is so much I love about Aiden and Alex. Firstly, they reminded me of Four and Tris from Divergent. It is obvious that the chemistry is there and it became a huge part of my focus when reading Half-Blood. 

Some phrases are repeats or/and similar to some of the other novels that Armentrout has written. Note, we will always get a sarcastic character in her novels – definitely not a negative! Seth not only brings a possible new love interest for Alex, we also find him shooting out the snarky one liners. Which is a nice lift from the serious build of the novel.

It’s a strong start. Would definitely recommend for those who want to dive into a series.

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup



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