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. (summary from Goodreads)
A fast-paced, action packed read, Armentrout's story of Hematoi and Daimons is sure to grip readers until the end!
Three years ago half-blood Alex and her mother ran away from the Covenant for reasons unknown. Now her mother has been killed by daimons and Alex is on her way back to the Covenant. She has just months to catch up on the three years of training she has missed and prove she has what it takes to be a Sentinel - or become a drugged up slave for her pure-blooded step-father. Training is harder than Alex could have expected, especially as her trainer is none other than Aiden St. Delphi, Sentinel and once crush of Alex's. A relationship between a Pure and a Half-Blood is strictly forbidden, but as Alex and Aiden get to know one another, their feelings become harder to ignore. This is the least of Alex's problems however, as life changing truths come to light about her mother's death, the reasons they ran three years ago, and the appearance of Seth, the Apollyon - a one in a generation Half-Blood with the powers of a Pure - who causes intense physical reactions anytime he's around Alex.
Half-Blood is a popular book that I've been wanting to read for a while now and finally, finally did so! I can see why so many love it - and why Alex is so often voted a kickass heroine. I really liked Alex. Sure, sometimes her decisions - well, her impulsive, lack of thinking through her decisions - really frustrated me, but I enjoyed how human she was, despite her actually being a half-blood Hematoi. Alex goes through a lot - her Mum's death, training at the Covenant, falling in love, learning devastating truths - and as the story goes on we get the chance to see Alex grow and change, both as a person and as a half-blood. As such, I found Alex easy to connect with. I also adored her friendship with Caleb, which was something I wasn't expecting - the friendship, that is. There's no attraction or unrequited love between the two, just pure friendship, and I found it refreshing and heartwarming. For me, Alex's relationship with Caleb almost outweighed the romance aspects of the narrative, and I can't wait to see where it will end up in future books...though my eagerness is certainly quelled thanks to the Oracle's predictions - read Half-Blood to find out what I mean!
Now, I can't go further without detailing my thoughts on the romance of Half-Blood, as this certainly caused quite a stir for me - mostly in the form of skipped heartbeats and cooing, thanks to a certain Sentinel. Yes, Aiden. Oh my goodness, Aiden. Talk about swooning! What most drew me to Aiden is his kindness - I loved how he interacted with and understood Alex, and how he tries to watch over his brother. With a relationship between him and Alex strictly forbidden, I know I'm in for heartache and thrills alike as the series continues, and I must say - I'm kind of relishing the thought! Of course, however, there's also Seth to consider, another hottie and pointed corner of the developing love triangle. I'm a little mixed up about Seth, truth be told. I appreciate his humour and charm...in that hate-to-love-them sort of way, and I'm thoroughly intrigued by his position as the Apollyon, but...well, I don't really know how to word my apprehension about him, especially without giving away spoilers. Can I just say that I've come down firmly Team Aiden? I'm sure that alone is enough of an explanation for some, right??
Half-Blood is a quick read, taking me only a few hours to read, and it moved along at a fast enough pace that I never felt desperate to get to the end but able to enjoy it as it came. I'm thankful for this, in all honesty, because some of the twists weren't as much of a shock or surprise as they were possibly meant to be. I found the truth about Alex's mother's death, and the supposedly puzzling predictions of the Oracle, for example, to in fact be quite obvious from the onset. I think if the story had have moved slower this might have been more disappointing than it was. As it is, however, with action and romance flowing smoothly, Half-Blood remained an exciting read, if a tad predictable. I also found Armentrout's mythology to be compelling, and as she seems to have only just scratched the surface of this element, I'm looking forward to learning more as the series continues.
Half-Blood is a great start to what should be a thrilling series, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a kickass heroine, swoon-worthy romance, and intriguing mythology.
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published date: 15 September 2011
Series: Covenant, Book 1
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