blo Teens Read and Write: YA Fiction Review: HALF-BLOOD by Jennifer L Armentrout

Monday, August 29, 2011

YA Fiction Review: HALF-BLOOD by Jennifer L Armentrout

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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 is a simple review. 

I LOVED Half-Blood! Read it!

But I can't shut up that easy. 

The beginning starts out with bang and the story unfolds with exciting action, heart-pounding drama, and terrific voice. I adored Alex from page one. She's kick-butt as well as sassy, silly, snarky and all around sensational! 

The nearly non-stop action is balanced beautifully with quieter emotional moments but the tension builds and churns and the thrills never end. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout tosses out mind-blowing twists and the romance heats up nicely. Aiden is a demon fighting hottie-with-a-sweet-side pureblood (totally off limits to a lowly half-blood like Alex - cue forbidden romance). Then you toss in the uber powerful Seth to get the love connections swirling into a sexy mix with Seth becoming a huge wrench in Alex's life - but I can't tell you why!

No real love triangle exists...yet...but the future of the relationships are up in the air and Alex will have some serious decisions to make in the upcoming books. 

For some underage drinking, talk of other characters "hooking up" and the Alex/Aidan romance having a couple of heated moments, this might be appropriate for teens on the older spectrum.  

Oh Happy Day - Half-Blood is my kind of book. Bursting with action, dripping with drama, complicated relationships, surprises hitting from left field, a take no prisoners heroine and a satisfying ending! It was Yowzer fun for me! 

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)


Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Ah yes, complicated relationships make the best kind of drama.

And I'm glad you can't shut up. :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh YES! I have this one and I can't wait to get to it! It just sounds delicious and if it is your kind of book, then I know I'll love it!

Blodeuedd said...

I have head good things about her books and I am glad to hear this one was great :D Cos I am curious

Jenny said...

Half-Blood is so my kind of book too! I loved it so much, I can hardly deal with the wait for Pure. *dies inside* Sometimes the words READ THIS really just say it all:)

Bailey said...

I loved this book soooo much!! Totally agree with everything you said. I absolutely adored Aiden and Seth definitely intrigued me. Great review Alyssa. =)

Bookish Brunette said...

I'm like the only person who didn't get to read this book yet! :(

Jenny N. said...

I can see your enthusiasm for Half-Blood. Also I didn't realize it would be so action packed.

A Canadian Girl said...

Normally, I'm not a fan of love triangles but it sounds like I could get behind this one. The last paragraph just clinched it for me. So looking forward to Half-Blood's release!

Lola said...

Wow! Awesome review! Glad to see you liked it so much! :)

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