Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: October 18, 2011
Source: Around the World Tours
Format: ARC paperback, 281 pages
Series: Covenant #1
Purchase: Book Depository
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I’m having a streak of awesome reads lately. Half-Blood definitely continues that streak. At first I was afraid it was going to just be another vampire story, but it’s not. It’s more of an alternate history of the Greek gods and their descendants, which is awesome. I love anything to do with the Greek gods.
I so rarely find a main protoganist who stands out. But Alex is right up there with Evie from Paranormalcy, and Riley from The Demon Trapper’s Daugther. Snarky and sarcastic, awesome sense of humor, I couldn’t get enough of her. And incredibly strong, in the face of everything that’s happened to her, not just with her mother’s death. I could only hope I’d be as strong as her in situations like what she’s gone through. Aiden was a good male protagonist, and I loved watching how over the course of one summer grew to really care about each other. And then there’s Seth. And if you’re thinking love triangle, stop. Because it really isn’t. Alex doesn’t hate him, but she definitely dislikes him in the beginning. Near the end, almost by necessity, they almost become friends. I definitely can’t wait to see how this part of the storyline continues in Pure.
I love the mythology of this book. You have the Pures, who of course think they are above everyone, and arent allowed to associate romantically with any Half-Bloods. It does happen though occasionally, and when people are caught the consequences are not pretty. But they mostly dabble with mortals, which is the source for Half-Bloods. And then there’s the Apollyan, who is this badass Half-Blood, who theoretically could wipe the floor with Pures, that’s how powerful he is.
The story was sometimes predictable. One aspect was introduced early on and gives you a pretty big hint of what’s going to be revealed later on, and then of course Alex does make that mistake of going off to do something when you’re screaming at her NO! Go back! But for me, honestly, it didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of the overall book. I sometimes like knowing ahead of time what might be.
If you like your Greek mythology with a hint of vampirism thrown in and a kickass main protoganist with her own mind this is definitely the book for you. I’m going to have a hard time waiting until next year for the sequel, so in the meantime I’ll read the short story prequel, Daimon.