Review: Half-Blood

I’ll Take A LOT of Seth, With Aiden On The Side

PhotobucketTitle: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18, 2011

 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 hotpure-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.


“There’s nothing like a bunch of catty teenagers who could either kick your ass halfway across the country or set you on fire with a mere thought. That alone changed who people picked fights with or became friends with. And at the end of the day, it was always good to have a Firestarter in your back pocket.”

Okay soooo As a HUGE Vampire Academy fan please allow me to address the whole “It’s just like V.A. Issue”….. Well it did have several moments especially in the beginning as well as the concept that held an uncanny resemblance to Vampire Academy, there’s no denying that, however keep reading because Half-Blood transforms into something unique and desirable that will capture the hearts of their own fans. In Half-Blood the premise revolves around mythical creatures which I’m finding very intriguing at this moment.

Meet Alexandria, or more preferably known as Alex, she’s smart, witty, fascinating, sarcastic, irresponsible, and basically thinks she’s “bad-ass” like every other seventeen year old and she charmed me from page one. She’s considered a Half-Blood; with her father a mundane human and her mother a Hematoi a very powerful race of Pure-Bloods, a product of the Greeks shacking up after the demigods died. She finds herself back at the Covenant living on Deity Island after her mom succumbed to an attack by force from a group of Daimons.

“She was everything to me!” I jumped to my feet. “She did nothing but think of me. What happened to her was horrific—’tragic’ is for people who die in car wrecks!”

Daimons are basically the Strigoi of this series, but they drink blood from Pures and Half to obtain the Aether carried in their bloodstream. If you can’t get past the Vampire Academy similarities stop now, but if you can you’re in for an awesome new series because it takes us readers on an entirely different ride than Vampire Academy. It’s equally emotionally charged but look put because the plot is uniquely heartbreaking, breathtaking, and exciting!!!!:-)

“Just picture me as the enemy Alexandria.”

Oh that won’t be too hard, Dean Andros.”

I raised my hands and motioned him forward. I was a total badass.”

Alex becomes determined to become a Sentinel guard to protect others from the tragic incident with the Daimons that has changed her life forever. In many ways she’s wise beyond her seventeen years and at times she’s just a struggling teenager with fantasies of love and immeasurable dreams.

Her best friend Caleb was an extremely desirable best friend to have and he was hilarious!!! I found him extremely likable and a very reliable friend to Alex. What I love most is that they both supportive friends and that just it; they’re platonic friends with no desire of a relationship, a productive example once again that males and females can be just friends. I look forward to more of Caleb throughout this series.

Caleb stood up as I walked into the living room.”You look hot.”I scrunched up my face.”You think this is hot?”He laughed as he turned toward the door.”No”

Then there’s the sexy Aiden St. Delfi, a Full Blood also referred to as Hematoi; he’s fiercely responsible and dedicated to training Alex to becoming a powerful Sentinel. He also unbeknownst to himself has been in possession of the key to Alex’s heart for the past three years. Quickly he becomes her confidant, mentor, and masculine shoulder to cry on. He proves himself crush worthy Swoon along the way and you cannot help but encourage the budding relationship between Alex and Aiden because he’s loyal, trustworthy, strong, and cares about Alex’s well being above his own. When Aiden St. isn’t training his forbidden crush Alex he is carrying out the parental figure with his alcoholic abusing fun loving, promiscuous brother Deacon and each and every scene he’s in was a mixture of fun and rebellion.

But wait because the list of lust worthy males is still in abundance because I can’t seem to get dangerously gifted Seth The Apollyon out of my thoughts, especially since he is also described as being inhumanely gorgeous by Alex.

“I knew you were here. Not you so to speak. But I knew someone—someone different. I felt it outside, before I entered the lobby. It was like a magnetic pull. I zeroed in on you immediately. That has never happened before.” he unfolded his arms to reach for me. I pulled back. There were a multitude of reasons why I didn’t want him to touch me. Alarmed that he was actually going to, I blurted out the first thing that came to my mind.

“I saw your tattoos.”

Seth froze. Hell he no longer looked like he wanted to touch me, or be in the same zip code as me.

The Apollyon is a unique and rare anomaly amongst the half bloods. As an Apollyon he has mastered every element at a Full Blood’s disposal such as Air, Water, Fire, as well as Earth Spells and Compulsions all at once and his blood is merely classified as a half blood. Often he’s feared and revered amongst his kind as almost a deity as he is all powerful and has no limitations on what powers are at his disposal. He holds plenty of mystery as well as inherited gifts that enables him to be more powerful than even the purest of Hematoi. There’s something about a mystically charismatic character with a bit of a feisty naughty boy quality that captures my attention and mesmerizes me to no end.

For those readers like myself that need plenty of males to gush about in not only do we get funny lovable Caleb, but we get Fiercely responsible Aiden, irresponsible Deacon and mysterious Seth.

I can already see that this premiere series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be on my favorites list. I already see the potential of it possibly being a favorite of mine. This book was amazing and with all of it’s plot twists and turns, I can’t even imagine what is in store for us readers in Pure Blood next year.

Alex begins this journey as a rebellious adolescent, that unfortunately has to grow up when she is faced with the task of killing someone she loves in a technique of self preservation.

What was I supposed to do? Kill her, Run from her. Save her somehow?

She endures all this angst while enjoying a taste of love, experiencing immeasurable pain, fortunately she has the comforting embrace of a loyal and devoted friend.

Alex receives an electrifying revelation that will change her life forever as a predestined future set forth by the gods before her. I’m Obsessed excited to find out how this revelation into her bloodline is carried out with this series and a certain someone.

I can’t say enough wonderfully awesome things about this book! I loved, loved, loved it!!! For all of you readers that enjoy an exciting page turner this is the book for you.

“This cannot be happening.”

He looked up his eyes glowed in the darkness. The bewildered look faded replaced by anger.

“We’re going to die.”


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10 Responses to Review: Half-Blood

  1. Tiffany M. says:

    I am super glad you loved this book so much!! I really enjoyed but wasn’t blown right away but I think that is because of my love of Obsidian and I read these 2 only a couple of books apart. I may have had issues with letting Daemon go… Half Blood was an awesome read though!! Love your review and excited that Pure is now out!!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Tiffany!;)

      Thank you!
      I’m going to be reading Obsidian next week in preparation for Onyx…my friends loved it and I have a feeling I’m going to love it more than this series….I read Pure a few months ago, and didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else did :( .

  2. Sawesome says:

    It did have a lot of similarities to VA (which I Loved that series) BUT, I really loved this book too so I just got over it. And I LOVED Aidan, man now I really want to go read Pure.

    • MissVain says:

      Haven’t you read Pure?? I thought you had lol! I liked Half-Blood better than Pure, I’m in the minority because only Mariya and I felt that way! Lol… Hope you love it!

      • Sawesome says:

        I haven’t read it. Because I had a bunch of ARCS but I do have it (its yours.)lol I am going to read it soon. I was just trying to catch up. But I might be bad and just read it now.

  3. Ntzee says:

    If you liked Seth in Half-Blood you’ll definitely love Pure!!! =)

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Ntzee!!;)

      I read Pure a few months ago, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as Half-Blood:(. I was bored until they made it to the council, and then enjoyed it….but the going to get soda from the vending machine, almost made me stop reading thie book entirely…..But most people I know, loved Pure…..;)

  4. Bianca says:

    Yeah I read that it is like VA in every review I read so I haven’t been sure what to think. Although it sounds a little confusing it does sound good. I love VA so if there are some similarities I think I might be able to get past it. Thanks for the review and addressing that there are similarities in a different way than I have read else where. (Wow that last sentence is kind of awkward sounding but ehh lol)

    • MissVain says:

      Well my favorite is VA, and I was able to get past it, however I may not be able to get over it in Pure since I didn’t care for it much…many similarities in Pure…I’m not sure Bianca but the second book kind’ve put me off a bit….

  5. Alexa says:

    I haven’t read VA yet so I never thought that while reading this one. I did however compare it to the Dark Hunter Series by Kenyon. It just seemed like a teen version of that series for the beginning of the book and luckily that feeling went away with Pure. I did love Aiden in this book but Seth stole my heart away in Pure. I guess in this case I just got tired of waiting around for Aiden to get his head out of his ass.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one though :)

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