Jun 7, 2011

ARC Review: Jennifer L. Armentrout - Half-Blood

Jennifer L. Armentrout - Half-Blood (The Covenant #1)


Pub. Date: September 15, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Format: Paperback 306pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: YA Fantasy
ISBN-13: 9780983157205
ISBN: 0983157200
Pre-order: BN.com $13.99

Oh. My. Goodness. I would like to start out by saying that reading Daimon first very much helps, so don't skip to Half-Blood. But read Daimon fast so you can then get to Half-Blood. It's worth it. I promise.I don't want to spoil Daimon for anyone who hasn't read it, because this one picks up right where that one left off, and the events are shocking but important. With that being said, if you have NOT read Daimon, I advice you this: DO NOT CONTINUE if you don't want spoilers! You've been warned :o)

The description on Goodreads really doesn't do this book justice. Of course the forbidden romance is alluring and pertinent to the story, but it's not always the biggest issue for Alexandria (a half-blood). Half-Blood opens up dealing with the aftermath of Daimon - Alex's mother having died at the hands of a daimon (DEE-mun). Alex has now returned to the Covenant, an island where pure-bloods and half-bloods live, learn, and work together, and the place her mother ripped her away from three years prior. Her mother had her reasons, but now she's dead and Alex has to find out on her own. Her former peers have their thoughts, but Alex tries not to listen.

Upon her return, Alex finds out that her uncle is now the Dean of the school. This could be good or bad. They've never been close, so he lays down the law: he doesn't want Alex there, but a pure-blood named Aiden fights to train her since her potential is extraordinary. Her uncle agrees, but she must be ready and caught up by fall at the start of school to stay. The alternative? Servitude and slavery, total obedience to the pure-bloods. Obviously a lot is at stake.

However, Alex has an attitude. She's snarky, spunky, and true to herself. This means she bends rules, starts fights, and doesn't back down. This could definitely get put her in hot water with the Dean. Not to mention, her step-father (a pure-blood) is on the island and could claim her at any moment since he's her legal guardian. What a mess.

As Aiden's training sessions progress, Alex starts to develop feelings for him. Sounds normal, but there are rules from the gods: Pures and Halfs can't mix romantically. Very big problem here. It becomes worse when Aiden becomes attached to Alex as well. But this is all I will tell you about this part. You absolutely must read to know more. Again, it's SO worth it.

There's a shock involving Alex's mother (that I totally didn't see coming), and the oracle pays a visit to tell Alex her truths. Lots of Greek mythology with the gods and such.. very entertaining. I could say so much more, and I'm glad I talk to people who've read this because I want to talk non-stop about it. And I know it took a couple days to read, but I'm a slow reader, and I really wanted to just enjoy this one and let it soak in slowly. Please read this! Okay.. onward.

What I liked:
  • This novel is very fast-paced, action-packed, and always entertaining.
  • There are plot twists and turns that were unpredictable.
  • The romance and action blend well together.
  • It's a different kind of story than I'm used to, with the Greek mythology and such.
  • Chapter 16. That's all I'm saying. :o)
What I didn't like:
  • There were some minor grammar errors, and I'm a huge stickler on that.
  • Some parts were predictable, but that was from foreshadowing, and other things weren't so that made up for it.
  • Not the book's fault, being an ARC e-book, but I didn't like the way it looked on my nook. It was a little choppy, and the page numbers and title/author part were randomly in the middle of sentences.
Bottom Line: When does Pure (The Covenant #2) come out?!?!

Rating
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4/5 book sharks

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Thanks to Spencer Hill Press for sending me an early ebook copy of this book!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks girl! Man, I cannot WAIT for the next one!! :o)

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  2. oh! i'm so jealous that you get to read this book! i absolutely love Daimon! nice review! :D

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