Saturday, August 24, 2013

Reread and Review ~ Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA paranormal
Series and number: Covenant #1
Number of pages: 304
Edition: Kindle ebook
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads description:

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.

My review:

Rating: 4 stars
Date read: July 28 to 30, 2013
Source: borrowed for first read, bought for second read

I have to admit something: this book wasn't as good the second time as the first. Why? I've realized Half-Blood pales in comparison to it's sequels. Those are the spectacular ones—the books filled with action, romance, and Apollyon awesomness.

What about this book, though? It was still good—great characters and concept—but it felt like just an into book, the book that sets the stage for everything else that follows it. Most of the development of the whole "Apollyon" concept is in Pure and onward. Most of the things that I love about the Covenant series make a presence after this book, too.

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed those moments between Aiden and Alex the friendship between her and Conner, and the subtle hints to things that happened later in the series. I still loved great ending. Overall, yes, it was was still a great book—I just can't help compare it to it's successors and notice it wasn't as well done as they were.

If you've read this and felt slightly disappointed for whatever reason (like the whole Vampire Academy similarity thing), I strongly recommend you continue onward to Pure. It only gets better from here on out.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"'How come you smile when you knock me down?'
He offered his hand. "It's the little things that make me happy.'"

"'Okay. I'm ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.'
'Did you just quote Harry Potter?
I grinned. 'Maybe I did.'"


  1. My school library has it and I always see it on the poster. I never knew whether it was good or not but it's been on my TBR pile for a while now. I think I'll eventually read it when my list dies down. Great review! I always love your reviews.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like them. I would definitely give at least this and the second in the series a try.

  2. I agree with what you said about it not being as good as the others. When I first read it I absolutely loved it but looking back on it after having read the others, I realized it's the other books in this series that make it so great.

    1. So much more happens in all the rest of the books, so reading this book again felt a lot less exciting.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. I've heard the first book is more of a prequel to the series? I dunno, never read them, but I want to! I've heard so many great things!

    1. I've never heard about it being a prequel, but I think I can see why some would think that. This book is basically an introduction to the series because so much more happens in the other books.

      Thank you for commenting!

  4. Thanks for your review. I know people have enjoyed this, but I can't bring myself to read it because of its similarity to vampire academy. If you are copying another author's ideas of course it's going to be good! I do like the mythology angle of it though.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. It does have a really great mythology angle. It's such a shame that the first book has so many similarities to the first one. The second one has some, too, but not as much. From then on, though, it dies out (at least, to me it feels that way).

      I wouldn't recommend this book to you, though. The VA similarities would bug you too much for you to like it.

  5. I really want to pick this one up, the only book I have read by this author is Obsidian and I liked it well enough. The characters were written pretty well. I love VA so maybe I'll like this one, too!

    1. Obsidian is a great book, and so is the rest of the series. I like the author's work. I will warn you, though, that if you will probably be bugged a lot by the similarities to VA. There's a lot of them. It bugs a ton of people, but not everyone.


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