Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout

Title: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenants, #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Pages: 281

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.

HALF-BLOOD was definitely the best mythology YA book I have read this year. I love mythology and I just loved so many things about this book that it kept me reading til the very end.

Do you miss Vampire Academy since it ended? Can't find a book that is similar to your lovely Vampire Academy Series? Look no more. If you want something similar to Vampire Academy then read HALF-BLOOD. You have a kick-ass heroine, two swoon worthy love interests, funny dialogue, and enough action to keep you in your seat.

"If you ever say something that stupid again, I will smother you in your sleep." His golden brows rose. "Little Alex, are you suggesting that we are sleeping together." Stunned by how he came to that conclusion, I lowered the towel. "What? No!" 

One problem I had with HALF-BLOOD being like Vampire Academy was that is was too much like it. I really never ever try to compare book series, but I felt like so many things from the first couple of chapters was the exact thing that happened in Vampire Academy and it bothered me a bit.

Alex is our heroine of this amazing new series and to be honest me and her didn't click. Most of the time I thought she was a spoiled little brat to the point where I got the impression that she felt that she was better than everyone else in the sense of her training/fighting skills. I thought her decision making skills were dumb though, but hey no ones perfect. Though I ended up warming up to her a little bit towards the second half of the book.

And finally my favorite part of the book, the love interests. Aiden is amazing. He's the love interest you know the heroine will probably end up with. I loved him. He is sweet, protective, strong, and has that "I'm serious" look going for him all the time. But Alex and Aiden's love is forbidden. And then there's Seth. Total bad boy and if you know me you know I love my bad boys. I love Seth. Okay. I love them both. Wait. I know how to solve this. Alex can have Aiden and I can have Seth. Win-Win. But I am really seriously a bit torn between the two.

"Turning and tugging on my shirt, I--
"Please don't stop with just the shirt."
"Holy crap!" I clutched my chest in surprise. 

I think the first book in the Covenant Series was an excellent start to the series and I am really looking forward to more. Oh, and yes. I am not going to reveal any of the precious contents of the book because they're top secret and you're going to have to read to find out. There were many things that I found shocking and that kept me at the edge of my seat and I can't wait to read more.


  1. Great review! I heard a lot of good things about this story and its making me want to read the story more and more!!!

  2. Hmmm 3 1/2?
    Great review, Mariya. I'll be reading this shortly =)

  3. Great Review, I have seen this book around and I love the cover but wasn't sure if I would like it. Now I am definitely going to check it out.

  4. Interesting! I loved VA, but I'm pretty close to having filled my quota of love triangles for the year. Maybe this will have to wait a bit...but I think I'll definitely check it out at some point. :) Good review, thanks!