Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Half-blood

Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis (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.

Alex is a half-blood and her mother removed her from the Covenant without telling her why, in order to live a semi-normal life. Now, forced to return to the Covenant after the death of her mother, she has to prove that she still belongs there, training to take down the ones who killed her mother: Daimons. Together with pure-blood Aiden, she has to train even harder or she will be forced into servitude (a life no half-blood would choose). Unfortunately training isn't the only thing on her mind. She is also crushing hard on Aiden, which is bad. If anyone found out she would be in even more trouble than she already is due to the #1 rule: Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

I had been hearing lots of good things about Armentrout's half-blood, but it took me a long time to get around to reading it and I'm not sorry. Packed full of action and temptation, it definitely is a page turner. Alex has created a vivid and unique world around the Greek mythology of the gods, and Alex was the perfect heroine. Her voice was strong and full of emotion. Even though she has guilt plaguing her, she never lets that stop her from doing what she needs to. I especially loved her rebellious edge and her need to challenge authority at every turn.

I really look forward to reading Pure.

Source: e-book
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: #2 of 11
2012 YA Reading Challenge: #10 of 50


Angela Brown said...

I have this one on my TBR list. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this novel.

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