Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Giveaway

I'm re-posting my review of Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout to help celebrate the release of Sentinel. You can follow the Sentinel tour by clicking here. This review originally ran in October 2011.

Title: Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
paperback, 281 pages (arc)
ISBN: 978-0-9831572-0-5
Genre: YA

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.

A few months ago I read Daimon, The Prequel to Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I was so absolutely fascinated by the world the author created that I could hardly wait to dive into Half-Blood. This book was certainly worth the wait. I read this book as though it were food and I haven't had anything to eat in a week. 
Half-Blood is based on Greek mythology which I'm a huge fan of. The characters of this book are basically divided into three categories. The Pure-Bloods, The Half-Bloods and the Daimons. The Pure-Bloods are treated like royalty. The Half-Bloods are either trained to be sentinels to protect the Pures or they are forced into servitude and become mindless drones.  Daimons are a vampire like creature that drink the Aather that runs through the blood of  the Hematoi. The divisions in class make up an interesting and diverse story line as you can imagine the conflicts that arise. 

Alexandra and her mother have been on the run from the Covenant for three years when they finally get caught by the Daimons. Alex escapes but just barely. She gets rescued by three Sentinels, one of which she's always had a crush on. They take her back to the Covenant where she either has to prove that she belongs or be forced into servitude. Alexandra receives help from Aiden, a Pure-Blood and also her long time crush. 
Alexandra is a spunky, sassy, cheeky character. She likes to bend the rules but she's also very brave. She's mourning the loss of her mother while trying to get back on the Dean's good side. Aiden is a Sentinel who agrees to help Alexandra catch up on the training she missed while she's away. He's had a bit of a tragic life so far but not only is he extremely focused he's also devastatingly handsome and also a Pure-Blood. That means a relationship between the two of them is forbidden. Which that in itself amps up the hot factor quite a bit.I must admit the scenes between them are very meltworthy.  

I love the story line in this book. It moves flawlessly. It has humor, drama, action and romance. This story was so good that I burnt dinner while trying to read at the same time. There are some elements of this story that reminded me of other books that I've read in the past. However this series is a must read.  Daimon is really good, Half-Blood is fantastic, now I can't wait to read Pure.

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*I was provided this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion. 

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Author bio:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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  1. Glad you liked it! I want this book so bad. The romance sounds so delish. And I'm a fan of Greek myths too. Something tells me I'll love this book. Great review!

    Tantalizing Illusions

  2. The romance is soooo delish! I highly recommend you read this book.

  3. I agree completely with you! I loved Half-Blood and read it so quickly. There's just something about it that makes it impossible to put down. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

  4. Great review! This book sounds amazing, and I'd love to read it. I must put this on my TBR list. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. Haven't read this series yet, but it's on my tbr list.

  6. Never read this series

  7. SQUEE! I can't wait to read this series!

  8. Yay!! I have yet to read a JLA book but everyone keeps on saying these great things about them. Hoping now will be my chance!


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