Book Reviewed: Half-BloodAuthor: Jennifer L. ArmentroutSeries: Covenant (Book 1) Expected Publication Date: October 18th, 2011 Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Page Count: 281 Pages
Summary: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. (Via Goodreads)
Can I say I was blown away by this book or would that be too cliché? Well, Half-Blood was a novel I read twice this summer, waiting until its publishing date got near so that I could write a review on its absolute amazingness! Wow, I usually don't make up words to describe books but, this book was just brilliant! Flawlessly written until the last burning word, Half-Blood etched itself on to my top book picks of 2011!
Can you say breathtaking writing? Jennifer L. Armentrout's arduous work has payed off, by the millions! I was next to Alex feeling every single emotion she felt with the same kind of passion. I felt the pull between Aiden and Seth, and I felt the final battle she raged through. The places in the book were completely real to me and I even felt a strange urge to look up the places even though I knew that they were most likely made up. Over all her writing created an utmost, pure, image of the novel.
The concept of the plot itself was very different from most Greek Mythology based novels. Even though my favorite type of YA has always been mythology based novels, this book has increased my liking to higher points on my mountain of YA. Who couldn't ignore mystical words like Hematoi and Apollyon. I loved how Alex fought to be treated correctly even though half-bloods were at the bottom of the "caste system".
Aiden and Seth were the two guys in Half-Blood that were Alex's love interests. One was forbidden and the other, fate and destiny wanted them together. This impossible choice tore me apart, probably more than Alex, herself! But, I gotta say I may have leaned towards Aiden by a few centimeters....
Half-Blood was a read that was worth a sleepless night! I would take a million sleepless nights to read this book over and over again. The novel was spectacular and really did have magic in its pages that binded me to it. I recommend this book to anyone that loves an awesome love story that deals with anything mythical! The second this books come out, go buy it! Read it! Love it!
The cover is magical and mystical. The different shades of purple or to sound more elegant violet represented the book well. I loved the flower that looked like it was made of flames! The font they used really brought the title out well! But the one thing that imprinted itself into my mind was the question: Could you kill the one you love?
On that note...I would give this book a
.....5 out of 5 stars rating!
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