Monday, October 17, 2011

Review+Giveaway: YA Debut Oct. Feature; Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout (ARC)

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!
Cover Thoughts:
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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Giveaway Closed Early due to Technical Difficulties...winner: Erinberry, you have been emailed.Thank you to Spencer Hill Press and Jennifer L. Armentrout for this chance to write a review on Half-Blood and for agreeing to give the copy of Half-Blood for the giveaway.


  1. I was not that excited to read this book but after your great review I think I would need to get a copy!
    And that cover is really beautiful!
    thanks a lot for the giveaway.

  2. I really want to get a finished copy of this book. Love the coloring of the cover!

  3. I've seen so many great reviews for this book! It must be awesome.


  4. Cool! This book sound awesome.

  5. Thank you for the giveaway! I'm really excited for this book (and for some reason I thought it was out already...), I'm excited for the love triangle, it sounds like a difficult choice!

  6. Awesome. I've been wanting to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me if it is open worldwide.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  8. Great review! I love a good love triangle. :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  9. I would love to read it. Thanks for having a giveaway.

  10. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  11. I really, really want to read this book! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy:)

  12. I'm having trouble reading your review. The dark writing against the deep blue background is difficult for an old guy's eyesight like mine.

    I see so many other positive comments that I'd like a chance to win this based on the Goodreads review.

  13. Loved the prequel- cant wait to read this one!

  14. I love your review, and thank you so much for this giveaway! I'm dying to read this book!! :)

    Linda @ Most Important Letter

  15. AHHHH!!! I love this book!! Your review is soo awesome!!! Thanks for the giveaways :)

  16. Ooh! Such a pretty cover! Great review, and thanks for the giveaway! :D

  17. Cool beans, I totally need this book - yes NEED. :) Thanks a bunch!! :D

  18. I have been dying to read this book! I want it so bad. The cover is wonderful. And your review? Gods, it makes me even more excited to read this one.

  19. Err I might have accidentally entered twice, sorry!


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