Monday, September 12, 2011

Half-Blood by: Jennifer L Armentrout

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: Kick-ass, alluring, and unique. Half-Blood is an amazing debut that has it all. It will entrap you from page one and seduce you all the way through.

Alexandria, Alex for short, is a Half-Blood. Unlike Pure-Bloods she is forced to be trained as a Sentinel who will hunt down Daimons or become a "zombie-like" servant for the Pure-Bloods. And Alex would rather do anything than become a servant. Her and her mother had left the Covenant when she was 14 years old and Alex had no idea why. Now on her own and in trouble, she is brought back to the Covenant and forced to train the entire summer with only one benefit... Aiden, a sexy Sentinel Pure-Blood, is her trainer. The problem: Half-Bloods and Pure-Bloods are not aloud to have a relationship, but that doesn't keep her from falling for him. As trouble starts to narrow in on the island, Alex must act quick before she suffers a fate worse than death.

Firstly, I love the cover art-work for this series. They are all absolutely beautiful! I love how they are more design oriented. Plus, Half-Blood is a purple (my favorite color) hibiscus... how gorgeous! Second, this book is one of the best debut books I've read. I absolutely loved every part of Half-Blood. From the opening, intense chapter to the final touching pages. It has compelling characters, an intense story line, plenty of laughs, irresistible romance, and so many great morals.

The characters I have to say I loved them all in some sort of way, even the evil ones. One thing I love is when you at first detest a character but then you realize you missed something and grow to like them. I completely felt that with Seth and Marcus. Also, a thought that popped in my head... I liked Kain and now I cannot help but thinking if his name was deliberately picked. Hmm :). Other characters I enjoyed were Deacon, yes I liked him, and Caleb. I've always been fond of the name Caleb and in Half-Blood, I completely fell for his character. He's the perfect, good-looking, guy best friend and he can come be my friend any day of the week!

Next, Aiden St. Delphi. Oh yes. He is one smoking fella. I absolutely love the fact that he is twenty... made my life! I absolutely love when a love interest is older than the main character. Aiden is so much more than that though. He has a rough past, and yet he still is so strong and so caring. The respect and compassion he has for Alex just completely stole my heart. He understands her and instructs her with the perfect tenderness. Plus, he has a guitar and a pick collection... HOW HOT IS THAT?! And FIRE?! Just keeps on getting hotter...!

Finally, there is Alex. Alex is the main character we all love and want to be. She's athletic, strong, admirable, naturally pretty, clever, and comical. Alex constantly kept me on my heels, and her banter with Aiden had me smiling quite often. I loved how she stood up for herself and could basically kiss major ass. Alex has a few extremely tough decisions to make through-out Half-Blood and honestly I think she handled them all perfectly.

Half-Blood was nothing less than spectacular. I loved every single word and every single page. The fighting aspect was so intense and exciting. The relationships we're all so well thought out. The story line was brilliant. It was unique, suspenseful, and I completely adored it. This is a definite must buy! And I am dying for the next one, Pure!!! Five stars out of five!! :) 

 - 5 out of 5 stars -


  1. I love Half-Blood too! The world is fabulous and the characters are too! Nice review.

    Oh and I love purple too. The cover had me in one second.


  2. Yep, I love the purples too :)

    This book does sound awesome, great review Jena!

    I think I have the ebook prequel, so I should get to that. I love when the evil characters can be likeable too. It's better when you can pull for both sides.

    And an older love interest guy, yay! I love when that happens. Still a year younger than me though. YA really makes you feel old seeing all of these teenagers with such exciting lives.

    How do you keep stumbling upon all of these great books to read. I go through slumps of 3 star ones. It's only been lately that I've been finding some of the 5's.

  3. Oh man, I am sosososo excited to read this! Every single review I've seen gushes about how amazing this is. I have an ecopy but I know I won't enjoy it if I try to subject myself to reading off the computer (need an ereader!) so I'm waiting to get my hands on a print version. VERY impatiently, mind you.

    Fantastic review, Jena! Seriously, you know how to get my even more excited about a book :)

  4. I recently read/reviewed Half-Blood, too. I thought it was a fantastic book. Now, the long wait for Pure is on!
    Great review!

  5. Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVED Half-Blood and I LOVED your review!

    Everything about this book was pure awesome! I felt the same way about all of the characters -- Jennifer just wrote them in a way that made them so easy to like! Especially Alex. And Caleb. And Aiden.


    Awesome review, Jena! I'm so excited that you liked this book as much as I did! :)

  6. Wow... I've read nothing but glowing reviews about this one!!! Hmmm, I still can't wait to read it!! Great review though!

  7. Oh man, I loved this book too! You are so right! Didn't that make Aiden so much hotter that he was 20! He's like extra forbidden, which just means he's all the hotter!!!

  8. New follower. Congrats on hitting 500. Very good review. I also reviewed this book on my blog recently. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.


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