Book Review: Half-Blood

Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: October 18, 2011
281 pages
Buy it on  Amazon or Indie Bound
Audience: YA
Source: ARC provided by publisher

My thoughts:
Holy macaroni, friends, if you like books with strong girls, hot boys, and a plot that moves pretty quickly, this is a must read! Get your copy right now!!

First, for the strong girl: Alexandria goes by Alex. She is a looker, but wears what is comfortable and tosses her hair in a ponytail. She is just fine hanging out with the boys, but not as their arm candy- as their equal. When the mean girl snarks at her, she snarks right back. She is a daimon-killer, both literally and by training. And she doesn't let boys, adults, or anyone else make up her mind about anything; she listens to her own heart.

Then we have the hot boys. There are several to choose from in this selection, a variety sure to speak to every taste. My personal favorite, however, is Aiden, as demonstrated in my recent My Book Boyfriend post. I love beautiful boys who can allow their girl to be strong and independent, yet not think less of her when she has a weak moment. 

This upper YA debut is fast-paced, action-packed, and chock-full of believable teen characters. The voice is so fresh and contemporary, YA readers will eat this novel up. The original spin on Greek mythology is an entertaining change of pace from all of the vampires, fallen angels, and werewolves stalking our shelves. Thank you, Jennifer, for a new series to recommend to all my friends.

Five things I love about Half-Blood:
1. Aiden St. Delphi. Have I mentioned that I love him?
2. Descendants of Greek demigods. Cooool.
3. The bad guys, the daimons, are a creepy kind of evil. It's fun to be repulsed by them.
4. Alex may not always behave properly, but she always remains true to herself.
5. SO much room for really great storyline in sequels!!

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Summary from Good Reads:

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.