Friday, May 6, 2011
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 15, 2011
My Rating: 5/5 stars (Must read)
"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 pure-blooded 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."(from author's website)
This book captured my attention from the first page, where the reader is dropped right in the middle of the action. Alex, the main character, is strong and not afraid to stand up for herself. Her mother has died and she is trying to figure out how to survive. You find yourself cheering for her to become a Sentinel, despite the inequality between half and pure bloods. I also fell in love with the supporting character specifically Aiden St. Delphi (needless to say I have another book crush). Armentrout strikes the perfect balance of action and romance. The world building was amazing it made me wish I could train at the super exclusive Covenant. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say too much more, other than I cannot wait till the second book Pure comes out next spring. How addicting is this book? I read through most of the night even though I had a 9:50 class in the morning, I just couldn't put it down.