Half Blood – Jennifer L Armentrout

9680718Title: Half-Blood
Covenant, #1)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Young Adult
Rating: 3


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.


“Two people see each other across a room or their skin brushes. Their souls recognize the person as their own. It doesn’t need time to figure it. The soul always knows… whether it’s right or wrong.”

If you’ve heard of the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, then you’ve probably heard that a lot of it resembled Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead a little too closely. I remained skeptical, not wanting to read this series for a long time because of my devotion to Mead’s series, but alas, I caved. There were a lot of similarities, but honestly, to me it wasn’t half as good as the Vampire Academy series.

Half-Blood begins with seventeen year old Alexandria-but-call-me-Alex, a half blood, or a child that is born from a pure and someone of lesser blood. In this world, Alex, alike the rest of her half-blooded brethren, has two choices: hunt and kill daimons or become a slave to a pure. After her mother is taken by daimons and presumed dead, Alex returns to the covenant to continue her education, or risk a life of servitude.

Despite the many similarities to the VA series, it was not that that kept me disinterested enough to give it a three-star “it’s okay…” rating. The characters are just.. flat. The romance is flat. Everything is as flat as a girl before puberty hits. There were times Alex annoyed the hell out of me. Hunt daimons or basically become a slave. Given Alex’s choices, I was surprised that she kept getting out of line so often and didn’t seem to care that if she didn’t keep in line, she could potentially become a pure’s plaything and have no willpower to do anything ever again. I honestly couldn’t relate to her one bit, or any of the characters actually. The love interest Dimitri Aiden was dry and completely boring, and Seth goes from being disinterested to acting like he’s so in love with her by the end of the book. Give me a break.

I really wanted to like this book. I’m a huge fan of Armentrout’s Lux series, but this seems like something she wrote in her teens years before she started to write the Lux.

While I give this a nice three-stars, I will not be rushing to get the next books in the series anytime soon.

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