Tue, November 1, 2011

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Oct. 18, 2011
Spencer Hill Press, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Amazon.com description

Okay, let’s get the obvious out of the way first: Anyone who has read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is going to draw comparisons. I sure did.

And I can see how the similarities might bother some people. It’s really impossible to ignore. But me? Ultimately, I didn’t mind it because this book is straight up good.

The fighting kicked butt, the heroine was likable, the romance was steamy and the plot was filled with nonstop tension. I adored it for many of the same reasons I loved Vampire Academy. So I’m hoping you all will agree with me and eventually see the comparison as a GOOD thing.

I’m a fan. Count me as one of the many clamoring for the sequel.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Sarah (Escaping Through Books) said:

    I haven't read many indie books because there are so many available on Amazon and it is difficult to sift through them to figure out which ones are good. I loved the Vampire Academy series, though, and I've heard a lot of good stuff about this book in the blogging world, so I want to give this book a shot (and it's a major plus that it's only $3.99 for the Kindle… score!).


    Posted on: Tue, November 1, 2011

  2. Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said:

    I agree with you on the VA similarities! Still loved it though!


    Posted on: Tue, November 1, 2011

  3. Pam said:

    Reading this very soon. I read the prequel and loved it. Also looking forward to Obsidian from the author.


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  4. Laura Ashlee said:

    I've heard this has VA similarities. Luckily, I've never read that series so this book was AWESOME.


    Posted on: Tue, November 1, 2011

  5. Iina said:

    I’ve read quite a lot of comments too how Half-Blood and Vampire Academy share similarities. And I don’t understand why people seem to complain about it! Personally, I like a lot more the Covenant series (maybe it’s because I’ve read only the first book of Vampire Academy..). I also think that even though the similarities can be striking in the beginning, the series will carry their own plots and start evolve in their own ways.


    Posted on: Tue, November 1, 2011

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