Thursday, October 20, 2011

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tomorrow Amethyst Daydreams is a stop on the Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout blog tour.  I hope you'll stop back tomorrow for Jennifer's guest post but today I have my review of Half-Blood, one of this year's YA Debut releases.  Here is the Goodreads blurb:

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.
I really enjoyed this book.  I didn't love it to bits but I think that is because I don't really care for the leading man.  A good leading man can sell just about anything- just look at the Old Spice commercials.  Don't get me wrong, TONS of girls love Aidan St. Delphi.  I just don't dig him.  I can't even put my figure on why I don't love him to bits.  It's strange.  However, I do absolutely LOVE Seth.  Seth is totally my guy.  He's bad ass and tough but he also has these little moments where you almost think that he might have a heart.  I love it.  He's a super cool character.  He's my favorite character in the book.  Really, I think everyone should read this book and see how they like it.  I honestly think my love for Seth kinda messes with my love for the book.  I'm really very excited for the next book, Pure, which I hope will have more Seth in it!  Yay for Team Seth!  I also really enjoyed Alex's friends, they are an interesting cast of characters.  The cover of this book is just gorgeous.  Even with my dislike of Aidan, there are SO many reasons why this book is a must read.  The premise is new and different and interesting- it is like nothing you have read before.  This book is relatively clean and the violence is not terribly graphic.  I would say it is suitable for readers 14 and older.

You can find out more about Jennifer Armentrout and her books on her blog, Facebook or Twitter.  Half_Blood will be released on October 18th and it's sequel Pure will be out next fall.  You can find all of Jennifer's works on Goodreads.  Remember to check out the Half-Blood Blog Tour!!

Half Blood earns 3 Fairies from me due to Alex and I being incompatible and the serious need for MORE SETH! 

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