Book #17 of 2016: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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 had received a copy of the third book in the Covenant series, but had never started the first. Knowing that I would need the first to understand the third, I went ahead and bought it and the second one. Half-Blood is the first in a young adult paranormal series that is a mixture of ancient Greek and vampire like creatures.

The first thing that popped in my head once I started reading is the similarity to The Vampire Academy.  Though I haven’t read that book, I have seen the movie and know enough to see that there are similarities. Such as, Half-Bloods are either slaves or fighters. The Pures control the elements. The main character had been out of school for a long time before being found and placed back in on probation. Yeah, there are some similarities.

However, I feel that it wasn’t that much the same (again just from my experience with the VA movie). I’m not big on Greek mythos and even though the people of the covenant are descended from the Gods, the Gods aren’t central characters. This book was more like setting the world and the characters. It gave you an idea of what the world is like and gives you a taste as to whether or not you choose to take in some more of that aether.

I’ve decided that the mythos of the world is enough to keep me going (and I’m not deterred from reading VA in the future either). Yes, the book was easy to figure out. I knew exactly what was going to happen. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the journey. I did. I’m not completely sure of the characters, but the world has me wanting to see more. I do have two other books in the series to eventually read.

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