Book Review: Half-Blood (The Covenant Series)

Posted February 20, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Half-Blood (The Covenant Series)Half-Blood (a Covenant Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Covenant,
Published by Hodder General Publishing Division on August 14th 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780983157212
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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three-half-stars

“Need covers itself with love, but need… need is never love. Always beware of the one who needs you. There is always a want behind a need, you see.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Half-Blood

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.

The Good…:

After reading author Jennifer Armentrout’s LUX series last fall, I was hooked on her writing. Armentrout delivers fast-paced stories that hook you from the very first sentence, and don’t let go of your attention until her stories end. It was like that with LUX, and I can tell the Covenant series will be the same.

Alex is a funny, snarky, and relatable heroine. The society she lives in where Demigods look down on their half-human children and use them as servants or slaves added a social message to the story I didn’t expect. Every interaction Alex and her half-blood friends have with the Pures is laced with political implications, and taint relationships that cross racial lines with inequality. This adds an extra layer of danger to Alex’s budding relationship with Aidan, the pure-blood tasked with helping Alex once she returns to the Covenant.

The Bad…:

Of course, there’s also a love triangle about to form. If you’ve read other reviews of mine you’ll know I’m so over the love triangle gimmick in YA novels. As much as I like Seth, and am intrigued by his connection to Alex, it would be nice if there was the added complication of him falling for someone else instead of her. Every reader knows that the heroine will end up with the first love introduced, so the only hope I have going forward regarding this aspect of the book, is that Armentrout will throw in an unexpected twist.

The Ugly…:

This story is a fun, fast read, but is eerily familiar to another YA novel I loved – Vampire Academy. In Half-Blood you have a tough and tender heroine who falls for the older instructor. Another guy presents himself as a more appropriate choice, yet the heroine still yearns for her one and only. Creatures threaten to end their society by turning the good-guys into ravenous fiends who kill their own. Even the relations between the two castes is reminiscent of the other series. Hmm…

Do I Recommend?

Yes! I loved VA, so even though the similarities are startling, I also kind of loved it. The main characters are likable, and the Apollyon situation has left me wondering how everything will be resolved. If you are a fan of Armentrout’s LUX series, then you definitely should check this one out as well.

 

Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Overall: 3.6

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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