{Book Review} Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA paranormal, fantasy
Published: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 281
Source: Purchased Paperback
Available at: Amazon Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Over the past few months, I’ve heard quite a bit of praise for the Covenant series, and I have to agree, Half-Blood was an amazing book. However, I didn’t find it nearly as captivating as Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian of the Lux series. Half-Blood moved at a much slower pace. The characters didn’t ask as many questions I would have liked at the beginning, plus things I found odd were sometimes ignored by the main characters until later in the novel. I kind of found that a little frustrating at time.

As for the main character, Alex was definitely an interesting character to follow, but she didn’t capture me like Katy from Obsidian had. I didn’t feel one with her thoughts nor could I really fit into her shoes. I did feel for her, though. All the stuff she had to face. All the tragedy. Yet she was strong in character, a bit of a big mouth, and a little kickass—all of which I enjoyed.

I did love Aiden. He was a cool guy. I liked how he was all tough and hard on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside. But I didn’t find him as swoon worthy as Daemon in Obsidian. I missed the playful taunts, the verbal duals. Oh, and Seth! Ugh! In my opinion, he was just a plan jerk in Half-Blood. No playfulness or being a tease. I didn’t like his attitude at all.

Yet despite Seth and the few other things I didn’t like, as a whole the plotline was captivating. I was drawn into this world of demi-gods and diamons, wanting to learn more about the pures and half-bloods. I wanted to know what each of their lives was like with all the rules about forbidden love. I was even curious what it’s like for the diamons. What they feel. What they think. What were they plotting? And though Seth, presently, is not on my good side, I’m fascinated by the situation he and Alex found themselves in. With the role Alex has to play, I’m curious how she’s going to handle all the pressure and feeling in future novels.

All in all, it wasn’t the Lux series—it didn’t steal my heart, or take my breath away—but it is a storyline that I’m addicted to. I had that one taste of aether, and now, I can’t stop until I consume the last book.

3 thoughts on “{Book Review} Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

  1. So the author can write something you really enjoyed (Lux), but the same author writes something that you didnt like *as much*. Which book/series did she write first? Do you think her writing styles has changed as she’s gotten older? Is the Lux series pitched at an older set of YAs, so she’s changed her writing style? Had you read this book first and Obsidian second, would you have still preferred Obsidian?

    I’ve read neither to be honest, not a huge reader of YA fiction, but always interested in how other people perceive YA books


    1. Hi, Nordie! It’s cool. Honestly, I’m not sure when either book was actually written, but they were both first published in late 2011 and they both are written for the same YA audience.
      As for style, her general style didn’t seem different, but like I said, it’s more connecting with the character. I couldn’t so much relate to Alex like I could with Katy. And if I read this book first, I would have still liked Obsidian better. It was my favorite read for 2012. 🙂


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