Published: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Page Count: Paperback, 281
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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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. - Good ReadsI'm a huge fan of book series - mostly because I feel that there is a better possibility for growth and I love spending time with characters I love and seeing the challenges they face. I'm delighted to say that Half-Blood looks to be the start of another amazing Young Adult series! I would recommend reading Daimon first, which is the prequel to Half-Blood. It's a very quick and fast paced read and it's definitely a must if you want to see what begun Alex's situation at the beginning of Half-Blood. You don't have to read it though, Half-Blood is completely comprehensible without it - it's just a strong suggestion. I read Daimon first and it blew me away and pumped me up for the next part, which at the time was months away!
Alex can be described easily: she's hot-headed and opinionated. She goes after what she wants, but at times her lack of control over her temper nearly destroys her. Throughout the book you see her keep her feisty nature, but learn how to rein it in a little better when it gets out of control. She was a character that was easy to follow along with and relate to. Well, the former hot-headed teenager in me can relate anyway...!
The romance totally swept me away. I actually felt it was slightly reminiscent of Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy. And not because of the student and instructor aspect necessarily, but also the temperament and personalities of the characters. I wouldn't say they mirrored them as a couple, but I definitely felt a similar spirit to their relationship, which in my opinion made it all the better. So, if you adored the romance in Vampire Academy between Rose and Dimitri, I think you'll love the romance in Half-Blood.
The plot is very engaging and kept me reading without stop. This was something I did not want to put down. The mythological aspects were a big winner for me - I loved some of the developments that popped up throughout the story and there were plenty of surprises and I can't wait to see what happens to Alex in the next book Pure! It can't come out soon enough!
Young Adult Paranormal readers who love mythology. And as I said earlier, if you loved the romance between Rose and Dimitri in Vampire Academy, there is a massive chance you'll love the romance in this one!
“Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.” “Did you just quote Harry Potter?
5 out of 5 Hello Kitties!