Sunday, November 13, 2011

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

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

Published: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Page Count: Paperback, 281

Source: Bought
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 Reads
I'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. 

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 aspect of the book, the plot development, etc. 


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 Stars!


  1. Fantastic review! I adored Half-Blood, and I cannot await for the next book, Pure.

  2. I think I will be adding yet another book to the TBR! I feel spoiled lately, there are so many wonderful books out. Great review as always, Liza - I'm a diehard VA fan, so that reference definitely has caught my interest.

  3. @Gianna Me too! It can't come out soon enough!

    @BJ There are! It seems like I've been a roll with my 5 ratings! I don't want this spree to end! I was definitely going to recommend this one to you - I loved the romance and I thought you would too!

    Thank you both for your comments! <333

  4. Okay, now I feel like the only person on the planet who hasn't read this book yet? For Shame!

    I'm a big fan of strong female protagonists who go after what they want, so Alex sounds like she'd win me over quickly!

    And of course, I'm a sucker for sweeping romances. I gonna bump this up on the TBR. Thanks, Liza.

  5. I'm glad you loved Half-Blood. But what I really want to know is if you're Team Aiden or Team Seth!
    Great review!

  6. ahaha the Harry Potter quote was hilarious, I laughed so hard! Have you read Obsidian!? Its AMAZING, if you loved Half Blood, Obsidian is 1,000 times better! Cannot wait until Pure is released!!


  7. @Missie YOU'RE RIGHT! FOR SHAME! :D Can't wait to see what you think!

    @Andrea OOOH, ANDREA! I don't know. I'm really... stuck. Aiden is freaking hot. But Seth. At first I was like ugh Seth sucks, but then something switched and I started to suspect some secret sexy. I definitely want to see more of him in the next book, that's for sure! :)

    @Kate Me too! :D NO, I HAVEN'T! I missed when they had it up on Netgalley. I need to email them and beg them for a review copy or something. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL IT COMES OUT! IT ISN'T FAIR! Bwuahhaa! I've been dying to read it and now after reading Half-Blood and realizing that I truly worship the ground that Jennifer L Armentrout walks on... I NEED IT. NOW! I can't wait for Pure either! It's definitely one that's at the top of my most wanted list!

    Thank you girls for commenting! Love you long time! <333

  8. I loved this book also, I had read Daimon when it first came out on the Nook & couldn't wait for Half-Blood to be released & devoured it in hours!

  9. I didn't know there was mythology involved. I have to read this one soon since I adored Obsidian. Wonderful review! I guess I'll start with Daimon :)

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  10. I love that quote! I'm even more excited to read this book now!

    Thanks for letting me know about reading Daimon first. I thought you were supposed to read it after. Have to get on these books ASAP!!

    Btw, I love your rating system! So cute!

  11. I adored this one too! I definitely saw some similarities to VA as well, but since I loved that relationship so much, I didn't mind that it was mirrored a bit in this story. I cannot wait for Pure to come out! Awesome review Liza:)

  12. I've heard so many awesome things about this one!!! I can't wait to read it!!!

  13. YAY LIZA! I'm so glad you finally read this one! I agree with you completely -- it was AMAZING and Alex was definitely one of my fave heroines! And that she'd like you? Well, I guess that makes you sort of one of them too! ;)

    Awesome review! Let's start the countdown for book two together!!! :)

    P.S. You have to get to Obsidian when it comes out too, Liza! Jennifer becomes one of my fave authors with that even more!

  14. I adored this book! I did see the similarities to VA, but didn't care. What I really want to know is if you're Team Aiden or Team Seth?
    Great review!

  15. ugh I absolutely adore this book!!!!!! Great review hun! (:

  16. This one is on my wish list. I love the cover! I've read so many positive reviews, that I need to get this book soon!

  17. I've had this forever, I really need to read it! So glad you loved it. :)

  18. There is no doubt that Half-Blood is a must read for readers of any age. The gods demand it. The only question that remains is just how many times.

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