Friday, December 16, 2011

Half-blood by Jennifer Armentrout

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Synopsis:
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 thoughts:
Alex has been away from the Covenant for years, but after a family tragedy, she wants nothing more than to go back to the school. Now more than ever, she wants to become a Sentinel and fight daimons. But the laws of half-bloods, pures, and daimons are changing, and Alex is wrapped up in the changes. She'll question everything she thought she knew.

Alex is a character I immediately identified with. She doesn't like following rules. She likes to think she's totally badass, and yet she falls prey to her emotions like any teenage girl. Between her feelings for Aiden and her family issues, Alex is a lot like a mortal girl. But her desire to learn to fight daimons and her drive to become a Sentinel proves that she's one tough half-blood.

I can't wait for PURE, the next book in the Covenant series. Big things have already happened to Alex, but her future promises to hold even more surprises.

Just for fun: Alex has to choose between a life of servitude or a life fighting daimons to the death. Which would you choose?

30 comments:

  1. I have this one on my Kindle and can't wait to read it. The reviews have been so wonderful for it.
    To answer your question - since I'm a giant chicken, I'd probably go with servitude. Doesn't make for a very good story though. :)

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  2. Jessie, servitude? Really? You've never come across as a chicken to me. Maybe after you read the book, you'll change your mind. And you're right. The review have been great. It's an awesome book.

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  3. Great review, Kelly. As to your question, I'd likely go with fighting daimons, but because I rarely play by the rules I'd run to safety as soon as I was certain a life of scrubbing toilets was behind me!

    I'm a coward and cannot imagine battling daimons, or wielding a sword. But then a toilet brush isn't something I'd want to hold either!

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  4. Sounds like a great premise. If I was an expert warrior, I'd choose to fight demons. Servitude is unacceptable.

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  5. Fighting daimons, of course! There's so much more mysterious charm to it. Nice review, Kelly. :)

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  6. Claudine, thanks. I agree. Much more mysterious charm to fighting daimons. :)

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  7. Fight the daimons! Sounds like an interesting book, Kelly.

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  8. This sounds like a fascinating read! I like that you identified with the main character right away. I woud definitely pick to fight the daimons. I would not do well in a life of servitude. I am a bit to fiesty. :)

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  9. Jess, I'm with you. I'm too feisty to live a life of servitude. This really is a great read.

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  10. My choice is fighting daimons.

    I've seen this cover around, but this is the first review I've read. You've definitely piqued my interest.

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  11. Medeia, if you check out Amazon, you'll see all the great reviews for this book. It's definitely worth your time.

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  12. Oh, I know I have to have this book! of the two, I'd spend my life fighting.

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  13. Donna, get it! Seriously, you'll love it.

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  14. Sounds interesting... I'd probably go either with fighting daimons, or, if at all possible, starting a new life without all that pure-non-pure mess.

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  15. angel011, it's funny that no one else came up with this solution. Good for you.

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  16. Love your funky blog! Finally getting over to checking it out. Very young and hip!

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  17. Thanks, Jodi. :) I thought this related better to my teen audience than my website.

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  18. I'd choose a life of fighting daimons to the death, that's way more adventurous. :) Nice review. I'm a new follower! :D

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  19. Hi, Sarah. Thanks for following. And I agree. I'd fight the demons too.

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  20. I can't wait for Pure either, because Half-Blood was really good!

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  21. Kara, yes, it really is a great book. I'm sure PURE will be equally as good.

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  22. It's not surprising to me that you liked that Alex doesn't follow the rules. I think the answer is clear for me, who wants to follow when there is so much to experiencing when your follow your heart...

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  23. I love Alex she is sassy in a loveable way she always seems to make me laugh and she goes after what she cant have i love this book and amost all the characters....but what i love most is the tear jerking story behind the funniness of it all Alex fights for what she wants and saves in many more ways then 1 i could not put this book down!!!!!!!!

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    1. I agree. Pure is just around the corner. I'm really looking forward to it.

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