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

Half Blood

5 star

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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.

Half-Blood is a fantastic novel with kickass characters, writing, and plotting. Armentrout is truly at her best. Half-Blood is a one sitting book that will leave you desperately needing the next book. 

The first thing I’ll address is the comparisons to Vampire Academy. Yes, there are some similarities that some might believe are blatant rip offs, but the best form of flattery is imitation. I love both series because they offer something very different to readers. If you’ve read Vampire Academy and you’re not sure if you should start the Covenant series because there are similarities, I would urge you to give it a chance. Both series go in very different directions by the second novel and both offer a different reading experience. 

Alex is such a badass. She’s headstrong, independent, confident, and physically strong. Describing a character as physically strong may seem unusual, but the world Armentrout created for her characters relies heavily on physical strength and how to manipulate that strength. Alex still has a long way to go after the end of the first novel, but that’s the beauty of Alex as character. She’s constantly evolving and reflecting on her views of the world. 
Aiden. What is there to say about Aiden? He’s a quiet alpha male. His presence is felt whenever he’s in a room, but he’s not obnoxious or a showboat. He’s silently deadly. He’s one of my all time favourite book boyfriends because he’s the perfect balance between sensitive and caring and the protective alpha male. 
Seth is always a joy to read if you enjoy his style of character. He’s the opposite of Aiden. Where Aiden is quiet, Seth is loud and obnoxious. Where Aiden is quietly deadly, Seth is assertively deadly. Seth bring an interesting element to the story that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

Overall, Half-Blood is a fantastic first novel to an epic series. Read it. Love it. 

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