May 28, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Genre: YA Mythology/Fantasy
Series: Covenant #1
Source: Bought for Nook

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

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. (Goodreads)

I read this book months and months ago and I'm just now reviewing it. I apologize. I started this series after I read the first two Lux books and there's really no comparison. Lux rules, but this series is far from the worst reads list. In fact, I like it. But how can I not? It's Greek mythology.

The mythological concept for the series is great, but the execution in this first book was just so-so. I didn't feel connected to this world at all. It just felt too common and not special enough. But that's just the mythology lover in me being a picky brat.

Characters are the most important part of any book to me. World-building is great but if the characters suck then I don't care what's happening around them. The characters are part of why I rated Half-Blood the way I did. Alex was pretty awesome. Feisty and hard-headed, just the type of heroine that causes more trouble than any one girl should be able to cause. But you have to love her. She's a survivor and for me, she felt all the right emotions when she was supposed to feel them and never apologized for vocalizing them. And trust me, Alex is so up and down, it's like watching a yo-yo.

Aiden St. Delphi, on the other hand, was a disappointment to me. What a bore! He had absolutely no personality. There's nothing memorable about Aiden that makes him stand out among other YA heartthrobs. So he's hot. Big deal! So is every other BB, and to be honest, I'm still not sure what Alex sees in him. He's nice and protective, sure. But he's boring! I like fun male leads with smart mouths, who can also be sweet and loving. Like Daemon Black. Honestly, as soon as the mysterious Apollyon Seth was introduced into this book, I was instantly on his team. Seth had personality for days and a snarky attitude as big as Olympus. He brought some much needed male spice to the book.

I liked Alex's best friend, Caleb, a lot. Alex's uncle and stepfather were also interesting characters to get to know, too. There was all kinds of intrigue and secrets surrounding those two, which fed into the overall plot nicely, creating many twists and turns that I never saw coming. The book ended on a strong note, enticing me to read the next book, Pure. Overall, a decent read that fans of JLA will definitely enjoy!


  1. Awesome review! I didn't like Aiden either in this book. I was also on Seth team. Gotta love him. =D Now I'm just confused about both Aiden and Seth. Who do I love more? I don't know anymore.
    But Half-Blood reminded me too much about Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, luckily the books after Half-Blood (and Pure) don't resemble it anymore. :)

    1. See, I haven't read VA even though I own the first book :P But yeah, I don't know who I love more between Aiden and Seth anymore. I think once I finally read Apollyon and really learn what Seth is all about, then I'll be able to choose. Reviewing Pure next week ^_^


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