Published October 18th, 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
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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.
This was another one of those books I had to mull over before I could decide what to say about it.
I know some people have complained about the similarities between this book and Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. But do you want me to be honest?
I haven't read Vampire Academy. And I never plan to. (I promise it's not because it's about vampires. But I've read parts of it and I was not a fan.) So I can't say much about the similarities -- but if you ask me, I don't think the similarities are as bad as some people are making them out to be.
Alex was a great narrator. She was sarcastic and tough without appearing rude or obnoxious. Sometimes I wished her emotions came through a little more clearly, but otherwise, I thought she was a very well-done character.
I don't really have much to say about the rest of the characters, other than Caleb was such a girly gossip that it was just hilarious, and I will forever like Seth more than Aiden. Aiden might be very patient with Alex, which is something she obviously needs, but Seth is more interesting to me. Amusing. He could be sarcastic, too, and I loved him. (Also, wow, the blurb for Pure, the second book, talks about a love triangle, basically. How did I not notice that? *sadface*) I have a feeling she'll end up with Aiden, and then I'll be all sad, and THAT'S ALL THAT EVER HAPPENS IN LOVE TRIANGLES.
And the plot wasn't just about romance, either. The thing with her mother was a total surprise to me. I loved how Alex had to ignore her feelings and do what she needed to do - kill. I know that sounds like a really weird thing to like, but it proved that Alex was dedicated and strong - and that she wanted to save lives. And I liked the whole mythology behind all of it. The idea of the Apolloyon and how there were once two of them? I thought that was really cool.
Overall: Honestly, I think the only thing this book was missing was a few more descriptions. I can't wait to see where this series is going to go. (Specifically Seth and Alex, but we won't get into that >_>) Half-Blood was a surprising novel that I couldn't put down, and I can't wait for the next book. (Which is another awesome thing - it comes out in April. Which is not only my birthday month, but it means there's not a year-long wait between books like a lot of series.) 4 stars.