Review: Half-Blood

10.30.2011
Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
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.


Anyway.


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.

~Zoey~
14 comments on "Review: Half-Blood"
  1. Do I have a new book to look for? XD

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  2. Hmmmmm. I want to say yes, but I'm not sure if you would like it :o I *think* you would. I have a feeling you're either going to like it or absolutely hate it xD

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  3. I've never read the Vampire Academy series, so I can't compare it to that. And by what you've said, it doesn't seem that bad.

    I'll probably add it to my Christmas wish list. I has no money. >.<

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  4. God, I know I couldn't read VA from what I've heard about it. I know people like it, but seriously. Too much drama. -_-

    Yeah, do that :D I think you might like Alex.

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  5. I think I'm too brain dead to try and even remember what people've said.

    -goes to first create Xmas list, then to add book- I hope so. He sounds interesting. XD

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  6. I have to defend the Vampire Academy series. One of the best YA series out there, hands down. The writing's incredible and the story lines are unique with each new novel. I highly recommend them. I was sceptically too at first, but they really are good books. Vampires or not.

    About Half-blood. I've been curious about this one for a while, haven't taken the plunge.

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  7. I agree with Sarah Darlington VA is an amazing series. But if you don't like love triangles then I would stay away from it. But other than the love triangle issue I really enjoyed them.

    Half-Blood sounds really interesting. I'm not sure that I would mind the similarities as long as the characters stood out on their own. Great Review! I may have to go out and get a copy of this book.

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  8. Have you read the Vampire Academy series? Because many people say that they are alike. and I loved the VA series. So maybe I'd love this one too..

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  9. I just got this book for Christmas and I can't wait to dive into it very soon. I've heard many many good things about this book. And I am afraid I will like Seth more than Aiden and by your review it seems Alex likes Aiden more. I'll have to find out for sure. Thanks so much for this review.

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  10. I really enjoyed this book. It was the one that got me interested in Jennifer Armenttourts books! I have read all that she has written since haha!
    Brittany Koenig

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  11. I loved this book. While it reminded me a lot of another book. This one eventually stood out to me. I cannot wait for Pure to be released. The wait is just killing me!

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  12. I think this sounds like a good book that will keep me very captivated to the end.

    Thanks for the review!

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  13. Great review! Thanks for taking the time to do it :)

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  14. I highly enjoyed the cast in this book. Alex is so like Rose in some ways, she's strong, she has a bit of a temper or let's say her actions and mouth tend to get her into trouble. She's special in ways that the other half-bloods are not. I loved the whole concept behind the Greek mythology and how it was tied into this world. Aiden, a pure blood, who's also reminiscent of Dimitri, is one sexy and fierce fighter.

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10.30.2011

Review: Half-Blood

Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
Published October 18th, 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.


Anyway.


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.

~Zoey~

14 comments:

  1. Do I have a new book to look for? XD

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  2. Hmmmmm. I want to say yes, but I'm not sure if you would like it :o I *think* you would. I have a feeling you're either going to like it or absolutely hate it xD

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  3. I've never read the Vampire Academy series, so I can't compare it to that. And by what you've said, it doesn't seem that bad.

    I'll probably add it to my Christmas wish list. I has no money. >.<

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  4. God, I know I couldn't read VA from what I've heard about it. I know people like it, but seriously. Too much drama. -_-

    Yeah, do that :D I think you might like Alex.

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  5. I think I'm too brain dead to try and even remember what people've said.

    -goes to first create Xmas list, then to add book- I hope so. He sounds interesting. XD

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  6. I have to defend the Vampire Academy series. One of the best YA series out there, hands down. The writing's incredible and the story lines are unique with each new novel. I highly recommend them. I was sceptically too at first, but they really are good books. Vampires or not.

    About Half-blood. I've been curious about this one for a while, haven't taken the plunge.

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  7. I agree with Sarah Darlington VA is an amazing series. But if you don't like love triangles then I would stay away from it. But other than the love triangle issue I really enjoyed them.

    Half-Blood sounds really interesting. I'm not sure that I would mind the similarities as long as the characters stood out on their own. Great Review! I may have to go out and get a copy of this book.

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  8. Have you read the Vampire Academy series? Because many people say that they are alike. and I loved the VA series. So maybe I'd love this one too..

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  9. I just got this book for Christmas and I can't wait to dive into it very soon. I've heard many many good things about this book. And I am afraid I will like Seth more than Aiden and by your review it seems Alex likes Aiden more. I'll have to find out for sure. Thanks so much for this review.

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  10. I really enjoyed this book. It was the one that got me interested in Jennifer Armenttourts books! I have read all that she has written since haha!
    Brittany Koenig

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  11. I loved this book. While it reminded me a lot of another book. This one eventually stood out to me. I cannot wait for Pure to be released. The wait is just killing me!

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  12. I think this sounds like a good book that will keep me very captivated to the end.

    Thanks for the review!

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  13. Great review! Thanks for taking the time to do it :)

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  14. I highly enjoyed the cast in this book. Alex is so like Rose in some ways, she's strong, she has a bit of a temper or let's say her actions and mouth tend to get her into trouble. She's special in ways that the other half-bloods are not. I loved the whole concept behind the Greek mythology and how it was tied into this world. Aiden, a pure blood, who's also reminiscent of Dimitri, is one sexy and fierce fighter.

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