[Review] Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout

Posted on 06/04/2012 in Book Review / 11 Comments

[Review] Half-Blood by Jennifer L ArmentroutHalf-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: Covenant Series #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 10/18/2011
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 281
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

Okay, so this was one tough review to write. But stay with me, try not to judge and hear me out.

I liked Half-Blood…no, no, I LOVED Half-Blood. It was a phenomenal story and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It was comprised of the perfect ingredients that make a YA/Paranormal Romance and I ate it up. Jennifer Armentrout’s characters were vivid, imaginative and funny and I had a blast reading from Rose’s Alex’s point of view. She was a strong, independent, occasionally reckless and ALWAYS snarky half-breed. She also has a thing for brooding men. The story-line was great: you have Hematoi (aka Pures), halfs who act as their guardians (aka Half-Bloods) and you also have the dark, “turned” group called Daimons. In order to become a Daimon, one must drain the essence of a Pure or Half-Blood, down to the very last drop, and then feed their Daimon blood to them. Then, voila! Daimon! Alex is a halfie who has been on the run for a few years, away from the Covenant (the school and community of her kind where she lived, learning to be a Sentinel) when she’s caught and brought back.

Hey, does that sound familiar? It should. Because it was just like Vampire Academy, save for a few pesky details. And I am going to illustrate how, right here, in a handy-dandy guide:

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If I stretched, I could probably go on, but you get my point.

Now, I’m not claiming that the Covenant series is a complete rip-off of Vampire Academy. Some of the details were different. Half-Blood is based in Greek lore and mythology, not I’m-gonna-bite-you-and-suck-your-blood-muahahaha Dracula ‘ish. But a lot of the basic details and plot-line were almost identical and I did have a problem with that. Even the MC’s voice sounded like it could come from Vampire Academy’s Rose Hathaway. It didn’t make me mad, but I was disappointed, because I have heard nothing but great things about it. I did not, however, hear that it was like Vampire Academy and I’m sort of amazed by that. How did anyone miss this? Or did everyone just choose to ignore it? It really beats the hell out of me. Despite all this, I’m going to continue with this series. Another blogger, when I mentioned the astounding similarities, said it goes in a different direction with Pure, the follow-up to Half-Blood. And since I really liked Half-Blood, I’m not going to give up yet (but of course I liked Half-Blood; I liked Vampire Academy!). I just hope I’m not reading the same books twice.



“The soul always knows… whether it’s right or wrong.”


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Disclaimers: This ebook was purchased with my hard-earned moolah but my review is still honest. Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads.
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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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11 responses to “[Review] Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout

  1. Nice review – thanks! I recently ordered this book so I’ll be reading it soon 🙂 I haven’t actually read Vampire Academy so I guess the similarities won’t bother me. But even if I had read Vampire Academy, I don’t think I’d mind if I loved what was ‘copied.’ For example, Eragon is a completely unoriginal work. It basically just ‘borrows’ ideas from Dragonriders of Pern, LotR, Star Wars, etc. But I still enjoyed the book because I liked all the original works. I don’t mind reading similar stories if I enjoy them 🙂
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