Pub. Date: October 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Format: Paperback , 304pp
Age Range: Young Adult
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, reminiscent of one of my all time favorite YA series, THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY, lured me into its world filled with compelling characters. I’d like to say that this book would have blown me away, except that I kept having so many flash backs of characters, scenes, and plots from THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES. I can’t say that this book was original because there were too many things that were similar to VAMPIRE ACADEMY. I did like the half-blood & pure aspect of this species which included gods instead of vampires. I guess when it comes down to it, if you are a fan of the VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES, then you will most likely enjoy this book.
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. Then there’s Seth, the unknown. He’s powerful and he’s about to make life miserable for Alex. I really enjoyed his laid back character. He’s cocky, yet he cares about what happens to Alex. I know I can’t wait to see where this goes. The whole prophecy/oracle aspect of what will happen with Alex and her future did provide a bit of mystery as to what would happen next. So, I’m glad that where some differences in HALF-BLOOD’s world that kept me entertained throughout.
Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with the originality of this book, but Armentrout’s writing and characters kept me entertained and thrilled about the world that she has created. A lot of things have changed in Alex’s world and the consequences will have a life or death impact on her kind. This book is sexy, kick-ass, and entertaining. I enjoyed it!
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars