Review + Giveaway: “Half-Blood (Covenant #1)” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Paperback, 281 pages
Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
Review Copy: Purchased (Paperback & Kindle)
Description from Goodreads:
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m not sure what I can say about “Half Blood” that hasn’t already been said. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, with an awesome female main character, look no further – “Half Blood” fits the bill. This is one book that lives up to the hype.
“Half Blood” picks up where “Daimon” (the free e-book prequel available through Spencer Hill Press’s website) leaves off: after Aiden finds Alex struggling against a group of daimon’s. The Covenant has spent the past three years searching for Alex and her mother, and when they finally find Alex it’s too late for her mother as a daimon already got to her. Her mother never explained why they left the Covenant, but she was sure that if she returned a life of servitude awaited her – she was a half blood, her mother had run away with her after taking her husband’s fortune, and she made no effort to seek out the Covenant in the three years she was gone. Thing’s don’t look great for Alex, and upon her return to the Covenant, her uncle tells her that he’s worked it out so that she was serve her step father. That’s when Aiden, a pure blood that Alex developed a crush on, asks her uncle to allow him to train her instead.
Watching as Alex and Aiden, a half and a pure, train together is interesting. As a Sentinel, and someone who lost his parents when he was young, Aiden isn’t one to show emotion. He’s an all business type of character, but Alex seems to bring out another side to him. Their relationship changes over time, developing into something more for both of them, but since pure’s and half’s are not allowed to engage in relationships together, they cannot act out on their feelings as it’ll end badly for Alex. Of course, the two moments in which they manage to forget about this rule you can’t help but to smile.
When Alex’s step father comes for a visit, trying to bring her home, he brings with him Seth, the Apollyon. There is only supposed to be one Apollyon at a time, although there has been two in one period before (which didn’t end well), but you can suspect that when Alex see’s his markings and the others don’t that something is different about her. It makes for an interesting storyline, and much like Aiden and Alex, Seth is easy to like.
I loved “Half Blood”. It is funny, it is heart breaking (especially watching as Alex broke down over her mother after her uncle delivered the startling news,, and again in the final scene between Alex and her mother), and it is action packed. I can’t wait to read “Pure” to see what happens next with these fantastic characters.
“Half Blood” is full of great quotes, such as this one:
“I glanced down at the dumbbell and pictured it flying across the room – at his face. But it was such a nice face, and I’d hate to ruin it.” (Page 84)
Want a chance to win “Half Blood”? I’m giving away a Kindle e-book and a paperback copy. How do you win? Simple, post a comment with whether you’d prefer the paperback or Kindle e-book (or if you’d prefer both Daimon and Half Blood). Giveaway runs from 9/29/2011 through 10/18/2011! Update: Because I love this book so much, I’m going to be giving away THREE prizes. The contest has also been extended to what was supposed to the original release date: October 18th.
- Paperback copies of DAIMON and HALF BLOOD (from Amazon, so US only)
- Paperback copy of HALF BLOOD (Wherever The Book Depository ships)
- Kindle copy of HALF BLOOD
Rules are still the same, just comment below to enter!
The paperback copies of DAIMON and HALF BLOOD (shipping from Amazon) is US only, but if you’d like a Kindle copy or just a paperback copy of HALF BLOOD — those are international! You can enter for more than one, but you will only be able to win one copy. I hope that clears any confusion. No need to subscribe or follow anything, just a simple comment stating which version you’d like to win. The winners will be drawn at random (using the lovely random.org).
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners, selected using Random.org, are as follows:
- The winner of the Kindle e-book is Laura Ann Dunks.
- The winner of the paperback copy of “Half Blood” is Amanda.
- The winner of “Half Blood” AND “Daimon” in paperback is Lucy.
Winners, please e-mail me at NLSobon(at)gmail(d0t)com within the next 48 hours.
Thank you to everyone for entering, if you didn’t win, keep checking back. I have another giveaway coming up on Friday!