Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout

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.


If Half-Blood wasn't so similar to Vampire Academy for a decent 90% of the novel, I would have enjoyed it way more and this would have been a five star rating. As it so happens, the similarities has me shaking my head at least once every chapter and wondering how the hell people haven't picked up on it.

I think the biggest similarity that people have noticed is the social structure and the definition of creatures. And besides the fact that there was a scene that was taken within the first three chapters of VA and re-written to fit this novel (where Rose/Alex is fighting for her position and the mentor Dimitri/Aiden steps in saying they have potential and now have to train her). And plus, I wouldn't have minded some things different between Dimitri and Aiden. Definitely would have helped Armentrout's case.

Not too sure if I'll continue with this series. The Apolloyn (sp?) thing however does sound incredibly interesting. Maybe if Armentrout hadn't focused so much on what VA and HB have in common and rather the unique and different aspects, this would have been a more unique novel to me. Sadly, it's not.

Review: 3 stars 
Date Published: October 18th 2011 
Date Read: July 2011 
Page Count: 281 
Series/Stand Alone: Covenant #1


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