Book Recommendation for Half Blood by Jennifer Armentrout

Half BloodHalf Blood, Covenant #1
By: Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

My Rating:
star

The Summary (via 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 Thoughts:
This was my second reading of Half Blood book one of the Covenant Series. I found it held up very well for a second read through. I find Jennifer Armentrout’s writing to be infectious and so easy to become absorbed in; I tend to speed through her books. To me, its impossible not to enjoy her characters (she really has a way with male characters…Daemon, Aiden, now folks are loving Cam) and the humor she uses in her dialog.

Half Blood’s fast pacing and easy banter between characters gives the book a light feel though it delves into dark and sometimes serious subjects. Armentrout writes of castes (the pures vs half bloods), slavery and death.  Having read the story before I found that I focused more on the darker elements that slipped by my notice the first time since I was so eager to see what would happen next.

Armentrout has a gift at giving her characters distinct voices and traits that are more often than not humorous. Alex (Alexandria) has a bold personality and she exudes a confidence that she doesn’t necessarily have. I personally don’t have anything in common with her, since I tend to be quiet, reserved and in no way have the guts to break all the rules. I find these differences endear her to me. Though her choices are so different than the ones I would make in her position I am able to understand and empathize with why she makes them.

I can’t help myself but I really like Seth’s character. First time reading I liked him more than Aiden (gasp!) but having reread I found that I was leaning more towards Aiden because I could understand his choices and responsibilities better. I preferred Seth initially because he is less concerned with the rules and more with what he wants. His boldness and arrogance actually appeals to me though I think as a match to Alex he’s not nearly as suited as Aiden is.

All of the books I’ve read by Jennifer Armentrout are quick, easy and entertaining. It’s automatic that I read anything and everything she releases in the paranormal young adult genre.

Extras:
Check out my review of Obsidian and Onyx (book 1 and 2 from the Lux series) and the Opal Release party I attended where I met Jennifer Armentrout and Pepe Toth, the cover model on the Lux series books.

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