Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Half-Blood - Book Review

Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What is it about:
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.

What did I think of it:
This was a bit of a wonky read for me.

I liked the writing and the world building, but I didn't really connect with Alexandria/Alex. She knows she will be turned into a mindless drone if she is caught breaking the rules, still she constantly breaks rules, starts fights and acts selfish and childish. Her bitch-fights with another girl and her slut-shaming thoughts and remarks didn't really endear her to me either.

That being said: I was curious enough about the world, the story, and other characters that I kept reading. I also hoped Alex would shape up a bit. That last hope was too much it turned out, but I did enjoy the book overall enough to finish it.

As I don't think I'll ever really like Alex, and I suspect there will be a love triangle in future books, I don't think I'll continue this series, but I might give another book by Armentrout a try.

Why should you read it:
It's well written and has cool world building.

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