Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Pages: 281
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA Greek Mythology/ Urban Fantasy
#1 in Series
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.
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Review

Me: *finishes book*
Me: *takes deep, steadying breath*
Me: *closes book slowly, places it down reverently*
Me:
Me:
Me: *pterodactyl screech*
Me: *dying whale noise*

I swear, I just did not know what to even do with myself. I lost all ability to function the moment I turned that last page. Jennifer L. Armentrout is so amazing that a chorus of heavenly angels appears and sings her praises each time someone reads one of her books. True story. Don't believe me? Read any one of her books, and after you finish it, BAM, angels. Angels, everywhere.

I read Daimon, which is the prequel to this, and it shows you the events that happen just before Half-Blood, which is really helpful to understanding Alex's emotions and struggles. In this book, Alex is trying to pick the pieces of her life back together after her mother died. She has to readjust to life at the Covenant, and there's so much that she must catch up on from her years away.

What I love about Alex is that even though she's not a normal teenage girl, she's still very relatable. Her time in normal human society has done her well in that aspect, because sometimes in these situations, the main character will be so far removed from humanity that it makes a connection hard. But, Alex could be just another girl going to my high school--you know, if that girl could kick some major ass.

True to Jennifer's amazing talent at creating romance, and more importantly, romantic tension, she has created yet another perfectly imperfect boy who will have you sighing and/or moaning in frustration... sexual frustration. 

Let's take a moment to talk about Aiden and Alex. 
Oh, wow. Aiden was just... wow. I'd say he's neck and neck with Daemon, who is the guy from Jennifer's other book, Obsidian. Except where Daemon is a bit of a douche bag, Aiden is a bit more... austere, I suppose is the word. But Aiden's had a tough past, and he has a hard shell to crack, but he has an incredibly kind and sweet heart. And once he turns up the steam... wooo, child, that man has to be some sort of sex god.

For those wondering, there isn't any sex. There are some very steamy scenes though, but who's complaining about that? People that don't like happiness, that's who.

There's also some really awesome mythology that Jennifer built loosely around the Greek gods. That's what initially drew me to the book, and I can say that I was not disappointed at all. There was a great concept introduced towards the middle of the book that I actually saw coming once it was all revealed, but I still loved the concept of it. I don't want to give away too much, but basically, mythology fans will also get plenty of mythology, so that's a definite plus.

And along with this awesome mythology, we also get yet another awesome character: Seth! We didn't get to see nearly enough of him as I would have liked, but I'm counting on the second book to feature him more. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout, I have a message for you. 

I have a MIGHTY NEED to get my hands on Pure, as soon as possible. This is not a test, people. Read this book, you won't regret it.

5 stars

Who Should Read This Book?

PEOPLE WHO ENJOY HAPPINESS IN THEIR LIVES.


2 comments:

  1. I know you're seriously going to want to slap me in a minute, but I still haven't read anything by her. T_T I have Obsidian on my Kindle, but I keep forgetting I have it! I've heard wonderful things about her books though. SO I should definitely get started, huh?

    Great review. :P Very funny. And how was I not surprised when I saw a picture of Loki in there? :P By the way, I forgot to tell you, but I FINALLY got to watch Thor! It was right after we talked about it too, but I forgot to tell you, ha!

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