Review ~ Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Title: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published: October 18th 2011



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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I have been meaning to read this series for what feels like forever! I finally decided to get it from the library and I am so glad that I did! It has been a long time since I have picked up a new paranormal series and I loved how quickly I was swept away in another of Jennifer’s worlds.

In the Covenant series, we are introduced to a race created by the Gods. There are the pure-breeds, half-breeds and the daimons (who are the pures that have turned evil). It was interesting to see how these races existed in the modern world and the dangers they pose to one another.

Half-Blood is told from Alex’s POV and she is a hoot of a character. She tries to be all strong and confident on the outside, and suppresses most of her emotions so she doesn’t look weak. I loved seeing her stand up for herself, but sometimes that confidence is cockiness that always causes her to do something stupid.

This was a fantastic beginning to an exciting series, and I am slapping my forehead for not beginning it sooner. I was swept away in the entertaining story line and enjoyed learning all the ins and outs of the world. There are a lot of characters that I love and I can’t wait to see more of: Aiden, Seth and Caleb to name a few. There were plenty of tough and emotional challenges for Alex and the way she grew throughout this book was remarkable. A few of the twists I saw coming, but I just loved reading every minute of it and I cannot wait to start Pure

28 comments:

  1. I'm slapping my forehead right along with you because I know I love JLA but I have yet to start this series! I'm glad you loved it, Naomi. And I can't wait to start it myself! :)

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  2. I'm glad you finally decided to give this one a go, and I'm very happy you loved it! :)

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  3. Peeps seem to have a love/hate relationship with JLA. I've only read one of her books, and didn't particularly care for it, but I have been meaning to give her a second chance, and this seems like as good of a place to start as any. Thanks for the review!

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  4. WOW, five stars, Naomi? I haven't started this series yet, either, but it's been of my TBR forever! I am working on reading all the rest of my current ARCs (27 right now) before I start reading my own books again - and I will be much more careful requesting more books. I have so many books already on my kindle, so I will not run out any time soon.
    I'm glad you enjoyed Half Blood so much! I look forward to reading it, too.

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  5. Loved this one too... She is my kind of main character and loved the chemistry

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  6. *high fives* I loved this book, and I'm so glad you did too! It's a good series! Alex is a wonderful female character who is very strong, stubborn, and a fighter. :)


    Can't wait for you to read the other books! Lovely review!

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  7. I'm so happy you loved this book. It was my first JLA book and I've loved every one since. :)

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  8. Itara @ My Midnight FantasiesSeptember 9, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Oh yay I'm so glad you loved it! I haven't started it yet, I've been in a weird mood so I haven't been enjoying any paranormal books. I think I'll enjoy reading this series since Jennifer wrote it, I love her.

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  9. I am so glad you are enjoying this series. It's one of my favorite paranormal reads. Aiden is so swoon worthy. Can't wait to see what you think of the next installment.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

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  10. I'm looking for a new paranormal series and I love Jennifer's work. I may have to check this one out. Great review Naomi!

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  11. I'm loving it... I have book 3 waiting for me, so I will get to it soon!!

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  12. I did love it! I love JLA so I am glad I picked this series up!

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  13. I am really enjoying it. I am a fan of these YA Paranormal reads and I like JLA so I will soldier through this series for sure!

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  14. It is a great series... loved it! I wish I began it sooner!!
    I know what you mean by having so many ARC's, but I need to mix my reads up with the arc's.... I'd go insane otherwise!!

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  15. I love the chemistry... Aiden and Seth both! They are great characters!!

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  16. I'm slowly getting there! Loved Pure, Deity is waiting for me!!

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  17. I know you have and I am keen to read Deity now since I have finished Pure. I also read Bitter Sweet Love the other day... doing a JLA mix up right now!

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  18. I have that at times too, don't worry!!
    I need to mix things up lately, because I confuse a few con/rom's if I don't slip a paranormal in!!

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  19. I'll be reading it too - hopefully before the end of the year. I just love Jennifer Armentrout !

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  20. I really need to read Pure soon!! I am a total #TeamSeth at this point :) Initially I thought I was a bit too much like Vampire Academy but I have been reassured it get better and better from bk2 :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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  21. I started this series awhile back and seeing your review here reminded me that I've only read the first too books and I NEED to get back to this world ASAP/ I adored the characters, the world, the action and the romance!! Glad you loved this one too and I look forward to comparing notes for the others books :D

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  22. I am on to Deity shortly! It's been a month since I finished Pure... love this series!

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  23. Thanks Micheline! I am loving this series and am up to the 3rd book... pretty awesome ride, I tell ya!

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  24. I've been meaning to read this series for a while too. Now I know I need to get to it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  25. It was a great intro, I need to grab the next one! The 3rd is due soon!

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  26. Loving it so far Marilyn! Up to Deity... Just need to read a few other books in first!!

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  27. I have been grabbing these from the library and I am enjoying the ride! it has been fun so far!!

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