Format: Arc Paperback
Published: 18th Oct 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: Publisher For Review
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Greek Mythology
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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
I have had this for Review since way back last year. I know terrible! I decided it was time to read it and after so many of my friends telling me it is amazing I had to read it. However, even though I did find it a good book and hard to put down. I was disappointed with it.
Half-Blood had the potential to be amazing. The premise sounded unique and exciting. With the Greek Mythology kickass characters and forbidden love it should have been epic. However, it wasn't as unique as I thought it would be. I have read this story before in the form of Vampire Academy. The similarities between this and VA was just too much. I felt like it was VA but with characters names being changed and vampires took out and pures and half-bloods put in. There is even certain scenes that felt like it was took right out the VA series. And that is the reason why this was a major let down. Personally I don't mind with books a few similarities but this was just too many.
However, and this is a big however, I did overall still find this to be a good book. There was just something about the book that kept me reading. It took me a while to get into but once I did, I honestly couldn't put it down. I was hooked on it. And I think it was the chemistry between Alex and Aiden. It's not that instalove that's in most books. It slowly develops over the course the book. Even though Alex has always had a crush on Aiden. But the tension between them builds to the point it boils over and they can't fight it. And of course the fact It's forbidden made it all the more exciting to read.
I am looking forward to reading book 2 and I only hope its better than this in terms of moving away for the VA story because Jennifer is a talented writer and a lot of potential. So do I recommend this? Yes, I still do. I think a lot of people would enjoy this. And Jennifer has a massive fan base who all adore her books. Just be wary with the VA similarities.
I'd love to hear others thoughts on this series. Do you think you would enjoy it? Have you read it? Let me know. Without spoilers. Feel free to share your review links.