Saturday, July 5, 2014

Half Blood : Covenant Book #1 By Jennifer L. Armentrout

I'm Back!!!!!!! Sorry I've been gone for the last week, but I was in Costa Rica on vacation. But now I'm back with a review for Half Blood, the first book in a 5 book fantasy series. All the books are out, so if you have something against reading incomplete series (I have no clue why) but if you do, you don't have to worry about all the books not being out. Now, I'll quit my rambling and delve into the premise.
Halfbloods and Purebloods- nope they're not wizards- are forbidden to be together. I know that those who haven't read the series are probably wondering WTF because that statement sounds so random and nonsensical. But hear me out, kay? Okay. So, centuries ago, the gods (they're Greek gods) birthed demigods by you know- doing it with mortals. And those demigods birthed purebloods- aka the Hematoi. And then the purebloods did it with mortals and created the halfblood race. The halfbloods are regarded as trash by most of the purebloods, and because of something called the Breed Order, the halfbloods and purebloods cannot mix. It's prohibited. A big no-no. And if they have kids, the kids will be killed. If a half and pure are caught together, the pure gets off scot-free, but the half is sentenced to eternal (as long as they live) servitude. They are given the Elixir, which takes away their free will. So, ya...halfs try to steer clear of pures. Halfbloods also serve as warriors against daimons- Sentinels, or as Guards, who keep pures safe from daimons. Daimons are pures gone awry, high on aether- the godliness within purebloods (that sounds stupid but I have no clue how to say it in any other way) and they get off on it. So, basically, what I'm trying to get at, is that Halfbloods usually wind up serving the pures in some way, shape, or form. The Covenants are the schools where halfs and pures learn to fight and defend themselves as well as regular academics. Out halfblood heroine, Alex- short for Alexandria- comes back to the Covenant that she and her mother fled years ago, for gods know what, after her mother was killed by a daimon. She got picked up by some Sentinels that were sent to help her way too late. One of these Sentinels- Aiden St. Delphi- offers to get Alex up to speed with all the material she missed while she was away, which saves her from becoming a servant in her stepfather's home. Her uncle- the dean- gives her until the end of summer to get back on track, or she loses herself to the elixir.
The characters in this book are the best. I swear. I think I'm going to go for it and say they are actually the the best. Alex is just so witty, brave, funny, likable, badass, and you don't always get characters that are all of those things. And even though Aiden is kind of a gloomypants in this book, he gets better. He does. He's great really, but the rules, and it's prohibited, and blah blah blah. But he's great.Aiden has Alex's best interests at heart, and that's why he's trying to distance himself. He's so sweet and caring though. The rest of our cast is really great too, and you should definitely read the book. If you haven't, it's time for me to bid you adieu. Go read the book, and then come back to discuss. If you have read it, stick around, and we'll discuss, and share our feelings.
SPOILERS
 If Lucian had no guards, Alex could easily take him. I mean, he's such a wuss. Only he'd need an Apollyon keeping him safe. That Apollyon- Seth- is- well, when I first read this book, I didn't really know how I felt about him. I mean, he's funny but well, this wasn't his book. Let's put it that way. We didn't see much of him in this book. I mean, we learned a bit about how their connection would work, but it's like Aiden. This wasn't the book where either of them got developed the most as characters.
I totally wasn't expecting Alex's mom to not have been killed- I never guessed that she was a daimon. Did you guys expect it early on? Because I really had no clue. Alex though, going out to find her mom was the bravest, most reckless thing she could do. And she did it. This was definitely her book. We saw through all the faces of her personality, and it's the best thing, when you actually see all of the character, instead of specks and bits of who they are.
Well, I guess that's it for this review. This is a book that I really loved. Tell me how you feel about it in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this review. This is a great series, and I definitely recommend it. I'll talk to you in the next review.
- Swathi

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