Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
Also by this author: Storm and Fury, Daimon
Series: Covenant #1
Also in this series: Daimon
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Format: eBook, Paperback, Audiobook
Read in: September 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout was picked as one of the COYER book club selections for September. It’s been on my TBR for awhile so it seemed like a good time to read it. I’ve never read an Armentrout novel before.
I really struggled with Half-Blood in the beginning. It was a very typical chosen one trope with the chosen one saying and doing whatever she pleased. Alex was really reckless with a lot of things. During book club it was recommended that I read Daimon to better understand Alex. I have to say it really did help.
There were a couple of big mysteries being teased through the book. Neither really seemed to be much of a mystery and I have to hope that was intentional. One of them was resolved by the end of the book. The other one not so much.
I did not connect with Alex very much. Even after reading Daimon she was still a bit immature for my tastes. (And yes, I know I’m an adult reading a book about a 17 year old.) I mainly found the plot and the characters surrounding Alex kept my interest. I’m definitely open to continuing the series.
One of the hardest things for me to remember was to “pronounce” daimon as demon when the word popped up in the book. It was used a lot. This is a pet peeve of mine; just use the correct word instead of making it special! Daimon is an actual name that is pronounced DAY-mun.
After having a hard time initially liking Half-Blood I was surprised to find that I ended up liking it!
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- 2020 GoodReads