Book Review: Half-Blood*

image– Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy.

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.

My thoughts:
I hate comparing books with each other, so I’m not going to mention any titles, but I felt like this book was a real good mixture of books that I’ve read previously. When you write about Daemons/Daimons you can expect to have some similar themes running through your books. That said, this book was entirely it’s own story.

The story:
I actually loved the focus on the the purity of each person. It was interesting to see how Pures differed from Halfs and what they each brought into the society. The Covenant (whether it meant to or not) sounded awesome, and I would have loved to go somewhere like that!

The world was constantly being built as we read through the book, and I didn’t feel like I was just thrown into a strange world without having any information. As new things were discovered the background information helped to make it understandable for the reader. Maybe it’s because I’ve read stories with Daimons in previously, but I didn’t struggle at all with the whole concept of what they were. The Daimons were in fact different to most that I’ve read about previously, but the base of them is the same really.

The Characters:
Alex was a brilliant character. I thought her emotions and whole personality felt realistic, and I could put myself in her shoes. I thought Caleb was the perfect friend for her. He balanced her out, and was always there for her.

Aiden. Oh where do I start with Aiden? Of course, he’s the dreamy guy who is helping Alex with her training. He’s a pure, and he has his own little problems. Having lost his parents, he can understand how Alex is feeling and I thought he was really great for her.

Seth. You don’t want to like him, because Alex doesn’t like him, but he’s just misunderstood! The idea of the Apollyon was a great addition to this story, and it added a whole new level to the difference between Pures and Halfs. We don’t really get too much into the whole Apollyon deal, and I’m guessing that happens in the next book. I’m dying to read more about that as I imagine Seth will get a bigger role in the next book. He appears pretty often, but the main focus is still just on Alex and the Daimons in Half-Blood.

I’ve given this book 5 stars because I just couldn’t fault it. I’m looking forward to getting into Purity next, and I’ve actually just ordered it…

After writing this I had a look on Goodreads at the reviews, and a lot of people are commenting on the similarities between this story and the Vampire Academy books. I have not read VA so I cannot comment on that at all. Would love to get some thoughts on this though if you have read both!

My Rating – To see my book review rating guide click here.

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*Thanks to Hodder Paperbacks for the review copy!