Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; First edition (September 15, 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 pure-blooded 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.
Alexandria has been saved by Aiden who then drags her back to the covenant only to be thrown at the mercy of her uncle Marcus. Aiden manages to convince Marcus to let Alexandria train to get up to parr with the rest of the students at the covenant instead of going into slavery service. All this while trying to cope with witnessing the death of her mother and trying to figure out why she took her away from the covenant 3 year prior. That's quite a bit to handle at 17 yrs old.
When I first started reading Half-blood it was screaming Vampire Academy. In fact about 40 pages in I was starting to get a bit worried that it would be to similar and I would be disappointed. OK I was really worried because the start is so similar in so many ways.
Here are some of similarities that I noticed at the beginning
Falling for the HOT forbidden instructor
Main Character being a kick ass fighter but a smart ass
Daimon training school
Main Character having issues with "authoritative figures"
Sooooooo you can see why I was a bit worried but that's were the similarities ended. I loved VA but this was just as fantastic. (don't tell anyone but I think it might be a bit better.) OO boy the excitement and the energy was thrilling. One of the things I enjoyed the most is that Alex acted 17. She wasn't a 40 year old in a 17 year old body. She had her teen ways while being a solid main character. I loved every single character and Jennifer's writing style. It was such a solid and filling book. It may have only been 281 pages but it was filled to the brim with skilled words. I am absolutely DYING to read Pure. Thank heavens there is a prequel to Half-blood, Daimon. It will have to tide me over until Pure is release in 2012.
Here's my take, Half-blood exceeded any expectation. It left you with a satisfying filling of butt-kicking, romance, defiance and pages of words worth being written.
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