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Half-Blood

by Jennifer Armentrout

Reviewed by Maddi
Rating: 3 Stars
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria is a half-blood Hematoi, a descendant from both gods and mortals. As such, she has two options in life: train and kill daimons or become a servant to the Pures, who have god-like powers. For the last three years, Alex and her mother have been running through the mortal world surviving and staying away from the Covenant. When Alex’s mother is murdered by daimons, she is thrown back into the Covenant to continue what she missed and to go train with Sentinel Aiden St. Delphi. Aiden is a heart-throb, and Alex has had a crush on him for three years. But while she is training for what she wants to become, the Covenant starts having strange daimon attacks and murders that put Alex’s future in question. Half-Blood is a fast-paced, sizzling, fun novel to read. When I first grabbed this book, I held off from reading it, because I had no clue what a “Hematoi” was. Also, this book seemed very similar to Vampire Academy, but this is not actually the case. True, there are some similarities, but the books are quite different too. Half-Blood is about Greek gods, god-like Pures and half-mortals, as well as confusion-crazy oracles, dangerous quests and creepy monsters. (No vampires here, but daimons do bite, leaving a “tag”, a very nasty thing.) The book gets really interesting and action-packed — with fists flying, legs kicking and daggers being brandished. Half-Blood also has hot guys: Alex hangs around with nice, kick-butt guys, but her heart goes out to Aiden, who is on everyone's list of must-have boyfriends. He is sweet and protective and has great hair and eyes! However, he is a Pure, and a good one too. This means he is off limits to Alex. Does she care? Yes and no. That is what I love about Alex: she's a very strong female character who tends to get really feisty and furious. She is determined and funny at the same time. She tends to speak without thinking and take action too, but she doesn’t realize she is placing others in danger until it's too late. I really like this book!  I suggest readers who enjoy reading Jennifer L. Armentrout should totally pick up this book and read it. It’s so good. After Half-Blood there are four others: Pure, Deity, Apollyon and Sentinel, and two novellas, Daimon and Elixir.

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