Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

281 pages
Published October 18th 2011
by Spencer Hill Press (first published September 20th 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 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.
This Book Contains: Greek Mythology, Violence, Power Struggles, Romance and Love Triangle.
My Thoughts:
I loved this book and think Armentrout is just a brilliant writer.  This is one of the most fascinating reads and it instantly pulled me into the story and had me hooked until the very end. I loved the characters and all the twists and turns in the plot.  I don’t think there is really anything negative that I can possibly say about this book.

Alex is a “Half-Blood,” which is basically  just above servant status.  Half Bloods lack godly powers that the Pures have and can either fight against evil daimons who try to kill Pures, or become  slaves to Pures.   Alex refuses to end up a slave to a Pure and wants to become a  Sentinel who protects.  There is a slight flaw to her plan her mother has taken her on the run from The Covenant.  Although after a tragic event Alex is back and she either has to catch up with all the training she has missed out on or she will have to be come a slave.

Without giving too much away this story seems to follow the plot line of Vampire Academy as far as the love triangle is concerned, along with some other smaller similarities.  There is the handsome instructor and the bad boy super star both fighting to have and not have Alex.  Even though I found a lot of similarities between the two stories I still couldn’t help becoming completely invested in the characters and the story it’s self.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I want to see where Armentrout plans to take these characters.  I will say for those of you who loved Vampire Academy you will most likely enjoy this book.  Also, for those who just enjoy Greek mythology, lots of action, vampires and romance you should check this out!

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