Half-Blood: A Covenant Novel 1st (first) Edition by Armentrout, Jennifer L. published by Spencer Hill Press (2011) Paperback Paperback
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Now the book itself:
When I discovered this book through other blogger/reviewer friends on Twitter, I had to look it up and see what all the fuss was about. I will admit, I try not to read too many reviews before buying a book. I usually tend to catch one or two higher rated and one lower rated, just to have a comparison; to see what people loved versus what others disliked.
The general consensus of this book was that it has comparisons to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. For some, the comparison was too much and was what they disliked the most. For others, it didn't bother them so much and they could rate the book purely on it's own merits.
Now, I can honestly say that Vampire Academy is a series that's close to my heart. I will always be in love with Dimitri Belikov, my gorgeous Dimka. He was probably my first fictional true love. I adored that series for many reasons, that I am not here to discuss.
Upon picking up Daimon, the prequel to Half-Blood, I couldn't really make the comparison between it and VA. Yet upon picking up Half-Blood itself, I could see similarities. I won't go into exactly what these are. But I will say this: whilst I see where the similarities lie and how they may have bothered some other readers, for me personally it did not impair my enjoyment of Half-Blood based upon it's own merits.
For me, an avid VA lover, I did not have the problems that seemingly plagued other die-hard fans.Read more ›
Before reading this, I read the prequel Daimon which is set before Alex's return to the Covenant when she was living amongst the mortals with her mother. I'd recommend reading Daimon before Half-Blood as it seems to help fit the story together perfectly. At first, I couldn't fight comparisons between this book and Rick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians' series as they both center around the Greek Gods. However, once I got past the introductory part of this book, I was able to forget about the latter and enjoy the book in it's own right. I loved the story concept and the idea of Greek Mythology being a realist concept. I felt as though I could relate to the characters, and formed a strong character alignment with Alex and others in the story. There isn't much more that can be said without giving away spoilers, so I suggest that you read it yourself and form your own opinion. I can say however that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was well worth the read, as are the following in it's series.
Jennifer L. Armentrout has written a fast-paced, mythology rich, funny, passionate, violent and emotional adventure; an adventure that I literally HAD to blow through because I just didn't want to put my kindle down until the very last page. Even now I want to flick back to the beginning and start reading Half-Blood all over again.
My favorite kind of book, Half-Blood is not only plot-driven but character-driven. The main protagonist, Alex, is the best kind of heroine. She is sassy, strong, snarky and brave, as well as utterly stubborn and impulsive with just the right amount of naivety. I can see why parallels have been drawn between Alex from HB and Rose from VA; they are very similar characters, but since Rose is one of my favorite YA heroines ever, I'm certainly not complaining. I love Alex. I also love Aiden. He starts off very much the brooding badass, but Armentrout does a fantastic job of slowly unraveling his character. It's wonderful how Alex gets to see him in such a different light from everyone else. Aiden turns out to be incredibly loyal, strong and affectionate and I just... hmm... new crush for me I think. To make matters more complicated, there is Seth. I'm incredibly intrigued by Seth and love Armentrout's plot device surrounding his character - I thought it was so incredibly clever and I cannot wait for book two to spend more time with this wicked cool character.
The plot itself moves along at a quick, uncomplicated pace (again the author does a great job of revealing the mythology and plot so that it doesn't overwhelm), with smooth, modern prose, quick quips, an abundance of action and sizzling chemistry between the cast of characters.
Cannot wait for book 2, PURE.
Five Massive Massive Stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not really a lover of Young Adult books, there are very few I have found that I have thoroughly enjoyed but this one just made the list. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mich_Mc
This book frustrated me no end. In my opinion, it is a knock off version of Vampire Academy. The plot is almost identical, apart from it's not about vampires but Greek gods. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like Vampire Academy and/or Percy Jackson, this is the series for you! As if these two stories have merged together, but very good nonetheless! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah W.
Review originally posted on my book blog: https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/half-blood-by-jennifer-l-armentrout/
RATED 3. Read more
If you liked The mortal instruments series you'll love this!
This book is similar to the mortal instruments series but it has greek gods in it. Read more
Love this series of books, and this prequel give some charter a lot more depth, would definitely recommendPublished 8 months ago by J L E Ablett
Amazing story line and an all around amazing series I have recommended this series to all my friends and have read the complete series over and over again if you love any book by... Read morePublished 9 months ago by bex
*This was in the back of the UK edition of HALF-BLOOD, published by Hodder & Stoughton*
This novella was quick and addictive, but at the same time heartbreaking. Read more