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Half-Blood: A Covenant Novel 1st (first) Edition by Armentrout, Jennifer L. published by Spencer Hill Press (2011) Paperback Paperback

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  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • ASIN: B00ES28ZZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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Firstly, let me address the cover: I am an absolute purple addict, so this cover struck a chord with me. Not only for the colour though. Also, for the sheer beauty in it's simplicity. It has to be one of my favourite covers of 2011.

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.
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Half-blood is the first book in the Covenant series by Jennifer L.Armentrout. The story focuses around a female protagonist called Alexandria, who lives in a World where Gods from Greek mythology exist and is governed by the rules of the Gods. Her species are split into three types; the Gods, the pure-bloods and the half-bloods. Alex is a half-blood which is the lowest rank and considered inferior by some of the 'pures'. Alex escaped the Covenant as a child to go and live with the mortals who are unaware of the Gods' existence with her mother. After her mother's death - Alex decides she must return to the Covenant where her Uncle is now the minister. She is given two options - train hard and catch up with the rest of her students in the Covenant or fail and be forced to a life of servitude. Alex knows which one she would prefer, however there are obstacles in Alex's road.
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.
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Exceedingly entertaining, Half-Blood is the perfect hit for those of us who have been ailing from Vampire Academy withdrawals.

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!
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