[Review #72] Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Cover - Review Title: Half-Blood
Series: Covenant
Book one
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult


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.


Half-Blood happens to be a book I liked; after I finished reading it.

Half-Blood is near identical to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, I knew this before I started reading this book so this fact didn’t really bother me. Except that I liked Vampire Academy way more for various reasons.

I found the first half of this book hard to read because I didn’t like Alex much, I thought she was annoying, self-centred, and acted like the world revolved around her. In fact as a reader I felt like the world did revolve around her, meaning that when she was in a bad situation I didn’t bother to worry for her because I knew she would end up okay and things would go her way… That’s saying something. 

I found the description of the world lacking, it never really painted a picture in my mind so the surroundings always seemed to be blank when I tried to imagine them. The romance preempted its self, it was obvious Aidan liked Alex right from the start so I found the romance rather boring and too easy instead of exciting; although there were quite a few steamy scenes which are always fun to read. And I really just did not think the stakes were high enough for Alex, they were tragic stakes about her mum and all but I felt like there needed to be something else on the line, something that made her think about other people instead of just herself. Nearly every decision she made in this book was because she wanted to do it; she never thought how her actions would impact on other people. And that’s the main thing that annoyed me about this plot and annoyed me about her.

Although I did feel all of the above I also have to say that overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was fun, light, pulled me in and now I really want to read the next book. It’s odd that I find I still liked this book even though a lot of it annoyed me.

The ending of this book left me wondering what will happen in book two. I have to say that Seth is my favourite character, even though he acted like a stuck up ass for most of this book I still loved him more than everyone else. Mainly because he was honest about how he felt and I’m find him pretty interesting. And mysteriously sexy. Aidan’s a nice guy and all but I didn’t really connect with him, he felt like a bit of a mess (Hot mess?). So I have to say that by the end of this book I was totally gunning for Seth and Alex to get together!

Overall, there were a lot of things about Half-Blood that irked me. But I still somehow enjoyed it a lot for what it was; light, fun, cute, and interesting. I can’t wait to learn more about daimons, the gods and the Apollyon.

Miss J


11 thoughts on “[Review #72] Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    • Fair enough! It definitely felt like a storyline that I would have loved a whole lot more if I were 16. I’m not sure why I get that feeling, but sometimes when I was reading this book I suddenly felt like I was an elder compared to the characters. And I’m only 22… I’m not a fan of YA when it makes you feel way too old to be reading it :/ Thankfully this is the first book I’ve come across that’s only marginally made me feel that way! I’m not ready to start having panic attacks about missing my youth :/

      Regardless, I am pretty intrigued to see where the story goes!

  1. I’ve really enjoyed JLA’s books, but I’m just not sure the Covenant series is something I would like. I am curious, though. I’m all indecisive. :)

  2. I actually liked this quite a bit, but I can definitely see your point here! It did seem like sometimes everything was going to be SO insanely obvious. Awesome review though, I’m sorry you didn’t like this as you wanted to, but I’m glad that you still enjoyed it in the end!

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