Thursday, August 14

A Week of Half-Blood: Release Day and My Review of Half-Blood

Welcome to the fourth day of A Week of Half-Blood
Today is crazy exciting. Why I hear you ask... Well today marks the day that Half-Blood, the first book in the phenomenal Covenant series, is released in the UK.


One awesome thing about the UK edition of this book is that it also includes the wonderful prequel novella, Daimon. So in celebration I am going to share with you my review of them both.

Daimon (Covenant #0.5)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Hodder
Publication Date: May 9, 2013
Date Read: November 7, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance / Mythology
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals - pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfil as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that's a good thing.

But as every descendent of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return - the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death... because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her

I really enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Usually I don't enjoy prequels all that much as I feel like it's just an introduction into the 'real' story beginning. This one is definitely the exception. I really enjoyed Daimon. I thought it was a great start of a amazing story and I found myself getting completely hooked.

Alex is a Half-Blood. She is a descendent of the Gods, but her father was a mortal so that leaves her with two options, become a slave for the superior Pure-Bloods or become a Sentinel, a protector of the Pures, and fiht against the evil Pures-gone-bad Daimons. But that was before her mother pulls her out of training and goes on the run hiding from everyone from her old world, the Gods, the Pures and the Halfs without any explanation why. Alex doesn't feel like she belongs in this mortal world and then the unthinkable happens, the Daimons find her and Alex finds herself alone and fighting to get back to the school and the world in which she belongs.

I think everyone planning to read this series should definitely read this before Half-Blood. I don't think my feelings while reading Half-Blood would have been quite the same if I hadn't read this before hand. It made the storyline that much more touching and at times heart-breaking.

This prequel was incredible as far as prequels go and it's definitely the best prequel for a series I have ever read. It wasn't a boring introduction to the characters and the world as some prequels are. Yes it introduced you to the lead character but it was action-packed and fast-paced and I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting and it left me reeling and I had to pick Half-Blood up straight away.
An incredible start to an action-packed emotional series. I can't wait to see how things escalate from here.

Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Hodder
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Date Read: November 7, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance / Mythology
Source: ARC for review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
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From Goodreads:
First book in the addictive Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout.
HALF-BLOOD is the unputdownable first book in the acclaimed Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout. This special paperback edition also includes the prequel novella DAIMON.

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.

I absolutely 100% adored this book. It was incredible and I could not put it down. If I didn't have to sleep I could have easily read the whole thing in one sitting, as it turns out I do have to sleep so I read it in two.
Half-Blood picks up right where the prequel, Daimon, left off.

Alex is still reeling from the shocking turn her life has taken but she doesn't have time to stay shocked for long as the Daimon's are coming for her. Suddenly Alex is rescued by the handsome Aiden and taken back to the safety of the Covenant. Rather than become a servant for the Pure's Alex must prove she is worth becoming a Sentinal so is trained by Aiden. The problem is Alex has been in love with Aiden since she first saw him, but relationships between Pures and Halfs are forbidden. But overcoming her feelings for Aiden are the least of her worries as a shocking truth comes to light and Alex must face the thing she dreads the most if she hopes to survive through her last year of the Covenant and become a Sentinel. Can she succeed in her mission or is she fated to become a Daimon?

I loved everything about this book. It did remind me a little of Vampire Academy but it did not bother me at all. I loved VA and I love this. I can see why people compare the two books a lot but after finishing the book I do not believe they are all that similar. Yes, they are both set in a school, the main character is a kick-ass and they both end up training with someone they love but aren't supposed to. So What? I don't see why it matter so much because this book is phenomenal. It is an original story and I loved that it was mythological. I am such a mythology geek. I love everything mythological and Jennifer L Armentrout writes about mythology perfectly. I loved the concept of the Hematoi's and the Daimon's and the Half-Bloods and I think the character (species) building was incredible. I loved all of the characters and I loved the world in which Half-Blood is set it incredible.

Alex is one of my favourite characters ever. I love her. I love her tough-as-nails attitude and her sense of humour so much. Multiple times throughout the book I was laughing at the funny things and snide remarks she would come out with. She is just one of those characters everyone will love. I also loved Aiden, he is the sweetest character and the more I read about him the more I loved him. I feel sad that he is a Pure because all I want is for him and Alex to be able to be together. I still have hope that it could happen.
Another character I started to like more towards the end was Seth. I am curious to see how things will escalate with them in the next book and to see what happens. I am definitely an Aiden girl and don't want Alex and Seth together but at the same time I am curious to see where they will go from here and what will happen with them.

There are so many twists and turns in this book and so many times I was shocked at what had happened and I found myself thinking really? I never saw that coming. The second half of the book was definitely better than the first and this is where it started to come into it's originality and I loved it. It shocked me and it pulled at the heartstrings a lot.

This was such an incredible start to the series and I cannot wait to read the rest in the series. I am in love with Jennifer's writing style and I can't help but love every book she writes. Her worlds are incredible and you automatically just fall in love with her incredible characters. I am very excited to see what she comes up with next and I definitely have a new favourite author.

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