Gods and Apollyons: A Review of HALF-BLOOD by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1) 
Jennifer L. Armentrout
281 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Source: Gift

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.

   A mixture of Greek mythology and the modern world HALF-BLOOD was an interesting read.

   Alexandria is a Half-blood, a child of a Hematoi and a mortal. And things aren’t going so great. When Alexandri’s pure-blood mom pulls her out of the Covenant, she doesn’t question it, expecting her mom to be there for her. But now her mom’s dead, and the Covenant have found her. And if Alexandria isn’t able to swallow up three-years worth of training, she’s going to end up a slave to a pure-blood. With the help of Aiden, her pure-blood trainer, Alexandria struggles to catch up and figure out why her mom pulled her out of the Covenant three years ago.

   Towards the end, Jennifer Armentrout really had a huge surprise in store. When I wasn’t expecting it, things picked up and there was just non-stop action. I really liked Caleb, Alexandria’s best friend, he heightened emotions more than I could imagine – he made some tough situations lighter and at times, sadder. The one major problem I had with Half-Blood was that there were alot of minor characters, and since most of them were male characters, it just made it harder to remember them all.

   I hated the Apollyon, Seth, from the beginning, mostly because of how everyone respected him and how he acted. The synopsis doesn’t really explain much about the book, and when I finished HALF-BLOOD, I realized it had multiple meanings – pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

   Alexandria, our main character and heroine, is the definition of a perfect character, she shows fear, courage, and love throughout the book. I liked how Jennifer Armentrout mixed Greek mythology and the modern-day life. All in all, I can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner. I may have judged it by it’s cover (let’s say it isn’t that great), but the inside was incredible. I’m really excited to get started on the second book, PURE, which I’ve got sitting right here!

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    Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom)

    March 15, 2013

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    Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom)

    March 15, 2013

    Okay. I've been seeing this series everywhere, and actually wrote a different book in the series down earlier today! I am definitely checking this out… thanks for sharing, Asma!

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    Little Miss Becky

    March 15, 2013

    Its always exciting to see someone starting this series. All the books so far are so good—you're in a for a wild ride!

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    Dizneeee (Lisa)

    March 15, 2013

    Hooraaaayyy!!! Yes, yes. Get started on PURE ASAP!

    Oh, Caleb. Caleb, Caleb, Caleb.

    Seth. We all love to hate Seth. At least, I love to hate Seth. :)

    I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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    Brooke DelVecchio

    March 15, 2013

    I absolutely love this series. JLA's writing is spot on, draws you right in, tightens it's grip and never lets you loose. I can't wait for the last book in this series. I really hope she comes out with a novella before then because I got to read Apollyon as an ARC and Sentinel is SO far away!

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    Vi Nguyen

    March 15, 2013

    I completely agree, Alex is by far my fav female character ever. I love her. The Covenant series is just my fav set of books in general. I love JLA. Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
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    March 18, 2013

    I've heard great things about this author, but I haven't read any of her books yet. This book sounds interesting and I think I will really like Alexandria (pretty name) + I'm a fan of mythology :D Great review!

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    Gina @ My Precious

    March 18, 2013

    I'm excited to see you are reading this series. I read Book #1 and Book #2 at the end of last year. I think book two will be even more impressive to you than Half Blood was, or at least I hope it is. I didn't like the Apollyon either in book #1, but I think you might feel a little differently as you get to know him better in Pure, maybe not though. Can't wait to see what you think of the next book. I'll be eagerly awaiting your review.

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    April 27, 2013

    When I first read this book before it was released I was absolutely surprised. I loved it. It's one of my new favorite series. So glad you really liked it!