Friday, May 23, 2014

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

"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."

Remember Percy Jackson? Well, Half-Blood is rather similar to those books. The difference is that Half-Blood is willing to go wrong. I mean, racy. (Ahh! I'm so reminded of Ruin and Rising. I just can't wait for it!) Half-Blood is definitely recommended to older teens, because there are a few curses among other things. Nevertheless, Half-Blood remains fun. It stays Greek, but it goes off in its own path.

Ahh! I love politics in books (never in the real world; they are just way too much for my brain). Every time they argue, I always love to laugh. Their problems make everything seems so silly, yet so true. (In some ways, of course).

Okay, Alexandria is a Half-Blood. Her rank is of lower caste than Pure-Blood. (Oh, doesn't this sound like Harry Potter? First, Percy Jackson. Now Harry Potter). But it gets even weirder. Daimons remind us all of one creature and one creature only. Vampires. And it gets even crazier. Aiden, her love interest, is her instructor. Now, doesn't that sound suspiciously similar to another book we know? And what book is that? The Vampire Academy with Rose Hathway and Dimitri something. It appears as if the author pulled bits of stuff from book here and there. It may be a coincidence. It may be not. But someone might be shouting plagiarism here. I'm not. I would say it is an interesting combination of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and the Vampire Academy. Isn't that a nicer way of saying copying?

But I haven't explained Alex's character yet. She is a bit wild. And yes, she is just like Rose Hathway from The Vampire Academy. A bit wild. A bit saucy, and everything in a wonderful package. Oh, and I suspect she has severe PMS. Her mood swings are wilder than any girl I know. She loves getting into fights. She is so violent and is certainly disrespectful towards rules (ex: Aiden's a Pure-Blood and can't date a Half-Blood yet Alex does so anyway, because she really likes him and possibly more).

Aiden reminds me of Aiden from Revenge. I was always thinking that he might die by the end of book, but it is a good thing he didn't!

Half-Blood is an amazing rollercoaster with a bunch of oracles and new discoveries. It gets crazy, yes. But I have only a small feeling that it is about to explode into craziness. Everything will be going...crazy. The result will probably be...biblical. Actually, 'biblical' doesn't work here. Half-Blood is Greek. Mythical? Does that work?

Anyway, I think the best part of Half-Blood is the calling/relationship between Aidan and Alex. Their resistance against their chemistry is amazing. I have to rolling my eyes by now. I'm pretty sure Armentrout is only drawing out the romance for a later plot twist.

Rating: Four out of Five

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