Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: October 18th 2011
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 read both the first book Half-Blood and the novella Daimon on the same day so I decided to combine my review into one. I’m actually reading this as a group read over on instagram that is being run by @lajathereader
Daimon ends right before the start of the first book. I’m glad I read it as it gave us a little more insight into Alex’s life before she gets thrown into the chaos that is the first book.
I also want to say that I first read this book many years ago when I was a young impressionable teenager who thought that all books were good and didn’t give out anything less than 4 stars. Obviously I have grown past and developed my ability to critically analyze books.
Our main character is Alex who is a feisty headstrong character. She’s also a dumb teenager who doesn’t follow directions, but for some reason I still enjoyed reading about her. I think over the course of the book she learned a lot about herself and did a lot of self development. I’m excited to see how she continues to grow throughout the rest of the series.
The one thing I didn’t really like was her’s and Aiden’s relationship. She is seventeen throughout the book and he’s twenty one. I was kind of weirded out by it and wished that they had waited until Alex was 18 to start anything.
Armentrout’s writing kind of reminded me of fan fiction in that it was a little bit exaggerated and dramatized. This made me sort of like the writing and I sort of didn’t. There were just some moments where the writing annoyed me. I do think the way she wrote suited Alex and made her stand out. I really enjoyed her dialogue which can make or break a book for me.
I do think that the magic system is interesting and well explained. I’m excited to see how it will continue to be expanded upon in the later books. The book also does a really good job of drawing you in. I felt like I couldn’t put the book down and needed to know what happened next. It was also a short book so a quick read.
I really enjoyed this book. I will continue on with the series because I’m interested in the characters as well as how the story will unfold. I’m also excited to learn more characters, especially Seth. I do recommend this book if you’re looking a cool magic system and fun characters.
I also want to mention that this book has been compared to The Vampire Academy of which I have read the first two books I think? I definitely can see why people are drawing similarities between the two but I think for the time period of when they were published there was a trend in YA. I do think if you liked The Vampire Academy, you would enjoy this as well.