Ã Half-Blood ✓ Download by » Jennifer L. Armentrout WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT This is what I was talking about Ms Armentrout You really know how to make your fans scream outMerged review MY REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK image error In Daimon, the short story prequel, Alex s mother was killed by a group of Strigoi daimons, but Alex was lucky enough to escape At the beginning of Half Blood, she is found by Dimitri Aiden and other Guardians Sentinels and returned to the Covenant, where she hopes to continue her education However, the dean is none too happy with her She has lost three years of training and he thinks she shouldn t be allowed to rejoin her classmates Instead, he wants to give her the elixir which will turn her into a mindless slave for the Moroi Pures Of course, Aiden steps up and offers to train her in his free time and because of his words, Alex is given a chance to prove that she can become just as good as the others by the end of the summer Relationships between Pures and Half Bloods are strictly forbidden Alex is a half blood, try guessing what Aiden is If they end up together and someone finds out, nothing will happen to Aiden because he s a Pure, but Alex will be forced into slavery and will probably have to be a servant in her stepfather s who also happens to be a very powerful politician house I think this book was some sort of an experiment how much can an author take from another author and avoid being sued for plagiarism Jennifer Armentrout crossed the line considerably if you ask me It s true that we are used to YA paranormal literature being formulaic, but that s not what this is about Armentrout wasn t just following the usual formulathan half of this book is flat out stolen Far too many characters and situations were just copied from the Vampire Academy series to Half Blood for it to be an accident I can t help but wonder what this woman was thinking She had too know how obvious it ll be.
Under normal circumstances, Half Blood would have been a solid 4 star book for me The characters are interesting enough, the world is well built, the plot is compelling and the writing itself isn t half bad But I can t bring myself to reward Armentrout s actions If I do, if we all do, where will it end There are some differences between Half Blood and Vampire Academy, especially in the second half But by the time I reached those parts, I was already going back and forth from depressed to angry and I just couldn t find it within myself to care Vampire Academy fans should read this out of sheer curiosity I recommend borrowing it from the library or something because buying it means encouraging other thieves authors to do the same I really don t want to see The Panthers of Hope Falls on some shelf next year.
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 PuresSeventeen 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 RuleRelationships 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 IsIf 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 Paranormal fantasy books are not my favorite genre, but every once in a while I like to read one to change things up a bit This one had been sitting on my TBR list for quite some time and when I saw the Audible edition on sale, I decided that it was as good a time as ever to finally give it a listen While I d by lying if I said that it was the kind of book that makes me fall in love with the characters and rush out to grab a copy of the next book in the series, I can t deny that I enjoyed it.
The story centers on a seventeen year old girl who was born into a secret society of sorts She is what is called a half blood, born of a pure blood Hematoi mother and a human father She was schooled at the Covenant, where pure bloods and half bloods train to be Sentinels fighters that hunt daimons, the evil pure bloods that feed off of other pure bloods.
However, before Alexandria could complete her training her mother leaves the Covenant, taking her with her The two are on the run, hunted by the Covenant s sentinels When they fall prey to the daimons, Alexandria s mother is killed and Alexandria is returned to the Covenant.
Upon her return, Alexandria is given a mixed reception Her uncle and stepfather seem to be out for her blood, wanting to relegate her to the role of a servant She is unexpectedly championed by Aiden St Delphi, the sentinel that is the best of the best and as good looking as he is talented as a fighter.
Aiden argues that Alexandria has a lot of potential as a fighter He was impressed with the way she held her own against the daimons, even managing to kill successfully This is a feat that is practically unheard of, especially for a half blood that has not completed training He proposes that he be allowed to personally teach Alexandria If he can get her caught up on the training that she has missed, then she will be allowed to return to train with the others There isn t much time and the odds are against them, but he s confident that it can be done.
When Alexandria s uncle reluctantly agrees to Aiden s plan, the clock starts counting down Alexandria undergoes rigorous training, growing closer to Aiden with every day She cannot deny her attraction to him, but knows that nothing can ever come of it because unions between half bloods and pure bloods are strictly forbidden.
Making matterscomplicated is Alexandria s youthful, often immature, disposition She is wild and reckless Often, she fails to recognize the implications of her actions, acting out in dangerous ways It is almost like she wants to be kicked out of the program, even as she denies this wholeheartedly.
Things come to a head when Alexandria is faced with an impossible situation Her loyalties are tested and she finds herself indanger than she d ever imagined However, new facts come to light, revealing that she is farimportant than anyone had ever known before.
All things considered, this was a great book I enjoyed it, but it was a little innocent for my tastes It was written with a younger, teen audience in mind, so it hit it s mark for the genre However, I require a littlesteam While the brewing love story between Aiden and Alexandria was tantalizing, it waslike a tease The primary focus of the story was on the paranormal action aspects I needed less fight scenes andromance That being said, if you re looking for a paranormal fantasy book with a lot of action, then this is a fantastic choice.
At some point, I might continue the series, but I m not worried about it right now For me, personally, it just wasn t compelling enough I don t have that anxious, impatient need to get my hands on the next one, like I do when a read a favorite Nothing wrong with it, just not my cup of tea.
Finally finished I m absolutely in love with this series Took me a bit to read it but loved every second of it Really loved the pace and execution of this story JLA s MC are always awesome and interesting, plus the guys are to die for I m referring to Aiden btw Seth is great.
but Aiden is my favorite for some reason.
Caleb is an awesome best friend and he s adorable This story reminded me of Cassandra Clare s work, which I found really cool Awesome and highly recommended read Really can t wait to read the rest of this series.
The things people will do for love All truths come down to love, do they not One way or another, they do See, there is a difference between love and need Sometimes, what you feel is immediate and without rhyme or reason Two people see each across a room or their skin brushes Their souls recognize the person as their own It doesn t need time to figure it The soul always knows whether it s right or wrongTeam Aiden all the way I m decided.
I love everything about this world The concept of the Greek gods in this book is great Hematoi are the children of Gods and mortals The children of two Hematoi are pure bloods who can control the elements Children of a Hematoi and a mortal gives a half blood who doesn t have magic but has strength and the ability to see the true form a Daimon As the blurb says, the half bloods are considered below the pures and either become Sentinels to kill Daimons or to be pushed into servitude The characters are truly amazing The protagonist Alexandria is not who you would expect a protagonist of fantasy series with a paranormal vibe She is light hearted, snarky, irrational, and is driven by her emotions Her mother s death hardens her but watching the events of this book gradually change her is intriguing.
Alex had been on the run from Daimons since they invaded her house and killed her mother Now, Alex is taken back to the Covenant to be trained as a Sentinel, which has been her dream Three years ago, Alex s mother took Alex and ran away from the Covenant with no reason and now to be accepted back into the Covenant and to be trained she must prove that she can catch up with everything she has missed If Alex makes any mistakes or fails to prove her worth she will either be killed or given the Elixir which will turn her into a mindless servant The plot itself is bigger than Alex proving her worth but revealing anything else would be a spoiler As events unfold, the story moves forward in manyways than Alex becoming a Sentinel.
The blurb doesn t give it away but I wanted to tell you guys that this series consists of a love triangle, which I probably gave away by the first sentence of this review If I had known that this series had a love triangle I would probably behesitant to read it, and as always the love triangle frustrates me to no end but the book is still a great read The plot of these books is great and the characters are amazing The world building and the history of the world and these supernatural creatures is mind blowing But the one thing that frustrated me is that the protagonist ignores everything the Oracle says Yes, there is an oracle in this book but while she is considered an Oracle the protagonist doesn t pay attention to many of the things she says till after the events occur It is understandable that the words of the oracle weren t interpreted, but the fact that the words were not even given any consideration is pretty irritating Some part of what the Oracle said is not even very cryptic and could have been understood, but no Alex didn t pay any attention to what she said.
Putting that aside, the book was great at highlighting the relationship between the characters and revealing just as much past as the future of the characters I look forward to the rest of the books and have a good feeling about them, but I really hope this love triangle will end soon.
You will kill the ones you love.
Fate had been right about thatBlurbThe 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.
It s been a while, my friends and since The Return I ve been meaning to reread The Covenant series and that time has finally come.
It s not a secret I love Jennifer s writing and coming back to one of the first books I ever read by her, well, it s awesome She s grown so much as a writer and it s such a great thing to see.
Anyhow, I really loved this series and these books just get better and better, that I can guarantee.
Let s start with our lovely and fierce heroine, Alexandria Alex Andros.
She s just awesome, alright I love how selfless she is, she s the kind of person who I d love to be friends with Or be Or be with I can t quite decide She s that good.
At the beginning of the book we see how she s thrown back to the Covenant and how she had to work her ass off in order to keep up with what she missed while being away her training I loved how Aiden beat her ass, truly I loved how bruised she was and never complained because 1 It showed how serious she was and 2 It showed how things are for halfs.
I think that, for a character who is very impulsive, she s not that reckless and stupid.
Don t get me wrong, she has some stupid reactions to some things but they re not that many which is great I also liked how friendly she is and funny I feel like she would be such a healthy teenager given a totally different scenario, you know, someone to look up to.
She grows up so much in one single book and she getsserious but that doesn t mean she stops being this cool girl I just like seeing things through Alex s eyes.
Aiden St Delphi, there s a man I m sure I d spend the rest of my life with.
He s just such a sincere guy He s honest, strong, fucking adorable, sexy and smart and arg He gets me so frustrated because I want a man like him Damn him.
I like how we see him getting fond of Alex day by day and how their relationship grows till the point you can feel it between the pages.
Aiden is such a tormented soul who had to grow up way too fast to take care of his brother after his parents were killed by daimons and he s such a badass sentinel I just want to hug the crap out of him and then fuck him senseless, what can I say.
Girls, he s a good boy, he truly is but oh, he can behave badly when he wants to Can I get one of him for Christmas this year Anyways, they make a really great couple and you just have no doubt they belong together, you feel me You feel like they could be this lovely couple doing cute couple things and having hot, hard sex and then make sweet love during the day and then go hunting and killing things at night Relationship goals Let me tell you how much I love Caleb, please.
I love that man with all my heart He s a really great friend and he deserved .
Overall I liked the friendship factor in the book, I liked pretty much all the characters, even the characters I hated because they all have a purpose in the end, yeah And, ugh, Seth Darling, you know I love you but you re such a pompous asshole in this book I can t tell you how much I wanted to maim you I know you ll come a long way and all that shit but still and maybe I m getting a bit ahead of what s gonna happen with him but yeah, asshole.
Oh, and one thing I didn t like about the book was that I couldn t feel Alex s loss when it came to her mother I mean, I didn t feel that when thing went south just because I didn t know the woman and even though Alex loved her very much and it was clear she cared deeply for her daughter, I did not see it I don t think there were any flashbacks or moments that could lead me to care for Rachelle I wish I had, though but since it didn t happen, I don t particularly care about her being dead whatsoever.
Now, I know there are some similarities between this book and Vampire Academy, I know.
The Academy Covenant structure, the way half and damphir are created, the whole races structure, daimon strogoi and some other things And if you read this series before you read Vampire Academy then you d think it s the other way around, yeah Guys, yes, there are similarities but don t let them keep you from enjoying these books I read The Covenant after I read Vampire Academy and I m so glad I didn t give up on this I think all the comparisons go away after book two I mean, great characters, awesome characters development, badassery going on, amazing greek factor and swoon worthy moments I m sold, I don t know about you I realised how spoiler free are my reviews these days Is it weird I find it weird, LOL.
More VA similarities come out here and here And that s not even my entire list of similarities I just got tired of marking them all because there were so many when it started getting down to them both having rose necklaces as a significant thing and other random little details sprinkled throughout just about everywhere edit July 2012 Sigh Eff it I really didn t want to have a star rating on this book because of my mixed feelings good and bad but since I m not risking having yet another review sent to the void, I will award a star rating edit March 2012 I have since removed my star rating because I don t know the fair way to rate this book any If you ve read either Half Blood or Vampire Academy it doesn t matter which one this review will basically be spoiler free because you ll know what s going on from reading either book when I do my comparison If you haven t read VA, then I d suggest skipping this review altogether and picking up a copy of Vampire Academy Do yourself a favor and read the original before deciding whether or not to read this It s the only fair thing to do Mead deserves credit for creating this world edit January 2012 After having three different discussions about this book in the past few days, I m tempted to erase my entire review I wrote it with hope that there must have been a reason for the similarities Now, I m pretty sure that the author isn t claiming this as fan fic, when that s what it reads as I tried to see the positives I really did original Review from 2011 This has got to be fan fic I can t imagine that someone would blatantly rip off the entire premise of Vampire Academy without it being some form of fan fiction I would say at least 85% of the story was ripped from VA books 1 and 4, and the other 15% was given a Percy Jackson like twist.
I read the book because I was craving a Mead fix, and missing Dimitri something fierce And this book delivered on that at least Actually, I forgot after a while that we were dealing with offspring of the gods because when you have races like pures moroi , half bloods dhampir , and daimons strigoi , as well as jobs like sentinel guardian , servant blood whore , and lazy upper class royals , all taking place on a remote island school remote vampire academy , it s easy to forget that we re NOT reading VA Did I mention that there is a Rose, a Dimitri right down to being the guardian sentinel trainer , an Eddie, a Mia and a semi ish Adrian character Okay, well there you go It s VA Did I also mention that there was a crazy strigoi daimon hunting our lead female Yep Crazy, I know edit to also add that there were similarities between Alex Aiden s scene and the lust charm scene in VA 1, as well as Rose Alex wanting to train with real weapons instead of fake I m going to stop now before I start thinking of every single scene that was similar.
BUTI actually liked the story I was engaged the entire time and never bored once However, I m not sure if this was because I already knew what was going on, so I didn t have to learn anything about the world, making it easier to get into right away Heck, I may have even liked it a little bit better than VA book 1 blasphemy, I know, especially considering how much of a Mead fangirl I am because a lot of the world building was pushed back in favor ofaction If I was rating this book based on story alone, I d easily go 4 stars because I enjoyed it that much However, since there was nothing NEW about the story oh wait, view spoiler the two Apollyons twisthah hide spoiler Surely this book is illegal I mean, someone once tried to sue J.
K Rowling because their book included a kind of wizard sport tournament similar to the one found in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, they claimed she had stolen the idea from them and this small matter takes up such a minuscule percentage of the novel Not to mention the fact that no one I knew had ever heard of the guy s novel beforeNow, pretty much everyone I speak to has heard of if not read the Vampire Academy series The first two thirds of Half Blood is exactly the same as the first in the VA series, I m not even exaggerating There are some scenes where if you changed Alex to Rose and Aiden to Dimitri then you would have a difficult time guessing which book is which In each novel, the protagonist has been away from their centre of training St Vladimir s and The Covenant for a long period of time When they return, they are admitted for a trial period in which they must attend training by professional and super sexy hunters In the training rooms, they fight the older and forbidden pros and get their arses handed to them repeatedly then slowly they get better, stronger, and things start to get just a little too hot and sweaty between them and their trainers.
Oh, and another in your face similarity There are pures and half bloods, the former look down on the latter, pures would never stoop so low as to start a relationship with a half blood, etc, etc Alex, like Rose, is a half blood The only big difference is that Aiden, unlike Dimitri, is a pure So the relationship in this novel is evenforbidden than the one in Vampire Academy But I was just astounded by how many characters mirrored the ones in VA, this wasn t an accident, it simply couldn t be.
Two stars on goodreads means it was ok and, trust me, this very nearly got one star because plagiarism is never ok But there was a big improvement in the last third that gave me the feeling that the second book in this series Pure would leave the VA books alone and show some originality Things started to branch off from the obviously stolen idea and take their own shape like the introduction of Apollyon a half blood who is granted super powers in order to keep pures in check, but only one can exist at any given time and some other interesting discoveries that I can t talk about without giving away huge spoilers.
Even though Half Blood is a well written, dark and sexy novel, I couldn t help but be turned off when I discovered that the author had taken someone else s idea Perhaps I d have felt differently if I hadn t just read Vampire Academy in 2011 I don t know, but I m not particularly interested in reading Pure right now.
Of course that s not a big surprise, since he s the reincarnation of one of my first and eternal book crushes, Dimitri Belikov, but still it s a reason to smile well, not for my mother, she weeps every time I fall for another fictional character instead of producing grand childrenYou will kill the ones you love It is in your blood, in your fate So the gods have spoken it and so the gods have come to foresee itThere is a secret society, one us mortals are not aware of Once upon a time, the horny greek gods mated with humans, and thus the Hematoi or Pure Bloods Moroi were born Due to their divine heritage, they are extremely fast and strong and beautiful , and they can wield elemental magic Their lesser halfs are the Half Bloods Dhampirs They can t control the elements, but they re equally strong Not particularly respected though A Half Blood will either become a servant, or will get the proper training to guard the Pure Bloods, and the best of them, they can become Sentinels Daimon hunters Which brings us to the third kind of supernatural, gods descended beings Daimons Strigoi are the Pures that switched to the dark side, and feed on Pures Our main heroine is Alexandria Andros why her last name is a greek island is beyond me , who fled the Covenant with her mother, only to be dragged back after her mother s death In order to graduate, she must train with my aforementioned love Aiden, a badass Pure, and try to survive the Pures politics, daimon attacks, shocking revelations about her powers and her ever growing yearning for Aiden Because relationships between Pures and Halfs are strictly forbiddenOkay I m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts Cool things Did you just quote Harry PotterAs you can tell, there are many similarities with Vampire Academy That s not a bad thing in my agenda, it s just that due to this resemblance the whole story lost the element of surprise for me I knew exactly what was going to happen, when and where and how But setting this aside, Half Blood was delicious When it comes to action, rich mythology, feisty characters and scorching tension, you know Jennifer L Armentrout can not disappoint Fast paced, snarky, funny and equally heart breaking, Alex s story hooked you from the start, from that very first show down with daimons to the melancholic and beautiful last chapter There was just one problem.
I am the President of the Alex Andros Sucks club The position of the Vice President is still up for grabs I had such a hard time liking her, since her lack of self control and discipline, her total disregard for the rules, her selfish, reckless and impulsive attitude that kept endangering not only her, but also the people close to her, were too much for me I know that most YA heroines are like this but, believe me when I say it, she is worse So much worse.
On the bright side, Rose Hathaway really grew up throughout Vampire Academy, so I m not losing hope yet Even though Alex is the reason I almost gave Half Blood 3 stars, it is Aiden that deserves all the stars in the sky He s so caring, fierce and sweet that he makes your heart melt The chemistry between Alex and Aiden is simply sizzling, their scenes are both tender and toe curling, and swooning is inevitableThen he leaned forward and rested his cheek against mine Hot tingles spread through me as his lips moved against my ear You should tell me to stop I didn t say a wordBut alas, I can sense a love triangle coming, and somebody will end up crying Probably me The good thing is, there is a reason behind it It won t be thrown for drama purposes only, but it serves the plot, so I m going pretend it won t bother me a lotNeed covers itself with love, but need need is never love Always beware of the one who needs you There is always a want behind a need, you seeDespite its flaws, Half Blood is an addictive ride I absolutely recommend to every paranormal forbidden romance greek mythology lover Instagram Twitter Facebook BookNest