Thursday, November 29, 2012

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This is the first book in the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

My review of #0.5: Daimon.

After having watched her mother be killed by a daimon, Alex is on the run from a group who are, for some reason, tracking her down. When she was in a fight with three of them, reinforcements came to help - members of the Covenant who she used to know three years ago.

It was all well and dandy that Aiden, the crush she had for years before leaving the Covenant, came to rescue her, but Alex was not very appreciative at the time.

Now she's back at the Covenant, where she finds out that her uncle, Marcus, is the new dean at the school and her stepfather, Lucian, is one of the Ministers of the Covenant. And neither really liked her that much three years ago, so she was expecting some bad news.

With the help of Aiden and two other pure-bloods, they were able to convince her uncle to train over the summer and try to catch up so she can go to school in the fall. And her personal trainer for the duration?

None other than Aiden himself, who Alex has found out she still has a major crush on him.

Just when things were getting to be a routine, her stepfather decides to come visit - which did not make Alex overly happy. And she also found out that the Apollyon (the one half-blood who has all of the powers of a pure-blood and more aether than a pure-blood) was with him.

The minute Alex and the Apollyon, Seth, eyes meet, there is an instant connection. Not attraction, just a feeling Alex gets whenever he is around. And she sees tattoos. Tattoos that none of her friends can see.

With her stepfather comes bad news - her mother is alive. But she was changed into a daimon. And for some reason, she is coming back for Alex, and killing any pure or half-blood in her way to get Alex.

Now Alex, after finding out that she herself is the second Apollyon of this generation - something that caused a fuse the last time two were alive at the same time - has to deal with this news along with the idea that her mother is a daimon and might have to kill her so she won't kill anyone else.

Life for Alex is not all that grand lately. What will happen to Alex since Marcus and Lucian know she's the second Apollyon? What is the connection she feels with Seth, even though she's very much attracted to Aiden? Will Alex have to kill her mother, or is her mother stronger than Alex and will kill her first? Find out all of these answers by reading Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout today!

My Thoughts/Reflections
This book was amazing. I was not bored once throughout the novel and read it in one sitting. There was also so much information and action in here that I was thrown for a loop time and again with the new content Armentrout shoved in here - very eloquently shoved, but still shoved.

Alex is amazing. Purely amazing. She had to leave her mother when she was murdered, fight off daimons after no training for three years, face her uncle and stepfather, not knowing the outcome, go to school and train with her hard-core crush, learned that her mother WASN'T dead, but turned into the thing she is training to kill, found out that she's the second Apollyon, when the last time that happened, they killed BOTH Apollyon's, AND still had time to break a few rules here and there.

She's amazing.

And there are so many boys! Ha, just kidding, but Aiden is very serious, and so is Seth though they are a different serious from one another. Caleb, Alex's best friend, is hilarious and her two elders (uncle and stepfather) are just plain weird.

Overall, this was a great book. There was a lot of information, but it was well spread out really well to give the reader enough time to get over one shock after another.

I cannot wait to read the next books in the series to see what happens with all of the characters. I think I'm going to enjoy this Covenant world very much :)

I think all should read this. It's different than other stories and has many twists and turns. The only thing I'm upset about is that not all of the books are out so I can read them back to back. Guess I'll get over that, though!

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