Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18th 2011
Read in: 2 days
Alex is a half-blood, a.k.a "affair-child" between a Hematoi and a human. When she was 12, her mother took her away from the Covenant, a school for pure-bloods (Hematoi) and half-bloods to learn or help go into the "field." No, not the medical field or the business field, but the kick-ass-hunting-daimons-for-a-living-field! I don't know about you guys, but I sure do love some kick-ass action. Alex was torn away from that for an unknown reason, she probably wishes she found at earlier. An unlikely but sad event occurs that puts her in the hands of the Covenant again. Literally, puts Alex in the hands of the Covenant, scratch that - an extremely breath-takingly, beautiful, save-me-I'm-drowning Sentinel, Aiden. Now, two options are presented to her. Obey her "elders" and catch up on what she has missed for the last 4 years, or be submitted into a life of slavery. I think Alex's decision is pretty clear here, but when push comes to shove Alex will be forced to re-assess herself and determine what she really wants, what she really needs, and what road she's willing to take to achieve these goals.
First things first, if you've read the Vampire Academy series and loved it, then you'll either love Half-Blood or hate it! Half-Blood is almost exactly like the Vampire Academy series, in that the characters are almost identically modeled. The relationships, their attitudes, and their train of thoughts all seem to be alike. However, I'm not reviewing the Vampire Academy series, I'm reviewing Half-Blood, so I think I’ll focus on Half-Blood, rather than compare it to the Vampire Academy series.
I really loved Armentrout's writing style. She made me feel for Alex and the trials and tribulations she was put through. At certain points in the story, I found myself wanting to jump in and backhand a couple of guys for her, and that one stereotyped Barbie girl who believes she's superior to every girl ever born to the planet Earth. Armentrout's work flowed logically, and made me want to ... simply put, "go with the flow." I felt this was far from "fan-fiction." While no-doubt extremely comparable to the Vampire Academy series, Half-Blood was original, right down to the core. I mean forbidden relationships? HOT. Sexy god-like people? Extremely HOT. And a bunch of consistent kick-ass action? Well that's just down-right blazing!