Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
Publication: 18th October 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
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.
What can I say about this book and author that hasn't been said before?
I love this series, this would have to be my favourite new series (well new to me) that I've read this year, and Armentrout is fast moving up my list of all-time favourite authors.
I love the characters in this series Alex and OMG Aiden! I love him and there's nothing I like better than reading stories with a forbidden romance included.
My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight or flight response into overdrive.
Alex is back at the Covenant, her Uncle is now Dean and subsequently let's her know where she stands, if she can't get up to par in her training (having missed three years after being on the run with her Mum) by the time school starts she'll either become a Pure's slave or be thrown out.
So Aiden a Pure and a Sentinel, and who Alex has had a crush on for years (but because she's a Half-Blood and he's a Pure they can never be together) is to train her and get her up to speed.
"Down the hall is a gym. You should visit it... often." My mouth dropped open. "You're far too skinny. Right now a ten-year old could take yo u."I love the banter between these two and I have so many favourite quotes I could add to this review, instead I'll just add a few.
"You need to work on your upper body strength, Alex. Not your motor speech skills."
I glanced down at the dumbbell and pictured it flying across the room-at his face. But it was such a nice face, and I'd hate to ruin it.
"Alex stop staring at me and do some cardio." He flipped another page. I blinked. "I hope that book of yours is on charm and personality skills."
I propped myself onto my elbows, scowling. "How come you smile when you knock me down?" He offered his hand. "It's the little things that make me happy."
These two have such amazing chemistry together, and even though you know that they can't be together, I did nothing but wish for it the whole book through, and fingers crossed my wishes will eventuate and I will be an extremely happy girl!
The fact that you know that Alex and Aiden belong together makes it harder to wait, but I'm positive that somehow they will find a way.
We also have the arrival of Seth the Apollyon (a Half-Blood who has all the elemental powers plus a fifth one), at the Covenant, he will end up changeing Alex's life forever!
Alex and Seth have quite a few of their own hilarious comments.
"Um... sorry, I didn't see you." "Obviously. You were staring at the ground as if it had done something terrible to you."
I shot him a warning look. "I don't care if you can shoot lightening from your hand. I will kick you in the face."
I could go on and on with all of the quotes I loved in this book, Armentrout's writing is simply fantastic and I can't seem to get enough.
There were so many twists and turns in this book which kept the story fresh and exciting, and had me rushing through the pages.
I can't recommend this book highly enough, please do yourselves all a favour and pick this series up, you won't be sorry!
I give this a huge 5/5.