Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: October 18, 2011
Summary: Alex, a half-blood, has been on the run from daimons for the past three years. They hunt members of her kind for the aether they possess in their blood. Members of the Covenant finally find her after her mother is torn to shreds. The Covenant, a boarding school for “freakish” teens, was where Alex went to school until her mother decided to take her away. Now that she’s back, Alex needs to play catch-up so that she will be ready to become a Sentinel—a warrior against the killer daimons. Her trainer, Aiden, is a pure blood—off limits to Alex because of her half-blood status—but he might just be too tempting…
My thoughts: With Half-Blood, Jennifer L. Armentrout manages to take a few tried and true concepts and twist them into something entirely new. The mythology behind the pure bloods and half bloods is utterly fascinating, and readers will delight in this unique concept. Daimons, zombie-like flesh eaters determined to turn pure bloods into one of their own, are horrifying, and Armentrout succeeds in utilizing them to create a never-ending sense of foreboding and doom. The story, overall, is incredibly addicting. The first few pages don’t exactly hook you, but the entirety of the novel is intense, dramatic, and downright un-put-downable.
Alex is a fierce heroine, and though she’s not instantly likable due to her inability to conform, her stubbornness is ultimately endearing. She matures over the course of the novel, and becomes much more likable—even lovable—towards the halfway mark. The most important aspect of Alex’s character is that she feels real. She talks like a teen, she grieves like a teen, and she acts like a teen. Jennifer Armentrout has nailed the teen voice with Alex.
The romance in Half-Blood is too good to go without mention. The chemistry between Alex and Aiden is perfect. The forbidden love concept is often tiresome for me, but I couldn’t help but root for these two. They sizzle together! Jennifer Armentrout doesn’t skimp on the sexy—fans of romance will love the tension between Alex and Aiden!
Half-Blood is a surprisingly fresh paranormal romance that will hook you and reel you in—I certainly couldn’t do anything until I’d finished the book! Veteran paranormal readers will be pleased to find Jennifer Armentrout’s mythology unique, and everyone will dig its non-stop pace.