Friday, October 7, 2011

Half-Blood Review

281 pages
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.

Review (ARC): 
I first read the short prequel to this novel Daimon, and I instantly wanted to read more. I couldn't wait to find out more of Alexandria's story and I wasn't disappointed. Alexandria is an extremely tough character with a badass personality. She's been on the run with her mom for a long time and now she's finally back at the place they left behind. The unfairness in the way the half-bloods are treated definitely made me feel for her throughout the novel. I could definitely feel the tension in the attraction between Alexandria and Aiden when I was reading the novel. The author definitely left me wanting to know how they'll end up in the end. I loved the way the Hematoi and their offspring are descendents of gods. I'm curious to see where the author takes the mythology side of the story in her next novel. There are a lot of surprises and twists in this novel and I can't wait to read the next one in the series! Definitely recommend this to anyone who loves mythology and fantasy or just reading about a strong kickass heroine.