Half Blood (covenant #1) by Jennifer Armentrout. Published Oct 2011 by Spencer Hill Press CDN $3.99 Kindle Edition.
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. (Goodreads excerpt)
I have to say hands down this is on my top ten list of favorite books right now. The whole story was amazing and captivating and thrilling and…I digress.
First off, I love the connection between Alex and Aiden. It pulls at the heartstrings. The forbidden love the desire and longing…OMG it is awesome; Much more than a crush and you have no idea if it will work out in the end or not. There is nothing predictable about this story.
Alex is the best heroine, she is kick ass, feisty, rebellious and everything in between. She knows what she wants and goes after it. She is fiercely loyal and will protect those she loves at all costs. Aiden is everything she could want in a partner, strong, sexy, hot…and of course forbidden. But who says love can’t conquer all right. Well I guess we will have to wait and see because you also have Seth thrown in the mix who might give Aiden a run for his money. Seth is hot, sexy, strong and has a connection to Alex that she can’t deny. Of course being the ultimate being has some strings attached. Seth comes off as being arrogant and pig headed and everything else but I have a feeling there is more to him than he is letting on.
I have read other books by this author and so far she doesn’t disappoint. I love the action and storytelling that keeps this moving. It is engaging and interesting and not typical of other books. I was enthralled by the culture that surrounded the story, the half bloods, the pure bloods, and the interaction between the two, the forbidden relationships, the sentinels and the guards. I am not usually fond of stories about gods, zues, appollo etc but this one kept me reading until the last page. I liked it so much that as soon as I finished I downloaded the next book PURE (covenant #2) on my kindle.
5 stars for sure.