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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Book 1 in the Covenant series
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Price: $15.00
Length: 9 hrs 17 min 
Format: MP3 - CD
Release Date: 3/11/2014
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Download from Audible.com

My Ratings

Plot:  5/5 
Setting:  4.5/5 
Writing:  5/5 
Originality of Plot:  3/5 
Characters Development:  5/5 
Ending:  5/5

Narration:  5/5
Cover Art:  4.5/5 
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5 

Overall:  42/45 = 93%


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.

After her mother's murder, seventeen-year-old Alex could only do one thing...run!  Daimons were hot on her trail, but thankfully so were the Sentinels.  She is rescued and taken back to the Covenant.  She knows that this path only has two ending: continue her training as a Sentinel or become a drugged servant for the Hematoi.  The dean is unsure whether or not she can catch up on the time she missed, while keeping her attitude in check.  Coming back to the Covenant has one major hunky, pure-blood perk, Aiden St. Delphi.  He was supposed to protect her, and help her catch up on the training that she missed.  It's just to bad pures and Half-bloods are forbidden to be date.  

I'm going to start off by saying, I love this new take on Mythology! When it comes to popular paranormal YA, this concept absolutely stands out.  The world is building, storytelling, and characters in this series are wonderful. All that being said, I did find several similarities between this story and Richelle Mead's Vampire Diaries. Tough, snarky female lead. Sexy, slightly older, role model/teacher. The leaders of their group won't allow them to be together.  Shakespeare said that there are only 7 types of stories.  I'm actually not bothered by the similarities. There were just a few.  By mid-point in the book I had almost completely forgot about it, because I was enjoying the series so much.

This story has fantastic characters.  I just love smart, strong, snarky female leads.  So I couldn't help, but adore Alex.  And I really enjoyed how Aiden started as this gruff, emotionless, badass Sentinel.  This story allows the reader to peal away bit of his hard exterior and see the amazing guy inside. Alex is also surrounded by funny, smart secondary characters that help bring the story along.  Heck, I even enjoyed the "bad guys" of this story.  Then there is Seth.  I know that I shouldn't like him, but I'm drawn to his character.  He is that bad boy, that you let talk you into doing things you wouldn't do on your own.

Justine Eyre's narration of this series is spot on! She really brings the story to life. It's like listening to several different actors act out a script.  That is a rare gift, when it comes to audiobook narrators.  I will pick up just about anything narrated by Justine, and she's the main reason that I picked up this series.   

Amazing storytelling and deep characters make HALF-BLOOD a must read for all paranormal YA readers.  I can't seem to put this audiobook down.  As soon as I finished, I immediately downloaded PURE book 2 in the Covenant series.  I'm really excited to see what Jennifer L. Armentrout has in store for us!

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