Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Half Blood (Covenant #1)by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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.
I knew precisely what was going to happen next. How’s that? Well, a good deal of it was Vampire Academy (books 1- 6) 2.O. Also, given everything being told and said, well, it was pretty obvious where things were going to go.
Yet, it wasn’t all bad. But unoriginal? Not completely because the last half went and made Half Blood going in a different direction that I could not get enough of. And it’s this last bit that had me rethinking my initial assessment of Half Blood as a VA rip off. And do you know what? I liked it; specifically, the last half. Perhaps comparing it to VA isn’t a bad thing: what’s not to like when there’s a kick ass girl with a tendency to say snarky things and act tough. And what’s not to like when there’s a Dimka type character present? But I am getting ahead of myself.
Like I said, the first half read like VA. And as a big VA fan, anything that touches on what I liked in that one is a win (for me). She’s Rose… only she’s less selfish. She’s just like Rose because she’s tough and snarky except she’s funnier and with the same tendency to act before thinking things through. And there’s the same too close a relationship where there should be none, just like the one between Rose and Dimka. (All that was missing was an Adrian.)
Even their world was a familiar one with pure blood wielding control over elements and half bloods acting as sentinels, guards or slaves. Or a world where those same people could be turned into something else.
But all that’s fine, because of Seth! He isn’t a good kind of guy. In fact, he seemed rather impressed with himself (OK, I’ll say it: he was full of it.) Yet, he seems to be the only one sticking out as different. Without him in the picture, without the complication that he represented, I very well would have written HALF BLOOD off as an OK read with nothing new to offer. But with him around, I caught a glimpse of what Alex could be. Not just a pseudo-Rose in light of what Aiden was to her, but something more.
The first half is nothing new. Thankfully, the second half was much better. I wonder what’s in store for her. And I know there’s more to Seth than what was presented here. If there’s any reason for me to read on… Seth is it.