BOOK REVIEW: HALF BLOOD(COVENANT #1) BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout

GENRE: Romance, Greek Mythology, Paranormal

FORMAT: Audiobook

RATING :        
Romance/Chemistry: 4/5
Thrill: 3/5
Action: 3/5
Pace: 3.5/5
Uniqueness: 3.5/5

COVER:

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I don’t know why but i just LOVEEEEE this cover. I LOVE all the covers of the books in the Covenant Series.

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People do the damndest things when they’re in love.

REVIEW:

Common BUT still interesting

The story begins with Alexandria, a badass Hal-Blood fighting off Daimon’s (?? It is pronounced as demon. Don’t know whether there is something wrong with the spelling or the pronunciation.)  when the Sentinels from the Covenant (A school where the Half Bloods and the Pure Bloods train and from where she is pulled out of by her mother, Rachel) that were sent after her by her Uncle Marcus (Now the new Dean of the Covenant) catch up with her.

The book has many clichés and is pretty predictable. Alexandria, our MC is a Half-Blood. Aiden, the hottie on whom she has a ginormous  crush (and who was also her senior when she was at the Covenant) is a Pure-Blood. And Pure-Bloods and Half-Bloods aren’t allowed to get together.

Hottie-the crush is Pure-Blood.

She is Half-Blood.

Forbidden romance anyone?

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One doesn’t need to be an Einstein to know what is going to happen next.

Also from the very beginning, I could see various similarities with ‘The Vampire Academy’ series by Richelle Mead so much so that I thought I had loaded the wrong book into my audio book player (Ohkay totally exaggerating here but you get my point.)

  1. Alexandria a.k.a Alex is pulled out of the Covenant. Rose, the MC in ‘The Vampire Academy’ – Book one runs away from the Academy.
  2. Alex is a badass, sassy, motor mouth chick. Surpirse, surprise so is Rose.
  3. Aiden is a mature, sensitive guy and Dimitri in the Vampire Academy series was also the same.
  4. And what wraps up the list is the Forbidden romance angle.

The character of Alex ‘andria’ can be quite irritating at times.  Her mouthing off skills makes one feel embarrassed for her and her using fists more than her wits is not appealing at all. Also the nickname Alex is itself very cliché. It’s like every tomboy’ ish, sassy chick has to have the name Alex.  The character of Aiden is also too good to be true. Plus the character Deacon, his brother is a total waste. He is not integral to the story at all. You could have taken him out of the story and it would have made no difference whatsoever.

Howeverm the character that was most intriguing was sexy Seth, the Apollyon.  The banter between Alex and Seth were the highlights of the book. I kept looking forward to Alex-Seth moments.

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Well, okay maybe those moments were not EXACTLY awwww moments as they both kept trying to shred each other with insults but then I am not one for ‘AWW’ kind of romances too. So yeah there banter and the tension between them kept me highly entertained.

The narrative was finely paced. I did not get bored. But the book had a lot of slut-shaming and that irked me quite a bit because I don’t believe in the word ‘Slut’ and neither am I a fan of ‘shaming’. In the books, both were combined to an annoyingly unrealistic level bordering on hypocrisy and that really really turned me off.  Also many major twist in the book were predictable. I mean it was hard to miss. Throughout the book, there were glaring hints. I SO saw them coming.

QUOTES:

Need covers itself with love, but need… need is never love. Always beware of the one who needs you. There is always a want behind a need, you see.

 

I glanced down at the dumbbell and pictured it flying across the room—at his face. But it was such a nice face, and I’d hate to ruin it.

 

There is a difference between love and need. Sometimes, what you feel is immediate and without rhyme or reason.

CONCLUSION:

“The book is worth a read. It is not exactly Greek Mythology though it has it as a base. I am so going to read the second book, Pure  (Covenant  #2) mainly for Seth and to find out how the twist pans out”

AUTHORS CONNECT:

Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlarmentrout

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