By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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.
Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? Honestly no. Alex feels guilt throughout the entire book about her mother. Then there is of course the talk about how some of the half-bloods become servants, which basically means they get their free will taken from them. There is also a bit of instalove in this book which I didn’t mind although I know some people don’t like it. Also Alex does not have a good relationship with her Uncle or Step-father but you can see that change a bit towards the end. Also it is unfair some of the rules and restrictions this society has against the half-bloods while the pure bloods get everything sometimes literally handed to them on a silver-platter. Although I loved Alex’s relationship with her best friend Caleb.
Did it have adequate representation? This book only follows Alex’s perspective which is nice but I do like books that share more characters point of views. Like I would have loved to have a mixed character Point of view for this book. I wouldn’t have minded seeing chapters in her Mom’s perspective or even Aiden’s perspective.
Did it teach me something or make me think? I would hate to be in Alex’s situation is honestly one of the only things this book truly made me think about.
Were the characters memorable? Yes. The characters were all memorable and I loved reading about all of them. Of course my favorite character was Aiden because I thought that he was very clear headed and also he is definitely one of my new favorite male characters in general. Especially for what he did at the end which I won’t talk about because of spoilers. Alex was also a pretty good main character and you could see her grow a bit throughout the book and learning new things. The Oracle was just as creepy as she sounded to be, although what she said was true. Caleb was a great best friend character for Alex, and I really enjoyed him as a side character. Seth is very intimidating and I don’t know what I really think about him yet I will have to wait until I read the next book.
Was the plot clever? Yes and I cannot write to much about this one because I would end up spoiling the book but I enjoyed the way the book reached its conclusion. I also liked reading about Alex training and there were some things which did surprise me in this book a bit.
So overall I really enjoyed Half-blood although I wouldn’t say it was the best book that I read this year, or the best book I read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I do recommend this book though and I hope if you decide to read it that you enjoy it. If you read this book please comment down below what you thought because I do like seeing different opinions that other people have on the books that I read. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are all having a great day.