Monday, January 16, 2017

Audiobook Review: Half-Blood

Title: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: October 18, 2011

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.

You ever have those times when you just don't really know what to say? Yea. This is totally one of those times.

This is the first Jennifer L. Armentrout book I've ever read. Crazy, I know. And from an audio standpoint, I really enjoyed the narrator. Justine Eyre is one of my favorites. But aside from that? I don't have much else to say.

Alex's mom took her away from the Covenant three years ago, but no one knows why. When her mother is killed in a vicious daimon attack and the sentinels find her, she's brought back to the Covenant to continue her training. Over the summer, the dreamy Aidan catches her up on what she's missed over the past three years so she can head back to school come the fall. But things just keep going wrong whenever she's around. Daimon's keep attacking, and her mother might not be as dead as she initially thought.

I didn't particularly dislike anything about the book. Then again, I didn't particularly like anything either. I found it predictable, and for a romance, fairly lacking in smooching. I'd hoped for a lot more with Aidan. Maybe in the next book my wishes will be granted. I really liked him as a character, and Alex, while annoying at times, did go through a good amount of character development. 

The Greek mythology was pretty cool. There wasn't a ton of it throughout, but I have a feeling a lot more will be spread through the rest of the series.

Still, it was entertaining and very quick to get through. I do enjoy paranormal, so I will probably continue on with the series. 

Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 3 stars
Writing: 5 stars
World: 3 stars
Feels: 2 stars

3.5 Stars

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