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Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Wednesday, September 7, 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.

Goodreads Summary

Alex, the main character, is lost in the first part of the novel.  She has recently lost her mother and no one is providing her with any direction to speak of.  All she is told is to keep working, doing the job of a servant simply because she was "born into it."  Aidan is her one bright spot.  He is her crush...and her trainer.  It's a dangerous combination, Aidan is a Pure-Blood and will not be allowed to associate overly much with a Half-Blood...much less have a relationship with one. 

Aidan is not the easiest of characters to like all the time, he really pushes Alex to do her absolute best-sometimes to the point where it seems detrimental.  Alex has a very hard time keeping her mouth shut, she's got a smart mouth on her.  Half the time the reader will be rooting for her, the other half the reader will be cringing.  She says so many funny yet troublesome statements that the reader will always be on the look-out for Alex-it would be hard to imagine her character getting away with her "smart talk." 

There is a bit of a love triangle, kind of dissipates quickly though.  Caleb is Alex's friend, the one who is always dependable and easy to like.  He is the one who SHOULD be right for Alex, but Alex is not known for taking the easier path.  Alex herself is a feisty, amusing character.  The reader will love her character the best.  The ending will leave the reader desperately wanting more.  This book is terrific for teens/young adults who enjoy fantasy tinged with romance.

5 Stars