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Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  37,665 ratings  ·  3,417 reviews
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...more
ebook, 242 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
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Similarities Between Half-Blood and Vampire Academy


*CAUTION* if you're looking for originality this is not the book for you.

It's like the author just took Vampire Academy and changed all the names. The only character missing from this story is Lissa. Read below for details

*EDIT* Apparently Lissa is in this book as well. You know the connection that Rose and Lisa have that a...more
Emily May

Surely this book is illegal. I mean, someone once tried to sue J.K. Rowling because their book included a kind of wizard sport tournament similar to the one found in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, they claimed she had stolen the idea from them... and this small matter takes up such a minuscule percentage of the novel! Not to mention the fact that no one I knew had ever heard of the guy's novel before...

Now, pretty much everyone I speak to has heard of - if not read - the Vampire Academy s...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
In Daimon, the short story prequel, Alex’s mother was killed by a group of Strigoi daimons, but Alex was lucky enough to escape. At the beginning of Half-Blood, she is found by Dimitri Aiden and other Guardians Sentinels and returned to the Covenant, where she hopes to continue her education. However, the dean is none too happy with her. She has lost three years of training and he thinks she shouldn’t be allowed to rejoin her classmates. Instead, he wants to give her the elixir which will turn h...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
More VA similarities come out here and here. And that's not even my entire list of similarities. I just got tired of marking them all (because there were so many) when it started getting down to them both having rose necklaces as a significant thing and other random little details sprinkled throughout just about everywhere.

*edit* July 2012*. Sigh. Eff it. I really didn't want to have a star rating on this book because of my mixed feelings (good and bad) but since I'm not risking having yet anoth...more
"There's nothing like a bunch of catty teenagers who could either kick your ass halfway across the country or set you on fire with a mere thought.

That alone changed who people picked fights with or became friends with.
And at the end of the day, it was always good to have a Firestarter in your back pocket."

Okay soooo As a HUGE Vampire Academy fan please allow me to adress the whole "It's just like V.A. Issue"..... Well it did have several moments especially in the beginning as well as the co...more
Sandee (Nikolai Lantsov's Queen)
Jul 25, 2012 Sandee (Nikolai Lantsov's Queen) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Myth inspired books lovers!
Recommended to Sandee (Nikolai Lantsov's Queen) by: Eunice


This is what I was talking about! Ms. Armentrout! You really know how to make your fans scream out more!!!

Merged review:


Yes! I am extremely happy!
This book exceeded my expectations!


Here are some of the things you need to know about first before I get to the real gist of this book. We all know that the Greek gods were very fond of mingling with humans. And when they mingle with humans in a not so innocent way, the by-pro...more
First I would like to say I've never given a book 1 star, because I think that just the dedication of an author earns him at list 2 stars. The second thing is that I think that's the longest review I've ever wrote. It says something.

This book doesn't deserve rating at all. Because it was a perfect copy of Vampire Academy series. And not in a good way.
I'm utterly disappointed and upset with Jennifer L. Armentrout. How can she do that? How did the publishers let her publish a book that is a copy o...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
"Alex?" I turned around, figuring he'd changed his mind and was going to order me to see Marcus in the morning and fess up to my bad behaviour. "Yeah ?" He brushed a lock of dark hair off his forehead and flashed that lopsided smile. "I remember you" I scrunched up my face. "What?" The grin increased to a full smile. And... oh, man. He had dimples. The air in my lungs died. "I remember you, too"

Where do I even begin by writing this review? Well……Half-Blood left me utterly speechless. It complet...more
Kate Kaynak
This book is amazing! Fans of VAMPIRE ACADEMY will love it. The main character, Alex, has a wonderfully edgy, sarcastic voice, and she's simultaneously strong and vulnerable. I pulled this query out of the slush pile and read the manuscript in a day--I couldn't put it down! Put this on your "to-read" list; you won't be disappointed!
Jacqueline's Reads


It’s not secret I am a Jennifer L. Armentrout (J.Lynn) fan. Yes, I have a girl crush list (just like a book boyfriend list) and she is an author that is on there. So, with my mini me (that’s my reading buddy, I call her mini me, b/c she’s ten years younger than me and reminds me of me ten years ago) told me to read Half-Blood, I said, well what the heck.

Oh my god, where h...more
Annie Brewer
I can not say it enough---I LOVE a story from the guy's POV!!! It is so much more powerful than from the girls. As a girl myself, I know how we think-feel-want. But there is nothing sexier than getting into the guy's head and witnessing their vulnerable side, especially since we the readers get to see it all first before the girl does. Ahhh, it's a beautiful thing! And Aiden? He's a beautiful guy! God, he's beautiful and lucious. And sexy. And dammit, I can not shut up! Okay, well I liked this t...more
Okay, a few people has asked me why I only gave 1 cheap star to this book that seems to be a favorite of so many. So, I decided to explain how I feel towards this book with the following points.

But first, I am sorry in advance if I offend a fan of this series. I know it hurts when someone talks crap about a book you love and I know this book has tones of fans but SORRY!

So here I go!

1. I got almost halfway through the book. I read like 45% of it and I couldn't keep reading. So yes, I didnt' finis...more
Re-read 30/9/13:

Re-reading this book was like visiting an old friend with a great sense of humour! I fell in love with this series all over again from the very first page - the tale of Alex, the kickass halfblood heroine, and her journey, one that I will never, ever tire of :)

Original Review

"It was him - Aiden St.Delphi."

As soon as I read that I was all like, "Oooooh yeah. She's got it baaaaaad." But then I read about how pures and halfs can't be together and I was all:

Shit. Is. Going. To. Go....more
Abbi Glines
UGH! Now I have to wait until April to find out if she gets her head on straight and realizes Seth is her man!!! LOL! Loved this book =)
4.5 stars
What a fantastic and sensational book!!
Half Blood has everything I look for in a read and more. Remarkable writing, an intriguing plot, a kickass protag, swoon worthy characters, forbidden love, hope and a fate destined.
I absolutely loved this book!!

Alex is such a great character, but what I love most about her is that she has so much more potential to grow and be the person that I know she can become. Aiden is my favorite kind of sexy. Strong, loyal and smoldering and brooding never looked so...more
Apr 26, 2012 Sabrina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who liked the Vampire Academy series and would like to read the same thing over and over
Shelves: did-not-finish
I just got into the first few pages and the "WTF counter" was already exploding.

I get it that you'd like to write a book but don't have anything new to say.
I get it that you are unsure and feel more secure using elements already proven successful.
I get it that you REALLY liked the Vampire Academy series.
I don't think you have to be completely original to write a (good) book: you are allowed to pick ideas here and there.



Carol [Goodreads addict]
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Half-Blood is book one in the Covenant series by Jennifer Armentrout. The world Jennifer has created in this series is both disturbing and amazing. This book has both intense action and sweet love. I was hooked on page one.

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Alexandria or Alex for short is a Half-Blood. Her mother is a pure and her father whom she never met was a mortal. Pures are like the royalty. Half-Bloods not so much. Halfs are either trained as Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or they are forced into servitude for the...more
Sep 27, 2011 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Vampire Academy
Recommended to Arlene by: Bookittyblog - ARC Tour
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

After reading the pre-qual Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout I was excited to get my hands on the first full installment Half Blood, so thank you to Bookittyblog for including me in the book tour.

Half Blood has everything I love about paranormal adventures, including fast paced action, constant turmoil and excitement, as well as a group of characters that make me want to just jump into the book and take down some Daimons right along with them. It was full on fun an...more

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Once I was done reading Daimon, I was so glad I had an ARC of Half-Blood in hand and hoped it was as good as the prequel. I can safely say that Half-Blood exceeded any expectations I had! I completely loved it! It was so awesome that it's now one of my favorite YA paranormals, and if this keeps up, I know Covenant could end up being a definite favorite series of mine!

After three years in hiding with her pure-blood mother, 17-year-old Alexandria...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
I might have rated this book higher had I read this before Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. As it stands, the characters and the plot all feels like a very watered down version of VA. I couldn't help comparing one character to the next, and they all felt lacking. The premise is slightly different, but the boarding school setting, the reviled and necessary half-bloods, the evil daimons/strigoi, all felt rehashed, and not in a good way.

Alex is Rose, without the spunk, with more slut-shaming...more
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Jennifer Armentrout...I really think I may be in love with you. Seriously, I'm about as straight as they come, but after reading Obsidian and immediately following it up with Half-Blood!!! I heart you!! Where have you been all my life??? I'm gagged and bound to the band-wagon attached to the Jennifer L. Armentrout train and I love it!!! What a ride.

Now let me take a running head start and jump on my insanely large soap-box. To all you readers...more
Oct 11, 2014 ❀УᗩᔕᗰᎥИƎ❀ rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Vampire Academy
Shelves: mythology

The resemblance is striking!

I felt as if I were rereading Vampire Academy while reading this.

I couldn't help but compare the two books to one another...

So here's a brief list of why I felt that way:

❀ Well for starters, Alex has the same personality as Rose
❀ Aiden reminds me very much of Dimitri with his accent and all
❀ I'm pretty sure Caleb is code word for Mason because they're so much alike
❀ This book initiates with Alex on the run, but Aiden catches her. Sou...more
Samantha Young
Exceedingly entertaining, Half-Blood is the perfect hit for those of us who have been ailing from Vampire Academy withdrawals.

Jennifer L. Armentrout has written a fast-paced, mythology rich, funny, passionate, violent and emotional adventure; an adventure that I literally HAD to blow through because I just didn’t want to put my kindle down until the very last page. Even now I want to flick back to the beginning and start reading Half-Blood all over again.

My favorite kind of book, Half-Blood is...more
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
4 stars

Alexandria is a 17 year old half-blood and falling behind her studies in the Covenant. Who better than pure-blood Aiden to train her. Oh one slight problem, it is forbidden for pure-blood and half-blood to have relationships.

I found Aiden quite a serious hero and I have yet to find the spark between him and Alex. On the other hand, with Seth I liked the way he and Alex were around each other. For a YA book, Alex was a fabulous heroine and very likeable.

I was a bit overwhelmed by all the...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review

Cover: It’s pretty.
Rating PG-13
Thumbs Up 4
Overall: More interesting than I expected.
Characters: Good.
Plot: Read like a popular book.
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? Yes.
Recommend Yes.
Book Boyfriend: Aiden

SUMMARY (50 word or less)

Despite this book clearly reads much like a very popular book, I found myself unable to stop reading. I read in one setting. There is something with this author that draws me into her stories even though ideas feel like they come from other stories. And...more
HALF-BLOOD was definitely the best mythology YA book I have read this year. I love mythology and I just loved so many things about this book that it kept me reading til the very end.

Do you miss Vampire Academy since it ended? Can't find a book that is similar to your lovely Vampire Academy Series? Look no more. If you want something similar to Vampire Academy then read HALF-BLOOD. You have a kick-ass heroine, two swoon worthy love interests, funny dialogue, and enough action to keep you in your...more
Read the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.

Wowieeeee. I was instantly hooked by this book when I read the synopsis and saw the gorgeous purple cover, but that's nothing compared to what's actually inside the book. Jennifer Armentrout creates a butt-kicking, crime-fighting, people-protecting tough female protagonist that you just can't help not liking. One of my top favorite female main characters ever? Heck, yes. And I don't even want to go on about Aiden, because I don't know if I'll ev...more
Half-Blood is the kind of book that you will read in one sitting. The characters and the story line will keep you turning pages until you read the last sentence. And once you finish you will be left with the kind of wonderful feeling that you can only get after reading a fully satisfying book.

The plot is fast paced and we are immediately thrown into the thick of it with the first chapter. Just when things calmed down a bit and I thought Alex could finally relax and deal with her past, an inform...more
Lisa O.
The richest detail about this whole series is the name she chose to give to Alex's mother. Rachelle. Rachelle?! How metaphorical of you, Armentrout. Alex's mother... Rose's mother... yes, Rachelle. This cracks me up big time. No shame, I say. No shame.
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