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Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  56,763 Ratings  ·  4,672 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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Jessica Are you familiar with Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy? If so, then there is a similar sense of plot to Armentrout's Covenant series. This series is…moreAre you familiar with Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy? If so, then there is a similar sense of plot to Armentrout's Covenant series. This series is still unique in its own, however, and an awesome read. (If you do decide to read the books, then you'll know what I mean when I say that the series is worth it just for Aiden and Seth). If you haven't read the Vampire Academy series, then I highly recommend you read the Covenant series. It is based on Greek mythology and actually makes for a very entertaining read.

As for the Lux series, I can see some parallels. The plot and basis of the two series are complete and polar opposites, but the characters' traits are distinctly similar. Armentrout includes a lot of snark and hilarity in the Covenant series (which actually makes it all the more interesting to read...not that the books are bad as a standalone, but her amazing sense of humor shows in her writing) and Aiden is striking similar to Daemon in the Lux series. Both men are fiercely protective, somewhat standoffish at times, but are completely and utterly willing to die for the woman that they love. Oh, and they're also both unbelievably sexy. ;)(less)

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Jul 23, 2015 Ezmirelda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unoriginal

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
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
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
Rachel E. Carter
Fast-paced and infused with JLA humor that has since become the norm when I read her books. Felt like the school aspect of the plot was a bit unrealistic (haven't read Vampire Academy so not sure if it was an issue in that one too) but I could be a bit biased in boarding school-related settings. Liked the main character, Alex, and Aiden, her teacher-crush. Seth was by far the favorite but he didn't have too many parts in this one. I loved how she shares the same role as Seth and he doesn't get a ...more
Aria Stuck in Wonderland
Dec 03, 2014 Aria Stuck in Wonderland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Myth inspired books lovers!
Recommended to Aria Stuck in Wonderland by: Eunice


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

Merged review:


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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 w
Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・ |spoilers af|

You will kill the ones you love.
Fate had been right about that.

Blurb: 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 s
Jan 01, 2012 MISS VAIN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Copy & paste fans!
"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
Oct 21, 2011 Avital rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 21, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Tricia Santos


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
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
Jamie-leigh Haughn
I really enjoyed this book, my only issue is I found it very similar to Vampire Academy. I wish I would have read this one first, because I really love Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing style! I'm looking forward to seeing where this story will go.
I just love everything she writes. And not because she is writing literary gold rather she pulls me into these worlds and I never want to leave!
Abbi Glines
Nov 04, 2011 Abbi Glines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favs
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 =)
Oct 22, 2012 Ceitidh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 comple
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.
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
Khanh (the Grinch)
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
Apr 26, 2012 Sabrina rated it did not like it
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.



Oct 03, 2015 ily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing Half-Blood:



In summary: I liked :) -It was a book that I've read in one sitting !, this didn't happen to me a long time ago, so it's a positive point of this book :D-

I'll be totally honest here ....

Writing is simply very good and addictive as Jennifer have us usually does, but my problem was about the plot. I could not stop thinking about Vampire Academy (is that I am a big fan of the series), as soon as I started I could see that in fact the protagonists are seem way too, their personalities are identical
Anna *hiatus*
Oct 28, 2015 Anna *hiatus* rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Cutout- something cut out from something else, as a pattern or figure cut out or intended to be cut out of paper, cardboard, or other material.

Now I apologize if that's not what happened here. But that's exactly how Half-Blood felt to me, having read Vampire Academy.

It's not like I'm saying it's the same because of one element of the story. There are so many similarities.
Our protagonist Alex is a half-blood.

Taken from the blurb: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the c
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
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
I really enjoyed this. It was definitely the fun, fast-paced read that I needed right now. I'm definitely planning to continue on with the series eventually.

Also, Jennifer really knows how to write some swoon-worthy characters because Aiden! Oh my!

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Sep 27, 2011 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mari Yeung
This book was a big surprise for me. I don't like Armentrout's Lux series, but this other series really intrigues me right now. I can't wait to read the next books!
I just really really love Alex and Aiden together. And who knows? Maybe I'll love Seth just as much.
For now he's really nice (even if in the beginning I couldn't bear him and his behavior xD)
Alex is one of the best female characters I've read about: she's strong, badass, sassy and a lot fun. And I love that she acts and punches peopl

Después de leer la saga Lux, quedé eternamente enamorada de Jennifer L. Armentrout, así que al enterarme de que la saga de Covenant estaba entera en audiolibro, tenía que darle una oportunidad.
Half-Blood sigue a Alex, una chica de diecisiete años que es una mestiza, es decir, hija de un semi-dios y un mortal. En el universo de the Covenant, los semi-dioses son como la realeza, mientras que los mestizos deben limitarse a ser o cazadores de demonios o sirvientes. El caso es que Alex llevaba h
Pilar ☽
3.5 STARS!


I really liked it but I didn't love it like I thought I would... I couldn't connect with the "romance" of the story, yet. However, JLA's books never fail to dissapoint me. Her world-building fascinated me, the story was beautiful written and it got the perfect ammount of action and humor. The characters were great, Jennifer succesfully created a badass heroine, Alexandria has everything I could ever look for in a character, I rea
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