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Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Recommended to AriatheNerd by: Eunice
Recommended for: Myth inspired books lovers!
Read from July 22 to 23, 2012



WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT???!



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





Merged review:

MY REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK:




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


THE GIST

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-products would be the Half-bloods. But of course there was another type of Hematoi (children of the gods) and they were the Pures who were the offsprings of two Pures which basically means both of them are descendants of gods. The Pures were considered as the upper class citizens while the Half-bloods were the second to lower class citizens. There was no equality between the two. The pure-bloods were given all the privileges while the half-bloods either become Sentinels or become slaves of the Pures (talk about discrimination huh?). Union between the Half-bloods and the Pures were also forbidden.

So here is the real gist!

Alexandria Andros was a half-blood. She was the daughter of a pure and a human. When she was thirteen her mother ran away from the Covenant (Hematoi school) for a reason her mother never explained to her. Three years have passed their worst fear came, the Daimons found them. Alex was able to escape but horror filled her because she saw her mother killed before her very eyes by the Daimons. Fortunately, people from the Covenant a Pure named Aiden St. Delphi (the guy she’s been secretly fantasizing over for three years) found Alex and took her back to where she belongs. But does she really belong there? Why did her mother discreetly took her away from that place? What was the secret? Will she ever find out? Will her attraction to Aiden cause her troubles? How will she deal with her mother’s death?

The answers to those would shock the hell out of you!!


FIRST IMPRESSION

This book actually proved to me that first impressions are not always right. This book sucker punched me with its awesomeness!

But okay to be honest my first impression on this book was not good. I read Daimon first because I was told by my friend who recommended this series to read it first and I did. Problem was at that time I wasn’t sure why but the book didn’t give me anything. It didn’t give me the same fired up feeling that I got when I read it the second time. After Daimon, I immediately went and read Half-Blood which gave me ecstatic feeling although out reading this book!

Why did I reread it? Well basically because Daemon from Obsidian made me do it! :p You guys get what I mean!

Yep! First impressions does not last for long especially if there is an Aiden St. Delphi to make you change your mind!


CHARACTERS

There are a lot of seriously amazing characters here. Of course there’s Aiden Alex.

Alex was definitely my type of girl. She may not be a Pure but she is one hell of a fighter. She was kickass! She was also annoying at times because she has no regard for the rules but even though it’s annoying I still like her. Why? Because she wasn’t the typical goody goody female lead. I hate weak female lead. She does get her ass kicked a lot but still she was definitely a character you’ll love! She was strong. She was outspoken up to the point that sometimes for me it was totally disrespectful already (one thing I didn’t like about her).

I didn’t know what to expect with the male lead character Aiden. I mean yeah Daemon from Obsidian was hot as hell but I didn’t know that Jennifer could create someone as hot as Daemon but in a different way! Ohhh Jennifer! I’d like to know if you have Daemons and Aiden’s hanging out with you there because I want to have one!! Aheeemm. Back to talking about Aiden! Let me just make it short. There is nothing you wouldn’t like about Aiden. He was the perfect gentleman. He was nice even though he was a Pure. He was gorgeous. He was body was chiselled in all the right places. He was totally delicious a total hottie.

Seth was someone I didn’t see coming. Yeah he was the type of guy who you’d like to kick in the groin for being so arrogant! But yeah he has this soft spot too that I didn’t expect to be there. Hope to get more out of him on the next books! And I hope he doesn’t turn out bad because I’d be heartbroken. Oh yeah! Seth is delicious a hottie too just so you guys know!

The supporting characters were there to love and hate too. I love Alex’s friend Caleb. He was a total sweetheart. Leah was a totally Btch! hateful. Marcus (Alex’s uncle) and Lucien (Alex’s stepdad) all played their roles well.


ALEX + AIDEN = MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

ALEX and AIDEN was a match made in heaven!
If I was to rate this book just based on their chemistry, I would have given this book an immediate 5!
The thing between them was undeniable even without them saying anything about it.
All that pent up tension!!!
Waaaaahhhh! I couldn’t take it!
I want more ALEX and AIDEN!


QUOTABLE QUOTES

“Two people see each across a room or their skin brushes. Their souls recognize the person as their own. It doesn’t need time to figure it. The soul always knows… whether it’s right or wrong.”

“People do the damndest things when they’re in love.”

“I was gonna be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this crap hole.”


HIGHLIGHTS

If you are looking for highlights there are a lot but let me just list my faves:

* I am a fan of Greek Myth so it’s pretty important to me that it is used in a way that it won’t be disrespectful to how the Greeks made their gods to be. I am proud to say that this book did not mess it up. Ms. Armentrout just used it and made it relatable to the current times.

* The characters were well developed for me. Kickass female lead and a swoon worthy male lead! What more could you ask for?

* Oh my gods! I love the pace and how the story developed. Usually fast paced books have fewer details on the lives of the characters but this one just had the right amount of information and action.

* The chemistry was out of this world! Alex and Aiden are two characters definitely to watch out for.


FINAL WORDS

Okay so I have read loads of reviews comparing this book to Vampire Academy. Honestly, I wouldn’t know because I haven’t read that yet. But one this for sure, I still would love the Covenant series. Whether I read VA or not, whether or not it’s the same or not, I don’t freakin’ care.

All readers are different. Some interpret things the way they want it to become. Readers have to keep an open mind though that sometimes it may really be just coincidental but really it’s wrong to judge that they plagiarized someone’s work. That is just so wrong. Respect people!

Anyhow, I would definitely be recommending this book especially for those who love mythology like me and for those who want a good paranormal romance novel! It totally exceeded my expectation. It has everything that I could ever ask for in a book plus a lot of add-ons on the side.

Ms. Jennifer Armentrout, you did it again!
You made me squeal in anticipation for your next books!


A very happy group of minions for this book!

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Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Then I should be relieved to know what I was told an hour ago is false. It wasn't you who yanked a girl--by her hair--out of chair in the common lounge area.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Half-Blood

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“I don't want to know about love.'

'But you should, my child. You need to know about love. The things people will do for love. All truths come down to love, do they not? One way or another, they do. See, there is a difference between love and need. Sometimes, what you feel is immediate and without rhyme or reason.' She sat up a little straighter. 'Two people see each across a room or their skin brushes. Their souls recognize the person as their own. It doesn’t need time to figure it. The soul always knows... whether it’s right or wrong.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Half-Blood
tags: love


Reading Progress

07/22/2012
30.0% "Ohhh! How could i have taken this series forgranted!"
07/22/2012
75.0% "I wish I had the whole day to read finish this now! I hate going to work and not being able to read when I want to!" 2 comments

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Jedaia Rose Doñoz I loved this book! Enjoy reading. :)


AriatheNerd hhehey! Yeah i am loving it so far! It unputdownable! :p


Patrycja hi, did you vote for Aiden in ya crush tourney? If not, you can today vote for Daemon! http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/


Nymeria JLA shares the podium of my favorite authors along with Richelle Mead. I can't choose between the two of them! :D


AriatheNerd @Patrycja! :D yep I did vote for him! :D Plus I also voted for Daemon!

Nymeria! Yes She's one of my favorites now too! Haven't read the VA series though


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Anna  Tee (The Bursting Bookshelf) I'm glad you loved it so much!


AriatheNerd hehehe. Yes i did Ann! :p


AriatheNerd hehehe. Yes i did Anna! :p


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Ida Awww, I'm Team Seth but I'm glad you enjoyed this! Hahahaha.

Read the VA Series! It's full of awesomesauce too! And I agree, I don't even care that they have a lot of similarities. The bottom line is I enjoyed both, and I love it!


Vivien Glad you liked it! It was soo awesome and VA series is awesome too!


Redrose I can't find the extra anywhere I bought the book but it's not in the end either


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Redrose-- If you click on the url at the top of the page. It's separate from the book....


Majuchan I'm also thinking to read this because of Daemon from the lux series. After I read this, maybe Jennifer would be my favorite author. lol


Vivien After reading Jennifer's first book i immediately jumped her other books then therefore decided she's one of my favorite authors! hope you'll love her other books too!


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Akshara can you please tell me how to make this anime gif's and from where to get images :)


AriatheNerd I got some of them from photobucket. :)


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Tracey Fab review, i quite fancy this now and not keen on ya fiction.


AriatheNerd Tracey wrote: "Fab review, i quite fancy this now and not keen on ya fiction."

Aww thanks Tracey! :)
I wasn't a fan of this series before but I reread it and enjoyed it so I bet you will too!


Clarice First I waz having droughts! Like seriously this book has been sitting there on my night stand for 2 freaking months, but now NO MORE, I am picking up this book!


Clarice BTW l❤️VE the review!!!


AriatheNerd You definitely should read it Rab!! ;)
Go and grab it.. If you haven't yet. :)


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Daniela I really liked your shinee gif :3


AriatheNerd Daniela wrote: "I really liked your shinee gif :3"

Thanks! me too. Hehe. so cute!


Amelie That you haven't read Vampire Academy yet, explains it all. All that great world building you're talking about? It's not hers. But I guess I would've loved it too, if I hadn't known. It's kinda funny to read your explanations of Halfbloods and Purebloods and Daimons, because it's just the same as Dhampirs, Moroi and Strigoi. Exactly the same.


message 25: by AriatheNerd (last edited Jul 28, 2014 03:30AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

AriatheNerd Amelie wrote: "That you haven't read Vampire Academy yet, explains it all. All that great world building you're talking about? It's not hers. But I guess I would've loved it too, if I hadn't known. It's kinda fun..."

I've just watched the VA movie last night and kind of see the similarities now that everyone's talking about. I did try reading VA a couple of times, I guess it's just the writing that didn't really draw me in unfortunately. I do agree with you now, it is the same.


AriatheNerd @Amelie: Also, I guess I'm just biased too. Because I read the Lux series first before this, and sort of fell for it. And then read this, so JLA immediately became a favorite.


Amelie Well I've read Obsidian and kinda didn't like that. So I was probably biased, too.

Actually I don't think that Vampire Academy is better written (so I see how you'd not get into that). It is just that the ideas were stolen and that makes me really angry. And honestly, I don't think that she earned all the positive reviews that she got for Halfblood. I know that sounds harsh, but it's my opinion. But I probably would have given the book a great review, too, if VA would't exist or I hadn't read it. Though I did miss the parts about friendship in Halfblood.


AriatheNerd I totally get what you mean, I was furious when I read Carrier of the Mark, because I thought it was a totally copy of Twilight, of course without the vamps and werewolves. So I see what you're getting at.

I guess, it really comes down to what you read first maybe. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. :)


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Mae Omg you totallt have a gif of Leeteuk dancing LOVE IT! This book looks really good, I'm adding it to my list :D


AriatheNerd Mae wrote: "Omg you totallt have a gif of Leeteuk dancing LOVE IT! This book looks really good, I'm adding it to my list :D"

He looks hilarious doesn't he? :)


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Adylene I completely agree with you. I personally thought that the book was amazing, and everyone should read it.


AriatheNerd Adylene wrote: "I completely agree with you. I personally thought that the book was amazing, and everyone should read it."

Now i really have to finish this series.. I feel so ashamed that I haven't read th second book. Have you read the rest of the series?


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