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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
Paperback, 281 pages
Published October 18th 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 st…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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Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Emily May
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok

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 Academ
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katerina by: Amanda
I'm in love with Aiden St. Delphi.

Of course that's not a big surprise, since he's the reincarnation of one of my first and eternal book crushes, Dimitri Belikov, but still it's a reason to smile (well, not for my mother, she weeps every time I fall for another fictional character instead of producing grand-children).
“You will kill the ones you love. It is in your blood, in your fate. So the gods have spoken it and so the gods have come to foresee it.”

There is a secret society, one us
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
Paranormal/fantasy books are not my favorite genre, but every once in a while I like to read one to change things up a bit. This one had been sitting on my TBR list for quite some time and when I saw the Audible edition on sale, I decided that it was as good a time as ever to finally give it a listen. While I'd by lying if I said that it was the kind of book that makes me fall in love with the characters and rush out to grab a copy of the next book in the series, I can't deny that I enjoyed it.

Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
unsurprisingly, the queen of YA paranormal has done it again. from aliens to angels and gargoyles, i have never not enjoyed a JLA book. and now i can add the conflict between half-blood children of gods and daimons to the list of things that entertain me.

there is such an innocent quality to JLAs writing. it takes me back to a simpler time when a story didnt need much to impress me - just easy writing, relatable characters, and a fun story.

although, i do wish this had more greek mythology prese
High Lady of The Night Court
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
”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.”
“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.”

Team Aiden all the way. I’m decided.

I love everything about this world. The c

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
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
♛ may

Every once in a while a reader might be fortunate enough to stumble upon a piece of published literature that makes them feel SO BLOOD ADEQUATE as an aspiring author.

For me, this book has done it.

If this stuff can be published and loved then I think I’m gonna be a best-selling author in multiple universes.


Name your most hated clichéd tropes, kids and I will guarantee you will find them in this book. :)

Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Myth inspired books lovers!
Recommended to Maria by: Eunice


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

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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
chan ☆
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

^this is to all the h8ers who don't appreciate some good YA paranormal angst

bc this shit was... good??? i've been pretty let down by a lot of YA lately shatter me so it was kind of refreshing to read something that was nice and entertaining.

now let's be clear: this book isn't going to win any awards for like, achievements in literature but it was FUN. we have "pure" blooded hematoi (descendent from Greek gods) and we've got, you guessed it, half bloods. both breeds fight daimons which are pure b
Rachel E. Carter
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: br, nfm
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
Lia Carstairs
  "Always beware of the one who needs you. 
There is always a want behind a need, you see.”

Was this extremely similar to Vampire Academy?
Did I still guiltily love it?
Also, yes.🙈🥰

Hear me out, though.
Despite this series being considered a total rip-off of Vampire Academy, that's only just the first two books. After that, JLA really does get into her own world of things and it's just so amazing.🥺

Alexandria (a.k.a. Alex) Andros (17 y/o) is just like Rose—the stubborn
Aug 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, ya
Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing Half-Blood:


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 f
Apr 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Abbi Glines
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 =)
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hulya by: Seda
So freaking good!!! 😍😍😍 I'm going to read next book like right now... 😏😏😏

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Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I can’t believe what I have listened to. It is a brazen copy of the book Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Unbelievable, I am astounded at the nerve of the writer.

The worst part is that it is way worst. At least in Vampire Academy Rose discovers step by step what is going on, she makes the effort to find out and resolve the mysteries. However, in Half-Blood, Alexandria doesn't find out anything by herself, all the discoveries are told to her by other people.

I can't believe this book has been al
Kate Kaynak
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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. G
Cait (Caitsbooks)
This series deserves way more hype and let me tell you why.

1) The Greek mythology
I love how Jennifer L. Armentrout integrates Greek myths into this world in her own unique way. I love her depictions of some of the Gods (perfect for Percy Jackson fans), and it's honestly a really refreshing take.

2) The romance
This honestly should be number one but whatever.
The romance in this series is incredible. There's a love triangle, but it's so well done. And there's forbidden love, my favorite trope. I wou
Oct 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked the Vampire Academy series and would like to read the same thing over and over
Shelves: series-abandoned
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.



Prem Kaur
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anything by my queen, Jennifer, is freakingtastic-mindblowing AMAZING!!
myo (myonna reads)
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
i’m sorry but Jennifer L. Armentrout needs to be sued for this shit
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