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.
Here's a reposting of my review:
This book had been sitting on my shelf for a while (I actually remembering getting it online with a Barnes & Noble gift card just before Christmas in 2011), and I honestly have no idea why I was putting it off. I love JLA's other YA series, starting with Obsidian. But I knew this was a completely different series, and I think that's what was scary. The synopsis doesn't tell you much except a little history and about how the romance is going to go. But there's a lot more than just the romance in this book. It opens with Alex fighting off daimons, and people from the Covenant coming to her rescue. You see, her mother took them both away from there in secret for reasons unknown to Alex. But Alex's mother was killed by a daimon (which she thinks is her fault even though she has no training) so she's been wanting to get back to the Covenant anyway. But going back there is much more than she bargained for. Her stepfather and uncle (who both have powerful roles in the Covenant now) aren't exactly appreciative of her running away with her mother and then, of course, going back to her old ways and disregarding the rules. I loved this element of the book. She has family left, but it makes her miss her mom even more, and they're not exactly acting like family. And her stepfather has an agenda of his own involving Alex.
Well, Aiden is as hot as everyone else said he was. But not like Daemon-hot (from the Lux series) where he's a total asshat for most of the first book. Alex had a crush on Aiden before she left with her mom. When he's one of the people that comes to her rescue from the daimons, all she can think is, why him? But when she gets back to the Covenant, he stands up for her, and he's why they let her stay (numerous times I might add) and he's amazingly protective. But he never has time to enjoy himself either, and that's where Alex seems to come in. Even when they're training, he eventually gets closer and closer to Alex. But there's a tiny little problem: as it says in the synopsis, relationships between pures (Aiden) and Halfs (Alex) are forbidden. It doesn't get rid of the fact that they're very attracted to each other though and things happen... But there's another snag that comes later in the book, involving a half named Seth. He is something called the Apollyon, and Alex can always tell when he's near, and can see tattoos on him that no one else can. You know what this means.... love triangle! But not in the sense that she really likes Seth. In fact, she doesn't like him very much at all. But they're connected, and I get the feeling in Pure that Seth is going to fight for Alex to love him.
Behind all this sexual tension with Aiden and Alex, there's also the issue of Alex trying to get back into Covenant life. Since she's at a boarding-school-like place, there's always that kind of drama. There's this one girl who's name slips my mind that really hates Alex, and the feeling is mutual. But Alex is getting in a lot of trouble because she realizes that the Covenant went on without her. She's a year behind (though I'm sure she doesn't mind that it's Aiden catching her up on the combat stuff), and all she wants is to be a Sentinel, the highest ranking you can have as a half. But Alex has much more to worry about than getting expelled. Someone is after her and this daimon will stop at nothing until Alex has joined them. And Alex, being Alex, won't have anyone get hurt because of her "mistake". The good thing is that she has a best friend who's there for her when she needs him and he helps her through a lot and saves her butt a couple times. So many layers to this book, and I loved every minute of it! I ordered Pure and Deity and they're sitting back home, all alone! Luckily, I'll be going back home on February 4th for a signing, because I cannot wait to see what happens next!!!! This was definitely worth picking up, especially if you love JLA's other books.
Lovers of JLA, a lot of angst, and steaming romance! Oh, and Greek mythology :)
# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.
Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.
Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Half-Blood was your first published book. Does it hold a special place for you or do you wish you could have a chance to re-write it? Half-Blood definitely holds a special place for me, and I wouldn’t want to re-write it. I’m happy with the book.For Leon
You defended Alex and advocated for her to stay and be trained. If you’d know she was gonna be such a pain in your ass, would have do that again. Why? Oh yeah, Alex needed to be trained, but I would have advocated for an attitude adjustment along with the training.For Aiden
That day that Alex meets Seth for the first time, did you notice anything then that could have warned you of what was to come? Everything about him warned me.For Seth
Did you know that Alex was not impressed with your name when she met you? She thought you should have a more Greek name like Apollo or something. Turn around is fair play. Your thoughts on her name? She’s named after a boy.
And, finally, here are some of my favorite quotes!
“Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.”“Did you just quote Harry Potter?”
“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.”
“Then he leaned forward and rested his cheek against mine. Hot tingles spread through me as his lips moved against my ear. 'You should tell me to stop.'I didn't say a word.”
There are more, but these are a good tease. If you haven't started this series yet, you most definitely should!