Half Blood

Half Blood
By Jennifer Armentrout
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Published on October 18, 2011

Summary Taken from Goodreads:

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.

I really enjoyed this book a lot.  It is very well-written, and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.  Half Blood was a little bit of a dark book, but still very good.  The characters are well-developed.  In other words, there was nothing about their actions that was unbelievable.  Jennifer L. Armentrout did a great job, too, of letting the reader know the background and important details you need to know without taking a time-out from the action and giving you a history lesson.  Everything you needed to know about who-and what-everyone was was slipped seamlessly into the story. 
   On a completely random note, I like that they put a pronunciation guide on the very first page.  I'm reading a book right now that I have to keep sifting through a bunch of appendices in the back to figure out what some words mean and how you say them.  I always appreciate an easy reference guide when authors are making up races of beings and new languages and such,
   Also pretty random, I really loved the cover of this book.  It's not the type of book I'd usually pick up to read, but the cover art made me pick it up, and I'm glad I did.
   If fantasy with a bit of a dark twist is your thing, I would definitely recommend Half Blood.  It's really a good, easy read.

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