Sunday, October 16, 2011

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout + Giveaway!


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Author Online: Twitter Website
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: First edition, October 18, 2011.
Format: Paperback: 304
My Rating: 5/5
Buy It: Amazon Barns & Noble Book Depository
How I Got It: I won an ARC from the author off a Twitter contest.
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.
My Review:
Half-Blood had me completely hooked and on the edge of my seat from the very first page. First, let me just say that I didn’t know what I was getting myself into with this book. I knew that it sounded amazing, and that the cover was gorgeous, but, really: Covers lie. Well, not this one! The story itself is just as captivating as the pretty cover, and the promise of the amazing summary holds true.
Alex was a girl unlike any character I had ever read about. She was so witty and sarcastic most of the time, but not overly so. She just knew how to make the best out of any given situation, and she did it with style. She was quick on come backs, and I loved being in her head, seeing things from her point of view. She was also a very strong female lead, which we need a lot more of in YA! So thank you, Jennifer Armentrout, for not making Alex a weak cry-baby whose only thoughts were of her hair.
And Aiden! Where to start with Aiden? All of you know how much I love Four from Divergent, right? Well, I think I have a new favorite, or a very close tie.
Aiden was so sweet and amazing, while still being totally badass, in control, and keeping a level head. He never put up with any of Alex’s crap, and he wasn’t scared to yell at her if she did something wrong. He was her trainer, after all. He was also completely mouth-watering. Did I just say that out loud? Oh, well. I wouldn’t mind training hand-to-hand combat if it were going to be with him!
I honestly loved every single thing about this novel; from the world Jennifer has created, to the characters, the evil daimon’s that Alex had to take on, and the Covenant where Alex and her friends trained and lived—all of it was perfect, and so well done. I could imagine and see everything in my mind, and when that happens, I know I am reading a great book.
I loved the whole thing on being either half-blood or being a pure-blood. In a way, it was almost like Harry Potter—how most pure’s thought themselves better than the half-bloods, but the half-bloods were just as good, if not better than them. But don’t let that scare you—this book is completely its own—the plotline was strong and while reading, you always knew the story was going somewhere, and every chapter just kept getting better and better; there was never a dull moment. This novel was action-packed—I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed all of the fight scenes—they were awesome and always kept me on the edge of my seat—I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
All of the characters showed great growth and development by the end of the book, and I loved all of them. The dialogue was often amusing and some of the conversations the characters have will have you laughing out loud.
Overall, this was an amazing read for me, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy! If you want a never-ending, action-packed novel, with a forbidden romance to die for—this is the book for you.
“You wanna fight?” He stepped to the side, tipping his head down at me. “Then fight me.” –Half-Blood
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Since I loved Half-Blood so much, I will be holding a giveaway of Daimon, the prequel to Half-Blood
The winner will win one (1) paperback copy of Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and one (1) signed bookmark. 
One more winner will win one (1) signed bookmark. There will be two winners, but only one will get the book AND the signed bookmark. The second winner will just get a signed Daimon bookmark.
The giveaway is open internationally, so long as the Book Depository ships to your country.
RULES:
Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
MUST be a follower of 909 Reviews.
The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email that I will send them, letting them know they have won or else a new winner will be picked.
You can enter so long as you follow 909 Reviews, letting that be your main entry, or you can fill out the form and follow the instructions to earn extra entries.
Thank you! All entries will be verified to make sure you are following the rules. Please don’t leave out any information if the form asks for it: it’s there for a reason. :)
This giveaway will run from 10/17/11 until 10/31/11. There will be two (2) winners. 
Thanks and good luck! :)

16 comments:

  1. Love the review..Absolutley love this book. I can't wait for PURE!!! Aiden St. Delphi I adore him.

    Michelle

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  2. Wow. Half Blood really sounds amazing! I've never read anything by Jennifer Armentrout, but your review makes me want to grab a copy of the book right away!

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  3. I really can't wait to read this one I've heard so many great reviews. The characters sounds really likable and well rounded. Great review! And thanks for the giveaway.

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  4. Great review Angel, I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :-)

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  5. Great Giveaway,Angel! I don't really know what inkBLOT is....

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  6. Sky--sorry about that! Rafflecopter is weird and keeps repeating past giveaways. Just click on the title: Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout + Giveaway! and it will take you to the right giveaway page. :) Sorry!
    -Angel

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  7. I love the cover on this book. I cant wait to read it!

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  8. I won Half-Blood a week ago but now I need Daimon and soon I hope Pure!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway. Lot's of fun :)

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  10. Fabulous review...this sounds like my kind of book. Aiden sounds like an awesome character!!!

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway. Lot's of fun :)

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  12. wonderful review, i really want this book now so a big big thanks for this internation giveaway
    i would be very happy to win the prequel while waiting to win half-blood

    gfc name: isabelle frisch
    mail: isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Alex, the main character, is strong and not afraid to stand up for herself. Her mother has died and she is trying to figure out how to survive. You find yourself cheering for her to become a Sentinel, despite the inequality between half and pure bloods. I also fell in love with the supporting character specifically Aiden St. Delphi (I have another book crush). Armentrout strikes the perfect balance of action and romance. She also leads us another leading man which I hope to see in her upcoming second book Pure, Seth who is an Apollyon. Her descriptions were amazing, and I even pictured the characters in my head, with the text. It was like I was in a different reality with her characters!

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  14. Loved this book to pieces! Great review! :D Can't wait to get my hands on Deity. New follower. :P

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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