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'm going to start of by warning you: DO NOT bring this to places where other book nerds are. They will hurt you and you will probably get locked out of a room (*cough, cough* RILEY. *cough*) Not that it totally isn't worth stealing, because, in the opposite place, I would be locking people out of rooms, too.
It's an awesome book. The entire story is deep and thought-out and amazing. It's a book full of jokes, don't get me wrong, but it was emotional, too. Honestly, that's probably the best quality of this book. It's balanced.
Alex is hilarious and extremely relatable. I re-read things that she said a couple of times, because I say those things and didn't think anyone else did. Which was creepy, but very cool. And Alex is brave beyond belief. She says things, does things, even thinks things I would never have the heart to do. But that doesn't always mean that she doesn't regret her actions. She's a good person. That's more than I can say about a lot of people I know in real life. She isn't self-absorbed or spoiled. Ultimately, she's real. It wouldn't be the same book without her personality.
Caleb might've been one of my favorite characters in the book. He was loyal and made me laugh. And, in the end, I think he really proved himself a good friend to Alex. Even though Alex is an only child, I kept picturing her and Caleb as siblings.
Aiden. My gosh, Aiden. Talk about a swoon worthy character. And that may or may not have happened several times. That is for me to know and for Alex to not find out. Because, you know, I don't want to find out what titanium tastes like any time soon. But really, really swoon worthy. Did I mention that I'm Team Aiden? That is all.
Seth had his moments. He was mainly annoying, in a sibling rivalry sort of way, which is why, as of now, Team Seth scares me. Maybe in Pure, but I hope not. Once again, Team Aiden. *coughs awkwardly* Nobody try to kill me. (Tiffany...)
I fell in love with the entire world. That may have something to do with my love for Greek Mythology, but maybe not. Either way, I really, really love the setting of the novel.
Also, please excuse me while I go sob over Alex's mom. I won't go into detail, since it's fairly spoilery, but oh my gosh. Alex has gained tons of respect from me there, because that would be SUCH a hard thing to go through.
Also, Jen, I'm starting a fanclub. You've found your first intense fangirl. Just saying. But seriously, I have a feeling that Half-Blood is gonna be HUGE. And I know other people do, too. If it wasn't, would you have people locking other people out of rooms so they could read it? Exactly. You see my point, right? So, continue writing kickbutt stuff and people will continue spazzing in cars and scaring their aunts. :)
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