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 so excited to write a review for this book!! It has been a long-coming one.
To start reading this book was kinda if-y for me. It sounded really similiar to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead with all the pure-blood, half-blood and daimons (Moroi, dhampir, and Strigoi). It was all too familiar and I wanted to read something different, original and good.
Well, Half-Blood is definitely different, semi-original and pretty good.
While reading Half-Blood, I realize many Vampire Academy parallels, it was freaking insane. First, the species of the people are almost exactly the same. I mentioned it above, and it was just as expected. The structure of the society is practically the same as well. Halfs serve the Pures and kill daimons, while in VA, the dhampirs’ job is to protect the Moroi by killing Strigoi. What was different was that JLA put an emphasis on how the Pures treated the Half-Bloods unjustly. They looked down on the Halfs and got away with everything. In the world of HB, Pures and Halfs are forbidden to engage in any sexual activities. If they did, the Pure would be applauded and Halfs, punished. There are plenty more other details that I haven’t mentioned but did JLA take her time when constructing the HB world.
Second, the relationship between the main character, Alex and her love interest, Aiden is that of Dimitri and Rose. Both Aiden and Dimitri trained their love interests when they both missed years of training, and both have to fight their attraction to the heroines as it was forbidden in some way. Thirdly, Alex escapes the academy with her mother then gets captured back by Aiden. In VA, Rose escaped with Lissa and gets caught by Dimitri. I really don’t know why that stood out to me so much but it did. While reading, it was the little things that sparked my memory, and caused a sense of déjà vu.
There are plenty more “similarities” but there was lots of originality too. (In the second book, Pure and onward, JLA proves to have more originality to her Covenant series. Yay!) What really won me over after noticing the resemblance between YA and HB was the the characters, the romance, and the little plot twists here and there.
Alex is fiery, reckless, witty as hell. In the beginning of the novel, she would always get provoked easily, leading her to do something violent. By the end, Alex matured immensely. She is a trouble-maker, which made the story interesting to read with everything she got into. Alex loves knives. One scene has her fangirling over the wall of knives and just casually stroking it. I love that she loves knives. ❤ Alex tackles the bullying of Lea, resident mean girl, the pervy advances of Jackson, resident player, and the tension and chemistry between her and Aiden. Alex is easy to relate to, she’s funny and quirky as fuck and I love her to bits.
Aiden is plain sexy. He is all types badassness and hotness. *swoon* He is one of the many cases where I really really wished fictional characters were real so I can see him (and all my favourite characters) in the flesh. Wouldn’t it be great to see those eyes turn silver though?? *heart eyes* Aiden is caring, strict, kickass, and absolutely without a doubt falling for my Alex. I loved reading the minor details of his growing attraction for Alex scattered throughout the novel. I 100% enjoyed reading about his struggle with his feelings for Alex. I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. :]
Over the course of the novel, you could see how these two were made for each other. They balanced each other out and understood each other on different levels without explaining anything. Their bond was instant and easy going. Again, I loved watching their connection through the training sessions and through everything in total. The romance in HB and the rest of the series gets an A++.
Plot moved at a steady pace. Despite the likeliness between YA and HB, HB had my interest through and through, so I can’t be mad about that. Plot did have some originality to it. Lots of plot twists and the ending compelled me to read Pure, the next book, instantly.
What I love about JLA is that she gives the fans extras to dig our little fangirl fingers into. The Covenant series has plenty of extras. ❤ JLA has wrote multiple scenes from the first two books in Aiden’s POV. With these, I got a more in-depth view on Aiden and it made me love him even more. (I’ll link it below)
All in all, even though some people say that HB is the rip-off of VA and I have noticed how scary alike these two books are, I can say with the utmost confidence that as a whole, the Covenant series is NOT a rip-off of Vampire Academy.
If you get past the first book, I promise you everything changes from there.
If you have read the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, I recommend reading this series and vice versa. If you are a fan of JLA, you must read this as you will enjoy as much as her other books.
JLA Extras: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/extras/
Just reviewing and reminiscing about this book has me falling in love with it all over again! I’m sure to reread the Covenant series very soon!
Keep calm and read on,