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Half-Blood (The Covenant Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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.


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About the Author

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the USA Today bestselling author of the Covenant series and the Lux series.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983157200
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OCPT00
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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178 of 208 people found the following review helpful
By Vespi
Format:Paperback
After reading the synopsis, I was eager to read HALF-BLOOD and discover this interesting world which looked to be a UF novel of a hybrid vampire-Greek god race. While the mythology set-up was interesting, within 25 pages of reading, it became clear that something kept me from liking this book too much. And what would that be?

This book seemed to be a direct clone of the first VAMPIRE ACADEMY book. This was noticeably in the first *25 pages* and grew more and more pronounced as the book progressed. Now I understand that in the world of UF and YA vampire novels, a lot of mythologies and ideas overlap, but this was no mere coincidence. There were literally plot lines and direct phrases lifted from VA. I couldn't believe it. Here are the startling similarities: (**warning: spoilers if you have not read Vampire Academy or Half-Blood)

*Girl is 17-years old, of a halfie race that is considered a lower caste than the superior pure race above her who have power to wield the four elements.

*The halfie race retains incredible physical powers that allow them to battle an evil vampire-like form of their race, who are immensely powerful and drain the blood of the pure and half-race. Young halfies are trained at their race's society-run boarding school, where they train to be deadly guards/protectors to the superior race and slayers of the evil race.

*Girl has been on the run from the school officials for several years due to an unclear danger there Is caught by a hot older guy belonging to the elite group of guards and brought back.

*Girl is almost expelled by headmaster/mistress, but is vouched for by previously mentioned hot guard, who agrees to train with girl every day to make up the years lost in her training.
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80 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money and get the original January 22, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As I was reading this novel I kept wondering why it felt so familiar, after the first three chapters, I realised I was reading Vampire Academy with gods instead of vampires. Everything is just a blatant, unimaginative, uninspired ripoff, if I were this author I
would be ashamed of myself, and if I were Richelle Meade, I'd sue.

****SPOILER ALERT****

Without giving too much away to those who still want to read it, everything, and I mean everything is pretty much the same.

Girl that's a part of a lower caste of half-breed supernaturals training to defend the full blooded? Check.

Broody mysterious Superman type instructor that saves her bacon then agrees to train her so she doesn't fall behind her class year? Check.

Even the scene where Rose and Lissa are dragged before the head of the school with three Guardians in the room that plead on Rose's behalf is duplicated.

And oh dear god, the daimons are former pure-bloods that become daimons when they drain aether from the blood of another pure-blood, much the same way that strigoi become strigoi draining moroi. Even her name for the pure bloods (hematoi) is in the same phonetic family.

I'm sorry that's just pathetic, Richelle Meade put all lot of hard work into VA for someone with less than stellar writing skills to just rip her off.

I fully intend to get refund for this drivel, I will not support plagerism. Some similarities in ya fantasy fiction is to be expected, but this is just a blatant copy.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read this year! September 17, 2011
Format:Paperback
My summary:

Alexandria or Alex is seventeen-years-old and having a harder time than most teens. Her mother just died before her eyes. Her real dad has been gone for a while. Her step-dad - well let's just say she doesn't trust him. Chasing her way back to the covenant with daimons hot on her trail, she has very few choices. Her only option is to return to the covenant that her mother forced her to leave without explanation 3 years ago. The covenant won't be happy about the absence. They may train her to fight daimons or drug her into servitude. Oh and then there is the little issue of Alex being a half-blood. A mix of Hematoi and mortal, she is only good for fighting or serving as far as the covenant is concerned. Add the gorgeous Aiden, who just happens to be a pure blood and completely off limits to any half-blood, and Alex is really having a hard time. Can she follow the rules and control her crush on Aiden long enough to become a sentinel so she can fight the daimons that killed her mom? Or will her reckless character cause her to fail in her duty and face a future far worse?

My thoughts:

5 stars - A must read

The world that Jennifer creates in Half-Blood is unique in the world of angels and demons. The mixture of aether in the blood determines the class in this society. Pure bloods are full of aether (from the Gods) and have power over one of the four elements. They also had the ability to use compulsions to get others to do what they want. Pure bloods are treated almost as royalty where half-bloods are second class. They have very little aether and no power over the elements. They are faster and stronger than regular human and they can see through the magic to identify pure bloods that have been turned into daimons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Alex has a smart mouth for a young girl, and has the temperament to go with it. She has killed two daemons and is training with the best there is. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Peejay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This Book Is Really Amazing 😄
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and original
Great book that I devoured in one day. Can't wait to continue the series :-) I absolutely love the main character. She is feisty but vulnerable, a winning combination for me. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ashley Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very Greek
The story was interesting. It felt more like a typical vampire school book than Greek Gods. The main character, Alex, is very unlikable. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Anna Mayfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Ohh
This was good but near the end she frustrated me a lot. Also I do not like her name I have to keep reminding me it was a nickname. But other than that I really liked it.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails to suck me in!
Already hooked on the Covenant series. Like all her books Jennifer has delivered a page turner. I can't wait to start the next.
Published 1 month ago by Angie's Kindle
2.0 out of 5 stars stick with it and it will be worth your time!
Check out a full review of the Covenant series at treasurecovebookreviews.com

I bought Half-Blood at the same time as I bought the Vampire Academy as I had heard that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Treasure Cove Book Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Academy parody
A poorly written copy of Vampire Academy. Boring and shallow. Stealing a plot and following it by 80% did not help Ms Armentrout, as the rest 20% which were her own completely... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elena
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Unchained, But Still...
This was a nice book. I can admit that I read this book because I'd finished Unchained, by the same author and fell in love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JustTedra
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but fun start to the series
In the first book of the series, Alex returns to the Covenant to begin her training with Aiden despite her Uncle’s reservations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kris
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.

When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don't Look Back (2014) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion. She is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.

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