Half-Blood: A Covenant Novel
I didn't expect to fangirl.I really, really didn't. I picked up Half-Blood not knowing a single thing about it (with the exception of reading the synopsis at the back). I've seen the cover EVERYWHERE, but never did it cross my mind to think of picking it up. (Don't ask why, because I don't know).When I saw a copy of this book at the bookstore, hungrily, I picked it up and hugged it tight to my chest (I was going to buy it, obviously. There's no need for me to shoplift. I do need to go back there soon). It was the only copy of Half-Blood I've ever seen in person. I don't know what compelled me to buy it. But hell, I'm glad I did. And now, I'm going to spend the remainder of this moment trying not to fangirl all over the place, because I know I should keep my drool to myself. This try-not-to-fangirl thing is going to be hard. I just know it.Gods, when did Greek mythology get THIS COOL? That's an easy question: when Jennifer wrote Half-Blood and Daimon. Duh. Half-Blood is filled with tons and tons of action. Like hand-to-hand combat, kicking ass, and you know, the like. The action is pretty sweet and thrilling. Jennifer has no problem describing the fighting and training scenes. She writes it so you can imagine the scene and how the fighter feels, and in our case it's Alex.But aside from the action, the concept of Hematois, Halfs, the Apollyon, Daimons, and such is just so damn unique. I know people have been comparing Half-Blood to the Vampire Academy. Having not read the series, I can safely say that Jennifer's novel is original and brilliant. The plot was never boring and never have I ever heard of the Hematois or Daimons. The newness struck me and I was interested in finding out what they were, as well as I was interested in seeing what Jennifer did with Greek mythology.With Half-Blood, Jennifer brings in a whole new side of Greek mythology that is exciting and intriguing. I can't wait to see what part the currently absent gods will play in the next novel.When it comes to bringing on the heat, Aiden is a total pro.Have I ever mentioned how much I'm in love with him? No? WELL I LOVE HIM. OKAY? Are you happy now? Because I am. Aiden St. Delphi has my heart fluttering like some desperate butterfly trying to fly. I know that Alex and I share the same feeling.Aiden is hella kick-ass and he seriously really kick ass. Kicking ass means you have to be in shape and Aiden is very well in shape...which means he has a very nice body *clears throat* And that is a very good thing. But other that his physically perfect and drool-worthy features, he's patient, kind, strong, and isn't just a pretty face. He, just like Alex, has gone through a lot and he's dealing. The dealing part makes him more mature for his age, which is something Alex points out a lot. Aiden also suprisingly funny. For someone as serious as he is, one can barely expect him to have fun. But he's funny in his own way and his chemistry with Alex is just hot. Alex and Aiden compliment each other. And when you put Alex and Aiden together, woo, someone get me a fan, because it's gettin' hot in here. Spunky, sexy, and badass. BOOM. Alex is a beast. She's probably one of my favorite characters now. What I love most about her is that she's sassy, sarcastic, funny, and determined. Her sense of humor and her witty comments had me rooting for her ever since the first time she ever came on the page. When it comes to her humor, she's irresistible. She never fails to make me or her friends laugh. Another feat. of Alex that I love is her determination and perseverance. She may be funny, but she has depth. She wants to stay in the Covenant, she doesn't want to be a slave, and she was to prove that she's capable of taking a daimon down. And so she proves that she's worthy. She's also conflicted. Her thoughts, feelings, and actions make her real and not like some character who is this and that, the end. And it doesn't hurt to have a badass character who can kick but, right? I'll root for Alex for the rest of the series because she's just someone who you can't help but cheer for. Her friends are awesome too, and I grew to love Caleb, her best friend, just as Alex had been able to grow to love him when she met him. Kissing. Kissing is nice. There's a handful of kissing in Half-Blood. And I have no problem with that. In fact, those shared kisses between Alex and Aiden were beautiful and sizzling. Not to mention one particular scene that included a bed. Ahem.I loved forbidden love part of this novel. Sure, the forbidden love stories are very common now a days, but they're always great to read. And Half-Blood was no exception. In the novel, I couldn't help but feel anxious over what would happen if Alex and Aiden were caught (because I love them together so damn much). It's just one of those novels you can't help but feel anxious over because you have no idea what's going to happen to these forbidden lovers. Sometimes they're given a happy ending, sometimes not, and sometimes they reach a point where there are major and halting complications. And it may seem that Alex and Aiden's relationship is the latter. But God, I just love them together. Bring on the next book. No seriously, bring it. I'm impatient. *cringe* I hope I didn't sound like a demanding brat. Yikes. I didn't mean it that way. But the truth is, I am impatient. I'm dying to know what will happen to our beloved Alex and Aiden. I want to see what's next for the Apollyon, Seth and all the other characters. I just want to see what happens next. OKAY? Half-Blood blew my mind. I'm still mind blown at this point because Half-Blood was just so unexpectedly amazing. Jennifer Armentrout has brought on an exciting, action-packed, and compelling story that should never be put down. She has graced us with funny and touching characters as well as a series that will capture all it's readers (or at least, it should because it's that awesome).