Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Daimon and Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Covenent Prequel
Release Date: May 10, 2011
by Spencer Hill Press

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For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her.



Even though this book is the prequel to Half-Blood , I read Half-Blood first, and I think it was a good choice. The prequel made more sense because I had already read the real story and knew what would happen. It was an action-packed 60 pages, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing was good, and I loved how it led right up to when Half-Blood began. Alex was as kick-ass as in Half-Blood, so I really enjoyed that. And, the funny thing is, I enjoyed the prequel more than I enjoyed the first book :P


4 pink flowers




Half-Blood
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenent #1
Release Date: October 18, 2011
by Spencer Hill Press


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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.

*A copy was provided by Spencer Hill Press for review purposes*

This book had been on my TBR for forever.  I’d heard nothing but rave reviews about it, and I had a copy lying around, so I picked it up.  From page one, I loved it.  It went right into the action and really explained things well.  The writing was good, and I was all geared up for a fast-paced, kick-ass thriller.  But, once Aiden was introduced and started to train Alex, I noticed some parallels with another novel, namely, Vampire Academy.  And, as I read on, they just kept on growing, until it looked like Armentrout had taken Vampire Academy’s entire plot and changed a few names and premises.  Here are the similarities:


Half-Blood: Aiden is the super-hot trainer of Alex, but he’s off-limits because he’s a Pure.
Vampire Academy: Dimitri is the super-hot trainer of Rose, but he’s off-limits because he’s also guarding Lissa and it would distract him and Rose.

Half-Blood: The story is set in a world where everyone is scared of Daimons, zombie-like beings who will feed off of humans, halfs, and pures, but mostly Pures because their aether gives them more energy.
Vampire Academy: The story is set in a world where everyone is scared of Strigoi, zombie-like beings who will feed off humans, Dhampirs, and Moroi, but Moroi mostly because their blood gives them more energy.

(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT FOR BOTH BOOKS!!)

Half-Blood: Alex’s mom is turned into a Daimon.
Vampire Academy: Dimitri is turned into a Strigoi

At first I thought it was just a coincidence that the two books were pretty much the same, but then I realized, it wasn’t.  Armentrout basically copies Vampire Academy.

The story started off fast-paced and thrilling, but after that it just kind of died down and was medium/slow paced.  The writing was good throughout the book, but the plot was see-through most of the time, especially when we find out what Alex is.  The climax was really good, but I could have done without the boring ten pages after that.  I still think this is an okay book because I loved Vampire Academy, and Armentrout was smart enough to copy a book everyone loves.

Like in Vampire Academy, this is a super kick-ass cast.  The romance is AMAZING (the more forbidden, the better it is, I always say).  Aiden was so freaking hot.  He’s not as good as Dimitri but pretty darn close.  And Alex is super kick-butt too.  But I do think she was kind of stupid and violent, so I don’t like her as much as Rose.

This book had so much potential, but I think it would have been a lot better if it was more thrilling, and wasn’t a rip-off of Vampire Academy.


2 1/2 pink flowers

1 comment:

  1. I really liked Half-Blood, but I just started Vampire Academy- so I'm starting to realize how much of the plot is similar. Great review! :)

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