Book Review: Half-Blood

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub Date: September 19, 2011

My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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 loved this book. When I started reading it I didn’t put it down until I had read it from front to back. Though the thought that the book seemed a lot like The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. This book starts with action and throughout the entire book action is present. I love Aiden and Alex’s relationship. She wants nothing more than to be with him, but Aiden is mindful of the rules. He knows what could happen if they were caught. I love how Aiden is the careful one. When he shows emotion it is genuine. He truly cares for Alex and will go to just about any lengths to keep her safe. Alex on the other hand is impulsive. She doesn’t care about the rules. I thought the book was well written, and absolutely worth reading!

*Since this post is relatively old, I have since read the whole series, and it’s one of my favorites series of all times – yes, I like it more than the Lux Series. Every book is just as fantastic as the last one, and it makes the reader want to know how it’s all going to play out. There are moments of heartache and pain, but there are also amazingly funny moments as well. If you like greek mythology and want to meet some new versions of the Greek Gods, grab this series, read it, and get back to me. (:

Book Review: Daimon

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub Date: April 19, 2011

My rating: ♥♥♥♥

Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing ‘I smite thee!’ as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life. 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.

Alex short for Alexandria, is the daughter of a mortal and a Demigod. Her life is everything but quiet. She’s been living around mortals for three years now, and her and her mother always have to be on guard – never staying in one place for long. Alex has always wondered if leaving the Covenant was a good idea, and whether or not she should’ve reported her mother to the council. Alex doesn’t  fit in with the mortals, they know she’s different. It wasn’t until it was too late to do anything, that Alex realizes that it’s too late to fix mistakes. Even as an untrained, inexperienced student, she has managed to kill multiple Daimons. She works her way back to the Convenant – only to be intercepted by none other than Aiden St. Delphi.

I originally read Half-Blood first – and loved it. The moment I got my hands on a copy of Daimon I started reading. I enjoyed reading about Alex’s life before she runs into Aiden in the beginning of Half-Blood. The book allows you to delve deeper into the actions that makes Alex who she is. You also get to experience the relationship that she has with her mother. It may not have been the lovey-dovey relationship that all mothers and daughters want to have with each other, but they were there for each other. You learn that Alex never truly forgave her mother for taking her away from the Covenant. You see how having to hide who she is impacts Alex. It’s not till the Daimon’s attack her and her mother, that you get to see who Alex really is – bass ass.

Book Review: Storm

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Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Pub Date: April 24, 2012

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys– the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her.
Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water–just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming. . .

Becca Chandler is a junior in high school. Everything seemed to be going well until her ex-boyfriend starts spreading nasty rumors. Becca soon finds herself at the bottom of the popularity ladder. Then her life takes a turn. She saves a hot guy’s life. The guy happens to be none other than Chris Merrick, the youngest of four brothers. She doesn’t know it right away, but Chris is different. He and his four brothers can control the elements. Chris has power over water – a modern Poseidon? But things aren’t all good and right in the world. Because Chris and his brothers can control elements, it puts them in danger – a lot. Now that Becca knows the truth about the Merrick siblings she is in danger as well. Chris does what he can to keep her safe. Then Hunter shows up. He always seems to show up at the right moment, or not the right moment. There is something about him that doesn’t sit well Chris, but Becca insists that he can be trusted. Things then start to spiral downhill. Guides start showing up – they fear the Merrick’s and people like them. Stuff happens, Chris saves her life. Someone is found to be working with the Guides, fears are realized.

I loved this book. At first I was skeptical. The cover was strange. Four hot guys giving you the smolder was unusual to see on book covers. Yes, I judged a book on it’s cover, but once I started to read it I found it amazing. It was full of action from the moment you started reading. You were instantly immersed in Becca’s life, and how it seemed to be collapsing around her. Once Chris enters the picture, you know that there is chemistry. I love how Chris will put others before himself. He tends to distance himself – so people won’t get hurt. I guess by being a badass water bender while trying to avoid The Guides is a full time occupation. This book, it has you enamored within the first chapter. When I first got this book I couldn’t put it down. It was a pain, because I wasn’t able to read it during class. Knowing it was in my backpack mocking me sucked. I highly recommend you read this book. It has everything a good book needs. A great author, action, romance, hot guys and conflict. It helped that the characters were relatable. They weren’t fake. The fact that Becca had to deal with the evils of high school is completely normal. Guys like her ex, they exist and they do treat girls the way Becca was treated. The characters weren’t like those you see on TV, where their lives seem to be ultimately perfect and without faults. I think that because the characters were so relatable, it was the main reason I was so drawn to the book. Because Chris cares so much for Becca he is willing to make himself unhappy to do so. If you love them let them go – right? If they don’t come back they weren’t yours to begin with. You get to delve into Chris’s family. You get to read about the hardships he faces, and as well as the ones his siblings face. Overall the book is definitely worth reading. SO GO READ IT. (:

Book Review: Obsidian

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub Date: May 8, 2012

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

I loved this book. I actually got the book signed and then later that night I ended up staying up till almost 4AM just so I could finish the book. I couldn’t put it down once I started. It was captivating, and not to mention it was fun reading about Katy and Daemon’s relationship. This book is action packed until the end. You fall in love with Daemon’s arrogant manner and Katy’s longing to be with Daemon…even though she tries to convince herself she doesn’t have real feelings for him. I’m so glad that I read this book. It sucks you in from the first page. Books that do that are my favorite. You know right off they are going to be good…and it doesn’t hurt to have a sexy male lead. (:

I highly recommend that you read this book. It’s absolutely great!