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I blog about books that change me at Books and Whimsy. I also write discussion posts, and host original features. I'm quite silly sometimes, serious others, and always champion great books. (booksandwhimsy.com) You can find my author blog at onceuponaprologue.net

Half-Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Alexandria Andros is my kind of heroine: shoot first, ask questions later - a no-nonsense kind of girl. And when she is dragged, half-gratefully, half-reluctantly back to the South Carolina Covenant her mother, Rachelle, took her away from three years ago, Alex, reeling from a tragic loss, needs every bit of her spunk to re acclimate to the world she left. I liked Alex right away, for all the qualities I mentioned, and for the fact that her quirks only made her more human, and a incredibly sympathetic character. In creating Alex, Jennifer Armentrout reaches out and grabs the reader, pulling you headfirst into the world she has created.

Put on a sort of probation, Alex only has a few months to prove herself worthy of staying at the Covenant as a student. Her other choice is a life of servitude, or living with her step-father - each are equally horrible to her. Grieving her mother, drained by daimons, Alex sets her course: she wants to become a Sentinel, a half-blood who trains to find and fight daimons. Half-bloods like Alex can see through the elemental magic that cloaks daimons from Pures. And right away, I fell for her trainer, Aiden St Delphi, who vouches for the fact he can have her ready by fall term. I loved their interaction and their exchanges, and the way Jennifer Armentrout slowly developed their relationship, showing us there is more to both characters, as individuals, and as friends and possibly more, than what meets the eye. The two of them together, as partners in training, as friends, and as two people who are drawn together, was for me, the most genuine and heart-felt theme of the novel.

I thought the plot was solid, and I am definitely, definitely interested in the idea of absentee gods. While some characters, like Alex, scorn the idea of being guided by them, others are still quite devout, and I admit, I am very curious as to see what, if any kind of role the gods will play in the second book.

Things I was not a fan of: several of the characters seemed a little flat, like Lea, and Zarek, and the ones who I really craved seeing more of, like Deacon, and Caleb, weren't given near enough time or attention. I especially found Deacon appealing, and feel like Jennifer only scratched at his surface.

I also thought the book was too short. The pacing was spotty in places, building a little slowly in the first half of the book, and then rushing toward the climax. However I think this book has a lot of potential that I truly think Jennifer Armentrout will fully explore in the sequel, Pure. And again, let me say, I adored Aiden, and Alex, and thought they were just truly amazing together. I think Jennifer has created a (possible) couple who compliment one another very well. And I am excited for the sequel, to see where she takes these characters!

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