Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Half-Blood

by Jennifer L Armentrout

Tweet Synopsis:
Alex is half-god, half-human, and all trouble. Aiden is a pure and gorgeous. Rachelle is a mother who didn't die. You are in for a wild ride. 

Why Did I Pick It Up:
I'm trying to work on my BINGO card and I needed to read the first book by a favorite author. I do like Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I'm not sure I'd call her a favorite. However, since I've read all the books written by my favorite authors, this was fun to pick up. 

The Good:
I seriously loved Alex from the beginning because the girl is a hot mess. Her mother's just died, she's being attacked, she's brought back to people who could possibly save her and she is sassy and loud and true to herself. When all her prospects seem dim, three beautiful guys, all pures (children of the gods - no human blood), fight for her ... those reasons are initially unknown. Aiden, a long-time crush of Alex's, offers to train her and help her catch up ... let the romance begin. 

Those aren't spoilers, that is the first couple chapters and this is obviously a romance. What I really loved though was that the romance wasn't the point of the story, the story line was so much more complex. 

The secondary characters were interesting, the setting was visible, and the storyline was well developed ... all things I like in my YA fiction. 

The Bad:
The relationship aspect, as it is with most books, is just so neat and tidy. They meet and instantly you know that a relationship will be developing. I do like a bit more of a love triangle. However, that isn't to say that they don't have problems ... because, sheesh, do they have problems. 

The Ugly: 
This book feels like so many other books. The main complaint from other reviewers is that it feels EXACTLY like Vampire Academy. Having never read that series (I don't like Vampires ... or maybe I'm vampired-out) I can't weigh in on the argument, but I really did enjoy the book. It just feels like a Percy Jackson version of Twilight. The story is simple, it is entertaining, but not unique. However, I'm all for entertainment, so I don't want people to read that as a true criticism. If you're looking for something unique it isn't here. But, then again, they say every story has already been told ... 

Who will love this book? 
If you like Twilight, The Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout, Percy Jackson, or the Vampire Academy series you'll enjoy this. However, be warned, I'd recommend this book to high school and up because of language and sexual content. 

How much did I like it? 7.5/10 (great read - just predictable) 

Will I read more? I might ... that ending left me hanging

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