Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

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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. -Goodreads

Jennifer L. Armentrout introduces us into a world filled with gods and mortals. For those that are pure blood (like my love Aiden) they have godlike powers, are respected, and pretty much live good lives. For half-bloods like Alex you either become a sentinel (bad ass bodyguard) or if you decide to find love with a pure, your sentenced to a life in servitude with a concoction that is similar to a lobotomy. This series starts of with a bang. When the novel opens Alex is fighting for her life against daimons,

“I was gonna be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this crap hole.”

Then Aiden walks in.

It was him—Aiden St. Delphi.
I’d never forget his name or face. The first time I’d caught a glimpse of him standing in front of the training arena, a ridiculous crush had sprung alive. I’d been fourteen and he seventeen. The fact he was a pure-blood hadn’t mattered whenever I’d spotted him around campus.”

Aiden who is a pure blood has decided to forgo the opulent lifestyle that is expected of him and becomes a sentinel. Once Alex is escorted back to the Covenant (school teaching pures how to use their powers, and halfs to become sentinels) she starts training and her and Aiden start falling for one another. For Aiden nothing would happen to him, but for Alex her life would be ruined.

“Hey,” I reached out and tapped the hand that rested next to my left leg. “you are–”
The hand that I tapped reached up and clasped mine. I froze as he threaded his finders through mine. “I’m what?”
Beautiful. Kind. Patient. Perfect. I said none of those things. Instead, I stared at his fingers, wondering if he knew he was holding my hand. “You’re always so….”
His thumb moved over the top of my hand. The balm made his fingers cool and smooth. “What?”
I looked up, and I was immediately snared. His stare, his soft touch along my hand was doing very strange things. I felt hot and dizzy, like I’d been out in the sun all day. All I could think about was how his hand felt on mine. Then, what his hand would feel like on other parts. I shouldn’t be thinking that at all.
Aiden was a pure.”

Ahhh forbidden love…always the best kind.

5 stars*

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