Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Greek Mythology
I'm in love with Aiden St. Delphi.
Of course that's not a big surprise, since he's the reincarnation of one of my first and eternal book crushes, Dimitri Belikov, but still it's a reason to smile (well, not for my mother, she weeps every time I fall for another fictional character instead of producing grand-children).
“You will kill the ones you love. It is in your blood, in your fate. So the gods have spoken it and so the gods have come to foresee it.”
There is a secret society, one us mortals are not aware of. Once upon a time, the horny greek gods mated with humans, and thus the Hematoi (or Pure-Bloods) Moroi were born. Due to their divine heritage, they are extremely fast and strong (and beautiful), and they can wield elemental magic. Their lesser halfs are the Half-Bloods Dhampirs. They can't control the elements, but they're equally strong. Not particularly respected though. A Half-Blood will either become a servant, or will get the proper training to guard the Pure-Bloods, and the best of them, they can become Sentinels. Daimon hunters. Which brings us to the third kind of supernatural, gods-descended beings. Daimons Strigoi are the Pures that switched to the dark side, and feed on Pures. Our main heroine is Alexandria Andros (why her last name is a greek island is beyond me), who fled the Covenant with her mother, only to be dragged back after her mother's death. In order to graduate, she must train with my aforementioned love Aiden, a badass Pure, and try to survive the Pures' politics, daimon attacks, shocking revelations about her powers and her ever-growing yearning for Aiden. Because relationships between Pures and Halfs are strictly forbidden.
“Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.”
“Did you just quote Harry Potter?”
As you can tell, there are many similarities with Vampire Academy. That's not a bad thing in my agenda, it's just that due to this resemblance the whole story lost the element of surprise for me. I knew exactly what was going to happen, when and where and how. But setting this aside, Half-Blood was delicious. When it comes to action, rich mythology, feisty characters and scorching tension, you know Jennifer L. Armentrout can not disappoint. Fast-paced, snarky, funny and equally heart-breaking, Alex's story hooked you from the start, from that very first show-down with daimons to the melancholic and beautiful last chapter. There was just one problem.
I am the President of the Alex-Andros-Sucks club. The position of the Vice President is still up for grabs. I had such a hard time liking her, since her lack of self-control and discipline, her total disregard for the rules, her selfish, reckless and impulsive attitude that kept endangering not only her, but also the people close to her, were too much for me. I know that most YA heroines are like this but, believe me when I say it, she is worse. So much worse.
On the bright side, Rose Hathaway really grew up throughout Vampire Academy, so I'm not losing hope yet. Even though Alex is the reason I almost gave Half-Blood 3 stars, it is Aiden that deserves all the stars in the sky. He's so caring, fierce and sweet that he makes your heart melt. The chemistry between Alex and Aiden is simply sizzling, their scenes are both tender and toe-curling, and swooning is inevitable.
“Then he leaned forward and rested his cheek against mine. Hot tingles spread through me as his lips moved against my ear. "You should tell me to stop."
I didn't say a word.”
But alas, I can sense a love triangle coming, and somebody will end up crying. Probably me. The good thing is, there is a reason behind it. It won't be thrown for drama purposes only, but it serves the plot, so I'm going pretend it won't bother me a lot.
“Need covers itself with love, but need… need is never love. Always beware of the one who needs you. There is always a want behind a need, you see.”
Despite its flaws, Half-Blood is an addictive ride I absolutely recommend to every paranormal/forbidden romance/greek mythology lover!