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Half-Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout Half-Blood is a heady mix of Vampire Academy and new Greek Mythology. In my book, that’s an excellent combination. Sure, at certain points it read so much like VA that you could actually match up the names to certain characters and some climax points are ruined if you’ve already read VA. Armentrout still has enough originality in Half-Blood that it carries its own, and thoughts of VA are only lingering in the back of your mind.

Half-Blood is steeped in rich Greek mythology, where the children of the gods—Hematoi—walk among humans controlling the four elements. Hematoi’s believe themselves superior to humans, not only that the Hematois are divided amount pures and half-bloods. Pures are the descendants of two Hematoi’s, while halves are children of a Hematoi and a human. In the world that Alex lives in the halfs know that the pures are the law in all decisions. If Alex can’t be a killer of Daimons—her ultimate dream—then the threat of being a drugged slave to her own farther looms over her head.

The love interest, Aiden, immediately enters the storyline to save the day. Of course he’s an older man—at least he’s only 21 and Alex is 17—with the added naughty factor of being a pure. Half-bloods and pures are forbidden to be together, and boy do things really heat up. Aiden is the perfect Sentinel, and maybe the perfect guy. He’s the head of his family after his parents die, left to take care of his brother. For a YA novel Half-Book certainly brought on the smok’in sexual tension!

The cast of characters are all fun to play with. Seth the Apollyon, basically a super Half-blood who can control all the elements, might be Alex’s fated other half. Alex’s father has secret ambitions that may destroy Alex and entrap her in a life that might be worse then being just a mindless drugged slave to the pures. A mother who isn’t quite as dead as Alex thinks and is now killing people. A fun and humorous guy best friend—who is blessedly not at love interest for Alex.

Alex is just the kind of heroine I’ve come to love from Urban Fantasy. She’s brash, mouthy, and doesn’t always use her brains over her brawns. (This can sometimes make me want to slap her upside the head.) In my mind this is darker than the first three books of VA, more like a haunting taste of The Nightshade series. In a world where half breeds are brainwashed slaves one way or another, it’s hard to shake that old time horrors of breeding prejudice among the “elite”. Alex isn’t just tasked with becoming a better fighter and saving lives, she has to take the life of someone she loves the most. In my book that makes Half-Blood one of the must read YA debuts of the year.

Sexaul Content: This is a steamy YA read. Dirty humor—thoughts—and one steamy scene between Alex and Aiden.

4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.

Origninally posted at Book Whispers.