I'm a huge fan of JLA's Lux series so I knew I had to read this book also. I had heard a lot of great things about it so when I was finally able to get it, I read it right away, finished in 3 days because I just couldn't stop reading and was not disappointed at all!
I'm sure everyone has seen the similarity between Half-Blood and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Not everyone thinks it's so great that it's almost exact the same, only different names and a slightly different story. Like how Alex is Rose and Aiden is Dimitri. At first I found it weird. It was like re-reading Vampire Academy all over again. As lots of people know and can see from my nickname here on Goodreads I'm a huge Vampire Academy (and Bloodlines) addict. But I got over it pretty fast as I started getting into Half-Blood more and more. Even with the similarities Half-Blood is definitely different and has its own voice.
We meet our heroine Alexandra 'Alex' Andros who is a half-blood, when she's running for Daimons. Trying her best to fight them off, she gets rescued by the swoon-worthy pure-blood Aiden St. Delphi (who she used to have a crush on) and other Sentinels. Eventually she's brought back to the academy (sound familiar? Sorry, couldn't resist myself to say this!), where her uncle is now the dean.
Of course Aiden suggests to train Alex, to help her get caught up for the begin of the new school year after the summer. Slowly Alex begins to have more and more feeling for Aiden until it's definitely more than a crush. One problem only though... Relationships between halfs and pures are forbidden! You would think that's Alex's only problem. It sure isn't. If she can't get caught up by the end of the summer she'll get sent to her awful stepfather and be turned into a mindless slave. On top of that she learns that her mother has changed into a daimon and that she's coming for Alex.
I can't remember the exact moment when I started really enjoying Half-Blood. I guess it caught me by surprise and sucked me into this awesome world. I'm sure lots of people know the awesome Daemon Black and have read the Lux series but this series is nothing like it. It's also really good but this one is more greek myth based which I adore! Anything mythical is right up in my alley. Love reading stuff like that. I especially like Armentrout's take on it.
I love Alex! She's a kickass, punch first ask questions later, awesome character. She went through SO much and yet she stayed really strong. I admire that about her. I would've lost it a long time ago if I were her. Something else I also like about her is, she doesn't go all love sick puppy on Aiden and she is aware that is forbidden. Yeah, eventually she goes to 'hell with that!' but she sure handles it okay.
Aiden St. Delphi is hot! Now way around that. It's a fact. He's a Sentinel, so he knows how to fight and boy, is he good! Unlike other pure-bloods he doesn't look down on halfs. He treats them like equals. I love that about him. Also he raised his brother when his parents got killed which was really amazing of him. Just all *swoon* But I gotta say he is not my all-time favorite guy from this book. Shock, right? More about that later!
Another character I loved was Caleb, Alex's best friend. He is awesome. I want him as a friend. There's no romance whatsoever in their relationship. Gotta love that for a change! The only thing I am worried is about is that prophecy from the oracle. Never good. I definitely have my theories about it.
And then there's Seth, who is the Apollyon. It's a big deal in this world apparently. And let me just say... *swoon, fangirl, drool and all of that* He's dangerous, mysterious and totally sexy. Now we've got that out of the way... I so love Seth! I love the way he annoys Alex and how Alex isn't impressed by him like the others are. And then big twist! Which I kinda had actually seen coming but it was nontheless fantastic.
My favorite scene with him was at the end when he was in Alex's bedroom. I won't say anymore so I'll not spoil too much about this book but it made me laugh a lot and also 'awww' a lot. (and he totally reminded me about Adrian Ivashkov at that certain scene =$). I can't wait to read more about him and what all of this Appolyon stuff is going to turn into. All very exciting and kind of disturbing (not in a totally bad way) how it might turn out.
I know most people prefer Aiden. I love him too but I can't help but be team Seth! ;)
Another character I should probably mention is Deacon, Aiden's little brother who is acting out with drinking and flirting. A lot of people compare him to Adrian Ivashkov (yes him again!) which I agree with to a certain point although I think the Adrian of this book could also be Seth. Sorry for all the VA references, but I can't help myself. I liked Deacon alright, I hope to see more of him in the next book(s).
The conclusion of Half-Blood wasn't at all like Vampire Academy (not the first book anyway) and had lots of fighting and asskicking. I loved it immensely and I found myself not giving a rats ass that it looks like VA because in the end it's just about what THIS story is about, these characters, the awesome writing of JLA and just the joy of a new journey in a new book. Was Half-Blood better than Obsidian? No. It takes a lot to top Daemon Black but it was good in its own mythical way.
Overall I just love this world that Jennifer L. Armentrout has created and I can't wait to read more about it. I bet a lot of exciting things are yet to come!