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Half-Blood Audiobook

Half-Blood: Covenant, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Sexy, sizzling, touching, and fun." (Leigh Fallon, author of Carrier of the Mask)

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  • Elizabeth
    Hartsdale, NY, United States
    26/02/15
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    "Story as good as narrator is bad!"

    So worth the read if you can get past the narrator! I actually started the Luxe series written by Armentrout, but didn't make it because of the narrator. I did better with this book, and I can get over the too gravely voice of the heroines, but I still hate the way she does the male leads. In trying to stay in character, she makes the voice too monotone and sucks all the sexy and emotion right out. "nuff said.

    This story is pure fantasy. It's like BH 90210 with a paranormal twist. I found myself brought back to my fun college days of parent-free living, only with money and nothing but super hot guys around. Call me shallow, but it was fun to put away my Mom jeans and dive to the dark side for awhile. And the nice thing was that while there was a real superficial edge to the setting, the characters were real people, with real emotions. Of course there are hook-ups, but the romance was real -- you like the people, you get to know them, and it's clear they care about each other. It might start with attraction, but this author doesn't have them fly into bed just based on that -- she establishes at least a preliminary emotional bond. As far as YA, the characters are older and so the themes are more mature -- Underage drinking, pretty grim violence, slavery, hookups, virginity, etc.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie Hammond
    Houston, TX USA
    12/01/15
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    "Good Book, Terrible Reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader. I really enjoyed the story, but I will have to get the rest of them as books to read myself, because as an audio book, it just annoyed me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Half-Blood?

    When Alex went to the infirmary to visit Cain, and he turned out to be a half-blood demon! Very scary and while I wasn't really surprised, it wasn't pleasant in a good plot twist kind of way.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    Anyone who doesn't sound like they are working on a bowel movement while reading! I can think of any number of readers that would be better. I do like when there are male and female readers in particular. Love the Phil and Natalie paring of the fever series by KMM.


    Do you think Half-Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I can't wait to read what happens next with Alex and her men. First we have to find out what all this stuff about her being the second Apollyon and Seth and her attraction to Aiden and the changing laws regarding Pures and half-bloods dating. Lots of loose ends!


    Any additional comments?

    Please, for the love of all that is holy stop letting Justine Eyre read books. She is not good at it. When my friend told me it sounded like she was on the toilet, I was amazed at how right he was. I am not usually a mean person, and hate to say this, but if this is the only way to keep her from ruining more books, then it has to be said. Maybe, she needs to find another line of work at which she can excel, because this ain't it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Rock Falls, IL, United States
    12/05/14
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    "If you like Richelle Mead!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you liked any of Richelle Mead's books (Vampire Academy or Game board of the gods), there's no reason why you wouldn't like this series. Everyone says it reminds them of Vampire Academy series like it's a negative thing and if they stopped at just the first book I can see why they would think that, but I am on book 3 and I definitely think this series stands apart. Similar, not the same. It is certainly worth listening to!
    P.s. The main characters ages range around 17-24.... so it has more "adult" scenes than the Vampire Academy series.


    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had a little trouble with some of the narration in the first book, but she gets better during the 2nd book.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Oak Park, IL, United States
    13/06/14
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    "Problem with Narrator!"

    I had a huge problem with the narrator. She has a gravelly irritating tone that was like listening to nails on a chalk board. Even getting past that, she didn't differentiate the voices of the characters much.

    The story might have been interesting if I hadn't already read Vampire Academy. There was so many similarities that it really distracted me. It was an OK story but not engaging and I'm not very interested in what will happen in the rest of the series.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stacy Fair
    Colorado
    15/05/14
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    "Now THIS is how you do it!"

    Loved this book. Kick butt heroine. The world the author built was believable and the Heroine goes through a pretty great character arc. (I know everything in the world...oops...maybe not.) Loved it! She stands up and takes responsibility for what she does. I am hooked.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kellie
    15/04/14
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    "Good Series"
    Any additional comments?

    Once you get past the similarities to Vampire Academy it's actually a really good story. The first book I was not as sure about because it was so like VA I kept anticipating the twists and turns in the story like I had already read it. As the series continues the story changes and you hardly notice any similarities. I liked VA so a similar story line didn't bother me much. In the end I think I like this series better.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    18/07/14
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    "Worst Narrator Ever!"
    What disappointed you about Half-Blood?

    Regardless of the plot, I could not get into the story because of the narrator. She has such a low voice and her performance as some of the main guys in the story was awful! It was comical at times because of how "valley girl" she sounded. very disappointing


    What could Jennifer L. Armentrout have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    picked a different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    awful...worst I've ever heard.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had potential but Justine's voice made it impossible to get into it.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Candace
    denton, texas, United States
    12/03/14
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    "Love this series! Story is beautifully written."
    What did you love best about Half-Blood?

    The complexity of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Half-Blood?

    When Alex goes to Aiden after she finds out she is the second Apollyon.


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    Aiden St. Delphi


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Please make all of the books in this series on audio!!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carmon
    7/12/16
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    "Amazing Story"

    What a great book to get lost in. Loved the characters, the setting, and the storyline. Sometimes we need to escape our world and enter a different one. I will be continuing this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecc
    Jacksonville, FL, USA
    19/11/16
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    "Narration is distractingly bad"

    The story is engaging enough. The main character is quite unlikeable for too long. That made it somewhat difficult to continue. The love story has a stilted, undeveloped lack of chemistry. Or maybe I just think so bc I couldn't stand his 'voice'. I kept on bc I really like her other series. Different narrator. The main character does get better. Overall, I would continue to listen to the series, but only if the narrator changed.
    Her male voices are like nails on a chalkboard to me. Snobby, nasally, and incorrectly pronounced words are not what make a woman narrate a man convincingly. Its not even consistent. Her attempt at one brief southern accent was the absolute worst I have ever heard. Its quite baffling, as her female voices take on none of these strange pronunciations and half accents.
    Not only will I not continue on, I think I will actually return this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    18/08/16
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    "Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed it"

    Fab book, kept me listening. I was hooked quickly. Brilliant concept and story line. I HIGHLY recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Clement
    britain
    18/03/15
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    "Loved this book, narrator not right choice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if you like Vampire books with a bit of a difference


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked them all as this makes the story


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    Not sure, a male narrator may have been better


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    Not at this time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S Bell
    UK
    18/08/14
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    "great story, annoying narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story and characters but the narrators voice was very irratating. love the story line and will listen to the other books. Shame about the narrator, when she did male voices it was very croaky for all charachters and irratating. Sounds like a frog


    What did you like best about this story?

    storyline


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    her voice


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    enjoyable storyline


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    3/08/14
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    "narration poor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better and more engaging narration


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout again?

    Not with same narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Didn't get far enough to find any


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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