Quickie Review: Daimon: A Covenant Novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant 0.5)

Daimon: A Covenant Novella | Jennifer L. Armentrout | Hodder and Stoughton | Half Blood #0.5 | 5 Stars | Source: Review (Bookbridgr) | 62 pages | Young Adult | Fantasy 
Release Date: April 19th, 2011 
ISBN 13: 9780983157267
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing ‘I smite thee!’ as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life.”For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals–pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.According to her mother, that’s a good thing.But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.The daimons have found her

Review:

A short review for a short novella. Daimon is a 69 page prequel novella to the Half-Blood series and although not an essential read, I still recommend picking this one up if you want to delve more in to the world of The Half-Blood series.

Daimon is set in the days running up to the beginning of Half-Blood. It follows the same protagonist and we get to see how she is getting on in the mortal world. We learn a lot more about her. She is no longer popular and she is just another girl which completely out of her comfort zone. We also get to see her with her mother and how affectionate and protective of her she is.

In terms of plot, this novella does not add much to the series, but it certainly adds to Alex’s character. For that reason, I say it is definitely worth the read.

I read this prequel after I read Half-Blood and I can honestly say it would not make much difference which way round you read them. The novella basically could be put at the start of the full novel and it would be perfectly in sync.

Goodreads Average: 4.11/5 (out of 11,141 ratings)This is pretty good for a novella!

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #1)

22908923Half-Blood | Jennifer L. Armentrout | Hodder and Stoughton Half-Blood #1 | 5 Stars | Source: Review (Bookbridgr) | 400 pages Young Adult | Fantasy
Release Date: August 14th, 2014 (Original publishing: 09/2011)
ISBN13: 9781444797992
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“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.”

Review:

Yet another JLA book finished in one sitting. I am on a roll. Well, JLA is.

Half-Blood follows the story of 17 year old Alex. A half-blood herself, she has chosen the path of a Sentinel. There is a small problem of graduating first, but there is a lot more to worry about. From leaving the Covenant for no reason to being hunted by daimons (pronounced dee-mons) you can tell from the start that this is going to be a journey for her.

I think it is going to be a given that I love a JLA book from now on. As I said before, I finished this in one sitting and I could not put it down. This book just kept on giving whether it be character development, mythology or both at the same time.

I loved all of our characters in this novel. Alex (she has a pretty cool name right ;D) although annoying at times was a perfect heroine. She was stubborn and strong in equal measure. Sometimes characters aren’t there to be liked or agreed with. You develop a certain level of empathy and understanding with her that makes her actions justified.

Half-Blood has some brilliant mythology. I found the whole concept of the Half-Bloods and Hematoi’s so intriguing. I loved finding out about the gifts that  they had  and following the politics between them. I think this is a subject that has a lot more to give and I can’t wait to see it develop more.

This is a very strong start to a series. It struck the perfect balance between establishing the foundations of a series and being a worthwhile read in itself. I will definitely be continuing the series!

Goodreads Average: 4.19/5 (out of 35,306 ratings)

ARC Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3) Spoiler free!

Hier of Fire | Sarah J. Maas | Bloomsbury Publishing | Throne of Glass #3 |  Source: Netgalley (Review) | 556 pages | Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: September 11th, 2014
ISBN13: 978-1408839126
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Goodreads Synopsis (This review is spoiler free but this synopsis won’t be! You have been warned!):

“Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?”

This review is spoiler free for all of the series.

Review:

I started this series a few months ago and I have been eagerly anticipating the next instalment even since I put down Crown of Midnight. When I was approved on Netgalley for Heir of Fire, I could not have been happier!

Heir of Fire jumps straight in and starts just as Crown of Midnight finishes and quite seamlessly so. This instalment is a little bit different compared to the rest. We have a bucket of new characters. We have some of Celeana’s relations which proves to be quite interesting. We also have some new POV’s that have come to light. From the start of the series we know that a conflict is brewing. Seeing these from the POV of new kingdoms make the read all the more exciting!

A lot of revelations have come to light in the previous books both in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Although all of them are not answered, they are explored making even more of them come to life. It is so cleverly done.

Heir of Fire is book 3 out of 6 in the Throne of Glass Series. I truly think that this series is still running strong and the series definitely comes in to its own in this instalment. It is by far my favourite. At times it is so much darker, stakes are higher and Celeana is getting stronger. To say she is my favourite YA heroine is an understatement. You can’t help but root for her through out!

I hate to tell people that they are missing out since we all have something to read. But if you have not started this series, it is definitely a must if you have a soft spot for YA fantasy!

Goodreads Average: 4.6/5 (out of 1,577)