By Jennifer l. Armentrout
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.
Now this review is lengthy and more than a little harsh and I therefore apologize if I offend fans of the book series. There are quite a few reasons why I genuinely wanted to chuck this book out the window.
To start, right from the beginning we are introduced to this new world where half bloods (half Greek god, half mortal) and pure bloods survive among the mortal world in tranquility, except for the attacks on them by daemons. Purebloods turned dark side. This, while not a new concept, anyone having read Vampire Academy will notice multiple fiercily similar concepts, it could be turned into something potentially interesting. Potentially.
The lack of description in this novel honestly made me want to pull my hair out. The book is compromised of dialogue and overused phrases (e.i his lopsided grin), no passages to illustrate or identify her surroundings. Not only that but there are a lot of interesting elements surrounding the Greek gods and their offspring. Information that could have helped develop the rules and regiments surrounding their very off kilter society. The author decided to forgo this in favour of pointless and overall not very entertaining dialogue; it was for lack of better word, ridiculous. The author gave us just enough information to move the plot along but never enough to intrigue us. Also her use of foreshadowing was very poor, making the plot predictable.
Now moving on to our main character Alex. Alex did nothing for me. She never surprises us or shows us that’s she’s anything more than what others perceive her to be. She’s reckless to the point of being stupid.
There was a fair share of romance. None of which I was impressed with. Predictable and glaringly obvious, they fall in love hard and fast. Finally the secondary characters were far too simple, they had no substance. They were like unused pieces of furniture, there only purpose to fill up the room. I was not the slightest bit impressed with this book. I will not, nor will I ever be picking up the sequel to this novel.