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.
I can’t believe that I’m about to write this. I may have a stroke upon typing the next few words, but it must be said: The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite series by her, and the characters in these wonderful books are some of my favorites of all time. Gah!! *cries* I’m so sorry Daemon. Gods, don’t strike me down! Okay…*exhale,* I’m still here. But seriously, these books are amazing. Each one is filled to the brim with so much thrilling action, suspense, snark, humor, drama, and steam, that I could barely keep a clear head, my heart was beating so quickly, oxygen rushing through me at the most exhilarating pace. The Covenant series is the best kind of paranormal romance because it took me away from reality, yet it still contained the best kind of real-life drama, that it was easy for me to imagine myself living in this world, and once it was all over the shock of returning to my reality was devastating. I didn’t want it to end.
Let’s talk about the story. Read the synopsis of Half-Blood (book 1) and you’ll know that this series is about half-blood Alexandria struggling to survive The Covenant – a boot camp like high school that prepares half bloods to serve as bodyguards for pure bloods. The rules at The Covenant, and throughout the realm are clear – half-bloods are second class citizens, and they must accept their lot in life, without question. Well, Alexandria doesn’t accept anything without question. In a world ruled by conservative, archaic traditions, Alexandria is fresh, opinionated, unmanageable, and the complete antithesis of order and predictability. The majority of the series (all but one novella) is told from Alex’ POV, and I loved experiencing this world through her eyes.
The world that JLA created was just…well, it was just fun. Filled with suspense and intrigue, drama and tragedy, and smoking, hot romance, these books had everything that makes a great escape. With her creative spin on Greek mythology, I was taken into a world that consumed me completely and left me useless for days on end. I’m serious, I read these straight through, barely taking the time to eat or pee (TMI, I know, but you book addicts get it). Actually, that’s not entirely true, I read a few books after finishing book one (it wasn’t as enthralling, which is normal for the first book in a series), but once I started book 2, I was hooked. Bye-bye life, hello Aiden. 😉
I can’t get into too much detail about the plot of each book, since this a series review, and I don’t want to ruin a single thing, but I’ll say that if you love twists and turns, and ups and downs then you’ll love this series. It’s so cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. There were plenty of moments when I oohed and awed. So many times when I held my breath, only to exhale with relief, and then lose it again after a brilliantly unexpected turn. Some general themes of this series include destiny and choice, love and duty, courage and strength. The underlying story was about Alexandria’s fight to become the person she wants to be, and her refusal to give in to the social structure built on segregation and oppression. The story is listed as YA, and it does begin in a high-school-like setting, but this fantastical adventure can be enjoyed by anyone who loves a wonderful story.
I can go on for days and days about how enthralling I thought the story was, but there’s no way I’d have been half as engaged if it weren’t for the characters. Strong. Multi-faceted. Relatable. Smart. Snarky. Infuriating. Loveable. I loved each and every character. Even the ones I hated, which made me love them even more. Any fan of Jennifer Armentrout knows that she writes characters that jump out at you. They punch you in your face with their charm, and they leave you drunk from their charisma. The three main characters – Alex, Aiden, and Seth – were enrapturing. Yes, there’s a bit of a love triangle, but don’t worry, I hate them and I loved this one – it was so damn juicy!
Now, let’s talk about why you should read this book! Tension. That’s the thing that I loved most about this series. The story unfolded with the utmost precision, and I felt so tightly coiled that I thought I was going to snap. The sexual tension…oh my God, the sexual tension! I think it’s the best I’ve ever read. No lie. If you’re a romance fan, then you’ll fall in love with these books – hard. Also, if you’re more into contemporary romance, then I think this is the perfect paranormal series to get your toes wet. Yes there’s magic, yes it’s about myths and legends, but JLA’s brand of PNR is easy to read. This isn’t dense or heavy; the words fly fast and furiously, and before you know it you’ll be done with one book, and 1-clicking the next one within seconds.
I highly, highly, highly recommend this outstanding series. Read it, and love it!