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“Half-Blood“ was headspinningly awesome and not boring at all, but umm.. Yeah, there’s a big fat BUT. I’ve read all the books from Richelle Mead’s “Vampire Academy“ series (and many times for that matter) and I’m familiar with every single detail from this series, therefore, it was pretty disturbing to find so many similarities between Jennifer L. Armentrout’s first book of the Covenant series and Richelle Mead’s novels.
To begin with, Aiden reminds me of Dimitri and Seth’s just like Adrian (when one doesn’t consider too much drinking and healing powers). Aiden trains Alex just as Dimitri trained Rose and both of these man are helping a younger girl out in order for them to achieve their potential and, by the way, both of these guys are the reason why these girls weren’t expelled from their schools. Feelings start to grow between both of these training couples and suprise, suprise – both of these relationships are forbidden. Very well, Dimitri’s and Rose’s obstacle is their big age difference and that the society frowns upon their relationship, because while it’s not actually forbidden by the law, both of them have to protect the last Dragomimr, Rose’s best friend, princess Lissa, and they do not want to jeopardize her life. In "Pure", Aiden is a pureblood while Alex is half-blood. Their relationship is forbidden by the law. At the beginning Rose didn’t feel anything for Adrian and Alexandria doesn’t feel anything but dislike for Seth, however, I have an itchy feeling that it won’t stay that way for long.
Then there’s the thing that purebloods are like morois from VA and they stand higher in the eyes of the society than half-bloods (and dampirs) and each of them have power over certain elements. Half-bloods are trained protectors and killers of daimons, doesn’t it sound familiar to the importance of dampirs who in the society of vampires protect morois and kill strigois? Furthermore, purebloods can be turned to daimons and daimons live to kill them, because they cannot survive without the aither that’s inside purebloods (although, they can feed on half-bloods, but it’s not that sattisfying and doesn’t give that much energy). It’s the same thing with strigois.
Okay, it is what it is, but the story itself is quite interesting and consuming from the very beginning. If you’ve read Mead’s series than it’s quite hard not to find parallels. Alex’s life is literally an affliction and I liked that she’s one of the strongest female characters I’ve read about for a very long time. Alexandria’s young, but remarkably strong. The girl’s got heart, spunk and spine more than an experienced adult has. Also, I liked how great of a friend Caleb was and how he supported Alex in every situation. She deserves a friend like him.
Anyway, it was a great read and if you’ve read about Richelle Mead’s vampire world, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too. And I just have to mention: what a beautiful coverart!
Excerpts:“So? What are you going to do about it? Throw your mashed potatoes at me? I'm consumed by terror.”
“I was gonna be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this crap hole.”
“Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.”
“Did you just quote Harry Potter?”
“Are you lost? This isn't where they're handing out the free pregnancy tests.”
“It was just a hug, but gods, it meant so much. It meant everything.”
Rate: 3.5/5.I would have given it a 4, but it was too similar to “Vampire Academy“ so it just didn’t seem fair. I bet the sequel will get a higher score :)