1. Only Everything by Kieran Scott - True Love #1

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    Only Everything by Kieran Scott - True Love #1

    I have a soft spot for Greek Mythology and Only Everything just sounded too cute to pass on!

    Part Contemporary Romance, Part paranormal Greek mythology

    This book has something for everyone. It’s part contemporary romance, with all the usual teen issues and problems that add depth to the book and it’s part greek mythology with old Gods and paranormal powers. I love these mixes as it will easily appeal to many readers without one genre being too overwhelming. It just perfectly mixes both genres. The main setting is a High School but we always get some glimpse into the world of the gods that usually just look upon us mortals. But when Eros aka Cupid aka True (her name she uses in school!) is send to earth to do bring couples together without her power both world mingle in an enchantingly cute way!

     Eros aka Cupid aka True – unwillingly hilarious!

    Cupid is the daughter of Aprodithe and usually brings soul mates together by looking into their souls and see what they desire and who would be a perfect fit. When she falls for a moral (not saying who!!) , which is forbidden she is send to earth by Zeus to bring soul mates together without her powers.  She chooses the name True when she attends Highschool and …. is absolutely lost without her powers. But, it takes her some time to truly admit it! Her overly confident attitude might come off arrogant, often is more hilarious than true arrogance, and I found it more endearing than annoying! I absolutely loved True who slowly learns what mortals truly want and that there is more to love than simply having the same hobby. Also, since True never spend time among mortals she has no clue how to dress and act and it was often hilarious!

    Now bring these two shy troubles Teens together! Go True!

    The two main characters in this book are Charlie and Katarina, both endearingly shy teens who are struggling with their own issues! Charlie having to compete with his sporty brothers and Football coach as a dad, but Charlie prefers music over sport any way! So instead of being the popular boy like his brothers, he’s the music geek and new at school. Katarina has a truly bad life since her dad just recently died and instead of grieving together with her mother, the mother seems to abandon Katarina. It’s a truly sad story! But.. True is helping them to get together even though they are both shy and insecure.

    It takes True some time to see that these two are a true match and there are some funny moments along the way when True tries to match Charlie with other girls!

    Bewitched Rating

     

    Bottom Line

    Only Everything by Kieran Scott offers a wonderful mix of contemporary teen romance with greek mythology and paranormal powers. True is a wonderfully  strong heroine, who is often unwilling hilarious. The romance is cute and endearing and the mix just worked perfectly for me!

    I can’t wait for True’s next “victims” – meaning the next Teens she’s going to try and pair them up, as she still has 2 more couples to bring together before she’s allowed back!

      contemporary  

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  2. Surreal and Unique - Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge | Blog Tour & Giveaway

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    Surreal and Unique - Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge | Blog Tour & Giveaway

    I do love good Fantasy books and I found myself craving these stories more and more. I always admire authors who have such a vivid and outstanding imagination and Cruel Beauty comes with an exciting premise!
    Also, I’m super excited to host my Review today during the Blog Tour for Cruel Beauty, so stay tuned and there will be a Giveaway at the end for you!  Thanks to Jamie and Rachel from Rockstar Book Tours for organising this Blog Tour
    Cruel-Beauty

    Good – Evil ?

    Cruel Beauty #1

    Before going deeper into the story I’d like to start with an overall theme of this novel that I found to be truly outstanding and highly intriguing. Often, labels such as good and evil are easy to set, a person is ei

    ther mostly good, ro mostly evil which would make this one the villain and the other one the hero.

    In Cruel Beauty we cannot apply these labels so easily and good and evil blur into each other.
    I loved how delicately Rossamund Hodge approached this issue and did not shy away from creating characters we would like to easily assume being evil, but end of caring for.
    Especially Ignifex the demon lord wasn’t easy to put into box. He was obviously not the nicest guy in town, but the more we get to know him the easier it is to forget some things he has done. It was incredibly intriguing to follow our own emotions about this very bivalent character.

    Nyx – destined to kill your one true love?

    Nxy was the heroine and main character in this story. From early on she knew that she was going to marry the evil Demon Lord and her father prepared her to meet her destiny.
    Also here, Rossamund Hodge took an interesting approach and didn’t made Nxy  a heroine who easily accepted her destiny and the path her father choose for her. She was actually very bitter about this. She was jealous that her twin sister was given a wonderful life, while she must marry a demon, kill him or die trying. There was not much hope for Nxy.
    Cruel Beauty #2Still, she was not completely unlikable like you might assume, I found it rather refreshing having a heroine who is not ready to die for the greater good and is the perfect selfless heroine. I liked this honesty about her very much!
    And it’s also these character traits that make her just the perfect love interest for a demon. Both of them are not without flaws and each one knows that they are not the perfect selfless heroes.

    Unique and beautiful fantasy elements with a wonderful romance

    Most fascinating about Cruel Beauty is definitely the development of the world. Inspired by Greek mythology we still find very unique elements that definitely stand out. Then there is the mysterious castle the Demon Lord lives in and when Nxy explores the house it’s constantly changing with new doors that lead to mesmerizing places. It was absolutely fantastic! Even more, there is a major twist in this story that made me gasp, very excited, but took me some time to wrap my mind around it. The romance was definitely full of chemistry but left me a little lukewarm to be honest. I cannot even put my finger on what I found missing, but I think I was hoping for more sizzling romance and instead found myself not being fully engrossed.

    Bewitched Rating

    Rating 4.5

    Bottom Line

    Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge  is a very melancholic,  yet mesmerizing, surreal and outstanding debut, that let’s us see good and evil with new eyes!

        

    About Rosamund:

    Rosamund

    Rosamund Hodge grew up as a homeschooler in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could lay hands on, but especially fantasy and mythology. She got a BA in English from the University of Dallas and an MSt in Medieval English from Oxford, and she now lives in Seattle with seven toy cats and a plush Cthulhu. Visit her on the web at http://www.rosamundhodge.net/

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  3. Poetic, Lyrical and Genuine - All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

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    Poetic, Lyrical and Genuine - All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

    Coming with a beautiful and mysterious sounding blurb and a gorgeous cover this was a book I was excited to pick up. Truthfully I must say that was far from the usual books I read and it was far away from what I expected…

    Poetic, Lyrical, Genuine

    Before I want to talk about the story itself, I must talk about the writing style and the tone of the book. It is most definitely not a usual YA novel, this book goes far deeper with a voice that is poetic and lyrical. Sarah McGarry has such an unusal writing style, but I couldn’t help myself but being completely drawn into this story. Morever, on top of the beautiful voice, all characters were so incredibly real which was even more surprising considering the paranormal touch.

    More so, the paranormal element felt more like a picture of metaphors giving the story a surreal element but never losing reality.

    Two Lost Girls one the Search for … something

    Aurora and The Narrator (again, weird that she’s not having a name) felt to me like two lost girls running around, partying, using drugs, using boys and searching for something. Just For what? Both are coming from hippie families and have only a mom and no father. Even more, Aurora’s mom is lost in herself and cannot take care for her girl and The Narrators Mom is often working and by now the girls are so used to do whatever they want that they don’t accept any parental advice anymore.

    While they go around partying they meet Jake a beautiful musician and the Narrator fells hard for him, now we find ourselves in Triangle of love and the former super close friendship suddenly becomes complicated.  When then Jake and Aurora disappear, the Narrator is heartbroken but is willing to sacrifice everything to get her loved ones back from the paranormal creatures.

    Relationships deep and embracing!

    This is a story about love, so much love that it made my heart swell. And even though there is romance, the strongest connection was between Aurora and the Narrator (she doesn’t have a name… which again I find a little weird). These girls grew up like sisters but they love each other like a combination of family and true love. It was an intense and beautiful relationship that also drove the story and was also the true motivation behind every actions and reactions.

    Weirdness and a lot of oddness

    I must say that parts of the story felt incredibly weird. It took me some time to embrace this story as it is so very different from what I expected. The writing gives the whole story a poetic touch I didn’t expect. On top of this I was never sure the paranormal elements were real or part of a drug induced reality. In the end, I decided it didn’t matter because the story had much more to tell.

    Bewitched Rating

    Rating 3.5

    (I had a hard time rating this book and part can be 5* because they are just brilliant, while they are other aspects that I didn’t get and found way to weird. So I settled for an in between! )

    Bottom Line

    All Our Pretty Songs is poetic and tells a lyrical story of  love and friendship. The characters were intense and so very real and the love and bond between the two girls was heartbreakingly beautiful. The paranormal element ads a surreality to this story which was surprising. Once I embraced the tone, mood and complexity of this story I could let go of my usual expectations and enjoy this special book.

     New Adult  

    Additional Info

     Readers should be warned though that there is a lot of swearing , alcohol and sex and drugs which is why I added the New Adult label as it definitely targets towards maturer Young Adult.
    Also, I am sure this book will divide readers and some of them will praise the prose and brilliant outstanding writing, while others will be left confused and disappointed! I say, see for yourself!
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  4. Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland Bewitched Bookworms <h1 id=”bookTitle”> <img class=” wp-image-7321 alignright” title=”Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland” alt=”Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/VenegeanceBound.png” width=”400” height=”470” />Vengeance Bound</h1> <div id=”bookAuthors”>by <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/author/show/5833089.Justina_Ireland’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5833089.Justina_Ireland” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);”>Justina Ireland</a> (<a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/justinaireland.com/’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://justinaireland.com/” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://justinaireland.com’]);” target=”_blank”>web</a>, <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/twitter.com/tehawesomersace’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”https://twitter.com/tehawesomersace” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://twitter.com’]);” target=”_blank”>twitter</a>)</div> <div>Genre: YA, Paranormal (Mythology)</div> <div>Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Simon &amp; Schuster Books For Young Readers</div> <div>Copy from publisher</div> <div>Get your own: <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.amazon.com/gp/product/1442444622/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1442444622&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bewitcbookwo-20’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1442444622/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1442444622&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bewitcbookwo-20” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.amazon.com’]);” target=”_blank”>amazon</a> | <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.bookdepository.co.uk/Vengeance-Bound-Justina-Ireland/9781442444621?a_aid=DannyBookworm’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Vengeance-Bound-Justina-Ireland/9781442444621?a_aid=DannyBookworm” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.bookdepository.co.uk’]);” target=”_blank”>BookDepository</a></div> <div>Rating:</div> <div><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2012/03/review-spellcaster-by-cara-lynn-shultz.html/4_marush” rel=”attachment wp-att-2349”><img title=”Rating 4 ” alt=”” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/4_marush-300x146.png” width=”126” height=”61” /></a></div> <div></div> <div><strong><em>Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland  on <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview(‘/outgoing/www.goodreads.com/book/show/13643222-vengeance-bound’);” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13643222-vengeance-bound” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’outbound-article’,’http://www.goodreads.com’]);” target=”_blank”>goodreads: </a></em></strong></div> <blockquote> <div><strong><em>The Goddess Test</em> meets <em>Dexter</em> in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.</strong></p> <p>Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.</p> <p>Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build</p></div> <div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </blockquote> <div> <p>The book comes with an amazing promise of a YA dexter and goddess test cross over! How can I not be excited about this premise!!</p> <h1 id=”bookTitle”><img class=”aligncenter” title=”Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland” alt=”Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/VenegeanceBound.jpg” width=”624” height=”150” /></h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Greek Mythology and .. the Furies!</h3> <p>Greek mythology is always something I&#8217;m interested in , and especially with a modern urban setting. Here, the tale of the Furies is explored in a new refreshing, but also dark and edgy way. Cory is connected to the furies in a rather special way, as they only appear when they about to hand down justice to a man ( never women), otherwise they somehow only exist in her mind. Even if they are in the back of her conscience, she always aware of them and they also can trigger her emotions and try to influence them.</p> <h3>Alone! &#8230;. only the Furies are there..</h3> <p>Cory is on her own since she was 15, ever since she connected with Furies. Some  truly horrific things happened to her, things I&#8217;m going to let you explore for yourself. But, all I can say is that my heart broke for her hearing about everything she went thought at such young age. It&#8217;s cruel and horrific and made me gasp!</p> <p>But, all this changed her and made her grow up super fast. She had to take care of her life for herself and she not only grew up, matured super fast but also build a wall around herself and her heart.</p> <p>Having her tale told from her POV was rather interesting as she definitely sounded far from the 17 yr old girl she was. In her behavior and her way of speaking shone clearly the level of maturity through. I didn&#8217;t mind this as I even prefer a more mature protagonist.</p> <h3>Justice?! &#8230; how far is too far</h3> <p>The story explores justice. How far can we go to hand down justice and who is really guilty and who might even be a victim? I loved the way those questions were explored and how Cory  slowly began to realize herself that not everything is black and white. Of course, the added romance gave the story the perfect  sweet counterpart to the cruel and sometimes horrific scenes. The romance was sweet, cute and definitely enough to satisfy my romantic heart!</p> <h4 style=”text-align: center”>Bewitched Rating</h4> <p><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-2349” title=”Rating 4 ” alt=”” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/4_marush-300x146.png” width=”210” height=”102” /></p> <h4>Bottom Line</h4> <p>Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland was a gripping tale filled with greek mythology set in the modern world. Cory was a great and amazing heroine who was sadly wise beyond her years and only now begins to question her quest for Vengeance!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style=”text-align: center”><img class=”size-full wp-image-2339 alignnone” title=”ya” alt=”” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ya.png” width=”60” height=”60” /> <img class=”size-full wp-image-2338 alignnone” title=”paranormal” alt=”” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/paranormal.png” width=”60” height=”60” /> <img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-2336” title=”love” alt=”” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/love.png” width=”60” height=”60” /></p> </div> <div></div> <div style=”text-align: center”>Much Love,</div> <div style=”text-align: center”></div> <div style=”text-align: center”><a href=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/2011/12/book-review-touch-of-power-by-maria-snyder.html/danny” rel=”attachment wp-att-988”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-988” title=”danny Siggy ” alt=”” src=”http://bewitchedbookworms.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/danny.jpeg” width=”280” height=”100” /></a></div> <div data-chorus-discovery data-url=”“></div>

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    Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

    Vengeance Bound by Justina IrelandVengeance Bound

    Genre: YA, Paranormal (Mythology)
    Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
    Copy from publisher
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    Rating:
    Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland  on goodreads: 
    The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.

    Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

    Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build

    The book comes with an amazing promise of a YA dexter and goddess test cross over! How can I not be excited about this premise!!

    Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

    Greek Mythology and .. the Furies!

    Greek mythology is always something I’m interested in , and especially with a modern urban setting. Here, the tale of the Furies is explored in a new refreshing, but also dark and edgy way. Cory is connected to the furies in a rather special way, as they only appear when they about to hand down justice to a man ( never women), otherwise they somehow only exist in her mind. Even if they are in the back of her conscience, she always aware of them and they also can trigger her emotions and try to influence them.

    Alone! …. only the Furies are there..

    Cory is on her own since she was 15, ever since she connected with Furies. Some  truly horrific things happened to her, things I’m going to let you explore for yourself. But, all I can say is that my heart broke for her hearing about everything she went thought at such young age. It’s cruel and horrific and made me gasp!

    But, all this changed her and made her grow up super fast. She had to take care of her life for herself and she not only grew up, matured super fast but also build a wall around herself and her heart.

    Having her tale told from her POV was rather interesting as she definitely sounded far from the 17 yr old girl she was. In her behavior and her way of speaking shone clearly the level of maturity through. I didn’t mind this as I even prefer a more mature protagonist.

    Justice?! … how far is too far

    The story explores justice. How far can we go to hand down justice and who is really guilty and who might even be a victim? I loved the way those questions were explored and how Cory  slowly began to realize herself that not everything is black and white. Of course, the added romance gave the story the perfect  sweet counterpart to the cruel and sometimes horrific scenes. The romance was sweet, cute and definitely enough to satisfy my romantic heart!

    Bewitched Rating

    Bottom Line

    Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland was a gripping tale filled with greek mythology set in the modern world. Cory was a great and amazing heroine who was sadly wise beyond her years and only now begins to question her quest for Vengeance!

      

    Much Love,
  5. Review: Goddess Interrupted by Amee Carter

    Goddess Interrupted

    Book II in the Goddess Test series.
    Genre: YA paranormal, Greek mythology
    Publication: March 27th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
    copy received from publisher via NetGalley
    synopsis from goodreads
    Rating: 

    Kate Winters has won immortality.

    But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

    Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

    As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

    Henry’s first wife, Persephone

    Well, this was a very pleasant and awesome surprise! While I liked the first one, I had some slight issues with it which you can read in my review I posted together with cutie. However, I was intrigued and enthralled enough that I wanted to read the next one too!

    Everything is not… so … peachy!

    Kate comes back after spending her 6 month upstairs. But if she expected to be welcomed with open arms by her soon-to-be husband Henry - she’s mistaken…  Not only has he had to deal with something enormous and threatening but he also grew more distant. But Kate wouldn’t be Kate if she would let go without a fight or without trying to help!

    Kate - brave, selfless and a wonderful heroine

    I loved Kate! Kate is still the brave and selfless heroine I got to meet in the first book. I admire her for never giving up hope, even when it seems there is no hope at all. No matter what Kate stays strong! Really, she the perfect heroine who fights for what she loves but would be ready to let go if she feels it is the right thing to do. Underneath, though, there is still the little girl who wants to be loved and this is sometimes so heartrendingly sweet and innocent . She’s a strong fighter, but when it comes to love, very vulnerable! Loved the combination!

    Henry - ruler of the Death and … a complicated man!

    I was not very fond of him in the first book, I felt he was too soft and I didn’t feel the spark between Kate and Henry at all. He was too nice for the Ruler of the Underworld and I wanted him to be more edgy. In Goddess Interrupted, he grew on me! He showed some strength I always hoped was there but never saw. I guess I understand him and his character now better. The way he treated Kate was seriously heartbreaking and I admit having water in my eyes so many times. And although it was torture for Kate, I felt this part of their relation was important and needed for the story and their relationship, as torturous as it was!

    Round plot with war, love, romance, tears and wonderful characters!

    Don’t get me wrong, the romance and the love was not the main and only storyline in the book! So much more is happening right along with it. Remember I mentioned the life threatening situation? Yep, there is a lot going on with Kate having to be super brave. For me a very strong aspect however was the growing relationship between Henry and Kate. And be aware it was heartbreaking!!! It seriously broke my heart so many times and I had tears in my eyes so much… But, we also get to meet another very important character and she was a very interesting person so say at least..
    Bewitched Rating: 

    Bottom Line

    This was such an emotional ride!!! I had water in my eyes so many times! Goddess Interrupted was a phenomenal sequel, way better than the first. As I hoped, this is a series that will get better and better. I loved this book and I’m ready for the next one!
      
    Additional Notes: 
    There is a short story The Goddess Hunt out now which is set in between Book I: The Goddess Test and Book II: Goddess Interrupted. I love novellas like this, especially because I think they make it easier to get back into a story after a year of waiting and being a sweet bridge between the books!
     
    Much Love,
  6. Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Half-Blood

    Book I in the Covenant series
    Genre: YA Paranormal / Greek Mythology
    Published October 18th 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
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    Synopsis from goodreads
    Rating
    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 admit this one took me by surprise only to leave me wishing I had read it earlier, or later so that I didn’t have to wait for the next one. I heard lots of things about Half-Blood and many girls were falling head over heels for Alex but still I didn’t pick it up. So, when I was in holidays and had actually time to read I simply gave it a shot.
    And..
    Oh my Freaking Goodness!!

    Think Vampire Academy just in Greek and not in Russian… and no Vampires..

    I read a lot of reviews saying that this one feels too close to Vampire Academy. I disagree. Yes, it does has the school elements, plus the forbidden love between teacher and student, but other than this Half-Blood is its own story and deserves to be treated as such. Mrs. Armetrout deals with Greek gods and creates a race of half-gods with super human powers. However, there are the ones that are much purer in terms of godlike blood lines and both races shouldn’t mingle, too much. Alex is a half-blood but she has been on the run for quite some time with her mother took her. Now, she’s forced to go back - alone and scared. And she has to learn the truth about herself and the reason behind her mother’s sudden escape.

    Alex! Bad-ass, awesome, kick-ass, stubborn and full of snark!

    I LOVED Alex; I loved her voice I loved her strength! She was awesome! The story is told from her POV and I found myself snicker and laugh from time to time at her snarky thoughts and witty replies. But of course as strong as she seems there is still a girl behind all this strong talk and inside she’s vulnerable. I’m tempted to say that her stubbornness and strong belief in herself was sometimes a little too much, so much so that her stubbornness overrules common sense, but..

    Aidan!.. and the love, the romance and .. the love!

    *sigh* You cannot NOT fall in love with Aidan; this man full of willpower and has a very keen sense on what is right or wrong. He’s kick ass and bad ass - of course he is - but at the same time appears to be much more rational and mature than Alex. Oh plus, Aidan is of course hot and a Pure. This means, that Alex and Aidan are definitely not allowed to be together - but this adds to the suspense factor of the story. The romance between them was lovely, strong, full of emotion and sometimes downright sexy! I loved it!

    Secondary Characters? Yes! And they are awesome!

    The one I loved most is Alex’s best friend - a boy who instantly takes her back even after she’s been so long away. He’s the best friend any of us can wish for and I loved him so much! But, what I loved most is that he was really just and only her best friend! No hidden and secret feelings! Thank You so much!!

    The Plot? Yep, awesome too!

    Besides the amazing characters, there is also a lot going on with the plot, which kept me on edge the whole time. It’s never boring and the story moves on very fast. Alex has to learn and discover some secrets that will shatter her world and leaves us gasping with her.

    Bewitched Rating

    Bottom Line:

    I abso-freaking adored this book! The writing was incredibly refreshing and the dialogues and characters were perfect - right to the point, intense and funny! The characters are all strong and detailed and I loved Alex and Aidan instantly. I did fall for this book, the story and  the characters hard and now, I can’t wait for the next book!
       
    Additional Notes: There is a prequel out called Daimon which takes place before Alex comes back to school and which leads up to the happenings in Half-Blood. Also, the next book Pure comes out in April and I.Can’t.Freaking.Wait!
     
    Much Love!