Jan 7, 2012

Daimon: The Prequel to Half-Blood

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publish Date: already out
Version: e-book
Series: Covenant
 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.

Daimon is the prequel to Half Blood.  In the description of it, it says that it is Covenant 0.5.  The story starts out with Alexandria Andros remembering when she was examined by Hematoi ministers.  They do this because Alex is a half-blood and they determine what she will be in life.  Then Alex is pulled out of her memory by Matt Richardson, the boy that she is out with at the time.   While they were on the beach, a few guys came over to them and started some trouble.  Alex, having been trained, defended her and Matt from the guys only to have Matt get mad at her for it because he didn’t condone violence.

When Alex gets home, she is greeted by her mother who talks to her about sneaking out at night in Miami.  She relates the events of the evening and gets that off her chest before going to bed.  The next morning, she was supposed to be up “bright and early” cleaning up the balcony.  After waking up at noon, she quickly got dressed and then proceeded to go out to the balcony to begin cleaning it.  What she discovered when she was out there, was alarming.  She saw the very thing she was trained at the Covenant to fight – a Daimon.  Daimons feed on aether, the essence of the gods or the life force running through pure-bloods and less concentrated in half-bloods.  What happens when she encounters the Daimon is where this story really starts.

This is the second book by Jennifer L. Arementrout that I have read and I really like it.   She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  I liked this book because it gave you a good background into the Covenant series.  Daimon leaves a lot of questions and I hope that they will be answered as the series progresses.
  • Alex.  She has a good personality that is easily likeable.  She doesn’t know the reasoning behind her mom and her leaving the Covenant but doesn’t question this decision outright.  I also like the fact that she is a take charge kind of girl.

  • Alex’s mom.  You can tell that she has given up a lot for Alex.  Being a pure blood, they believe that half-bloods, such as Alex, are beneath them.  Alex’s mom doesn’t show this belief.  She genuinely cares about Alex.
  • Matt.  The guy that she is out with on the beach.  He doesn’t like it when Alex defends her and him.  He seems like a nice guy, but he makes Alex feel like a freak afterwards.

  • Daimons.  They are aether-loving, evil, weird looking people with bad teeth.   

On the cover it shows a green tulip.  This picture reminds me of pictures that I have seen before where they took x-rays of flowers.  Only this particular flower has a green smoke-like substance rising out of it.  The cover is very pretty, although it doesn’t tell me anything about the story.

Release Date: already out
This is book one in the Covenant series.  After reading Daimon, I'm eager to read this book.
Buy Half-Blood: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
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.

Tentative release date: April 3, 2012
Book 2 in the Covenant series.
Pre-order Pure: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

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