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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: Daimon

Title: Daimon
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant 0.5
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: April 19th 2011

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, the prequel to Half-Blood, was amazing. I read it whilst being somewhat dead and drowsy with a fever and still loved it! The short story begins with Alex at the Covenant, being scrutinised by the Hematoi minister who deems her useless and mortal. We're then suddenly on earth where Alex is down at the beach with her whale-saving boyfriend, Matt. When two young men jokingly harass them, Alex shows her inner-fighter and scares them all away with her aggression. Afterwards, we're thrown into exciting action when she and her mother are attacked by daimons at their house.

Alex is a great character and I absolutely can't wait to see more of her in Half-Blood. Although she experiences fear like mortals, Alex is strong and is able to think quickly on her feet. She has good morals and puts others before herself. I think she's a brilliant narrator, which makes for 80% of this prequel's greatness. The intriguing plot makes up the remaining 40%! ;)

I'm very excited for Half-Blood. If Daimon is any indication, the first novel of the Covenant series will be magnificent! This prequel was fun, fast-faced and filled with action. I'm very much looking forward to learning more about the Covenant and all of the different creatures. It's all very mysterious and unlike anything I've ever read! Daimon is very short and you'll fly through it quickly. Is it September yet?

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Buy Daimon on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I have to remark on the beauty of the covers. Are they not the most gorgeous things you've ever seen?

Half Blood Summary:
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.

Have you got Half-Blood on your TBR list? What did you think of Daimon?
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