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Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

klynnmin's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

While I do like this book and I am invested enough to continue the series, it not the most well written book. I find myself slightly annoyed by the main character quite often and I could handle that if she seemed to learn from her mistakes but I’m not sure she does… hopefully the series closes those plotlines later on.

faithtrustpixiedust's review against another edition

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4.0

"Need covers itself with love, but need… need is never love. Always beware of the one who needs you. There is always a want behind a need, you see."

This is an amalgamation of every YA book I've ever read before. It's tropey, cliche, predictable, and trashy. But I liked it.

So, essentially, Rose Clary Hathaway, after running away with her mom to the human world (and her mom's subsequent "death"), is discovered and goes back to Camp Half-Blood Academy, the school where pure-blood wizards and their mud blood siblings train to protect the world from vampire demons. There she meets Chaol Dimitri Westfall who trains her back from flabby mortalness to god-killing awesomeness - but is a pure she can never be with. She also meets the Apollyon, Rowan Whitethorn, who is a stalker with anger issues, an accent of uncertain origin, and magical tattoos, but is against all odds her unwitting Mate™, destined to either be with her or destroy her.

There's middle school drama parading as high school drama, severely unrealistic dialogue, and angry personality-less love interests. It reads like a Choices: Stories You Play game. The main character is an unlikable jerk. The world feels like a Disney Channel Original Movie set.

And I liked it.

Read this review and more on my blog here!

justjeanettelee's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5/5 ⭐️

Vampire Academy meets Greek Mythology meets elements of her successor series From Blood and Ash.

Some of the writing felt a little cringe but I’ve only had Aidan St Delphi for a day, but if anyone where to hurt him, I would kill them and then myself

mclay0487's review against another edition

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challenging emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

mittens93's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging funny hopeful mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

emnoelle88's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

bthrds's review against another edition

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3.0

just a bit too much slut shaming

interesting world and characters though 

reads_all_the_books's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

bookgirlangie's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

I am quite thrown off by this. I expected so much more from JLA and came into this book with the expectations of what I got out of her Flesh and Fire series and Blood and Ash series. I expected to be enthralled and excited but this was not it. It was too much like Percy Jackson and had quite a few cringey YA moments. I read a lot of YA so I know it can be done without being cringey but this didn’t work. I swore if I read the work icky one more time I’d have to put it down. I still enjoyed the plot though and I am hoping it gets better so I’m going to keep reading as the next one comes out.

kakikian's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes

3.5