Welcome to my stop on the Sentinel Blog Tour hosted by the fabulous Valerie from Stuck In Books. Before I get to all the amazing (and to be honest, bittersweet—for me, anyway) things going down today, can I just say how utterly upset and heartbroken I am to see this top favorite series of mine come to an end? I'm not a fan of series ending and when that series is an all-time favorite, it's even worse. Sad face, big time.
All things JLA and Covenant related are super near and dear to my heart because they were two of the very first, ever, of all time, things that I came into contact with (tell me why, after typing those two words, zombies came to mind? weird...) when I first became a blogger back in 2010. I remember back when JLA and the whole crew at Read. Chat. Love. used to get together almost every night to simply chat about every and all things book related. JLA was (and still is) our author rock star and three years later, it makes me smile ear to ear and my heart all warm and fuzzy and happy and excited to see all that she's accomplished and achieved. I'm so proud of Jennifer and she couldn't deserve it more!
JLA was also one of the very first authors to get me close and personal with a publishing house—Spencer Hill Press. (After checking Goodreads, it seems that I read Half-Blood in December of 2010. My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets after seeing how much time has passed; that's crazy pants!) Two months or so into blogging (I shouldn't even be requesting at this age; I wasn't even old enough to crawl ;p), I got ballsy enough to contact SHP and request an ARC of Half-Blood and my balls must have had luck because I got a copy. I nearly lost my sh*t! ;p It was definitely one of my highlights of being a newborn, all thanks to the fabulous JLA!
Back when Read. Chat. Love. was still up and running, we used to host random giveaways and because JLA was our author rock star, she sponsored and donated a lot to our giveaways. Anyway, my copies of Daimon and Half-Blood mean the ultimate most to me because they have these bomb-diggity stick drawings in them of the whole Covenant crew (well... the crew at the time... which only consisted of Alex, Aiden, Seth, and daimons, lol).
Needless to say, I love Jennifer to the next milky way and back times a million, billion, trillion, krillion, frillion, zillion, villion, gillion! This is why the Covenant series is super, duper, extra all-the-things-on-the-side special to me; it means the most to me. It's making my heart so heavy and sad to see this series go. I mean, I'm not even caught up (I stopped after Pure) but still, there's so much turmoil swirling about in me. I really just can't!
For today's stop, I'm taking a trip down memory lane (focusing primarily on Half-Blood; I'm taking you guys back to the beginning) where we'll take a closer look at how the amazing and epic and awesome Half-Blood (and Alexandria Andros' life) all began! Stick around because 1) this post is probably going to be the longest that I've written in all of 2013 ;p and 2) things are gonna go down! Oh, I should also mention that Spencer Hill Press is hosting one heckuva giveaway for this tour that's more epic than epic, so don't miss a single thing going on today in this post! Now, let's go kick some daimon ass!
About the book:
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: October 18, 2011
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.
First off, let me just say that Jennifer L. Armentrout has quickly wedged herself up into being one of my most favorite authors of the year! She has written an exhilarating debut with everything that I could ask for—a kick-ass heroine with a smart tongue, fast-paced action, steaming love-making scenes and the rise of a possible love triangle! Who doesn’t love those?
There were just so many things that I enjoyed about Half-Blood. For example, I loved Alex’s sharp and witty remarks! She is strong-willed, determined, and certainly stubborn at times—but who couldn’t relate? She’s so strong that hardly do we ever get a glimpse of what’s under her skin. But beneath it all, she’s hurting and in a lot of pain and as JLA depicts those emotions—it’s enough to make one cry for Alex and everything she has gone through. When Alex was 14 years old, her mother made the both of them leave the protection and security that came with The Covenant and they moved to live in cities throughout the world. From the get-go, I was thrown into all the action, biting my nails, being nervous for Alex’s survival. From the turn of events, she finds herself back at The Covenant where she has to prove herself to be able to continue staying at The Covenant. Everything that happened after that was paced just right. JLA establishes this situation where Alex and Aiden are together, basically all the time and because of that, I could not thank her enough! That is one of the main reasons why I highly praise Half-Blood!
Read my full review here.
- Art of Dying—I Will Be There (Acoustic)
- Art of Dying—I Will Be There
- Art of Dying—Best I Can
- Art of Dying—Breathe Again
- Sixx: A. M.—Lies of the Beautiful People
- Sixx: A. M.—Are You With Me
- Within Temptation—A Dangerous Mind
- 30 Seconds to Mars— Hurricane
- The Maine— Saving Grace
- The Maine— Saving Grace (Take 2)
Check out more of my playlist here.
My interview with JLA:
Q. If you had to describe yourself using three words, they would be…
A. Addicted to caffeine
Q. If you were stranded on an island and were allowed one wish, what would it be?
A. To not be stranded on an island
Q. I am a slogan and it says…
A. A slogan? Giggles.
Q. What about writing captivates you the most?
A. The ability to create an entire world with people that become real.
Q. What do you feel is the most significant change since the release of Half-Blood, whether it’s book-wise or just in your life, in general?
A. So much has changed since the release of my first book. It’ll be two years in October and while I’ve accomplished a lot, there’s still a lot for me to learn and grow from.
Q. Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing the Covenant series?
A. Most definitely Alex. Out of all my books, I think she is the one with the most growth and development.
Q. What’s your favorite (non-spoilery) quote from any of the five books in the Covenant series?
A. ‘If a died a virgin in this craphole, I was going to be pissed off in the afterlife.’ Or some variation of that one.
Q. If you could introduce one of your characters from the Covenant series to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
A. I would introduce Seth to Daemon, because I think that would be entertaining.
Q. What element of a story do you feel is the most important and is necessary in most, if not all, novels?
A. Characterization. You can have a shaky plot (you don’t want one, but hey, it happens), pacing issues, etc, but great character development can carry the story.
Q. What is one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring authors?
A. Write want you want to, not what you need to.
Read original interview here.
About the author:
#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Contemporary Romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn where she is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Connect with Jennifer L. Armentrout: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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