Sunday, 17 June 2012

Review: Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 62
Genre: YA, Mythology, Fantasy
Source: Free Here 

Book Description from Goodreads:
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.

I was just a few pages into Half-Blood when I remembered that there was this short novella prequel, then I figured I should go back and start with this one. While it’s not completely necessary to start at this one because Armentrout pretty much covers the same events that happens here in Half-Blood, I do feel that it further enhanced my reading experience of Half-Blood. Plus it was free and short, so really I didn’t have anything to lose.

The covers of this series in particular are so gorgeous, with different flowers in bright colors and shrouded in elemental fire.

In this little novella we’re introduced to the heroine of the Covenant Series: Alexandria Andros. It begins with a flashback to her childhood in The Covenant where she reminisces about her life there. It’s intermingled with flashes to the present where in her attempts to blend in with her peers by dating and partying has some pretty scary but kick ass consequences.

Alexandria is such a strong headed and strong willed character, these are both valuable characteristics and at times her downfall. We get a taste of what training she has retained over the years and how deadly she can still be - even if only by mortal standards.

I love that we actually get to see and hear her mother in this little story. It definitely strengthens the plot of Half-Blood when we get to experience the eccentricities of her mom first hand.

The whole novella definitely gives us a quicker run down of the history of Hematoi and Daimons in a helpful and concise form so that we understand how strict or terrifying these creatures are. It also gives us a first hand account of the horrors that Alex has to face first-hand in order to survive being hunted by Daimons.

Armentrout’s signature humor is still present in this little novella, even if it’s just in small quantities. This story is mostly just to put the stilts of the story down for Armentrout to fully build the house up later on. I definitely recommend reading this one first though, you’ll feel a little less lost in Half-Blood if you do. 
Rating: 5/5 Steaming HOT cups of tea! 
I mean for a 64 page little novella, I can't really find much fault in it, it does what it's supposed to do and that's giving you a great intro into the Covenant series while fulfilling a JLA addiction.

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