#1 New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. Well, mostly. She spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories... therefore explaining her dismal grades in math.
Gr 9 Up-Half-Blood is a hodgepodge of every currently popular YA supernatural romance. There are demigods, superpowers, aether-sucking daimons (vampires), and daimon hunters. Of course, what supernatural romance would be complete without the requisite forbidden love between a "pure" blood (who is really a demigod, so explain how that is pure) and a half-blood (offspring of a demigod and a mortal-so really, a quarter blood). Alex is in trouble. Her mother has been killed by the aforementioned blood-sucking daimons and the teen is on the run. Since she is a half-blood, she is taken to the Covenant-one of several private boarding schools for the not so mortal (sound familiar?)-and harshly punished by getting extra martial arts training from uberhot Aiden, who is, of course, a tortured but kindhearted pure blood. But wait, there's more. Alex's mother is not dead; she has been turned and is now hunting for Alex, who is unknowingly the next Apollyon-a superhuman half-blood who can become a "god-killer." Enter Seth, the current Apollyon, who senses right away that he and Alex have a supernatural connection. What's a girl to do? Kill her mother, swear to never have a real relationship with the long-suffering Aiden, and become curious about Seth? It's the perfect setup for the sequel. Pass on this one and recommend Tera Lynn Childs's Oh. My. Gods (Dutton, 2008) instead.-Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.