The Prequel to Half-Blood
Released: May 10, 2011
Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Source: Author, for review and blog tour
Overall: Flippin' Fabulous!
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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 descendent 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.
Don't let the size of this novella fool you. If there is one thing Jennifer L. Armentrout did with Daimon it is pack this Prequel to Half-Blood with a whole lot of punch.
When I noticed how few pages there were in Daimon I really did wonder, How much am I going to get from this? Very few prequel novellas have ever left me feeling satisfied and usually annoy me more than anything. More times then not I have found they are not a great representation of the Author's writing and usually turn me away from further reading. In the case of Jennifer L Armentrout and The Half-Blood Prequel, Daimon, the answer to that question is a lot!
When Daimon first opens we are introduced to Alex followed by her mother. All in a short few pages time we are given a glimpse into the type of person Alex is and the struggles she endures fitting into a world she struggled to call home for three years despite the fact that she knew she'd never truly fit in.
The dialog and brief explanations that pass between Alex and her mother act as a quick study guide version of who Alex and her mother are, who and what they should be, where they should have been living and what they left behind. The whole situation left tons of questions on the tip of my tongue and is extremely mysterious, but Jennifer L Armentrout quickly gave up just enough information to sedate my questions for the time being.
Daimon is a novella with a point full of substance. Not only does Daimon draw us in and give us a sneak peek at what 2011 YA Debut Author, Jennifer L Armentrout, has to offer us, it gives us something to grasp onto and prepares us for the journey of Alex and those she is finds herself with at the end of Daimon.
Fast paced, thorough, and extremely addicting, Daimon is a novella that is a must read. Just know, while Daimon left a satisifying and lingering taste on my tongue it is barely enough to tide me over until Half-Blood hits the shelves! Daimon truly is Flippin' Fabulous!