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.
Alex is running from daimons, evil pures who feed on blood. The very institute she's trying to escape has saved her, but at what cost? Alex must train with Aidan to make up the three years she's missed or she's destined for a life of servitude. But what she's most in danger of is falling for Aidan. It could end her chances because a romance between a half and a pure is forbidden. As Alex struggles to adjust back to her old life, she encounters old friends and enemies and comes up against all kinds of challenges. The question is, will she come out on top?
I love Alex and Aidan. I'm definitely Team Aidan, although Seth is cool and hilarious. Alex is strong and stubborn and amazingly reckless, though loyal. Aidan is strong, silent, and dedicated. And Seth is the outgoing life of the party, and don't forget the Apollyon.
The only problem I had with this book is the similarities between it and the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. They both center around a girl who left the school and have now been forced to return and receive special instruction from an older guy (but not too much older). Both Rose and Alex fall in love with said instructor but have to keep their feelings a secret because of the scandal/consequences it would create. Both have to hunt down a loved one that's been turned into an evil creature against their will. Yeah, there are a lot of similarities...