Oct 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

You always remember your first. First kiss, first day of school, first best friend, first heartbreak, and (for the bloggers out there) your first ARC.

Two and a half years ago I was a relative unknown in the blogosphere. I didn't have a lot of followers, I was just starting to find my footing and ARCs were about as hard to come by as a Unicorn and Big Foot having lunch together in Sherwood Forest. But then, one day, this magical thing happened. A bubble mailer appeared in my mailbox and inside was my it. A book. Not just a book, but an ARC. And that book? Half-Blood by an obscure author named Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I devoured this first ARC and I immediately fell in love with it. I fell in love with Alex, this kickass heroine with a heart of gold and a spunky streak that rivaled Punky Brewster. Not only that, but I fell in love with the author as well and her fantastic way of telling a story.

Here's the review I posted in June of 2011:

It’s not very often a book piques my curiosity so much that I have a deep craving in my gut to read it. This book has been blowing up across the blogosphere, and I can assure every person reading this review: it’s that freaking good. It’s one of those books that you open to read and then set it down four hours later, head spinning like you’ve spent an afternoon on the tilt-a-whirl with the biggest grin on your face. It has everything you could want: action, romance, angst, and so much more.
I have the utmost respect for an author who can literally hurl you into the story. With Jennifer L. Armentrout, you hit the ground running with Alex as she tries to evade a group of daimons within the first few pages. She also throws several characters out in quick succession, but takes the time to explain them all with such clarity, that I was never confused. Alex starts off as a brash, abrasive girl but you soon come to realize that her smart mouth and sarcastic quips are a big defense mechanism. Alex is the leader of an all-star cast, though. I fell for everyone from Caleb to Seth, and even Marcus wormed his way into my heart.
While it seems there is a romantic triangle being set up in this book for the series, I am 100% Team Aiden. The chemistry between Alex and Aiden burns across the pages so hot it’s a wonder my fingers didn’t blister. And who doesn’t love a forbidden romance? Especially one where the stakes are as high as this one.
The worst part about reading a book so far in advance from its publishing date is that it makes the wait for the sequel that much longer. Thankfully I was not left with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, but more of a hopeful looking to the future of Alex. I recommend everyone pre-order this book now. This is one read you won’t be sorry you indulged in.

Two years later and Jennifer Armentrout is one of the most popular authors in the YA fandom. Having met her and been able to hang out with her several times, I can see why people are innately drawn to her and the characters she brings to life.

I'm sad to be saying goodbye to this series and the characters I have come to love and let into my heart. But I know whatever Jen has planned next will be just as epic. If you haven't read this series yet, now is the perfect time. You can power-read the entire series and not have to wait agonizing months between books!

Summary for Half-Blood:

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.

Author bio:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



  1. I am dying to read this whole series. I think I might get all the books first so that I can marathon them.

  2. Yes, it will be sad to say goodbye to the series, but at least it's a series readers can easily delve into again and again. ☺

  3. I do remember my first ARC! It was VIRALS by Kathy Reichs, her first foray into YA. I may not have love-loved the book but it stays on my shelf as a keepsake.

  4. I love Jennifer she's an amazing person and author. I remember going to BEA just to get Half-Blood! And it was so worth it!

  5. So so so so so so so so so so excited to read this book Hannah! Can you tell? Maybe the excessive use of the word "so" was a bit of a tip off....

    Half-Blood was actually one of the first physical ARCs I got as well, and I picked it up at my first BEA and so it was all a lot of firsts happening at once and that's something that will always be special for me:) Plus, Jennifer is adorable and crazy nice and that's just icing on the cake of Awesome.

  6. I really, really, really need to read this series. I have Half-Blood on my shelf, but for some reason, I've kept putting off this series. I think I actually picked it up with Jenny at BEA. Craziness! Great post, Hannah! :)

  7. I can't wait for sentinel ... Been waiting since April!!!!!!

  8. I can't believe its almost over. Ill miss Alex and Aiden.

  9. I got my copy today but, I am scared to start it. I am sad as well that this is the last one. Thanks for hosting the tour!
    Brittany S

  10. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE this series!! Your review really got me hooked on Jennifer Armentrout:)

    Thank you:)

  11. Jennifer Armentrout is my favorite author, and I was going to get my books signed and get to meet her but she had to cancel her Florida appearances this month. This would mean so much to me as a huge Jennifer fan! Thank you for the great giveaway!!!!


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