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Quickie Review: Daimon

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout was first released in the U.S. on April 19, 2011 in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at Amazon in eBook and paperback formats and at Barnes & Noble in eBook format only.

Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 86 pages.

Goodreads description:

Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing “I smite thee!” as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life.

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.

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Daimon is the action-packed prequel novella to Half-Blood, the first book in a new series that will be released this September. The story introduces readers to the main character Alexandria “Alex” Andros, a half-blood descendent of the gods, who, with her mother, a pure-blood, has been on the run for three years, hiding from the Covenant and from the daimons who exist on the aether of pure-bloods.

In Daimon, readers will get a feel for who Alex is, get a chance to peek at the world from which she’s escaped and the one in which she currently lives, and will get to see the events that lead right up to the start of the full-length novel, Half-Blood.

This prequel is not your typical teaser bite as is so often the case with these short novellas. The events in Daimon read almost as if they were the beginning chapters of the full-length novel. Readers can turn from the last page in Daimon and right to the first page in Half-Blood and not miss a beat. The transition is seamless.

The novella reveals enough information to satisfy readers looking for a real taste of how the author writes, what the story is about, who the main character is, and what they have to look forward to in Half-Blood. This is definitely not simply a quick filler novella, but one with substance that will leave readers intrigued about what is to come.

The eBook includes a sneak peek at the beginning of Half-Blood so readers of the novella can choose either to be left with a cliffhanger or continue the adventure for just a little longer and get to meet a new character only hinted at in Daimon.

If Daimon is only just the beginning of what we can expect, then this is undoubtedly an author to watch and a series that can be counted among those “must reads.”

Reviewer gives this novella [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I absolutely love this story. I did not expect it to offer as much as it did. To say that it is action-packed is a huge understatement. And now, of course, I am dying to read more and September is a long way off.

I first heard about Half-Blood back in January or February and I was very excited to check it out. A book about the descendants of gods definitely sounded like something I would love. But until I actually read a book and meet the characters I can’t be sure.

Well, with Daimon – and the peek at Half-Blood – I did get to meet Alex and she’s awesome. She can kick a** but is still vulnerable. And I love her little flaws – like that she’s a terrible singer with questionable taste in music or that she has a little problem controlling her temper, which I have a feeling I’ll be seeing a lot more of.

From the second I started reading, the author’s writing style just clicked with me. I was immediately absorbed into the story and lost in the world. It made me want to know more about Alex, her mysterious crush, the Covenant and whatever it is that caused her and her mom to run, and to find out what exactly makes Alex different.

When I read the last page of the prequel I was so upset that the story ended and that I’d be left hanging, but when I read the sneak peek I was thrilled because it took me off the cliff.

I thought Half-Blood was a book to watch out for when I first heard about it, but now I know that Half-Blood is a book, and series, that I will love and one that I’m dying to read.

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Half-Blood is due out on September 15th, 2011 and the next book, Pure, will be out in the spring of 2012.

Note: Although I received a free download of the book from the editor, my review is based on the eBook I purchased from Amazon.

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