(EN) Mini-reviews: We Are Displaced // Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

Today it’s time for two mini reviews. After reading the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I wanted to try one of her other series. Did I like it as much as I like Lux? But first, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone and review non-fiction.

Malala Yousafzai – We Are Displaced

(EN) Mini-reviews: We Are Displaced // Half-Blood (Covenant #1)We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai
Pages: 224
on January 8, 2019
ISBN: 031652364X
Goodreads
three-stars

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai will start with her own story of displacement as an Internally Displaced Person to show what it means to lose your home, your community, and the only world you've ever known. She will also share the personal stories of some of the girls she has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and the cities where refugee girls and their families have settled.

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is a reminder from one of the world's most famous people who experienced displacement that everyone deserves universal human rights and a home.

After reading Malala’s book I Am Malala back in 2014, I started following her work. So, when We Are Displaced was announced back in June 2018, I wanted to check this one out. Therefore, I instantly pre-ordered it on Kindle and it came out of my TBR randomizer on Saturday. This book is a short one and I could have finished it in less than an hour. At least, that’s when I would have been sucked real deep into this book. Unfortunately, I was not. The stories of all these girls in this book are definitely important and not ones we should close our eyes for, but for me it was not the best work of non-fiction. I have to admit that I barely read non-fiction and that my standard rating for this genre is not higher than 3 stars. When reading We Are Displaced I needed several breaks. I just couldn’t read all the stories at once, I had to do something else in between. However, I managed to finish it in one day. Nevertheless, I found the price way too high for the length of this book. I paid around $10 for this one on Kindle, although I just paid $4 for Tahereh Mafi‘s Shadow Me (the Kenji novella <3 ) which has more or less the same length. This buggered me a little bit. I definitely did not enjoy this book as much as I did enjoy I Am Malala, which was a page turner for me.


Jennifer L. Armentrout – Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

(EN) Mini-reviews: We Are Displaced // Half-Blood (Covenant #1)Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Pages: 281
Published by Spencer Hill Press on October 18, 2011
ISBN: 0983157200
Also by this author: Obsidian, Het probleem met voor altijd, Onyx, Opal, Oblivion, Origin, Opposition, The Darkest Star, Als morgen niet bestaat, Wacht op mij, Witheet, The burning shadow, Shadows
Goodreads
three-half-stars

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.

As you probably might know, I love the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Therefore, I wanted to try some other of her series. Half-Blood, the first book in The Covenant series came out of my TBR randomizer and therefore was the first to try. It was okay, I could finish it quickly. However, the story and characters didn’t capture me as much as Lux did and the romance did nothing for me. I just can’t ship Alex and Aidan together, I just can’t. I miss the flirts and humour Daemon and Katy have. After reading Lux, this felt a little flat to me. Moreover, I’m not so sure whether I want to continue this series or not, as the hematoi did not suck me really into their world.


What do you guys think, should I continue Covenant or not?

5 comments

  1. I didn’t enjoy Half-Bad like at all. I felt like I was reading a copy of Vampire Academy but instead of vampires there were demigods. I would recommend reading The Darkest Star (first book for the spin off to Lux series) or The Dark Elements. That’s another Jennifer L. Armentrout book I love but instead of aliens it’s about demons.

  2. These are two very different books! Great work getting through We Are Displaced. I don’t think I could read something that full on.

    You mentioned a TBR randomiser both times. What is this?

    It doesn’t sound like you loved Half-Blood 🙁 maybe sit on it and see how you feel in a few weeks or something?

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