Sunday, April 21, 2013

Novella Review: Daimon

Release Date: May 10, 2011
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Length: 62 pages

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 descendant 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.


Protagonist: Alex is on the run from something she knows nothing about. Her overbearing mother has moved her from place to place over the last three years and hasn't told her their need to hide. Alex's character doesn't really develop until the end and even then it's only because of a major life shifting event that forces her to redetermine how she views her life and the place she calls home. Due to the fact that this story is so short we only get a small glimpse at her character and teases to what may come in the first full length novel of this series.

Romance: There is little to no romance in this novella, however in the beginning Alex does have a relationship with a boy named Matt. Due her inhumane nature, however she freaks him out and he gets as far from her as he can. Alex also reveals that there was a boy back at the Covenant, the school where she can train herself to defend Pures, that she had a crush on, but even if she were to see him again it would be impossible for them to be together.

World-Building: The world-building was probably the one thing I had the toughest time with as it was extremely similar to that of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Now, I like to give the benefit of the doubt to authors when I feel that their world is similar to another. I knew going into this that the story was like VA meets Percy Jackson, however it was a little unnerving reading about a world that I felt like I also knew. Granted this series is more Greek Myths than vampires but it just felt to similar. That's not to say that the character's aren't unique because from what I can tell they have their own unique stories and personalities.

Predictability: This novella was extremely unpredictable, but that was probably due to it's short length and the fact that this is my first taste at this world. There was no time to queue up foreshadowing or to even hint at anything big happening due to the reader's unfamiliarity with the protagonist and how the other characters worked. I'm not sure if this was a good thing or not, it was great to feel shocked by the big twist in this small story, but I feltt like a good dose of foreshadowing would have done this story great.

Ending: There isn't much I can say about the ending. Mainly because I didn't feel like there really was one. The end isn't a cliffhanger, or entails a big twist, or even a plateaued yet satisfying ending. It was literally the beginning of the first full length book. At the end there was a preview of Half-Blood and I took a peek from what I can tell it begins right where this novella left off.


This novella was good, but I felt like I was reading a new story in a twist on the VA world and I would have liked it a bit longer if that meant the author could have added a bit of foreshadowing and a proper ending. That being said, I liked the story so far and will read Half-Blood, but I'd like to see it grasp a bit more unique identity if I'm going to continue in the series beyond the first book.

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1 comment:

  1. This is my FAVORITE series! I am biting my nails for Sentinel! I got to read Apollyon as an ARC, so it's SUCH a long wait!