Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo

Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Series: Halo, #1
Synopsis (goodreads): Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. Then comes the brooding and popular new transfer, Jake Thorn... who just so happens to be in Bethany's class. Something about Jake seems to be hiding something darker, something more powerful than expected. That thing, and Xavier, distracts Bethany to a point that Gabriel and Ivy are concerned.


The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

Review 

I was drawn into this book from the very beginning. I've read several angel-type books, but never a book about Heavenly angels. They were always fallen. And it was never from the angels point of view, but from the point of view of the girl falling for the fallen angel. Books like Fallen and Hush, Hush.  

Halo was kind of like a breath of fresh air. Bethany is new to the world and not just in earthly terms, but even in Heaven. She is only 17 years old by human years, whereas her brother, Gabriel, and sister, Ivy, have been around for thousands and thousands of years. They have both spent time on Earth with the humans already and are used to keeping their distance from them. Bethany, however, has never been around humans before. Has never had a human body for that matter so everything she does is for the first time. She's incredibly childlike and innocent with a touch of naivety, and I find that to be quite endearing.

Her ability to connect with humans just might be her downfall in the end though. She empathizes with them, and she feels a closeness to them and their world that her Gabriel and Ivy do not. They miss their home in Heaven, but Bethany feels closer and closer to earth as the book goes on. She befriends the humans and even falls in love with a classmate (which I can't say I blame her! Xavier seems amazing *sigh*).

I will admit that at times the book seemed rather slow. I expected way more action in it than there actually was, and the bit of action that did turn up at the end didn't last long enough. The cliffhanger at the end suggests that there will be much more in the books to follow, and I'm really hoping that's the case. I'm also hoping that at some point a certain someone turns good, but I think that might endanger a couple that I really love in this story if that were to happen. All in all, this book is a really great read and I would definitely suggest it to my friends.


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