Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Halo (Book 1)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 484 Pages
ISBN-10: 0312656262 (Mac Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0312656263 (Mac Teen)
Reviewed by: Shirene
An angel is sent to Earth on a mission. But falling in love is not part of the plan.
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 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.
The angels’ mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
Quick & Dirty: Bethany and her siblings are angels sent to Earth to protect humans but Bethany falls in love with a mortal.
Opening Sentence: Our arrival didn’t exactly go as planned.
First things is first, this was written by a teenager. Huge props to Alexandra for the commitment, dedication and stamina to not just have an idea but actually get it on paper. With that being said, this book is 484 pages but it needed to have an editor chop it down to about 320. There are too many times that we have a description of a room or article of clothing. All this made me want to do is put the book down which would have been a real shame.
This story is unique and needed to be told. Interactions between Bethany and her boyfriend Xavier are the shining moments of this book. The author captured the angst of longing for humanity and guilt of forgetting Bethany’s true home, Heaven. The development of this relationship was a true gem. I was gripped and captivated by the their story.
Unfortunately, everything else seemed to lack the same passion. This in part, I believe, is due to the author’s young age and experience. All of which will improve as she matures along side her writing.
My other complaint is that the “bad” guy doesn’t show up until page 257. I’m all for building up to a reveal or not giving us his whole story but to wait 257 pages is a bit excessive. Once he arrives on the scene, all hell breaks looks — literally. He is an intriguing character but we don’t ever really understand more than his basic motivation. Maybe we will get more in book 2, I hope.
The other two major characters are Gabriel and Ivy who are Bethany’s siblings. With the amount of time we are given to get to know them, they seem like only shallow characters. They are never truly fleshed out. Yes, Gabriel is a warrior but what is in his past we are always told “he prefers not to talk about it.” Well I don’t know about you but in my family we talk and if you don’t it get sucked out of you eventually so why not just tell your “family”.
Ivy on the other hand is so ephemeral, I don’t know why she even made the book. Her only true purpose seems to be the occasional healing and act as a buffer for Bethany and Gabriel. But it seems to me that angels should not need a buffer much less be one.
Now my over arching opinion on this is definitely give it a miss unless you have two of the following: patience of a Saint, loads of time or are prepared to skim read some portions. I maybe convinced to revisit Bethany and Xavier in Hades book 2 only if a good supply of chocolate and wine is readily available.
“Anything I can help with?”
“I don’t think so but thanks for asking.”
“You know, keeping secrets is unhealthy for a relationship.” Xavier folded his arms comfortably across his chest and settled back in his chair.
“Who said anything about a relationship? Besides, we’re not required to share everything; it’s not like we’re married.”
“You want to marry me?” Xavier asked, and I saw some faces turn toward us in curiosity. “I was thinking we’d start slow and see where things went, but hey, what the hell!”
I rolled my eyes. “Be quiet or I’ll be force to flick you.”
“Ooh,” he mocked. “The ultimate threat. I don’t think I’ve ever been flicked before.”
“Are you suggesting I can’t hurt you?”
“On the contrary, I think you have the power to do great damage.”
FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Halo. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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