Thursday, September 2, 2010

Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Pub. Date: August 2010
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover, 496pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher

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?
Alexandra Adornetto pulled me into the pages of HALO with a great romance, great writing, and a beautiful setting. I'm normally not crazy about overly descriptive writing as I tend to want my imagination to come up with my own picture of the settings/characters. Adornetto manages to do it effortlessly without bogging the reader down with too much sensory overload. I was able to get a feel for the bigger picture of what Bethany's experience entailed with going from a celestial being without having to deal with sensations to being able to handle the foreign experience of feelings and what not. So, Adornetto's writing style definitely fit with the whole arc of the story.

As for the characters in this mesmerizing tale of agents of light vs. agents of dark or angels just bringing about good in the world around them, the charters themselves were almost life like. With Bethany being the most human out of the three, she is easily relatable in that whole new girl in school vibe. Gabriel is fierce and protective, but all the more enjoyable for the role he plays as one of the oldest archangels. Then there's Ivy with her ethereal beauty and quiet presence that’s the glue that ties these three angels together. I can't forget to mention Xavier with his intense love and protectiveness for Bethany. Their attraction for one another was all consuming but quite enjoyable nonetheless. It was nice to see how Bethany's differences from the other angels played a role in how well she fit in with humans thus bringing her and Xavier together.

This book packs a lot of pages, mostly just scenes of the angels fitting in and trying to adjust to life around humans. The dark forces that encompassed this story wasn't really at the forefront of the story but I'm sure in the next installment, HADES, we'll get to see more of the Good vs. Evil story arc. Overall, I think HALO was a great start to a new and exciting series!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



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40 comments :

  1. Sounds good! I keep seeing this trailer all over since it was just released yesterday and the cover does spark an interest for me. Might have to get it someday!

    Great review!

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  2. I just got this book yesterday! So exited to read it. Nice review :)

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  3. I love Angels so this is definitely on my list! Fantastic review!

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  4. I'm looking forward to reading this! I enjoy reading books about angels, and it sounds like this one is right up my alley.
    Awesome review :)

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  5. I'm really excited to read this book. The cover is gorgeous, and the books sounds amazing. Great review!

    -Brittany

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  6. I can't wait to read this book! I love the idea of angels and them falling in love with humans. Thanks for the review!

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  7. So many people have been reviewing this lately! It sounds fantastic-I haven't read many of the angel paranormal YA yet.

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  8. i've read some negative reviews so its finally nice to hear a positive one. this book sounds extremely adorable. i can't wait to read it.

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  10. It sounds like a beautiful book, and I know what you mean about overly descriptive stories, soemetimes that takes away from the story.
    Great review! :)
    That trailer was pretty amazing I must say, thanks for posting it along with the review :D

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  11. I can't wait to read this one, it looks great.(:

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  12. Great review! I'm loving these angel books. :)

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  13. This looks like a great book, I've been wanting to read it but have been waiting for the right time, since it's so thick!! Thanks for the review!

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  14. This book sounds really good. I'm so excited to read another book about Angels instead of Fallen Angels.

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  15. After reading Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter Novels, I'm all about angels. I can't wait to read this one!

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  16. I am so excited to read this book!!!! Thanks for the review!!!

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  17. THe cover is beautiful, and the plots spunds promising. I've seen the trailer tons of times, but not enough reviews. Thanks for the heads up!

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  18. Great review! I've been reading a lot of Angel books lately and I can't wiat for this one!! Thanks for your thoughts!

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  19. I enjoyed your review and I think Halo sounds like a wonderful story that I'm looking forward to reading.

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  20. This is one I've had my eye on! I can't wait to read it.

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  21. This is one I've had my eye on! I can't wait to read it.

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  22. Halo is one of my most anticipated books/reads this year, and your review just makes me want to read it more!

    thank you for sharing your thoughts about the book. :)

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  23. Great review! Very detailed. Can't wait to read this one. :)

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  24. This sounds so cool! I haven't managed to read any of the angel fics out there lately but this one really does sound neat.

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  25. Sounds fascinating. I've only read one other series where Angels were the paranormal character and wasn't real impressed with it so hoping this series will wipe away the bad taste of the other one.


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  26. I really like your review I have heard nothing but good things about this book. I can't wait to read this one sounds very good!

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  27. Awesome review ! I agree with latishajean ! I only hear amazing things about this book :)

    ~Alison

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  28. Nice review, its already on my wishlist and the story sounds so good.

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  29. I can't wait to read this book after reading your review!

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  30. This cover pulled me in months ago, and I'm glad to hear it lives up to the hype!

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  31. Thanks for the review. I have had this on my wishlist and you have just given me more reason to want to read it. I may have to move it up another notch. :)

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  32. This sounds so good! Already on my wishlist! I'm really looking forward to reading it!

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  33. Great review. Looking forward to getting to read it.

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  34. Intriguing review. I love the good vs evil plot. Thanks!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  35. This sounds really interesting and I think that angels are very interesting. Plus, it is a part of a series...which I really love!

    Great review!

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  36. Polly Starr (SMMCW)June 23, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    This book I too have also fallen in love with, this was actually the first book I ever read and it opened up my mind to read more of these intense books. I know am reading the Fallen series and waiting for the third book to come out in my school library. This book opened a wide variety of emotions for me bot Horror Delight, Happiness and to be quiet frank frustration too. I never knew I could love a book so much. I failed to mention my name in the last comment I made about Fallen so here it is.

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  37. polly starr (SMMCW)June 23, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    both*

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  38. I love Halo! It's just the type of book I love - supernatural and romantic. When is Hades getting published?

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  39. I really enjoyed this book. I read it quite awhile ago, and the relationship between Bethany and Xavier as well as the 'family' that Bethany, Ivy, and Gabriel create are still very memorable. The descriptions of the town, and the way the angels feel a pull towards human passions were super interesting to read.

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