December 20, 2011

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

read an excerpt
Series: Halo 1
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon
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 angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
Halo is like 500 pages long and for a YA novel that can be a bit daunting because as much as this genre is entertaining it can also be annoying. So this book was sitting on my shelf for three weeks now and finally I decided to give it a go.

Alexandra Adornetto wrote this when she was probably 16 or 17 and for a young writer she is articulate and has a lot of potential to become a great storyteller. But like her age indicates, Halo is an innocent love story between an angel (Bethany Church) and a human (Xavier Woods). It's similar to your usual coming of age novels with celestial beings but not as intense as Hush, Hush or as frustrating as Fallen. However, I have contradicting thoughts about this and I'll just air out my self debates and if you've read the book, I hope you'd understand where I'm coming from and maybe share your insights.

It felt like the book has two parts, Bethany and Xavier's love story and the conflict with Lucifer's agent. On the first part, I felt that Adornetto was over telling the love story and maybe she could've chucked out a 100 pages off that. But at the same time I understand that she was probably trying to stress the innocence and the difficulty of the situation. Part two with Jake Thorn was interesting and I was partly hoping that it would be a love triangle. An angel and a devil caught in a bitter love story has a lot of promise don't you think? However I think that angle will be explored in full in Hades and maybe Adornetto will cave in to the YA pressure of the staple love triangle and emo moments. Crossing my fingers here.

But though this was long-ish compared to other YA books, I personally didn't find it hard to read. It was easy even if Adornetto became too narrative or descriptive on some parts I was able to breeze through that without hitch. But because of the length of the book which can be attributed to editing on some aspect, I'd give this 3 stars. The story is interesting and it gave me enough reason to go on and read Hades.


  1. This is a great and honest review! I was drawn to this book after reading the synopsis for it a while ago but I've been unsure about whether or not to read it, due to the mixed reviews I've read.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I may give this book a chance! =)

  2. read this a few weeks back All i can remember from it is that it was a different take on "'fallen' but not so angels." I've got the second one Hades either in my book list or it might even be at my house... huh should prob look into that.

    Loving your new blog header and look BTW!

  3. Saw this in the book store and loved the cover then i noticed how long it was and you're right for a YA book it was pretty longish. I think I'll still add it to my reading list.

  4. It's just angels versus devils i think. I have to read Hades but I'm hoping that the story will get better. It wasn't depressing and annoying like how YA novels are. The heroine was steadfast and doesn't embarrass the angel race.


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