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October 2, 2012

Review: Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Series: Halo 3
Format: Hardcover
Excerpt here
Release Date:August 21, 2012
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Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet.

Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?

Writing this review is killing me but spending a third of my day with HEAVEN by Alexandra Adornetto was painful too. Let me tell you why (this enumeration has SPOILERS).

TEN THINGS I DISLIKED ABOUT HEAVEN

  1. I used to love Bethany because I used to find her character so steadfast and fearless. In HEAVEN she morphed into this manipulative and selfish girl that I find so disappointing. Take a look at this quote, this is after Xavier died for a little bit after being attacked by a Seven and Bethany is trying to get him back: 
  2. If you die on me now, I have to find some way to follow you. Are you trying to kill me? If you don't come back to me right now, I'll never forgive you. Do you hear me? You can't leave me here alone!
  3. Xavier faded into the background and his character wasn't asserted into the story in the same way as in Halo and Hades.
  4. Immediately after Bethany and Xavier secretly get married, a reaper appears in his full glory and instantly claimed the poor Priest's soul for his part in the process. Because Bethany is an angel, Xavier's guardian angel at that, and their marriage is not permitted. 
  5. The Seven, they're like avenging angels, are trying to put an end to this ungodly union and has become a mortal threat to the young couple. Bethany and Xavier then change their names, went to college to hide so the Seven can't track them. This is a plot hole because the first Seven attack was a random one and I don't think changing names is going to help. Unless Heaven has something like Facebook and this is how God stalks us. 
  6. Going to college pretending to be brothers and sisters is the worst possible cover for a married couple when people are likely to see you making out.
  7. Xavier died, was revived by Ivy, got possessed by Lucifer, exorcised by Raphael, not Michael but Raphael, blinked a few times caught his breath and proceeded to watching college football like nothing happened. I didn't know that running a marathon is more exhausting than dying and getting hijacked by the Devil himself.
  8. Lucifer managed to sneak out part of himself to Earth and the might of Heaven stayed away but a guardian angel gets married to a human and they send a reaper and the Seven?!
  9. In the latter half of the book Ivy pulls this story from I don't know where alleging Xavier isn't really human but was angel made. This is in an attempt to justify his love affair with Bethany.
  10. Gabriel is an Archangel, I expected more from him and not just flashing his wings and UV streaming 
  11. In summary, AAdornetto has been very faithful to the myth she derived the stories from and I don't understand why the series ended the way it did. There were a lot of things that wasn't consistent with the earlier books. For example, in Hades, the instance of exorcism was illustrated in a very gruesome manner similar to those horror stories we see in movies. Xavier was possessed by Lucifer himself yet left that experience almost unscathed. This is just one of the many things that I find contrary to the first two books as if someone else wrote HEAVEN and not AAdornetto herself.

Obviously I'm disappointed with how this series ended, at one point I even feel like maybe HEAVEN should be switched with Hades in terms of book order because there's no going back after this. If you're a fan of the first two books like I was, I implore you to SKIP this one and be comforted with the thought that Xavier and Bethany lived happily ever after. You don't need to know the gory details.




9 comments:

  1. I cant even tell you how much I agree with this. All of this!!! I was soooo beyond disappointed with Heaven! It truly is sad. I felt like we had no closer and the story was all over the place!!!

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    1. Word! I hope Hades was the last book, that was way better than this with Jack & Gabriel killing him. Bethany could be himan after coming back from Hell like her angelic essence could've died there and she's reborn human. That would've been the perfect ending.

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  2. Sorry to hear that the series didn't go out on a high note. I tried reading Halo a while back, got through about 30 pages, and decided it wasn't for me. It had such a gorgeous cover, too.

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    1. I don't think I'll ever say this but glad to know you dodged a bullet here.

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  3. I pick my YA books carefully now b/c lately YA has been pissing me off. HAHAHA!

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    1. Me too! I'm a YA lover and it's either these YA book are going bad and too juvenile or I'm finally starting to outgrow these things.

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  4. Is it sad that I'm happy you didn't like this one? Only because I skipped it. I skipped it because I was only so-so about Hades...I thought there was so much more that could have been shown and done while down there but it was all skipped over. Sorry it was such a disappointment though.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  5. I agree with you in everything. This book really dissapointed me, it goes nowhere. And the thing with the Seven, yeah, I tought it was ridiculous. I mean, the strongest soldiers in Heaven have nothing to do but follow a teen angel and his cute boyfriend? Okay, like if nothing were wrong with earth and Bethany, an irrelevant angel that wants to marry a simple boy, is the one who needs to be corrected by The Seven and helped by the Archangels. The only thing that has sense is that The Devil himself annoy her, just because she killed his son!! Well, not she, but she was the reason. Another thing thar bother me was the Molly/Gabriel relationship. It was fine first, she was a teenager in love, an imposible love. I have to say that I loved when Gabriel declared to her, but then nothing happens!! He has his wings again and don't love her anymore. How is Molly supposed to get over this? How am I supposed to get over this!!!!???? Hhahaha I just can't. I hope Allie makes a short story that fix this book or something.

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