Thursday, September 16, 2010

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends.
Pages: 496.

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Halo is such a refreshing breath of air from all of the other angel books out there. Instead of being archangels or demons or anything else dark and demented, Bethany and her brother and sister, Gabriel and Ivy, are simply angels sent on a mission to rid Venus Cove of evil.

I’ve read a lot of other reviews complaining about how this book is slow. But you have to understand that first and foremost, this is a love story, focusing on the blooming relationship between Bethany and gorgeous, compassionate Xavier. Unlike other novels, there was a sense of normalcy for awhile (well .. about as normal as it can get with an angel book) as the author let Bethany, Xavier, Gabriel and Ivy get to a comfortable level with each other before she unleashed all of the action. If you can be patient and not skip ahead paragraphs to get to the bad guys, it really is a beautiful romance!

Speaking of the bad guys .. the dark forces and evilness wasn’t really elaborated and explained. The story starts to take off when Bethany meets the new, sexy but suspicious student in her school who always seems to be around when bad things happen. But besides a mishap at her school dance, the story paves the way for the second book in the series, Hades. And while I absolutely loved the Bethany/Xavier adorableness, I look forward to learning more about these dark forces!

Overall, if you’re a fan of angels or romance, Halo is the book for you. It switches the assumed gender roles of angel/human in most YA books, and gives you a reason to fall for a human in a paranormal, which is extremely rare. (And you will fall for Xavier. He’s amazing. I want one.) I definitely recommend this gorgeously-crafted book! I can’t wait for the rest of the series!


  1. I've been hearing all good stuff about this book.

  2. The first time I saw this I didn't really want to read it because I thought, "Eww, another angel book." The reviews for this have been so great, though, so I'll give it a shot :)

  3. I do like the sound of Halo(and the cover is just gorgeous - yeah I'm weak for lovely covers) and I really enjoyed your review of it.

  4. OMG this sounds brilliant! Adding it to my amazon wish list as we speak!!!!

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  6. I just finished this book about an hour ago and I completely agree with your review. I didn't have any problem with the pacing and I thought the romance was well developed and very romantic.

    Thanks for the great review.