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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Source: Publisher
*I received this book free of charge
in exchange for an honest review*

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (August 31, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312656262
ISBN-13: 978-0312656263


Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone—especially herself—from the Dark Forces. 

Is love a great enough power against evil?


Where do I begin with this review? There were some things that I enjoyed about this book, yet there were also so many things that were not so good.

Let's start with the cover.  Beautiful!  I loved the silhouette photo used for the front.  With the sun shining through it made it heavenly! It truly is a remarkable cover that captures the innocence of love.  I also enjoyed the summary that was included on the book.  It captured my interest since I have been reading more about angels instead of vampires lately.  I am a fan of the angel books that feature forbidden love weaved throughout the plot. 

What bothered me the most, and what I have noticed from other readers as well, is the naive personality of Bethany. She is suppose to be a greater being since she is an angel, but at times she was silly and making decisions that even a regular human teen would be wise to.  When she should have been strong and wise, I felt she was weak and lost. 

The story also moved along rather slowly.  I kept wanting it to pick up the pace, especially since the reader has over 480 pages to go through.  It felt stalled in many chapters with no steam left to push it along.  There were parts of the story that captivated me though.  I did love the basic plot of how angels are amongst us and protecting us from unsuspecting evil.  I also liked the fact that even though this book is about angels, the author made sure not to come across preachy. 

While this wasn't one of my favorite books of the year, I do see the story having potential for something more in future books.  Will I read the next installment in this series? Yes, but only if the author can fine tune the details of story progression and maturing of Bethany.


Okay book, but it left me wanting more!



Blogger Jessica K. said...

Hmm...I have been wanting to read this book, but I could not find any fair reviews. Thanks...I am pretty sure I will still read this book.

December 16, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger D.L. said...

I probably won't go out of my way to read this book (if I do read it), but I love the cover! It's one of the most softly romantic ones I've seen in a while. Stunning :)

December 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Lisa_sps said...

Thanks for the review! I love the cover of this book!
Happy Readings

December 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger BLHmistress said...

Aw how disappointing I really wanted to read this, still might but maybe not as fast as before. Thanks for the review.

December 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Alex Bennett said...

I really hope I get this one for christmas!

December 16, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

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