Friday, July 30, 2010
Review : Halo
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Published: August 31st 2010 by Feiwel & Friends
Arc courtesy of Around The World
Synopsis: 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.
Thoughts: I'll admit, when I first heard about this book, I was a bit skeptical. After all, another book about angels? Is this really the year of the angel? Apparently, it is! Halo is a cute story, tangled in with forbidden love, a battle between good vs evil (b/c all angel stories are) and the choices people make.
Lets do a bit of a background check, shall we? You have Bethany, the youngest of the 3 angels sent from Heaven to bring light to the small town of Venus Cove. When angels are sent to live on earth, they retain human bodies. Being the youngest and most inexperienced, Bethany did not know the extent of having a human body. For example, eating and nourishing it. And for another, the emotions that tie into being human.
The angels are told to keep a distance from other humans. They are suppose to blend in, keeping themselves inconspicuous. Bethany tries, but before she knows it, she lands a best friend and the eye of the cutest boy in school. Gabriel and Ivy (her brother and sister) warn her to stay away from all emotional ties. Try as she might, she can't fight the urge and connection she feels for Xavier. Soon, they begin to lose themselves in a forbidden love affair. To top all this off, there's something or someone out to get Bethany. Before she knows it, she'll be fighting for her relationship and her life.
I'm going to start off with the romance between Bethany and Xavier. While very, very sweet, at times, it also seemed very rushws. It was an insta-love thing. They began falling for each other before they really knew each other. Don't get me wrong, they are very cute together, but I would've liked to see more depth and foundation to their relationship. Also, their relationship seemed to be all-consuming. When Bethany wasn't around Xavier, she was thinking about him. And Xavier was the most popular boy in school (the school captain!), but other than Bethany (aka Beth, to the humans), he didn't really talk to anyone else. To me, the two together just came off a bit overbearing.
Moving on to Beth's friends. These girls are your stereotypical high school girls. They care about clothes, makeup, boys and prom, but they're also fun loving. I loved the parts where the girls or other people (including the angels) explain things to Beth. For example, what a MILF is. Those parts, to me, are hilarious.
Onto swoon-worthy boys. While I get the Xavier appeal, I felt he was just too perfect of a character. He's charming, nice, hot, understand, loyal, brave, etc. To be honest, I like some flaws in my boys. Or maybe I'm more of a bad guy kind of girl. I don't know, but Xavier wasn't doing it for me. I felt more heat with Gabriel. Yes, he is an archangel and very standoffish, but I loved his brooding ways. I wouldn't mind trying to win his untouchable heart!
Overall, I did enjoy reading Halo. I can't believe the author is only 17 years old! Insane! While I had some issues with it, those issues did not takeaway from my overall enjoyment of this book. It has romance, fun, forbidden goodies and a bit of action as well. I look forward to reading Hades (the sequel) when it releases in 2011.
Rating: 4/5 stars