Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Halo

Alexandra Adornetto

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?


My Take:

After I finished Halo, I knew it would be a polarizing book.  Many people are calling it a Twilight ripoff, but I am not one who believes that Twilight is the end all be all of YA paranormal, so I have to say I don't agree with that specific criticism.  I really enjoyed the book, but I would like to give a slight warning to some people.  I know a lot of YA paranormal fans really like the darker books that are super edgy and have the bad boy as the love interest.  Be ye therefore warned that the main character is an angel (figuratively and literally) and her love interest is a non-brooding good boy and the bad boy of the story is actually the bad guy.  If you are looking for edgy, you are in the wrong place.  I do like to read edgier books, but since in real life I like the good boys (bad boys always just seem like too much work for me) this book appealed to me.  It was a refreshing breath of air to read about a non-brooder and take a step back from the vampire/werewolf stuff.  Xavier was a character I really liked.  He was a popular jock (which I don't usually like), but his popularity came not just from his good looks, but his kind heart.  He also had a great sense of humor, something I can't resist.  I was very impressed by the writing in this book, especially since it was written by a teenager.  It was very descriptive, but not as much as say Tolkien, who can take a chapter to describe a tree (don't get me wrong, Tolkien is one of my all time favorite authors, I'm just saying few authors can pull it off, so its good that most don't try)  The book itself is a bit long and was a tad slow in parts, but I think it serves as a good setup book, as it is the first in a trilogy.  Some of the characters were a bit flat, such as the main character's stoic angel brother and sister, but I have a feeling their characters will be explored later on and given a bit more depth.  I am excited to read the next books in the series, and I look forward to more from this author.  She has undeniable talent and has some really great ideas.  2, Borders with a Coupon

Do you agree with my review, do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Halo were a movie it would likely be rated PG for some sexual discussion and mild language



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5 comments:

BLHmistress said...

I added this book and enjoyed your review .

JessiKay89 said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. This is a great review--I want to read it even more now!

BLHmistress said...

Stopping by again to say I have an award for you

Versatile Award

Kay said...

Hey! I just wanted you to know that I gave you an award!

You can view the details here: http://kays-brookside-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/11/versatile-blogger-award.html

juliefromotown said...

This sounds like a great book. I like how its not as dark as the twilight saga. I think I might give this one a go. thanks for the great review.

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