- Publisher: FEIWEL & FRIENDS
- Format: Hardback | 496 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 212mm x 42mm | 640g
- Publication date: 31 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0312656262
- ISBN 13: 9780312656263
- Sales rank: 35,981
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?
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Alexandra Adornetto was only fourteen when she published her first book, "The Shadow Thief," in Australia. "Halo" was her U.S. debut and debuted in Fall 2010 on "The New York Times" bestseller list a week after it was published. It has been published in over twenty countries. The daughter of two English teachers, she admits to being a compulsive book buyer who has run out of shelf space, and now stacks her reading "in wobbly piles on my bedroom floor." Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ally is now a college student in the U.S.
By Hazel Loves Design 04 Aug 2011
I love that this book is written by someone so young, I am so jealous of Adornetto's talent! When first deciding to feature this book as part of book club I looked on the internet at some others reviews and found a few negative ones. I completely disagree with the critics out there. This book is fabulous and enjoyable! I hope ya'll have enjoyed reading it!!
I've recently read that angels are the new vampires, following on the success of novels like 'Hush, Hush' and 'Fallen'. 'Halo' further cements the proof that angels are taking over.
I love the character of Bethany and her spontaneity and impulsiveness. I love that she is yet to be jaded by the harsh realities of life. Of course I fell for Gabriel, what full blooded woman wouldn't! So handsome! But found his behaviour frustrating at times.
In the beginning of the story I adored the character of Xavier, he seemed to have it all going for him, but then he found out that Beth was an angel and it all went down hill from there, he changed, he became a whiney overprotective boyfriend, and I was frustrated by that!
I also have a gripe with Beth and how long she took to work out Jake, the signs were TOO obvious, she was too oblivious to them, I would have preferred if in the story telling these signs were a little more hidden.
But overall enjoyed the book, I found it hard to put down so it was a good thing I was already on maternity leave when I started reading this book!!
My husband and I were talking about these questions over dinner last night and here are the answers we came up with...
Bethany describes heaven in the beginning of the book as 'Pure White'. How do you imagine heaven?
In terms of descriptive I can't really describe heaven other than blue sky and sunshine, however in terms of emotion it is really easy to describe, it is that place that makes you feel completely safe and comfortable, you are surrounded by friends and people you love and everything is easy. There is loads of laughter and happiness and all your desires are fulfilled so you don't want for anything. It is a place without insecurities, it is a beautiful place.
The angels are at first overwhelmed by the textures and sensations of our world. What tastes, textures etc. Would you be most attracted to and repulsed by if it were intensified?
I can't help but go for the obvious in this question.. I'd be attracted to bubbles, especially coconut or vanilla scented bubbles, I'd be attracted to the feel and smell of fresh crispy linen. My hubby said he'd be attracted to the feel and smell of new leather and that crisp fresh smell of a new $100 bill! We both agreed we'd be repulsed by that old pub stale beer carpet smell and the smell of those ladies that stink of perfume because they are trying to mask the smell of their cigarettes. I guess both of these smells are further repulsive for angels because of the sins that they represent.
Why do you think that the students were so attracted to the image of a 'Bad Boy' that they see in Jake? How did this influence the events occuring in this book?
This is easy, because they are teenagers! Teenagers are stuck in a place of insecurity, they are trying to find who they are in the world, along comes a character like Jake who is so sure of himself, who comes across as worldly and knowledge-able they gravitate towards him, and as he increases in popularity more people want to surround themselves with him. This influences the book because it allows him to have influence and power over these characters.
What song would you associate with this book?
I would associate Bob Sinclair's Love Generation. It represents the angels journey. Hubby would associate Dark Angel by Epic Trance, because the track reflects the strong emotions and the titles track reflects the character of Jake
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By Naomi Impellizzeri 20 Jul 2011
I loved the characters and the way it was written and I just cannot wait for the next one, it's hard to believe Alexandra Adornetto is so young and so extraordinary. A new level of incredible for angel-fiction lovers! this is an amazing book
By Claudia 27 Jan 2011
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, is a really good book to read. It's about three angels Gabriel, Ivy and Beth, who come to a small sleepy town of Venus Cove. These angels have to stop the evil from over taking Venus Cove but things start to get complicated when Xavier comes into Beth's life.
I really enjoyed reading it and I reckon that there will be a series to follow this book. So keep your eyes peeled in case there is another book to it.
By Lydia Presley 05 Nov 2010
Oh Self, why do you do this to yourself? Why do you continue to pick up books on angels hoping against hope to be surprised and love them?
I'll admit to liking a spare few books about angels, Archangel by Sharon Shinn being the most "liked" out of the bunch, but there have been others, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick for example, which have left me feeling disappointed. Halo has fallen on the latter side.
I feel like I should have possibly expected less, I mean -this is a teenage author here, Adornetto being a mere 18 years old. That said, she already has at least one other book published and, as a teenager, should understand the workings of the teenage mind - you would think? Instead, she treats the teenagers in this book with a condescending sort of attitude, making them appear shallow and mindless.
Caution - Spoilers Ahead
In Halo Bethany is an Angel, sent to earth with her Heavenly Brother and Sister, Gabriel and Ivy, to counter-act some of the dark madness taking over. Terrorists, Bombings, Murders and ... abuse of the elderly are listed as some of the things occurring. In Bethany we are given a female lead character who is so incredibly naive who, while at first was easy to handle, about 1/3rd of the way through the book I wanted to smack some sense into. And of course - she has to fall in love with the very first beautiful, untouchable boy she lays her eyes on.
I make no secret of being a Christian - but I do love fantasy and urban-fantasy literature and try to keep an open mind. That said, I do have an issue with the ease with which these angels lied, rebelled and did otherwise not-normal-angelic things. Adornetto tries to state that they are now "human", but their human forms are able to glow, possess wings and are without a navel. Not to mention they are downright gorgeous, are blessed with a perfect knowledge of .. well, everything but common sense it appears, and are able to attract everyone to themselves.
But still, that wasn't the straw the broke the camels back for me. I ended up being just..bored through the story because it was one that was oh-so-familiar. Toss a few characters around here or there, substitute werewolves and vampires for angels and demons and the story starts to take a very familiar slant. Think.. Twilight's gone religious.
I had writing negative reviews without any positive points so I will say this - the ending scene in the book was filled with excitement and finally caught my interest. I just wish my interest had been caught hundreds of pages before (as this book is nearly 500 pages), and not in the final 20 or so.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 28 Sep 2010
I really enjoyed the opener of this book. It felt like something new and different. The descriptions of heaven and how the characters, as angels, viewed the world and humanity. Bethany was spunky and she was on a mission. She had never been to earth before, and has a strong attraction to humans and their emotions, more so than her angel "brother and sister" Gabriel and Ivy. Ivy is the peace maker, and Gabriel is the stoic.
Bethany makes friends and gets a boyfriend, and while it is a beautiful love story, I feel that Bethany loses focus too much. I know that love, especially first love, can be all encompassing, but it seems that she should be more focused on her mission. This annoyed me quite a bit until I saw how the end played out, and realizing that she was mostly fulfilling her purpose all along. She was chosen for the mission because she is a bit different, and wants to and feels strongly human emotions, and since that is why she is there, her mission should look different from that of Ivy's and Gabriel's.
Being a Christian, I also had issue with her being able to seemingly so easy give up Heaven and her status as an Angel for love of a boy that will only last a lifetime. I realize how romantic this may seem, but having experienced Heaven and God, this seems a hard concept for me to grasp. But I understand that it is a story, and that her love is real and that it can cloud judgment.
That said, I really liked this book. The characters were great, Xavier was almost too protective, but if you look, it is really because of his love for Bethany. Ivy and Gabriel seem detached but loving, and that is their mission, and it keeps them on track. Bethany feels strongly and that translates into powerful storytelling. Although she is a bit naïve, that is understandable, since she is new to earth, she sometimes makes rash decisions that we know will lead to repercussions, but each time, I could see myself making that same decision in her position.
Jake is a wonderful villain, and it is frustratingly awesome how he is able to infiltrate and turn situations to his evil devices while keeping his cover. He is charming and deceptive, dark and mysterious.
This book left me wanting more!
I would be remiss if I did not mention the cover, which I absolutely LOVE. I love the contrast of the sun in the background and their shadowed forms, and the almost kiss.
"Her [Adornetto's] dialogue feels fresh and real, pulled from the mouths of her peers without any cultural markers necessary to prove relevance. . . . If it were not for young adult readers like her, the Y.A. boom never would have happened and publishing would be much gloomier." -"The New York Times Book Review ""These angels are the optimistic, hope-filled cousins of the tormented fallen angels in other paranormal romances. . . . Xavier is gorgeous, honorable and so protective of Bethany that you'll be crushing on him after the first chapter." -"Justine" magazine "A compelling novel of good and evil that will find an audience among girls who can't get enough of otherworldly characters and situations and heart-wrenching romance." -"School Library Journal ""The 17-year-old author's angel mythology is solid . . . there never seem to be enough lengthy tomes to satisfy the legions of paranormal-romance fans, and this first title of a planned trilogy fits the bill." -"Booklist ""This is the first book of a trilogy. The next installment is "Hades," due in the Fall of 2011. Look for it. Doubtless it will be another winner." -"New York"" Journal of Books """Halo" was absolutely brilliant! I am in complete love with "Halo"! The characters are so complex and the plot is a rollercoaster you will not want to get off of. The writing is so intricate yet it is read with an ease that one can truly appreciate. Adornetto has raw talent and I can't wait for the next novel in the series to come out!" --"Moonlight Book Reviews" ""Halo" is addictive, passionate and coarse with vibrancy. Alexandra Adornetto has drawn a beautiful start to what I can only imagine will be an epic trilogy." --"Book Crazy" "I was swept away when I was reading "Halo." The setting is beautiful and the characters quickly captured my heart." --"YA Book Addict" "It's one of those stories you want to live in... feel what they feel... all of that. It's just a beautifully written story." --"The Ninja Librarian" Praise for Alexandra Adornetto: "A wonderful novel of the old-fashioned style that will have youngsters asking for more."--"Reading Time" review for "The Shadow Thief""" "Adornetto writes vividly...As well as being humorous, the writing is often sophisticated...original and sparkling."--"Viewpoint "for" The Shadow Thief"..".an exceptional debut novel, it hurtles along in leaps and bounds, and sparkles with originality. Alexandra Adornetto's flare for the English language is fast-paced and refreshing, and her story tell recalls that of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan.""--"Invernell Times" (Invernell, AU) for "The Shadow Thief""Fans of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events will delight in a new Australian series, The Strangest Adventures, the offers a similar blend of adventure, fantasy, and humor...an accomplished first novel made all the more remarkable considering it was written when Adornetto was thirteen."--"Magpies "for "The Shadow Thief"""The Lampo Circus "has great charm not because it has been written by such a young person but because it actually has great charm."-- "Sunday Age" (Melbourne, AU) for "The Lampo Circus"