- Publisher: ATOM
- Format: Paperback | 496 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 203mm x 32mm | 332g
- Publication date: 2 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1907410767
- ISBN 13: 9781907410765
- Sales rank: 20,925
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 is from Australia. Halo is her UK debut.
By Kim 05 Jan 2013
I have just the book yet after reading the first page, I was really disappointed. Not only was I expecting some delicate introduction about angels and their history, I was left with an unsuspenseful start to the novel.
I didn't really get anything about this book. It screwed with my mind and it became harder to read. It became a task to read this book. It was that bad that I actually HAD to convince myself, no FORCE myself to read this as I got it for free.
Let's just say that the writing let down the whole story. It was filled with Bethany babbling about life on earth blah blah blah. Even when she wasn't with Xavier, he was all she talked about. Xavier this, Xavier that.
For crying out loud, you're a freakin' angel! How the hell can't you save your own skin? Seriously, every YA book tells us the same thing. We need boys to save us because we can't probably do that because we're so damn weak!
The only likable character that possessed some depth was probably Ivy. She was nice and understanding. I was left to believe that she was real. As for the others, they were flat.
Wait... I forgot, their mission was to save Earth from it's "dark forces". Hmm. Dark Forces. You wouldn't find out those "dark forces" until page 340 something.
Most of the book blabbed about her relationship with Xavier and how Beth needed to be protected. Why?
Are angels that fragile? Like, seriously, she has wings. She can just fly!
As someone had said before, this book DOES have the so called "Twilight Syndrome." Yes, it does because I found some seriously similar scenes. I can't think on the top of my head but believe me, there are some.
Okay, moving on. The way Adornetto writes is just ridiculous. She makes Beth sound like a dumbass which in her case she probably is. The writer uses too many similes, many of that don't even provide description to anything. It was just all over the place. I finished this last night so I can't really remember much.
Jake Thorn? Ironic. He's a demon and his surname's thorn. OOh, interesting. Okay. He really wasn't. He reminded me of a screwed up Edward. As if Gabriel, wasn't enough to fuel the whole syndrome, there's Xavier who is a half mix of Edward and Jacob.
So, his main point of making Beth his lover was because he spent centuries searching for the right "one". Demons have feelings? Wait, was he even a demon? No, he was an "agent" of darkness. An agent? She just twisted the whole idea of religion. She even made God sound rude and cruel.
Back to Jake Thorn, he really wasn't interesting. Sure, he can't write fancy poems, he's hot and that totally fuels everyone's hormones. But really, why Beth? She's so average and even she pinpoints that nothing is interesting about her. Damn right she was. She was just flat.
She was so flat you can run her over with a car. That's how flat she was.
She kept complaining how she was just new to this mission and fight for good and evil yet no matter, how hard she tried to be good, she messed up big time. One, wanted to impress her siblings that she adopted a dog. Two, she even rarely visited the lady who she adopted it from and the next thing you know, she's dead. Well, no, she guided her way to die.
More to her character, she kept whining how she was being a rebel but she "wanted" Xavier. Um, reality check, you were here to do your mission not be with some guy. Like, would it really hurt to be more guarded? Oh, and there's the whole sex thing.
I know there are consequences with the whole sex thing but seriously, another one of those Bella moments borrowed off from Twilight. For my sake, have sex already!
It's not like the world's gonna end. Well, maybe for Beth. She could be a fallen angel and she wouldn't be let into heaven. OOOH. Another scary plot.
No, damn it! You should be more focused on your work, you useless angel! Okay, another thing, how the hell can her siblings allow her to see some guy. They weren't even doing good to the environment. Sure, they were spreading "love" but seriously, that was internal. The environment could be killing themselves and all they'll do is,
"Oh no, this is all my fault, Xavier."
"No, Beth. It's not your fault. I'm here."
"Oh, Xavier, I love you."
Like how cliched was that? "Bethany you have the most powerful gift of all." I was anticipating something then Ivy said, "love."
LOL. That was cheesy to the max.
Going back on the whole love thing. Um, Xavier, Emily died and you're still brooding over it? Harsh for me to say but reality check, she's dead, live your life.
Oh yeah. How the heck is seeing someone so beautiful lead you to caring about them? How? Geez, and the whole prom thing (was this even set in Australia?)
As a guy, you should know better. You could have still come to the prom. Use your crutches or whatever, even have a normal party. The girl said she wanted to be with you. Like, you guys are declaring your 'love' for one another yet you don't understand a thing.
Oh, and after Jake's blackmail, you were pretty angry about that. Yeah, there's no trust in your relationship. Oh, I remember some Twilight similarities, the whole after Beth got "dumped" by Xavier was sort of the New Moon thing for Bella.
I had to restrain myself from throwing this book as I got it for free and didn't want to damage the beautiful cover.
The book was just that. Beautiful cover. ****** writing.
After having read her first few novels, I was extremely proud that such a young author can produce such a good book. Having recently discovered of her new work, I was excited. (This was also because of the fantastic cover and the title but let's not dwell on that.)
Though Adornetto might have an imaginative mind, her writing is so strikingly average and even a novice such as I, can write something like that.
Again, it is disappointing that she changed her perspective and writing to suit the genre. Her knowledge for words proved no match for the awkwardness that was delivered by some of the scenes. Some of the descriptions were pretty basic and I expected a whole lot more from her. I thought that she would have made an improvement in her writing, but clearly, I was wrong.
Nevertheless, I think she has a good grasp of the whole story but her poor execution through her writing hindered it. An unpleasant start to someone who I thought possessed great talent.
"[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."--"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 "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