Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review Sunday: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto


Goodreads Blurb:
"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?"



Review:
First off.  The cover is gorgeous.  I mean really!  Beautiful.

Second.  This is like the bajillionth angel book I've read and it somehow was a bit different.  Impressive.

Third.  This is quite an impressive feat for such a young author (on the book jacket it said Miss Adornetto is 18).  She has some potential for the world of writing.

There were a couple things that irked me starting with how the plot seemed to come in little bumps.  It seemed like there could only be one problem at a time.  So first, Beth and Xavier have to confirm their love with their families.  Then, they have to conquer the demon.  It just seemed very... disconnected.  Don't get me wrong, Beth and Xavier's relationship was adorable and I loved how they didn't push the physical side of their relationship.  It seems like that's the norm now in YA and NA.  However, sometimes their relationship got a bit too adorable.  So many things in their relationship seemed fake.

All of the characters were amazing but I especially liked Gabriel and Ivy.  Their characters were pretty complex and I can't wait to see more of their identities.

I also liked how Beth was taken in by the 'popular' crowd.  It seems like in every book where the main character is in a new school, they are taken in by the wallflowers and outcasts.  It was a nice change.

The largest problem I had but just that it didn't compel me to read it.  I picked it merely because I needed to finish it before I would let myself read the next book in TMI series.

Final Verdict:
Halo wasn't a particulary compelling book for me personally but it did manage to put a different spin on the whole angel idea (connecting it more closely with Heaven and God).  The cover is gorgeous and the characters are fabulous.  The plot did seem to come in bumps instead of one continuous buildup of different problems.
3 stars


Quotes:
“A man in love can do extraordinary things, I don’t care if you’re an angel, you’re my angel, and I won’t let you go.” 


“One of the most frustrating words in the human language, as far as I could tell, was love.
So much meaning attached to this one little word. People bandied it about freely, using it to
describe their attachments to possessions, pets, vacation destinations, and favorite foods. In the
same breath they then applied this word to the person they considered most important in their
lives. Wasn’t that insulting? Shouldn’t there be some other term to describe deeper emotion?” 


“Did I mention I've finally decided on a nickname for you?"
"I didn't know you were looking."
Well, I've given the matter some serious thought."
"And what have you come up with?"
"Cookie," I anounced proudly.
Xavier scrunched up his face. "No way."
"You don't like it? What about Bumblebee?"
"Worse."
"Snookie-Wookie?"
"Do you have any cyanide?"
"Well, some of us are just a bit hard to please.” 


“She had the face of an angel
I saw mirrors in her eyes
We were the same, she and I
Both bound by potent lies.

In him I saw my future
In him I saw my friend
In him I saw my destiny
Both my beginning and my end.” 


“Without complexity, there's no intensity.” 


“That was one of the saddest things about people--their most important thoughts and feelings often went unspoken and barely understood.” 


“Sometimes it's better to stop trying to make sense of things. Life isn't clear cut, there are always gray areas.” 

2 comments:

  1. I too was sucked in by the gorgeous cover of this book, but found it a little underwhelming. I agree the plot is very formulaic, and while I thought the premise was unique it was also a little too-sweet and too-perfect and not gripping enough...Bethany's innocence and sweetness was almost annoying. I did love Gabriel though!

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    1. I thought pretty much the same! If the sequel isn't better, I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. Have you read the next one?

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