I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Series: Halo #1
Published by Macmillan on 2010-08-31
Genres: Christian, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Religious, Young Adult
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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?
It’s interesting how the phrase don’t judge a book by it’s cover works both ways. Sometimes an ugly book cover contains a beautiful story. Sometimes a gorgeous cover cloaks mediocre work. When I grabbed a copy of Halo by Alexandra Adornetto at BEA, it was like getting a golden ticket. Halo was one of my highly anticipated reads. I mean, look at the awesome cover! However, I wound up incredibly disappointed.
The plot of Halo by Alexandra Adornetto is basically that Earth is full of sin and strife and trouble. God decides to combat the forces of evil by sending angels to roam the land in human guise. Enter Bethany. Bethany is a very young angel, 17 years old, sent to Venus Cove with her ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ on a mission to bring a spirit of good will back to the local residents. Of course, she falls for a human boy.
What didn’t I like? Alexandra Adornetto’s writing was more tell than show. I mean, there were a whole lot of info-dumps which I could have done without. FYI, Xavier, the romantic interest has ocean, azure, sea-colored, turquoise blue eyes. I think that owning a thesaurus is wonderful, but sometimes you can go overboard with it.
I also did not like the characters in Halo by Alexandra Adornetto. Bethany is an angel. She has no physical faults. As for character, she’s co-dependent on her boyfriend, as in she avoids her friends, ignores her siblings to hang out with him 24/7 and also thinks about him 24/7. Sorry, that’s not romantic to me. That’s pathetic. I mean, how sad to not have a life outside of your romantic interest. It’s interesting, she does not find value in herself until she gets a boyfriend. Also, her boyfriend, he’s a human with zero character flaws. That’s not hot. That’s boring. Also, did you guys know that riding a motorcycle, wearing the color black and a leather jacket makes you a bad ass? I guess I just prefer more complex characters is what I am getting at.
The icing? The subtle jabs at feminism.
“For this evening at least, feminist philosophy had been abandoned and the girls, like fairy tale princesses, allowed themselves to be led up the flight of steps and into the foyer.” pg. 381
Because clearly feminists don’t like dressing up. Feminists don’t like fun. All feminists are dour individuals hellbent on ending prom! Ugh, this irks me SO much, like throw the book across the room irks. FYI I did not actually throw the book. Then, of course, is the implied judgement that if you have sex before marriage, you are immoral. I guess that thought is whomever’s prerogative, but me, well I vehemently disagree. I’d never buy a car without test-driving it, but I am sure lots of people make that decision, which is great, but don’t you dare judge someone for test-driving a car.
However, try Halo by Alexandra Adornetto for yourself. You may enjoy it more than me. We all have different hot-buttons and different standards, and I would not dare impose my standards on you.
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