Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: Halo

Since I'm taking longer than usual to finish what I'm currently reading, I'm posting an old review of a book that I read in December so that my blog won't go review-less for long.

Title: Halo (Halo, #1)
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Cover Designer: Filomena Tuosto
Age Audience: YA
Genre: Paranormal
Summary: Three angels - Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow and superhuman powers, all the while avoiding human attachments. Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

My Review:

-The cover. Admit it, you like the cover. The cover is beautiful. If you read this book, I'm sure you only read it for the cover.
-The fact that the protagonist (rather than the guy) was the angel made this book unique from other angel books. What was also unique is that the angels come to earth to heal rather than fight, making this book different from the dark romances that are popular in angel books.
-The writing. While she's nothing exceptional, Adornetto is a good writer. Especially considering she was only 18 when she published this book.
-It was interesting to see how Beth adapted to living on earth. I especially liked the scene where she asks what a MILF is.

-At first Beth seems like a strong character, but then she gets to the point where she can't go for two days without seeing Xavier. What's with that? Your significant other doesn't have to be your everything. You can have a life too, you know! *sighs* Why are dependent whiner protagonists so popular in YA paranormal?
-The religious aspect was too biased. I think this book would have been better if the religious aspect was kept vague, or at least more diverse.
-It was really slow for the first 300 or so pages. There was hardly any action until the demon whose name escapes me (Jake?) comes along. This book could have been 200 pages shorter and still have covered everything.
-Xavier was a completely predictable, flat character. So was Molly and Beth's other school friends.
-The 50 or so pages about Beth adapting to life on earth were interesting, so I think this book would have been better if it focused on that rather than her relationship with Xavier.
-Since it wasn't Ivy or Gabriel's first time on earth, so shouldn't they have known that their human bodies need food?

So, overall, this wasn't such a good book. But you might like it.


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