Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
WARNING: there may be some spoilers in this review
Genre: Romance, Teen Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal
Publishing Info: Feiwel & Friends, August 31st 2010
Back Cover Summary:
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?
I’m going to start with the bad, get that over and done with before I move onto the good. Adornetto often has a tendency to ‘warble on a bit’ and go far too in depth when describing the angels and how life if different for them on Earth etc. This makes the first couple of chapters quite boring and uneventful, not the best way to start a book. It also took a long time to get into the main plot and for the antagonist Jake Thorn to come into the story. Also, the idea of the zombie-like followers was a little undeveloped and was a little overdone and unimaginative.
Now, onto the good! There are some really wonderful descriptions in this that paint a really vivid picture in my mind. Although it does take a while to get there, the main plot is very exciting, and continually makes me want to read more, especially in the last quarter or so of the book.
Once you eventually reach the main plot it’s not that bad, though there are some serious cliche issues.
The relationship between the characters is really good and develops well throughout the story. Xavier’s character is so loveable, you just can’t help but fall in love with him, however he does seem a little too perfect to be true. Bethany has a strong character and also Gabriel and Ivy’s characters are believable. Jake’s character is a little typical of an antagonist, he doesn’t stand out among all those other baddie characters out there.
A good book, but not the best I have read. Though I will be buying the sequel.
Star Rating: 3/5