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April 8, 2012

Review of Halo (Halo #1) by Alexandra Adornetto

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 must 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. Then comes the brooding and popular new transfer, Jake Thorn… who just so happens to be in Bethany’s class. Something about Jake seems to be hiding something darker, something more powerful than expected. That thing, and Xavier, distracts Bethany to a point that Gabriel and Ivy are concerned.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
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Let me just start off by saying that I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Halo. There were tons of questions racking my brain, from what I knew it was about Angels—but that was about it. I was so willing to read something! Anything! That I started Halo without even reading the synopsis. What was I going to find within its pages? A story about that shooter game (hardy ha-ha)? Romance that would have me tripping over my feet? Pure gold??? I will tell you that the romance did have me tripping over my feet and falling headfirst into a forbidden romance, but also a novel that I personally found unforgettable.
This novel was something that was just so amazing! Sure the main character Bethany, Beth for short, did come off as a bit naïve, but she also seemed strong and powerful at the same time. Especially since she also managed to be one of the few angels who can develop emotions. I’m sure that I’ve forgotten to mention why Beth and her sister Ivy and her brother Gabriel were even sent down to our world.
Well, it’s because our world is supposed to go caput. To say in simple terms and without spoilers *la smiley face*.
However, Beth does end up breaking one major rule: She falls in love…with a human boy. Oh no! Beth ends up falling for her heartbroken classmate, Xavier who is at risk of finding out Beth’s secret identity as an angel. Am I going to tell you if they end up together or if he finds something out that he shouldn’t? Nope. Because that would ruin the experience for you. Yet I will tell you that Xavier is one of the most romantic and adorable male leads that I have (read?) seen. He did seem willing to go to hell and back for Beth (which I mean literally) and also seemed more than willing to make sacrifices for the two of them to be together.
Yes the story had a fascinating antagonist, I do wish that he was introduced earlier in the story, as well as the main character Beth’s friends to be more…realistic. I honestly couldn’t figure out why Beth would want to be around girls so superficial, but they were entertaining at times and for that I give Beth a free pass. And after you’ve finished Halo you’ll be all set to read about the next path in Bethany’s journey in the sequel Hades (review coming).
I would recommend this to somebody who is a fan of the angel genre (if that is the official name of the genre) as well as fans of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick with the roles in reverse. Happy readings!
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3 Comments

  1. Yes! I totally loved this series and Alexandra wrote this when she was 16 i think. Very impressive imagination and writing for one so young.

    Wait til you read Hades, you'll love it even more. Bethanny is sweet but doesn't sulk and i love this book's love triangle part. Happy easter!

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  2. Sophia Rose
    4/8/2012

    I have this series on my wish list. Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing your review!

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  3. kimba88
    4/21/2012

    I heeded your words and turned back from Halo 2..lol. This sounds like an exciting series..and why am I not surprised there is a love triangle…adding this to my wishlist. wonderful review!

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