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November 2, 2012

Review of Heaven (Halo #3) by Alexandra Adornetto

 

Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet.

Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?

Heaven (Halo #3) by Alexandra Adornetto
Publication Date:  August 21, 2012
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
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It pains me to know that Heaven is the last book in the Halo series. I’ve been with this story for about two years and I remember begging to go to the bookstore to pick up Hades on opening day. Pushing those memories aside, I know that Alexandra Adornetto’s series has captivated tons of readers around the world. With that note that Hades left us on, I have been literally dying of excitement to see just how the epic love story between the angel and her human boyfriend concludes.  Considering that I had no idea what to expect, I got more than I believed I could in this novel. In fact, I believe that I got more gasp-worthy moments and turns and teary eyes moments in Heaven than in the other two novels combined.

Heaven takes place exactly where Hades concludes, Bethany and Xavier are now fiancés and immediately go to the church to get married. That summons the wrath of Heaven and of the Seven which is a scary group of elite angels who keep order and lay forth retribution. Since the Seven’s plan to tear Bethany and Xavier apart for good—the two characters, Ivy and Gabriel are on the run in an attempt to keep the newlyweds safe from the angels hunting them.

I have to admit, that if this was any other story I would have slammed the book down on the table and shook my head. Seriously? Teenagers getting married. No, no, no silly teenagers. You have no idea what love is yet. I’m younger than you and I know this. However, since Bethany is an angel and Xavier did go literally to hell and back to save her, I think it’s safe to say that they are allowed to be in love and get married and have babies and whatever it is they want to do in the future. Did I expect that the moment they get married the story would gather a quick pace and never stop? Of course not, but it happened nonetheless.

Every single chapter of Heaven had my jaw dropping or had me gasping and eager to read the next chapter. It honestly never missed a beat. I would be reading, just about to finish the chapter and go to do something else when—CABLAMO! The chapter ends with awesome-sauce gushing from the pages and I was compelled to read more and more until *gasp* the series was over.

There is a lot more going on in Heaven than in the novels before it. The romance between Beth and Xavier matures. They have to worry about the Seven. And Lucifer is back and wants revenge on Beth for killing Jake. In Heaven there are a lot more obstacles that Xavier and Beth’s love has to overcome and is eventually pushed to the limits.

I honestly think that this is everything a final novel should be. It does everything to prove that the romance in the past two books was worthwhile and now unbreakable. Not to mention that the ending is one that had me all ready to cry… and not just because the series is now over.

I would recommend Heaven to the fans of the past novels (which means that you are hopefully as eager as I was for Heaven. Fans of those angel genre novels will love the Halo series as well as readers who want an epic romance that is three novels long.

Heaven is definitely the conclusion that this story deserved and because of that I can let the Halo series rest on my bookshelf happily.

About the Author:

 

Alexandra Emily Adornetto (born 18 April 1992) is the Australian author of six young adult books: The Strangest Adventures trilogy, HaloHades and Heaven

Adornetto is the daughter of an English teacher and a Drama teacher and attended, in her own words, “many” schools including MacRobertson Girls’ High School, Ruyton Girls’ School, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School and Eltham College. She says she was 13 years old and on school holidays when she decided to become a recluse and started writing her first book for young adults, entitled The Shadow Thief. She did some research into Australian publishing houses, making sure she followed all the submission guidelines exactly, and then sent her manuscript to HarperCollins. She has said that it took HarperCollins about twenty-four weeks to get back to her asking to publish her book.

Alexandra currently splits her time between Australia and the USA as she works on the Haloseries. Her passions include theology, country music, acting and singing. In the future she hopes to combine novel writing and acting.

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2 Comments

  1. Natalie Cleary
    11/2/2012

    Great review. Ive had book 1 since it came out but have been hesitant to read it with the mixed reviews but I think Ill pick it up soon :)

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    You need to read it! Pretty great especially since she wrote it at 16 yrs. old. Thanks for stopping by :)
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