Monday, October 1, 2012

*REVIEW* Halo 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 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.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

    I really wanted to read this one.  I mean a pretty cover and an attractive synopsis what isn't to love.  Then I picked it up and it wasn't as easy to love as I have hoped.  I am not really sure what I had expected from this one but I do feel that my hopes of a highly successful relationship where not met completely.  Not that it is horrid but not all I wished for either.  

  I believe that Halo had so much potential to be more than it was.  Not that it was horrid but I just found that the development was slow and overly detailed.  There was so much information and not enough going on that I found myself pushing forward but struggling at times to do so.   The other problem was that the characters weren't well developed and I know you are like "I thought you said overly detailed?!"  Well it seems that the amount of detail did not spill over into the characters.  This left me feeling disconnected from all of them and that made it a little harder as well.

  Bethany our main character was naive to say the least.  This being her first trip to Earth she is not quite up to date with what everything is.  She is also sweet and can be passionate but that is really who she is right, an angel.  I had hoped that seeing she was an angel that she would be much stronger and less dependant.  Though when she starts to break the rules including revealing who she is and falling in love I found myself saying why to her.  However the fact that she stuck by her decision made up for a lot.  She was loyal to her friend and Xavier as well which was endearing.  I think that she did develop from the mid point on but I hope that she does a lot of growing in the next one.

  The love was not quite insta love but it wasn't not insta love either.  I know confusing right.  It was clear that Beth was head over heels for Xavier but they did do the friend thing for a short time.  This was also a case of he was the untouchable until Beth came along.  Their love was sweet and quite frequently Xavier had me going all AWE!  He was possessive though and even if it is sweet and endearing at times there were times it was almost too much.  So the relationship bit here was both endearing and frustrating.

    I think that if you are a big fan of angels and can deal with the slower pace this would be the book for you.  Despite the weaknesses I know that I will push on because I feel that there is so much potential with this series.  There was action and more added just over half way through so hopefully the next couple will be a little quicker and have more development.  The potential is there and lets hope that it is used.

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  1. I was dying to read this one, but every review I've seen says its just ok. I hope you like the rest of the series more. I am still going to read Halo eventually, but its super low on my TBR

  2. Loved books 1 & 2, book 3 not so much

  3. I agree with you that this book wasn't what I had hoped for. I found both the slow pace and the dynamic of the romance a little hard to work with.

  4. I tried with Halo. I did, really. 3 times. But there is some kind of disconnect between me and the book. Now that they are all out, I may try again, but your review doesn't give me too much hope that I could get through it this time either. That's ok, though. I have plenty to read right now. Thanks for your review!

  5. I'm not sure I've ever read a review of this book before, even though it's not new. I think it's because I decided instantly that I didn't want to read it, despite the cover, which I love. I was kind of angel-ed out when it was released and I had a feeling about it, kind of with the insta/not insta-love you were describing, and the plot pacing. I just didn't feel like I'd connect with it. Seems I was right.


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