Thursday, January 6, 2011

Halo; Alexandra Adornetto














Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (August 31, 2010)



Synopsis
 
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.





My Review

I normally wouldn't start off a review with a comment regarding the cover but isn't beautiful?



Halo's Angels may have been something other worldly but they were relatable. Beth played a critcal role in a riveting tale that lapped itself in just shy of 500 Pages. With a book about Angels you are bound to read about religion. I could feel it's presence but I never wanted to slap the book shut. The main reason the Angels had even come to Earth was to spread the word of God. So there was one problem there seemed to be some conflicting facts in the book. I managed to put blinders on and keep heading the the last pages.
If I tried to explain the character of Beth, I'd say she is that of a typical teen not an angel. She seemed to act as a semi-rebelious teen who could easily be confused. You could also feel her strength and confidence build through the book. It was a journey in itself.

  It's a good sign when 500 pages doesn't seem satisfying. Bravo to Alexandra Adornetto for creating a magical story. Never falling bored or having a dull moment is hard to create when trying to reach out YA readers.






Thank you Tara for sending me this copy.

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15 comments:

Melissa said...

I'm surprised to see you loved this, to be honest. I've read a lot of bad reviews for it. I appreciate your take on it though! :)

Adriana said...

I thought this was one was so-so. I'll still be reading the sequel though. I definitely agree about Beth, she came off like an average teenager than a powerful angel. What I loved about Halo was the descriptive writing, it was so beautifully detailed.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I'm reading this too (right now) and I really really like it so far. I was apprehensive based on all the bad reviews but I'm super into it. Great review!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I have this one and haven't read it yet. I'm moving it to the top of the pile, Liz! :-)

Another Book Junkie said...

I just got this one yesterday, and everyone seems to dislike it quite a bit. I'm glad to see someone out there likes it--it gives me hope. :)

GMR said...

Hmm...I'm guilty. I have this one in my TBR but have not made it around to it as of yet. Sounds like it has promise though I'm not certain how high it will rate for me.....will leve final judgements for when I've actually read it though. You do raise a good point though...if the almost 500 pages seemed like not enough, there must be quite a story hidden within. Thanks for sharing...and happy reading!

Tina said...

Im glad you liked it....

Im one of those gave it a bad review blogs, I just couldnt connect the angels with the teen immaturity......but I LOVED the cover.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love your take on this book. I agree the cover is amazing. Doesn't sound like you loved the book but at least you liked it. Hmm... now I'm curious.

Alex Bennett said...

I've heard mixed things, but I am definitely going to be checking it out!

Blodeuedd said...

The cover is stunning, that I do agree with.

As for the story, dunno if I want another angel story. But you still made me want it

Jenny N. said...

I've seen some mixed reviews for Halo but I do agree that the cover is gorgeous. Though the cover alone is enough for me to want to read it.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i'm glad you liked this!! i've heard mixed reviews!

She Known As Jess. said...

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Nina said...

Good to hear that someone liked it. :) I have read a lot of negative reviews about it, but I still want to give it a try. I may be one of the readers who will adore it. :) The cover is indeed very beautiful. So good.

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I wanted to read it because of the cover - I'm so shallow! Haven't gotten to it yet but looks like something I'll try. Thanks for the review!