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Saturday, February 12, 2011
HALO by Alexandra Adornetto
Preachy, Well Written and Worth Your Time!
'Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods.She defies the laws of Heaven by loving him. Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he wants Beth.'
Alex, you can write! This book is beautifully crafted and written and moves along flawlessly (for the most part). Many reviews have said that the authors age shows up in her writing and I disagree 100%. She is a great writer and her word choices are beautiful. She writes better than many adult YA authors, though I admit there are quite a few mistakes and sentnence fragments, though thats more her editors/publishers fault than hers. And though her writing is great, it doesn't mean the story is great. . . Its ok.
In my opinion this book shouldn't be considered YA, though it is for young adults, but it should be more so labeled as Christian Literature. Don't get me wrong, though I'm not Christian, I do enjoy Christian Books, but books more along the lines of novels like The Circle Books by Ted Dekker, where the words Lord and such aren't thrown around all the time and the story is more about the plot and characters delivering a message, then just pushing the message in your face.
Beth, the main character looked too much like Bella Swan -brown haired, brown eyes, pale skin and heart shaped face - though luckily she did not act like her - much, though towards the middle is does take a turn for the worst and copies Twilight so much that I had to close the book for a few days and allow myslef to accept it (LIKE BELLA, WHEN SHE GETS HARASSED BY SOME THUGS OUT OF NOWHERE WHO ARE SEEKING SEX, BETH IS ALSO HARASSED OUT OF ABSOLUTLY NOWHERE AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW --- SHE IS SAVED BY XAVIER. UGH.UGH.UGH!!). This book had many Twilightish moments and they are too obivious, but hey . . .
The story was okay - good really. I love Alex's take on angels and how she provides a more Biblical role for them. Each character had their own personality, their own faults and characterisitics and you could tell who was talking without having to be told. The romance was, eh, good. Not toooo campy, but I would have liked alot more intensity rather then angst. Nothing to sing about on a hill top. Jake, the bad hottie(?) was lame and HELLO, JACOB BLACK MUCH? I loathe it when authors use names for characters that have already been done and are popularized. Its extremely lazy. It's not just the name Jake, but his personality that is similar to Jacob Black, though this Jake is alot more 'bad'.
But I digress. : ) All in all, enjoyable and I will be getting the sequels, HADES and HEAVEN.
Score of 3.5!