Monday, September 20, 2010

: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto :

First Published in 2010 in Australia
Paperback - 484 pages
ISBN : 978-0-7322-8989-8

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. Will she defy 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′s after Beth.

Archangel Gabriel and his sisters Ivy and Bethany come to Venus Cove - to help bring the light back into people's lives, and send the darkness packing. That in itself should tell you that there will be some issues, as the dark never goes peacefully.

This story was interesting - as much as it falls into the category of everyone wanting to have the next 'Twilight' hit on their hands, but it has it's own little bits and pieces that set it apart, nothing major but enough to keep you reading.
We have the female lead ... makes a change from the male being of the supernatural world. And we see the modern day lifestyle that the 3 angels have to learn to deal with - Bethany's complete fear of trains made me laugh - something we take for granted, but frightened the heck out of her.
And we have the inevitable love story - between Bethany and Xavier. Her feelings for Xavier, and her honesty take her to a place where she feels if they are to stand a chance together, he needs to know what she is.
So ... just when everything is going fine ... along comes Jake, the new kid in town ... good looking and a sense of the bad boy surrounds him. Bethany feels it from the first moment she meets him, but doesn't understand just the amount of danger that she is in, or the danger her actions can have towards her friends.
The story flowed really well ... it never once bored me, but on occasion there was way too much description of the surroundings. Thankfully, that doesn't happen too often. The story has been left with some unanswered questions but true to form, that means there has to be a second book and maybe a third.
You won't be disappointed if you read this book - but if you are looking for a lot of action in the storyline, you won't find it ... until the very end of the book.

The one down side to the story, from my point of view is that the confrontation between Jake and Bethany reaches it's fever pitch and then fizzles out too quick for my liking. As much as we all like a happy ending, we all seek that thrill of the chase, the fight and the hero at the end. For me, that just came and went too quick.

RATING : 7/10


Nomes said...

i've been considering picking this one up. it's written by a 16 year old Aussie girl - which is pretty amazing when I think about it.

i like your review - i like how you let me know what i should expect from this one.

it has the most gorgeous cover, hey?


Denny said...

The cover is amazing - and for a 16yo she is very talented. Definately she can look forward to an interesting future, no doubt with many more books to come.

Danielle Zappavigna said...

i gave this 4/5 stars, not the worst YA book I've ever read, it kept me enthralled but there were a few plot issues that kept me from really loving it. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series and seeing where the story goes.

Denny said...

Yeah I have to agree with you ... will be interesting to see where the story goes in the next book.

Kathryn said...

I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award at
Hope you enjoy it ! ^_^

Denny said...

Thank you Kathryn ... appreciate it.