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Halo

A book by Alexandra Adornetto

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The cover for HALO is beautiful and the general story idea has merit, but the writing and characters are cluttered and pedantic

  • Nov 24, 2010
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I fell prey to cover lust the instant I saw the cover for HALO. It's beautiful and romantic, everything I would want in a book about and angel who falls in love with a human. Sadly my disappointment with this book began on the very first page. The author uses to quotes to start her story. One was from Shakespeare, and the other was from...Beyoncé.

Quotes aside, the actually story starts rough. And I mean really rough. The writing was everything I would expect from a book that quotes Beyoncé; overly descriptive and reeking of effort to appear grownup and effortless.

"He was on his bicycle with the newspapers rolled like batons in plastic wrap. It was misty and the boy was wearing a hooded jacket. He seemed to be playing a mental game with himself to estimate where exactly he could get each paper to land. The newspapers hit the driveways and verandas with a thud, and the boy smiled smugly whenever he estimated right. A Jack Russell terrier barking from behind a gate caused him to glance up and alerted him to our arrival." - HALO, page 1

The writing did improve slightly as the story progressed, but I still felt like the whole book should have been revised multiple times before going to print. But even that wouldn't have helped to improve the characters.

The three angels, Bethany in particular, could not be more dull. All of them, even the ancient-but-hot Gabriel acted like two year olds. Perhaps because the author was so young she didn't know how to portray adults? They whine and bicker and sulk constantly. Considering their divine origins, that behavior felt completely wrong.

And the romance was one of those I see you, I want you, we're in love instantly things that drive me nuts. Apart from her luminous beauty, I could see anything that would have attracted Xavier to her and vice versa. There is a villain too, complete with cartoonishly bad dialogue and over the top evil plans for Bethany and Xavier.

Overall, the cover for HALO is beautiful and the general story idea has merit, but the writing and characters are cluttered and pedantic. I hate that I'm having to blame all this on the author's age, but I can't help but think she should have sat on this idea until she grew out of her teens.

Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex. Mild sensuality.

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“These angels are the optimistic, hope-filled cousins of the tormented fallen angels in other paranormal romances . . . . Xavier is gorgeous, honorable and so protective of Bethany that you’ll be crushing on him after the first chapter.” –Justine magazine

“The 17-year-old author’s angel mythology is solid . . . there never seem to be enough lengthy tomes to satisfy the legions of paranormal-romance fans, and this first title of a planned trilogy fits the bill.” –Booklist

“This is the first book of a trilogy. The next installment is Hades, due in the Fall of 2011. Look for it. Doubtless it will be another winner.” –New York Journal of Books

"Halo was absolutely brilliant! I am in complete love with Halo! The characters are so complex and the plot is a rollercoaster you will not want to get off of. The writing is so intricate yet it is read with an ease that one can truly appreciate. Adornetto has raw talent and I can’t wait for the next novel in the series to come out!" —Moonlight Book Reviews

 
"Halo is addictive, passionate and coarse with vibrancy. Alexandra Adornetto has drawn a beautiful start to what I can only imagine will be an epic trilogy." —Book Crazy
 
"I was swept away when I was reading Halo. The setting is beautiful and the characters quickly captured my heart." —YA Book Addict
 
"It's one of those stories you want to live in... feel what they feel... all of that. ...
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ISBN-10: 0312656262
ISBN-13: 978-0312656263
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Genre: Children's Books, Teens
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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