Review: Halo

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 must 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?

Writing 2.5 wings

Firstly, this book is way too long. I don’t mind long books, as long as they have been edited to be that way. It looks like the editor for this one shied away from cutting parts that should have been gone in the first round of editing. There was a lot of repetition. Trimming 100 pages off this beast would’ve been easy to do. I noticed a few formatting errors as well. I was a little disappointed that Bethany’s voice wasn’t a little more celestial–she often used common expressions (ex: I sounded like a little kid who didn’t want to eat her Brussels sprouts) when she might not truly know what that means.

Characters 1.5 stars

Everyone was shallow. Everyone. However, I did find Xavier’s backstory refreshing; different from the usual YA Lit Leading Man. Otherwise, it was like the other angels (specifically Gabriel) were made of stone, Bethany’s “friends” were one dimensional Sorority-girl wannabes…and Bethany herself was too weak. She complained a lot about Xavier being too overprotective when she could barely do anything without getting into some sort of situation where she had to be saved. For all of the angel powers that Bethany’s supposed to have, she should have sensed trouble before it was going to happen. But oh wait, she’s too “in love” with Xavier to notice anything else. Puh-lease. Infatuation is not love.

Plot: 2 wings

I did enjoy the premise, but it does jump around. The villain was introduced more than halfway into the book–although this did allow for Bethany’s and Xavier’s relationship to “develop”, if you could call it that.

They’re supposed to be there to help humans, and Gabriel and Ivy (her fellow angels) get mad every time she tries to make friends/talk to people with any kind of emotion. Every time she goes to help someone, she just happens to be in the same area that they are: she’s not proactively going out and trying to “save” the citizens of Venus Cove. There would’ve been more tension in the story if she was trying to juggle her angel duties with being a regular teenager. There were some very general descriptions of Heaven and its world here and there–as if they were copy pasted in later. I guess I was expecting to see this more integrated with the story, considering how important it is to her existence.

The climax was barely there, and it had the biggest cop-out ending ever. I won’t ruin it, but it was pretty dumb.

Overall: 2 wings

Overall, I did enjoy it as an escape. I did groan a lot though. If you don’t go in expecting much, you’ll probably enjoy it for the fluffy angel story it is.