Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto


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. (Source:Goodreads)

My Review:

I have a lot of mixed feelings on this one.

On one hand, the cover is stunning. The story was compelling enough and the writing pretty good. On the other, once I got past the first half of the book, I could barely stomach all the “I would die without you”s and the “You are my life now”s. I find the whole co-dependent thing quite nauseating. But I guess it is a little different with this book since the main character isn’t human. Either way, that part of the book turned me off big-time.

Early on, I liked the characters a lot. Gabriel and Ivy seemed so all-knowing and mysterious. Bethany seemed a little more green and human. Xavier was an attractive high school student with a lot going for him.

As the book went on, Gabriel and Ivy’s characters both started to seem less real. Ivy especially. She seemed to get a lot more caught up in mundane human concerns then her character was supposed to be capable of. I’ve already covered my issues with Bethany and Xavier.

So, even though there were good points to the book, I guess overall I have to be negative. I can’t recommend it, but if you aren’t put off by my descriptions of the relationship between the MCs, then you should definitely pick it up. It is really just a matter of preference!

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Krista Ashe August 28, 2010, 9:00 pm

    I felt the same way. I've been hesitant to read a lot of "angel" books because I have an angel book about to go on sub. But you're right about the cover being so beautiful. Unfortunately the story is not. It's quite a mess. 3 angels sent to help humandkind who don't do a lot of helping, especially Bethany. It seems kinda pointless for her to be there except to drool over Xavier. She even gets in the mode of not fulfilling her angel duties b/c of her all consumming feelings for him.

    Can't believe this is going to be a series. I hope the other books get better.

  • Misty August 29, 2010, 11:12 pm

    This one's going to sell because of that gorgeous cover. And people are going to praise it because the writer is so young. But frankly, that puts me off. A friend gave it to me at ALA, and mentioned the author's age, and I just don't feel like at 17 (and I believe she started it at 14) you have anywhere near the maturity and depth to your experiences to write likeable, believable, deep and mature characters.
    I don't know when I'll get around to it, or if I'll finish it when I do…

  • Shanyn August 30, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I liked this one but never could really tell why. I understand what you're saying, but I guess I didn't notice that while I was reading 😡

  • Sarah August 30, 2010, 7:58 pm

    I have this one on my TBR pile too but I've been putting it off because it's so thick and I don't have time. But now I'm putt off even more. I can't stand those types of relationships either so I don't know… if it has that Twilight-esque feel I may have to pass.

    Great review btw!

  • Debbie's World of Books September 13, 2010, 12:09 pm

    I love the cover but agree the whole co-dependence is a turn off in a lot of books so I may hold off on this one.


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