Book Review – Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

by Maryse on November 29, 2010 · 7 comments

in Miscellaneous, My Book Reviews

Halo (Halo Trilogy Book 1)
A traditional spin on God and his angels, good and evil, this YA novel captured and kept my attention throughout. Paranormal (or should I say “supernatural”) in genre, I wondered how an a book about an angel (who is NOT fallen) could possibly be romantic?

Bethany is a pure, innocent and very young angel selected by God and His council to live temporarily on earth with His Archangel Gabriel and one of His most important angels, Ivy as her guardians. Together, in a small town that is experiencing some disquietude, they appear human and integrate with society with the intention to spread hope, love, faith and perhaps even help locate and dispell the source of disruption.

We hoped that in time our subtle influence in the town might result in people reconnecting with their spirtuality.

Ivy and Gabriel are ancient, and powerful. They are familiar with the challenges of ”being human”, and handle the change well enough (although Gabriel suffers from a somewhat unemotional and detached demeanor). Bethany, however struggles with her new form, but once she adapts to her body, the elder angels quickly realize how in touch with humanity she actually is.

I suppose this was the first sign of my weakness – my human curiosity drew me forward. We were supposed to interact with humans but never befriend them or welcome them into our lives. Already, I was disregarding the rules of our mission.

Basically, she’s acting like a teenager. A good girl, but a teen nonetheless. In fact, they fear that her very human responses to life and her surroundings will affect the outcome of their assignment.

“In time she will come to understand what she seeks is impossible.”

“I hope you’re right,” Gabriel said. “Do you see now why her part in this mission concerned me?”

“She does not defy us deliberately,” Ivy said.

“No but the depth of her emotion is unnatural for one of us,” Gabriel said. “Our love for humankind is supposed to be impersonal – we love humanity, we do not form individual attachments. Bethany seems to love deeply, unconditionally – like a human.”

“So I’ve noticed,” said my sister. “Which means her love is much more powerful than ours, but also more dangerous.”

“Exactly,” said Gabriel. “Such emotion often cannot be contained – if we allow it to develop, it may soon be beyond our control.”

As Bethany learns to fit in at school, she is quickly accepted by the popular crowd, and even manages to get the attention of the ever-elusive highschool hunk, Xavier (I’ll admit, the highschool part is a bit “Twilight-y” in feel, but it was fine). I enjoy the transition from new girl to “it” girl, from “oh you’ll never get him” to “how did you get him?”.

Xavier recognizes her genuine and pure nature. Being raised in a large and religious Christian family, he’s not pretentious, and has never been drawn to the popular girls. Due to Bethany’s insistence on keeping her distance from him (her assignment is to integrate but not form personal relationships), Xavier is curious about her and delicately pursues her. They eventually forge a meaningful friendship (despite keeping  her secret about her true self from him). The closer they get to each other, the more intense her love for him becomes.

“I want us to be together,” I said. “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anything more.”

Xavier stroked my palm and entwined our fingers. His face was so close the tips of our noses were touching. He leaned in to whisper in my ear. “If you want me…you’ve got me.”

The extent of their bond has much surpassed the acceptable human/angel connection, but once that first kiss is shared, there is no turning back for Beth. To the point that she questions and challenges her very existence. Oh oh!

So yes, there were a  few “Twighlight-y” moments, and a few what was she thinking??!! moments that had me slightly annoyed, but overall I enjoyed it. It’s chaste, sweet, innocent and somewhat introspective. The turmoil of keeping her secret from Xavier, and keeping Xavier a secret from Gabriel and Ivy, the angst of their tentative relationship, and the intensity of their connection had me reading straight through. And of course, there is the prerequisite evil that they were actually there to fight. A little action, a little angst, a lot of trouble (in many different forms) and a lot of love. This book was sent to me by the publisher, and I have a feeling this will be a series, as it was somewhat open-ended, and I’m anxious to read more!

3.5 stars

Want more? Alexandra Adornetto – Halo Trilogy Reading Order

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Jennifer Bakley November 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

So just to tell ya,,,that I enjoyed the review definately one I would like to add to my TBA pile….My daughter has recently started “HUSH HUSH” by Becca Fitzpatric,,,and seems to be enjoying greatly,,and on another note,,,to keep me occupied till she could finish,,I decided to cruz thru the local library and guess what I found Diana Gabaldon “Outlander Series” and I love your review on “Outlander” I thought i would check it out ,,,there is only one complication Im running into…they have all the books in the series except for the 2nd one,,,and the 7th one,,so I havent quite decided yet…what to do? what to do? anyway….I hope all is well and as always,,,
Thanks for Sharing

Maryse November 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Hey Jennifer! It really was a fun read. If you like YA, this should work out just fine. I always know I like a book when I find myself telling my husband what it’s about while I’m still reading it.

Oh boy…what to do about Diana Gabaldon? Missing book#2 – ack! I’m telling you. I can’t WAIT to get back to that series! I’m hoping to be right back into it by this weekend.

Hrmm…Maybe the various bookswap places might have it? Problem with me, is I’m an e-book fanatic. Everything I read has to fit into my iPad so let’s just say Amazon and Barnes & Noble are my best buds right now. Therefore, I’m not real familiar with the paperbook swaps, but I know they are out there.

Also, you might be able to get a used copy from one of these stores too.

Hope this helps! Maybe we can read the series together?

Jennifer Bakley November 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Thanks,,maryse…yeah i decided to go ahead and check it out…and there is one book store here that does trades etc…she’s just hard to catch,,,open,,,,

I have asked Santa for a kindle or nook they were on sale on “Black Friday” I saw my hubby snooping around in that area,,but I hate to get my hopes up…hehe…

And that would be fun to read the series together..Ill be sure to let you know when I start…

LilyofDarkness December 1, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Hey Jen, they do have it on bookswap (book #2 I mean) – it only charges for shipping (not more than 5 bucks in my experience. After you’re done you could always donate it to the library if you wanted too…..

And I hope you get the nook….mine changed my life! LOL

leslie February 4, 2011 at 5:33 PM

i loved thiz book so much Halo was the best!!!!!! my heart felt so touched about this story:)) i wish they can make it as a movie it might be awesome:))

Maryse February 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I’m excited for the next one!

Leslie July 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM

I too loved this YA novel. Only a teenage writer could caption that teenage love like she does. Excellent from such a young author I have book 2 and hope to finish it soon.

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