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Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Published by ATOM
Challenge: DAC
Source: Review Copy (UK paperback)

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. 


I'm not sure what I was expecting for this book but it certainly wasn't like other angel YA titles I have read recently.

This book follows the story of three angels who have been sent to Earth on a mission to help people. Of the three Angels Bethany, the youngest is the Angel whose story we follow the most closely over the course of the book.

I enjoyed the book and thought the writing style was nice. The main character was sweet but a bit too naive for her own good at times. I hope she grows a bit more as a character in the next book(s) and gets a bit more streetwise as there were several things she just walked into. There were some really funny bits of dialogue (Ivy's explanation of what a MILF is was priceless).

The story was very slow to start, and not uninteresting in itself because it was written well I did find myself at times hoping something would start to happen. That said the last 70 pages or so were where everything kicked off, the story moved very quickly and secrets were revealed.

The main thing that might put someone off this book is that it does have quite a lot of religious undertones. It doesn't bother me all that much but there are a lot of ideals put forward in this which I imagine some readers would start to find annoying.

All in all a nice book (which is huge by the way) which has a different take on the angel genre.

The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

Thank you ATOM for sending me this book for review. As ever I am eternally grateful


Amelia said…
Great review! After seeing so many negative reviews for this book, I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it!
Leanna Elle said…
I didn't enjoy this one. It was way too slow moving and way too preachy for me.

Glad you enjoyed it though! :)
serendipity_viv said…
I am presently reading Angel Time by Anne Rice and that has a few too many religious passages for my liking. I love angel books but this one sounds a little slow to get going. Will still probably read it though.
I've had this one on my TBR list for a while now. I know people have had quite mixed reactions to it but I still want to give it a try.
Hm. I'm still intrigued by this book, but the size of it and the religious undertones makes me a little wary. I did hear that the author was only 17 when she wrote this novel, which sounds incredible to me (unless I'm mistaken, very real possibility) I think I'd like to read this some day, but perhaps not right away.