» Halo, Alexandra Adornetto

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Halo, Alexandra AdornettoHalo by Alexandra Adornetto
Series: Halo #1
Published by Hachette UK on 2011-01-20
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
3.5 Stars

Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone—especially herself—from the Dark Forces. Is love a great enough power against evil?

My ThoughtsGreen swirlsI’m a little torn with this one.  On the one hand I couldn’t  put it down but on the other there were so many times that I physically rolled my eyes at what was being said.  I mean we’re talking an angel here who knows nothing about being on earth and it’s her first time in human form.  So part of the time she’s up on current teenage lingo and other times she’s in the dark about what people are saying around her.  (Mind you… current teenage lingo does that to a lot of people these days.  It’s changed immensely.  LOL). So, you’re either familiar or your not.  You can’t be both.  If she does know some current things about earth and teenagers … how does she know it?  It never explains.  Did she learn it from the people that she greeted when they came to Heaven?  Did she learn it from her brother Gabriel and her sister Ivy as they’ve previously visited?  Or, did she just know because she’s an angel?  If so, then why does she only know some things like what material she wanted for her dress but she didn’t know what alcohol was when she drank it at a party? 

The only other thing that bothered me and it didn’t bother me that much…. was the fact that a climax would come and then it was solved rather quickly.  Like practically in the next chapter if it even went that far.  (Hopefully I’m explaining this correctly.)  For example in other stories I find that some event will happen to throw a wrench into things and it would make you anticipate the futher turning of pages to hopefully get back to your happy ending or at least have the issued resolved (ie:  two characters in love and something separates them and then they get back together… later).  I found that with this book a “wrench into things” would come but it never lasted more than a few pages and then things went back to normal.  It seems that if you make the event last longer to get resolved, then that keeps you wanting to turn pages.  If it gets solved too quickly, then that’s a perfect place to put the book down and maybe or maybe not pick it back up again.


Ultimately I fell in love with at least two of the characters, which will make me continue to read the series and enjoy it.  The unfortunate thing is that neither of the characters I fell in love with was the protagonist.  That’s not good, but maybe I’ll grow to love her too in future books.  I find her strong at times, but very needy and childish/naive at other times.  I do think she has the potential to become a great character but she needs more work yet.  I haven’t totally given up on her because she’s got a fantastic set of morals that only seem to be shadowed by her love for Xavier, who just happens to be my favourite character.


All in all, I did enjoy it very much even with all these little things that kept popping up during the reading of it.  I enjoyed the storyline and the basic message too.  Also, I can forgive a lot of the little things that sort of bugged me because I’ve found out that this is the debut novel of a 17 year old!  When you consider this… this book was an awesome debut for her.


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About Alexandra Adornetto

Alexandra Emily Adornetto was born on 18 April 1992 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is the daughter of an English teacher and a Drama teacher and attended, in her own words, “many” schools including MacRobertson Girls’ High School, Ruyton Girls’ School, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School and Eltham College. She says she was 13 years old and on school holidays when she decided to become a recluse and started writing her first book for young adults, entitled The Shadow Thief. She did some research into Australian publishing houses, making sure she followed all the submission guidelines exactly, and then sent her manuscript to HarperCollins. She has said that it took HarperCollins about twenty-four weeks to get back to her asking to publish her book.

She is currently splitting her time between Australia and the USA, while she studies and writes. In the future she hopes to combine novel writing and acting as Alexandra Grace. Her passions include old-school country music, theology, singing and performing.

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