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Sunday, January 2, 2011


Alexandra Adornetto was born in 1992. She was the daughter of and English and Drama teacher. She attended, in her own words, "many" schools including MacRobertson Girls' High School Ruyton Girls' School, Korowa Anglican Girls' School and Eltham College. Adornetto's other completed books are The Shadow Thief (published 2007) and The Lampo Circus (2008), and Von Gobstopper's Arcade (2009) all published by HarperCollins.
Title: Halo
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends  
Publication Date: August 2010
Hardcover: 496

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?

Book Review: 
I read this books a couple of months ago so sorry if I don't get into specifics. This review is just my simple thoughts on the book. I'm not going have a page long review about it.
There is so much more to Halo than its cover...

The concept of this book was good. Bethany, her brother, and her sister come down to earth to protect their designated area from darkness and what not. For Gabriel and Ivy this is just another job. For Bethany it is different. This is Bethany's first time being on earth, having a human body. Unlike her brother and sister, she isn't unattached from everything else. They all three go off in their own directions. Ivy works in the town. Gabriel works as a music teacher at the high school, and Bethany has to attend school. 

I thought that Bethany was sweet and lovable. She was strong without being annoying, and she had the type of vulnerability that made people want to protect her. Though she was stubborn and was prone to making rash decisions. I guess this just makes her more believable. Unlike her siblings Bethany doesn't really know what she is doing. Gabriel and Ivy have to purposes set out for the. While  Bethany is still trying to find out what her role is in all of this. Xavier as another character I liked. He was sweet and kind. Xavier was just an overall good guy. Though at times he could be overly protective, but he was also passionate and loving. 

Alexandra Adornetto does a great job a weaving a delicate yet strong storyline. While reading the book you will be entranced by everything thats going on. The characters and the story line is wonderfully put together. Alexandra Adornetto has shown that she is an excellent write.

I cannot guarantee that you will like this book, but it is very likely. Though it was not one of my favorite books I will be looking forward to reading the books to come.
Rating: B

Notable/Funny Quotes:
"One of the most frustrating words in the human language, as far as I could tell, was love. 
So much meaning attached to this one little word. People bandied it about freely, using it to 
describe their attachments to possessions, pets, vacation destinations, and favorite foods. In the 
same breath they then applied this word to the person they considered most important in their 
lives. Wasn’t that insulting? Shouldn’t there be some other term to describe deeper emotion?" 

"Did I mention I've finally decided on a nickname for you?"
"I didn't know you were looking."
Well, I've given the matter some serious thought."
"And what have you come up with?"
"Cookie," I anounced proudly.
Xavier scrunched up his face. "No way."
"You don't like it? What about Bumblebee?"
"Do you have any cyanide?"
"Well, some of us are just a bit hard to please." 

"Sometimes it's better to stop trying to make sense of things. Life isn't clear cut, there are always gray areas." 

"Sometimes it's the little things that count most."

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