Review + Excerpt: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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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. Then comes the brooding and popular new transfer, Jake Thorn... who just so happens to be in Bethany's class. Something about Jake seems to be hiding something darker, something more powerful than expected. That thing, and Xavier, distracts Bethany to a point that Gabriel and Ivy are concerned.The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

Overall Thoughts:
I had a few expectations for this book, and it didn't completely live up to them.

Halo is about 3 angels coming down to earth to help people. There's: Gabriel, the super attractive serious one, who's like Beth's brother; Ivy, the enticing and beautiful one, who's like Beth's sister; and Beth, the most human one. They were assigned Venus Cove, a really small town. And it's their job to stop all the destruction and hate and crap going on there.

First off, this book had INSTA-LOVE in it! I don't like insta-love! That makes the whole entire story seem fake and corny! Beth and Xavier shouldn't have "fallen in love" as fast as they did!
"...When I met his eyes, something entirely different happened. I had an instant, gut-wrenching physical reaction as if the world were falling from under me and I had to steady myself to stop from falling with it." 

See what I mean?! That quote was found on page 38. Page 38?! So... that part I didn't like. But I will say that the plot is very unique. I can honestly say that I haven't read a story exactly like this one, which I like. But even though Beth was the main character, my favorite had to be Xavier. Beth was so... fragile. She was kind of the opposite of what I expected an angel to be. Xavier was strong and confident, and I love strong main characters.

What I liked about this book:
Like I said, the plot was really different. Also, Gabriel & Xavier were described as cuties so that's always a plus! And the cover is so gorgeous!

What I didn't like about this book:
Insta-love. period. Oh, and Beth was kind of a weak main character.

This book was definitely good enough to make me want to purchase the next one. There were times when the book turned a bit predictable, but overall, it's an interesting read. I just didn't like the insta-love :(

The next book is Hades, and it's already out! I will definitely be reading it, probably just not anytime soon.



I continued with the history task while he finished writing his report. He still had a stack of homework left, but in the end I proved too much of a distraction. He had just completed his third trig problem when I felt his hand wander over to my lap. I slapped it gently.

"Keep studying," I said when he looked up from the page. "No one said you could stop."

He smiled and scrawled something at the bottom of the answer sheet. The solution now read:

X = Beth

"Stop goofing around!" I said.

"I'm not! I'm stating a truth. You're my solution to everything," Xavier replied. "The end result is always you. X always equals Beth."
Page: 271-272

Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


  1. I was disappointed with Beth too. I mean, being an angel and all, you'd think she would know a little bit more about how the world worked but she seemed clueless throughout a lot of the book. Great review! :)

  2. I also gave this book 3 stars and Halo left me feeling ho-hum. I never really felt that connection with Beth that you need to have with the heroine in a first person narration. I hope Hades goes on sale or something because I'm not against reading the sequel I just don't want to be dissapointed again and have wasted tons of money.

    -Emily (New Follower)

  3. It's interesting to see a different version of the cover I featured for Shelf Candy. I totally agree with you about insta-love: it doesn't convince me that they love each other for their personalities, and when I don't see a WHY for the love, then... well, the whole romance part is not worth as much :). Great review.


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