Thursday, February 10, 2011

Un-Review of Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Sometimes I read a book that is absolutely useless to me. I don't enjoy it. I don't care about it. I don't want to finish it. So I don't. Being unable to review a book I didn't actually finish (wouldn't be fair), I give you my UN-Review of Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.

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?

Completed: 252 pages out of 484

Within twenty pages of this book, I knew it wasn't going to be amazing. Beth's narration is shallow, naive, and quite annoying. Reading this book is kind of like watching a bad Lifetime movie. You know it's going to be mediocre and you expect it to be, you start watching it, see that it's not good, but for some strange reason, continue to watch it anyway. So that's how I made it through 252 pages. I was entertained to say the least.

But by 252, even the entertainment factor had worn out. The plot development is slower than 6 o'clock traffic. The characters are flat and, to me, not in the least bit likable. The heavenly mission factor (that should be leading the plot along) is shoved completely into the background as Beth's relationship with Xavier takes center stage. When Beth isn't with Xavier, her every pea-brained thought is about him. When she is with him, their grossly cheesy dialogue and unnecessary PDA is just... ew.

The cover, though, is absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately, the book really disappointed me. Of course, I didn't finish it... so maybe it pulled itself together in the end. I encourage you to still give it a shot if it sounds like your type!



  1. I completely agree with you! It was overwrought and awful. I listened to it, all twelve cds, narrated by the author. I don't know what was happening on page 252, but, it didn't get much better. It required both Gabriel and whatshername, Brittany, to go completely against character.

    Brittany was Bella and whatshisname, Xander?, no, Xavier was Edward. Only the paranormalcy is switched.

    That's not to say that the author has no potential. I liked the premise and the angel mythology. I feel the publishers are exploiting her youth.


  2. It is a gorgeous cover. Sorry you didn't like it; i hate it when that happens. I might still give this a go, though, particularly if my library has it. I'd hate to write it off without trying. Thaks for your impressions, though1 I really enjoyed your unreview.

  3. I totally disagree but I get where you're coming from...thats how I feel during Sarah dessen books.


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