Saturday, August 28, 2010
By Alexandra Adornetto
On Sale: 1/08/2010
Formats: B+ Format Paperback
ISBN: 9780732289898; ISBN10: 0732289890; Imprint: ; On Sale: 1/08/2010; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 138 x 210 x 37 mm; Pages: 496; $24.99
Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels, Ivy, Bethany and Gabriel are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings.
But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls for the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him?
Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.
The angels and Xavier must work together to overcome the dark forces - but will Beth survive the battle?
′Halo enchanted me from the very first page.′Claudia Gray, #1 best-selling author of Evernight series
Alexandra Adornetto was only thirteen when she wrote The Shadow Thief. Now fifteen, Alexandra has won various awards for her writing and in 2006 won the State Legacy Public Speaking competition. Her future aspirations are to work full time writing novels and screenplays, while also pursuing a career as an actor.
She is currently working on Von Gobstopper′s Arcade, the third novel in the Strangest Adventures trilogy
Alexandra Adornetto is an Australian author, and this is her first US release. Halo is the first in her trilogy to be followed by Hades in 2011 and Heaven in 2012.
Three Angels are sent to Earth to diffuse some of the evil prospering in the quiet town of Venus Cove. Bethany, the youngest of the three is the closest to being human and therefore is more susceptible to the temptations of Earth, including the handsome school captain. Readers experience her emotions and discoveries as she fumbles through her new home, trying to fit in with her schoolmates. While she makes some questionable decisions that may leave readers shaking their heads, her character shows considerable growth by the end of the book.
The characters in the story were real. I found Bethany to be one of the strangest characters of all. She’s the youngest in our trio of angels. Gabriel and Ivy act just as you would expect angels to, but Bethany is different. It might be because she is young, or maybe her personality, but she is like Pandora with her curiosity. This gets her into trouble, often. It also makes her seem more human and easier to relate to as a reader. She may be naive, but she’s impulsive, and very loving.
Most of the story follows her relationship with Xavier. It was well developed. I was only bothered when she started talking about sex, which really didn’t seem to be appropriate for teen angels to be thinking.
The scene has been set for a great series here and I can’t wait for the next one to come out.