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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 aThree 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?...

Title : Halo
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ISBN : 9780312674366
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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Halo Reviews

  • Kiki
    2019-04-19 03:57

    Remember when you were about twelve, and you saw all those cool kids with scene hair writing maudlin poetry into their Death Note notebooks? I do. Come on, guys. Let's be honest here. About 85% of us had an emo phase at around that time, and I'm not going to mince around in my overpriced sweatpants and lie about it. I was such a fucking dork when I was twelve. I kid you not: I tried to write a screenplay. What the ever loving fuck was I thinking? Then I got into video games in a big way, all those weird Japanese Nomura concoctions and then for a harrowing six-month window between twelve and thirteen, I was a weeaboo. Raise your hand if you ever felt personally victimized by my emo bangs. (Put your hands down immediately, you dicks.)That was when I hit my fanfiction stride. It lasted for a while. Like, maybe a couple of years. I used to post this rambling corny horseshit all over deviantART (I was afraid of and then I came across this person who, at nearly thirty years old, was still writing fanfiction for Magical Girl anime. And it was that traditional, full-frontal, badly-punctuated fanfiction, too.I sat back slowly, and I thought this: what if, at thirty, I'm still writing this dreck? What if I get so wedged in this rabbit hole of bad fanfic that I never actually produce anything original, or of substance? Well, Halo embodies every trap I was afraid of falling into, at fourteen years old. It is some of the most obnoxious, insane, shittily-written claptrap I have ever read in my life. That one star up there? Unintended comedic value. That's what that's for.The writing is abhorrently, almost insultingly bad. It makes me hurt to think that someone read this sentence, "It's usually pretty chill around here except things have been a bit weird lately" and decided that there was no way the world could live without the craft of Adornetto. Like, is Macmillan for real with this? I just... What the fuck is that.I feel like this book has some kind of vendetta against punctuation. It's like it's making an Occupy YA protest against correct grammar. Either that or it's a personal attack against people who give a shit about where question marks go. For example: There should have been a question mark at the end of this sentence: "Yes, but what if they think I'm weird."But there should not have been a question mark at the end of this sentence:"I can't believe that stuff really interests you?"Do you SEE what I mean? Also, I had to read this sentence, "A door slammed and a girl with brown curls pulled back from her face with a headband appeared" about six times before it made any sense.There's also this: "In my dress I resembled a column of shimmering moonlight." "I resembled a column of shimmering moonlight"."A column of shimmering moonlight"."A COLUMN OF SHIMMERING MOONLIGHT."Honest to god, it's this bad. It is an absolute piss-take. This book honestly does have to be seen to be believed. And it's bad enough that the dialogue is murderously cheesy ("You can't be..." "An angel? Jackpot." Or, even worse: "Holy crap!" "Would you mind not blaspheming?") but the plot is justnah.There's nothing to say about the plot. Because it isn't there. There is no plot to speak of. It is absent. Non-existent. There has been a mass plot exodus.It's kind of like The Inn of the Sixth Happiness or Paranormal Activity. You have to wade through an entire sinkhole of wobbly black nothingness to get to some actual substance, and when you think you've finally unearthed something, anything to validate the existence of this story, it slips from thine desperate hands. And then you're left standing there alone, covered in shit, wondering where your time went. And your fucking money, too. Look, Macmillan: if I wanted to spend my money on a turd, I would buy a turd. Don't try and gaslight me with this.But the thing is that I'm not exaggerating. For the first 300 or so pages, Bethany swoons. And that's it. And it's not like Xavier is attractive, or anything. In fact, he's fucking horrible. Horrible like Mel Gibson or Johnny Depp. We're told that Xavier has such a good heart, and yet he shits all over Bethany from the greatest height. I honestly do not understand how anyone can find this controlling, vindictive, obsessive, domineering, creepy, cruel, misogynistic, condescending, chauvinistic, stupid and absurd boy attractive. How? How? Someone explain to me what the allure of Xavier is. Please.Let's just pare it back a little and take a closer look. Let's put Xavier under the microscope. Case in point:"I knew that if I wanted to keep my entire world from falling apart, I would have to keep Xavier." (217)"Entrusted to look after me by Gabriel and Ivy" (247)"He was the one who reminded me to drink plenty of water and the one who deflected questions about my family from curious classmates. He even took it upon himself to answer for me one day when Mr. Collins asked why I hadn't managed to finish my homework by the due date.""I knew that if it slipped my mind, Xavier would complete it for me and hand it in without my knowledge." (248)"He became fiercely protective whenever anybody he didn't approve of came within a two-foot radius of me." (248)"What's wrong with him?" I asked crossly. "He seems nice enough.""He's not your type of person.""Why?""You ask a lot of questions, don't you?" (248)"Her business is my business." (249)"I'm not hungry. Gabriel always cooks a big breakfast.""Here, eat this," he commanded and pushed a health bar across the table." (251)"Xavier chuckled as he told me the story, amused by the irrational antics of the females in his family." (253)If nobody can see the controlling, obsessive and downright abusive nature of those quotes above, then I give up. I surrender. I have no more fucks to give, here. The field in which I grow my fucks is barren. All I can say is that Xavier is a very frightening, very twisted rape fantasy. You may balk, "Rape fantasy? He never shows any signs of sexually assaulting Bethany!"Rape culture runs so much deeper than bare-faced sexual assault. Rape culture is the ultimate snake in the grass. It thrives on the encompassing control and subordination of women, the propagation of gender roles (strong and dependable man, weak and stupid woman) so that, when a woman is raped or treated in any derivative way of rape, it is shrugged off as "just a man fulfilling his needs" or "she was asking for it" or "she's hysterical/delusional/overreacting" or "what a crazy bitch, she should calm down". Bethany is coddled and roughed around like a toy, or an accessory on Xavier's arm. Everything they do is on Xavier's terms. It is what he wants, when he wants it, and Bethany is so in awe of him that she allows him to treat her like chattel. It made me feel dirty while I was reading it. There is something so twisted and base about the idolization of a love interest like this. What exactly is wrong with society and media that we would actually endorse this behaviour? And what is wrong with those people who say that the feminist movement has done her job and is out of work, and that fighting for socioeconomic equality is old hat? Who are those people? Are they misogynists, or just blind to the fact that characters like Xavier are not characters at all: they are wish fulfillment devices. Meaning that folk out there have been taught to wish for a submissive role in a relationship with a prince who will not only sweep them off their feet, but take them home after the party, cut off their landline connection and create a press frenzy. It's exactly the sort of patriarchal shite that caused the disgusting culture of blame around the Steubenville rape case, and that plucked Johnny Depp off the hook after he beat the shit out of his wife. All over the internet are turgid white men screaming, "Amber Heard wants money!" but if she fucking wanted money, mate, then why did she donate every penny of her divorce settlement to charity? Hm, I wonder!But all of this is just window dressing for my favorite quote of the entire book: "For this evening at least, feminist philosophy had been abandoned, and the girls, like fairy-tale princesses, let themselves be lead up the flight of steps into the foyer."I just love this. I love it. First of all, it acts as though feminist philosophy is about two things: not wearing dresses and not touching men. Also, feminists are against fun. They're against anything traditionally feminine. That's why the feminists threw me out of their club. Because my hair is pink and my clothes are pretty and I like platform sneakers. I would tackle the other characters because I haven't yet, but what's the fucking point? Ivy barely has a pulse. Gabriel is just an imprint of Xavier, but in a creepy brotherly role rather than a sexual one, and Bethany is like a big piece of glittery cardboard. Molly is just a placeholder to praise Bethany's virginity. And Jake is so incredibly random that I'm averse to even calling him a character. What is he? What exactly is going on with him? He's obviously from the UK (I'm not sure where in the UK he's from because he's got a "British accent", which is so laughably vague, but since you're making it so broad, I have a headcanon that he's got that really broad Glasgow accent that makes everything sound overly cheerful) because everybody there is evil, right, and he has this tattoo and he rides a motorbike and he's so scandalous. If I had pearls, I'd be clutching them! (I hate pearls. They creep me out. I don't want hard oyster poops threaded on a string and hanging around my neck! What do you take me for?)There's also the hilarious physical description of him. His eyes are described as "cat-green". I may be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure that cats aren't green!Man, was I wrong! I must be. I'm a feminist. Stop laughing, feminists! You're not allowed to have fun.As it nears the end, the overall quality of this book really goes down the crapper. At one point, Molly, Gabriel and Beth are having this cozy little chat in the kitchen and when Molly agonizes over her weight, Gabriel basically snaps his fingers in her face and says, "Eat, bitch."Now, don't get me wrong. We went over this with the whole "beach body" debacle. It was fatphobic bollocks. But this book is shallower than a teaspoon; Molly and Gabriel talk about this Hot Teen Issue in such a skin-crawly stilted way and I just didn't believe it. I felt like I was receiving a direct lecture from the author, and that doesn't cut it for me. That's not enough to convince me that I don't need to diet. And anyway, the subliminal messaging in this book just totally negates this. We have this nonsense about inner beauty, in the middle of a book where every single character on Team Good is stunningly beautiful. Bethany says not to invite Xavier in, because she looks a mess. What? You just gave us a lecture on the value on inner loveliness, and yet you base your entire book on a relationship that places physical beauty on the highest possible bullshit pedestal, having Bethany chatter on and on about how hot Xavier is, how beautiful angels are, and how she couldn't live without Xavier's eyes or muscles or what have you. It's this kind of absurd, shallow, wishy-washy bullshit that gives YA such horrible press. It completely ruins it for the good books.To conclude? This is shallow, unbelievable, pretentious tripe with a really fucking bleak moral background. I hate Bethany, and Xavier, and Jake. I hate Ivy, too, this maudlin useless doormat whose personal mission apparently consists of chaining herself to the kitchen and the church. Phantom and Alice add nothing to the story and are just plot devices so that Bethany's sickly sweet nature can win our stony hearts. What a base, filthy character she is. I can't stand her. If I met her, I'd slap the shit out of her. There is no plot to this book. A good editing job could have sliced it down to about 150 pages, and even then the watery excuse for a villain and Bethany's perfection would still have made me barf into my hair. Why did 'Our Father' (the fuck?) send the 'Agents of Light' to an English-speaking upper middle class town where everybody is getting on with their lives just fine? How convenient, no? How fortunate for Bethany to have arrived in a place where she can fall in 'love' with a rich white boy with a nice family and perfect health. The brutal thing about this book is that it was almost a cool idea, and if it had been executed better it could have been awesome. For example, both race and crosses in class and tradition could have been explored if a little more thought had been put into it. What if Bethany and her cohorts had been sent to a remote area of old-timey Sub-Saharan Africa where Bethany has to juggle both her good deeds and growing love for a male tribe member? What if Bethany had been entered into a war zone where she had to save the people from constant threats of violence while gradually being drawn to a young soldier on the opposing side? What moral dilemma would this pose?It's not hard to think outside the box - or at least it shouldn't be. Books, especially those aimed at young people, have extraordinary power. Young minds are like sponges, and if you're standing up on a podium and lighting this sort of sexist garbage fire, then what are you doing with your social responsibility? You're making a mockery of it. Today's YA does not even have to reflect the depth of 1984 or A Tale Of Two Cities; it just has to matter. If it doesn't, then what's the point? I could learn more about the value of love and healthy body image by watching Say Yes To The Dress. And that show is also a garbage fire. One star for unintentional comedy. And that is all.

  • K
    2019-04-25 21:04

    WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN??? This has to be one of the WORST books ever written. Everything in this book annoyed me. It was terrible in every way: badly thought-out plot, hypocritically religious, with really (and I mean really) shallow characters. Did I mention it is was a hypocritical book? Can I emphasis on hypocritical? I'm not even a Catholic! But this book, it just... ARGGHHH!!!It is so frustrating, I cannot describe it in words. To be honest, it was the Catholic's version of Twilight. I felt like the author copy and pasted Twilight, than changed everyone's name.Cheesy love, stupid damsel in distress, unrealistic boyfriend, and an awkward projection of God(?) and purgatory/heaven/hell(?)Its gets on my nerves that the author started writing this book with a strange and rigidly religious sense and at the same time be so - SO narrow minded about everything. Her religious views(observed through her book) are based off artificial foundations. Hey, hate to break it to you Adornetto, but life is not based on how good looking you are!The characters are all, so shallow. It makes me sad. I didn't even bother to learn the name of any of the characters. My first impression of the book after the 2nd chapter? I can't believe this was published!! GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! JUST WRITING THIS REVIEW IS GETTING ME WORKED UP!!!!!!!!!!!If I ever get the chance, I'm going to shove Alexandra Adornetto into a hole and cement it shut so that she will never again, make garbage. Sigh... I'm not even a religious person.OH! I'm also pretty sure an angel would be sent to an improvished town and help the poor. All the main character does is: go to a private prep school and walk down the beach to eyeball hot guys. I mean, I don't find anything wrong at staring at hot guys - HECK, I do it all the time. But the main character is a freaking ANGEL. AN ANGEL. Doesn't she have angel duties to attend to? Like I dunno: help humanity? Save a hobo? Feed starving children??? Instead of going to a private school for the wealthy and date really rich kids. Why are you attending a rich private school where people can feed themselves?? . In the book, why are an Angel's only capable ability is charity work and community service? I mean really. I am 100% positive angels are NOT that lame ...As a simple observation, I also noticed that this book was aimed towards "white people". Maybe because I am not a white person (Asian and proud), I feel obligated to point out that everyone in the story was WHITE. All the angels, the boyfriend, any relevant character was white. (Maybe the author thinks that god is white...) isn't religion open for every race? I felt like the book had a double meaning for white supremacy.I see white people It was a dry, hard-to-read, un-refreshing, love story mixed in with hypocritical religious views.The only redeeming quality of this book was the front of it. But like the old saying, never trust a book by it's cover. Halo might of had a pretty cover, but DAYUM. Everything inside is vile, putrid Twilight-wannabe. In conclusion:I HATED every single thing in this book with a passion that burns like a thousand suns. After I read it, I wanted to wash out my eyes with lemon juice and toilet water. I don't recommend it. Save your time, and read something else. DO NOT READ.

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-04-04 23:10

    Reading this book was like watching Sinbad or Atlantis or any other one of those rubbish Disney movies that wanted to be like their original Princess classics but also new and fresh and imaginative.It's lame. It wants to be classic and awesome but also new and different (and I use the word "different" with all the superiorly quasi-amusement of someone trying to praise a child and has nothing more positive to say. "Yes, Jenny, I see that you've put glue in your hair. That's so...different...")The problem is that it utterly fails at new and different. Supernatural creature + human = Twue loff!Except when the supernatural creature is the chick and she still manages to be lamer than Bella Swan, I call dibs on throwing popcorn (or bomb-infused popcorn depending on my mood.)To be honest, I could go on about the many mistakes I saw within the first few chapters before I tossed the book out and decided I HAVE A LIFE, DAMNIT! (Wait, so Gabriel, who is not THE archangel Gabriel is a few centuries old - yet later you tell us he was there for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? Dude, that's not a few centuries old, that's several thousand years old. I could talk about the writing or the I'M A CHARACTER!! style of characterization. But really, what's the point? It was written by a teenager who's only just barely drinking her first shots of passion-pop. That's like taking potshots at a toddler because he doesn't draw inside the lines. She'll hopefully grow and learn and get better. Besides, I'm not even the target audience. This book is CLEARLY geared toward the kind of teenage girls who WANT to be helpless and taken care of and protected and cherished. Well, I'm not a girl, I'm a woman and I'm not interested in reading about pretty little princesses who would trip over their own billowing hemline if the charming hero wasn't around to rescue them (dashingly, may I add.)So I'm not going to tear into it and lose my temper and imagine that with each punchy sentence and angry jab, I'm stabbing the author in the face. No. I'm going to do what I do when any other child proudly shows me their work with a big corny grin. I won't lie but I won't be mean either. The cover art is lovely, Adornetto, and I really like how you managed to get all the print onto the page!So there you are. No supermean review. Seriously. She's a teenage girl. Sure the book pretty much sucks beyond all reckoning but I like to think I'm adult enough to give her a pat on the head, tell her to go play with the other kids while I talk to the adults.But that doesn't mean I want to spend money on this shit...

  • Cait
    2019-04-16 00:56

    Honestly, I think when I read this book, my brain cells died a little bit. First of all, Bethany is a total idiot and is so clueless that I don't know how she even remembered to breathe when she woke up every morning. Bethany: *wakes up in the morning and starts turning blue and thinks,ohhhh what am I supposed to do? It's really important...... *Me: yes! Die, Bethany, die! Bethany: *body begins to spasm as it's deprived of airit's on the tip of my tongue....*Me: No you don't! It's all a dream; you don't need anything!Bethany: *Oh, yeah, I remember! Breathe...or whatever!body takes a huge racking breath*Me: Awwww dammit.That's not even an over-exaggeration people; this is one idiot narrator. She doesn't even know what freaking toothpaste is for, or how to even brush her teeth! And her boyfriend has to remind her to drink water because she can'tpossiblyremember that herself. Then, to add insult to injury, every other page she gets those "cramps" in her chest whenever she's far away from her hubby. You know what those painsreallyare Bethany? I'mnot reallysorry to inform you, but those pains in your chest are more than likely mini heart attacks that will lead to one major one that ends your pathetic life. So you should probably go to the hospital tomorrow, as long as you remember to breathe next morning and don't die that way first. Please just die. And what the hell (pun half intended) is up with the name Bethany? Even herlustlove interest Xavier has a more angelic name than she does! I honestly don't think it's that hard to come up with a more angelic name than that, anything than that. It took me about two seconds to go online, type angelic names, and find these names of some actual female angels (although some debate whether female angels exist, but just for argument's sake, lets assume that there is):1. Anahita2. Anauel3. Ananchel4. Barbelo5. Bath Kol6. GazardielWasn't that easy, folks!Now, I understand that if you enrolled into a normal, 21st century school with a name like Bath Kol, Barbelo, or Anahita, that you would be given many stares and probably wouldn't be best if you're trying to stay "under the radar" *gag* and change it to a more common name like Bethany. Sadly, Bethany never says she has a different name, and that's what she was given by God, so obviously Adornetto didn't have the foresight to think that up. I guess the poor guy upstairs has just been around too long to care about what he names his angels, who just aren't that important anyways, right?Gah.While we're talking about upstairs, may I just say that Adornetto failed in describing it and the angels who I guess floated around up there. From what I've read in the Bible, whenever people meet angels and see their true forms they are completely, totally, and utterly terrified and the angels have to calm them down. The way Adornetto describes them, as big floating balls of light or essence or whatever isn't exactly terrifying. If an angel came down from heaven whose name was Bert and said "do not be afraid" as a big ball of light, I'd probably snigger and then one of my younger cousins would think it's a huge firefly and trap it in a jar. Then I'd have to tell the poor fella to let Bert go, because he has more important angelic things to do, like watch himself glow.Hey, guys! Bert's back to play!Coming back to how she described Heaven, I guess you could say more like the lack of description. Yay, a lot of puffy clouds, so it must be Heaven! Her description of it reminds me of my little sister. We have a town near us that ends in "haven" but my sister-being only five-thought it said "heaven" so whenever we got close to the sign of it on the highway, she'd go, "are we in heaven yet?" Now we'd all say "awwww" because it was freaking adorable, but we know it's wrong. That's how it is with Adornetto; it's kind of cute that she tried (not even nearly as adorable as my sister), but she just missed the mark. By a mile. See, even the puppy agrees with me! It's just a no, Adornetto. You can't argue with the cute.While we're still on the topic of Adornetto's heaven I'd honestly be pretty scared if Bethany was my guide to Heaven since that's what she describes her job as. She'd probably pick up my little ball of light and let it slip through her fingers and I'd fall back through clouds. That's probably why she got sent down to Earth to find all of the little balls of light that she dropped, the klutz.Yeah, I kind of hate this chick. Since we're on the whole mission subject, there's one big thing that I don't understand: why on Heaven and hell and Earth above would God send one of the highest Archangels, Gabriel, to a sleepy little costal town when, according to them, this is only a slightly important place and there are much bigger battles being fought around the world? Throughout history there is one main constant during war: you send your best men to the most important spots of battle because the big battles like Normandy, Gettysburg, Stalingrad, and so on are the fights that can be the "turning point" of the war. You just do not send someone with the strength like Gabriel supposedly has to somewhere like that. And he didn't evendoanything! He just "learned to be a human" How does learning to be a human have anything to do with saving the world from darkness, exactly! I mean if that's all it took I could just learn to slither around like a snake, be high and mighty like a cat, totally ignorant to the what's going on around like a dog, and become the President of the United States. Oh, wait......... But anyways......that's not good battle strategy and shows what little sense that Adornetto has. I take that back; she has no sense at all. Another proof of her having no sense is the whole stinking ending. I mean, wow, how.....zomg amazing! Their lurve is so high for each other that it burns so bright through Bethany that it saves the day! She couldn't have done it without him, who is supposedly a normal human, and she obviously couldn't escape the bonds herself, because only twu lurve conquers all!......excuse me while I go throw up all of that garbage.Okay, Bethany is all weak for a little while because of her new human body (because balls of light are so strong, too), but you can only use that excuse for so long and by the time she's kidnapped, I think she should have at least been able to break out of them herself. Sadly, that's not what happened because, according to Adornetto, that would make Bethany seem too strong and girls aren't able to do anything, not even think, without a big, capable guy like Xavier by her side! That's too much feminism for her! Not evenGabrielcould have done it, who is higher up in the ladder in Heaven than Jake Thorn is in Hell, only Xavier could, ourloserhewo! It just annoyed me so badly I think I screamed when it was over out of sheer frustration.This quote from the synopsis really bothered me, especially one specific part. "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."Can you guess it?If you guessed "luminous glow" you're right! I understand that they might have to slightly strain themselves to hide the rest, heck, if I was an angel I'd probably have a mini-romance with my gorgeous wings, but their luminescence? Unless they have no self control I don't think it's that hard to hide light. They'd be (and they were) pretty awful undercover agents if they can't snuff out a simple light. It's not like in Unearthly (which is everything Halo isn't) where she can't tell when she's going to suddenly burst into light, these guys in Halo just have a soft, cutsey little light that shouldn't require that much strain; they're heavenly beings, they should probably have enough control if they were picked for this!And don't even get my started on the "avoiding all human attachments" part. If you can't tell from the rest of my review; that's the biggest piece of bullshit I've ever heard. Ugh. Curse stupid plots that don't make any sense.Xavier and Bethany's "love" was what really got me. You meet the guyonetime on the beach and you talk to him a couple times in/out of school and that automatically qualifies him as someone who is "trustworthy" enough to show him your true identity and is your "one twu love". Since Adornetto once again didn't study up on angelic lore, I'll fill you guys in:If you're an angel, God is your one and only love and if you even get slight feelings for anyone else, well, God is a jealous dude and will banish your sorry ass from Heaven for the rest of your existence. So, in all actuality, the verysecondthat Bethany even felt the teeny tiniest feelings of like or love for Xavier, God would have stripped her of her wings and banished her. Then Bethany would have had to spend the rest of eternity pouting and not realizing why she did what she did was so, like, wrong! I guess not even the big man upstairs wanted to curse Earth withthatand just let her do whatever the hell she wanted, even reveal her true identity to Xavier! If God gave her a name like Bethany, he's probably too busy with the rest of the Berts and Jim-Bobs getting trapped in jars around the Earth to notice such a huge infraction........I think I'm going to be sick again.I have a question. Why were all of the angels in this story onlywhite?It kind of reminds me of how many churches and television shows picture Jesus: as a white man. If I remember correctly from the Bible, he was born in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and whether or not you believe he was Christ, just a prophet, a crazy person, or someone that never even existed, if he had been born in that region of the world, he definitely wasn't white. He would have had much darker skin and pretty much what you see when you look at your average middle-eastern man today. The only reason he went all Michael Jackson when you see pictures and such of him now is the church and the racist sentiments of people during that time. They couldn't possiblyimaginethe person they viewed to be their savior as, in their opinion, some dirty, savage, middle-eastern man, so in order to make him more popular with the rest of Europe and spread the religion they turned him white. So, if God's ownsonwasn't white, what's to say the angels up in heaven aren't from multiple races? I think it's just very closed-off of Adornetto to only make the angels that we have seen thus far white. Would it kill her to make even some part of her book good? Not all people in this world who are right and just are white people. And that can be proven by just walking down the street of wherever you live, so for her not to include people of other races as angels just makes her seem very naive about how the world actually works.I'll finish the rest of this review later when it's not almost one in the morning. But, yeah, I hated this book with a passion.

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-04-11 21:57

    Halo is a truly epic tale. Set in a dystopian world which has been ravaged by war, it follows two people: Bethany, an angel sent to riot-torn Los Angeles to save as many of the remaining citizens as she can and Xavier, a damaged boy she struggles to befriend and heal of his emotional wounds. As she works, another war is brewing - this one highly localized and poised to set the city ablaze yet again, ruining all of her efforts. Oh, no, wait, that's not it. Let me try again... oh, I've got it!Halo is a truly epic tale. It's the story of Bethany, an angel sent to the most distressed areas of the world to destroy demons, and her sidekick Xavier, a young would-be priest who follows in her wake spreading the word of the Lord and doing good wherever he can. Together, they defeat evil time and time again.No, wait, that's not it either. Hmm... but I bet this one is! Third time's the charm and all that.Halo is the less-than-inspiring story of a trio of angels who are, for some bizarre reason, sent to a posh little town called Venus Cove. There they live the lives of the rich and self-righteous, doing little real good except some volunteering. The plot follows one of them, Bethany, on her meandering and melodramatic way into a romance with a human boy named Xavier. Eventually some real conflict shows up, several hundred pages too late to make the book any good, but that's okay; as the author makes clear several times when she gets up on her soapbox, this book wasn't written to have any sort of artistic merit! It's really just here to preach at you and take your money.Yeah, that's the right one.I thought, after I finished Hush, Hush, that I would never hate a book as much as I hated that. Well, my friends, I was wrong. Within the space of a few chapters, I hated Halo more than I have ever hated a story. Period. No exceptions.This book is a disaster from start to finish, quite literally - from the poor grasp on perspective demonstrated on the very first page to the clumsy, imbecilic, tacked-on 'cliffhanger' on the very last.To be honest, though, I feel sorry for Alexandra Adornetto. Clearly, the girl's got some problems. Her depiction of girls as obsessed with sex, boys, and material goods is horrifyingly shallow, which suggests to me that she's never really had any close female friends. The 'romance' that she writes has disturbing parent/child undertones, what with the way Xavier is always nagging Bethany about her safety and what she eats and this and that and the other thing. At one point he literally picks up her fork and flies food into her mouth like an indulgent parent. That's creepy. And I'm not really going to touch on the strange view she has of her own religion, or the way she twists it to condemn large swathes of modern society. Or the entitlement complex she demonstrates again and again throughout this book, seeming completely oblivious to poverty, disease, and real strife.Also, if she ever grows up and becomes a decent writer, which I suppose is still possible at this point, this book will hang around her neck like a rock. You know those things you wrote when you were a few years younger and less mature, the ones that are cringe-worthy when you look back on them now? This will be hers, except it got published and now everyone can see it. How awful.To be fair, this wreck is not just her fault. Her parents, who are supposedly English teachers, have failed her here: as she shows again and again she has no command over perspective, zero sense of proper pacing, complete ineptitude when it comes to characterization, and a sloppy style of writing. They've also neglected to teach her the cardinal rule of writing anything: do your goddamn research first.No editor with real respect for their work and for fiction should have let this book be published in this state. Cheap hacks looking to make a buck off of Edward Cullen fangirls, yes. But a real editor should have at the very least forced this through many intense revisions until something which vaguely resembled a proper novel was extruded. Reading this book makes me wonder what editors are getting paid for these days.But enough about the people behind the book. Let's talk about the book itself: specifically, its failings, of which there are many.1. Portrayal of love"It seemed from my reading of literature that being in love meant becoming the beloved's entire world. The rest of the universe paled into insignificance compared to the lovers. When they were separated, each fell into a melancholy state, and only when they were reunited did their hearts start beating again. Only when they were together could they really see the colors of the world. When they were apart, that color leached away, leaving everything a hazy gray."I'm sorry - are you describing love or a drug addiction?This is not love. This is obsession. And frankly, it's a scary thing to read about. What's scarier is that here it's being shown as an ideal - indeed, this exact phenomenon is highlighted in a relationship which is supposed to be so pure and awesome that it's sanctioned by Heaven. When Xavier doesn't talk to Bethany for a few days, she goes into a withdrawal depression so deep that she loses a drastic amount of weight and ends up looking haggard. In just a few days. OVER ONE GUY. Is she really so incomplete as a person that she can't be healthy without him? One must then ask what the message here is - that a woman not in a relationship is not a whole human being? Note that Xavier, of course, is barely affected by their split, because of course only females handle this so badly. I hereby direct you to Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else in which there is an entire chapter describing studies which show that women actually deal with breakups better than men. Of course, one of the reasons is that women tend to have better support systems, which Bethany does not. But I'll probably bring up Bethie and her terrible communication skills later.2. Ridiculously privileged protagonists"In his physical form, Gabriel might as well have been a classical sculpture come to life. His body was perfectly proportioned and each muscle looked as if it had been sculpted out of the purest marble."Marble muscles... gee, that's so original."In her physical form, Ivy looked like a Renaissance Madonna with her swanlike neck and pale oval face. Like Gabriel, she had piercing rain gray eyes."The angels are flawless. No, really, it's said straight out several times - they have no flaws. They're gorgeous, talented, have access to all the knowledge of humankind and more, have magical wings which somehow manage to fold up and sit flat on their backs (despite the fact that wings proportionally sized to carry their body weight should probably stretch from over their shoulders to their lower calves even when furled), are infinitely full of energy (except when they aren't because the plot demands), heal easily (again, except when the plot demands), and for their mission on Earth they've been given a huge, beautiful, expensive house in a privileged small town, where one of them teaches at a private Christian school and another one attends it.Fucking GAG ME.There is zero effort made to render them as sympathetic characters, probably because that's not what they exist for. They're fantasy avatars, in a way. Bethany is not there to be empathized with, in the way you empathize with another person or a well-rounded character. She's there so that readers can live through her. Gabriel and Ivy have no real purpose in the story at all, except to act as authority figures (sometimes, if the plot demands; or to be lax if that's what's required) and to have some minor, rote parts in the 'climax'. And we'll talk about Xavier later.3. The pathetic nature of the angels' 'heavenly mission'"Molly lowered her voice. 'There's been robberies and freak accidents all over the place - there was a flu epidemic last year and six kids died from it.''That's devastating,' I said weakly, feeling a hollowness in the pit of my stomach. I was starting to get a sense of the extent of damage done by the Agents of Darkness, and it wasn't looking good."Stephenie Fucking Meyer can render a better town in distress than Adornetto can, though that's not saying much. For all the lip service paid to the trying times Venus Cove is suffering through and the horrible things which have happened there, very little that's horrible above and beyond the ordinary actually happens. Newsflash: accidents happen. So do sicknesses. And it sucks, yeah, and it's horrible and tragic, of course, but it's not something that requires an angelic intervention! Multiple times, Adornetto mentions other regions of the world with greater troubles than Venus Cove, but she always brushes it off by saying that other angels are there - as if that meant it was okay for Bethany to be living the high life, slacking on her community service, and putting Xavier higher on her list of priorities than Heaven itself! No. Just no.4. The obsession with and then glorification of prom"'Are you for real?' Molly's eyes widened. 'It's a rite of passage, the one event you'll remember your whole life, apart from maybe your wedding. It's the whole shebang - limos, outfits, hot partners, dancing. It's our one night to act like princesses.'""However, with only two weeks left until the senior prom, all social service projects were temporarily abandoned. The mood of the girls at school was bordering on obsessive.""She was imagining the start of the prom, when couples would make their entrance together and have their photos professionally taken. Turning up alone would be tantamount to social suicide.""Some groups had arrived in limos and chauffeur-driven cars, while others had opted for the double-decker party bus, which now pulled in carrying its jubilant passengers.""Tables were set up around the room, covered in white linen and set with fine china... At the back of the room, the band was tuning their instruments. Waiters bustled around us, carrying trays of nonalcoholic punch."I'm willing to make allowances for the fact that not everyone's prom was like mine, but still - this is too much. I'm also willing to make allowances for the fact that Alexandra Adornetto is not American and therefore cannot be expected to have experienced an American prom. However, I supremely doubt that anyone's been to a prom like this. (If your evening did consist of live music, waiters, china table settings, limos, and the threat of social suicide if you arrived partnerless, please inform me. Until someone does, I'm going to stick to my guns.)Neither have I know any dance to be so all-important that it was the focus of such intense obsession. Again, Adornetto imagines girls to be terribly shallow, which I as a girl find deeply insulting.I've read just about enough of these types of things. Everyone thinks prom is the event of the year, not to be missed at all cost, where everything important happens, and that's just not true. Maybe someday I'll write a novel where the heroine goes to the dance not with her true love, but with a group of friends, and they rock out and have a great time anyway. It doesn't take a significant other to make a dance enjoyable, after all.5. The soapboxing"We thought of technology as a sort of corrupting influence, promoting antisocial behavior and detracting from family values. Our home was a place where we spent time with one another, not whiling away time shopping on the Internet or watching mindless television programs.""'Well, I was interested in design for a while but that was, let's say, discouraged.''Why's that?''Isn't considered a serious career, is it? The idea of having invested all this money into my education only to have it end in unemployment doesn't thrill my parents.''What about what you want?''Sometimes parents know best.'He seemed to accept the decisions made by his parents with good grace, happy to be guided by their expectations."Listen up, Adornetto. That first quote alone makes me hate you, and also marks you as a hypocrite. I'm willing to bet you didn't type this pathetic excuse for a book on a typewriter, let alone handwriting it. No doubt you use e-mail. I'd be shocked if you never watched TV. And yet you still have this close-minded archaic offensive attitude towards something that yes, can be a great distraction, but more importantly can be one of the greatest tools at the modern person's disposal.Though if you have an aversion to the internet, that would explain why you didn't do any research. BACK, BACK, FOUL DEMONS OF GOOGLE! TARNISH NOT HER UNSULLIED ENTITLEMENT! RAVAGE HER NOT WITH YOUR FEARFUL FACTS!As for the second one, well, I'm just going to leave that there.6. The sick, sick relationship between Bethany and Xavier"I had been quiet for so long, absorbed in my fantasy of being stranded on a secluded island somewhere in the Carribean or held captive on a pirate ship, waiting for Xavier to come and rescue me, that it seemed they had temporarily forgotten I was there.""...Molly was a realist and held the view that friendships had to take a backseat when relationships started - especially if the relationship was as intense as mine and Xavier's.""I knew that if (the assignment) slipped my mind, Xavier would complete it for me and hand it in without my knowledge.He became fiercely protective whenever anybody he didn't approve of came within a two-foot radius of me.""'I'm serious. I hope you realize you can't lecture me about safety ever again,' I said.'Babe, injuries are inevitable. It's all part of the game. You can play nurse afterward if you like.'""'I'm an idiot, I know,' Xavier cut in. 'Letting you go to the prom with Jake. I guess I had too much faith in you.'"Bethany is a fucking celestial being. She acts like a two year-old. Her dependence on Xavier is so near-total that it is deeply disturbing - the above rescue fantasies and assignment-finishing are only the tip of the iceberg. And putting the relationship above friends? Letting Xavier chase off people "he didn't approve of"? Does that not sound a little bit like the symptoms of emotional abuse? Oh, it's not portrayed that way, but that's what it would look like to another character who was paying attention: Xavier controlling who Bethany gets to know, telling her to avoid some people without explanations, taking precedence over everyone else she knows. His double standards are annoying, too - he's allowed to be protective of Bethany, but she has no say about anything that happens to him and isn't justified in being worried when he's actually injured. (Also, he calls her 'babe'. I swear, if any man refers to me in that way he'll get a swift knee to the family jewels - it's unspeakably insulting.)Oh, and there's the fact that apparently he 'let' her go to the prom with Jake. Like she didn't have the freedom to make that choice for herself. And then he has the gall to not let her explain the circumstances, treating her like she has nothing worthwhile to say to him even though she's the only one who knows what happened. Bethany, of course, instead of getting angry at her asshat boyfriend, goes home and gets all mopy. (See above.)This whole situation is just... wrong.Three more quotes, just because:"I had to admit that it was fairly stylish as far as uniforms went. The dress was a flattering pale blue with a pleated front and a white Peter Pan collar. With it we were required to wear knee-high cotton socks, brown buckle-up shoes, and a navy blazer with the school crest emblazoned in gold on the breast pocket. Ivy had bought me pale blue and white ribbons, which she now weaved deftly into my braids.""I'd listened in on the prayers of teenage girls and most of them centered on being accepted by the 'popular' crowd and finding a boyfriend who played on the rugby team.""'Meaning that the human and the divine were never meant to merge. If it happened, I believe the angel would lose his or her divinity. There could be no redemption after such a transgression.''And the human?''The human would never be able to return to normal existence.''Why?' I asked.'Because the experience would surpass all human experiences,' Ivy explained."(Angel sex, guys. It'll blow your mind and then ruin your life. Just one more thing they're perfect at.)I could never in good conscience recommend this book to anyone, but if you're looking for snark bait, this is a doozy. Also, if you're an aspiring writer who wants to learn how not to do it, this could be useful. But ye gods, if you're genuinely searching for a good read, stay as far away as possible.

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-03-26 01:05

    Given some practice in character and plot development, experience with real relationships, and some life perspective, it's possible this 18-year-old author might produce an interesting book at some point. As it stands, however, it's unreasonable to expect the average teenager to tackle such weighty subjects as love and evil and faith and redemption with any convincing measure of depth or insight.

  • sana°¤°
    2019-03-26 03:14

    dnf @ like, 90 something %i want to die more than i've ever wanted to die before.

  • Katya
    2019-04-02 22:07

    Edit: June 2011Mac Mcclelland is a humanitaries journalist who experienced PTSD after working with rape survivors in Haiti. She was never sexually assaulted, but nevertheless experienced panic attacks, sickness, and got drunk every night in order to deal with it. Afterwards, she went through a tough period. She and her fellow journalists who go to 'hot zones' like Haiti, Egypt, Syria and Lybia are under enormous pressure and are reluctant to report cases of sexual and physical abuse because of the victim blaming society likes to dish out on them (As in, "Why did they go there, if they are so hot?"). In her article, she talks about PTSD, how difficult it was, how she used violent sex to ease the worst of it, and how afterwards she got up, went to crisis zones to do her job, reporting cases of sexual abuse on a daily basis.She's my new personal hero.I'm brining this up because, with women like this in the world, I think God's servants can do better than knit mittens and walk the neighbor's dog. In fact, there is just no excuse for the uselessness of the angels in this book.--------------It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that when you hear of teen geniuses, you take the info with a lot of doubt. After all, ours is a society that encourages children to succeed from day one, probably because their parents need the valediction as soon as possible, so the media is all too happy to raise a hype over some young singer or writer. It's also very likely that the hype is raised because of the person's age, not the quality of their art. You can say that teenagers lack certain experiences and interactions outside their own social strata, which no amount of emotional maturity can make up for. Knowing all this, I knew full well that I would have to take the outrage directed towards Alexandra Adornetto's Halo with a grain of salt. After all, she wrote this when she was seventeen? Eighteen? You can hardly expect Nobel prize worthy prose, can you? Surely, if I took things into consideration, that book wouldn't be so bad.Well, I read the book, and my brother read parts of it with me. We both reached a conclusion. The said conclusion is not fit to be heard in polite company.Because here's the thing, my poor readers - even when I disregard the fact that this book reeks of juvenile kiddiness, the story is boring. No. Boring. In bold and italics, because I need to emphasize it this badly. I don't always read amazing books, and I confess, I have plenty of guilty pleasure reads - something I can turn to, like comfort food, only it's much more merciful on my waistline. I can forgive anything as long as the story keeps me entertained. Halo fails to do so, for several reasons.One, there is no story-worthy problem. If you read Les Edgerton's Hooked, you know that this is the most essential thing in a story, the thing that drives it forward. Usually, it's something related the the character's growth (Edgerton uses "Thelma and Louise" as an example) and it's loosely connected to the surface problems. Halo does no such thing - the book consists of Bethany and Xavier falling in love (or talking about being in love) and that's it. Some demons get involved halfway through, but they barely make a serious impact. In the end, our protagonist ends up just as she started off as. And the love story, let's talk about that for a moment. I do realize that teenage girls (or angels in this case) tend to get a little obsessed with the idea (I am one, after all), but aren't there usually reasons why you fall in love? Lust, that's easy. For love to get mixed up in matters, you need to feel something more than a deep appreciation for your boyfriend's hair, am I not right? (my brother's nodding, by the way). You need to have something in common - personal interests, or goals, or at the least a saint-like tolerance for the other's flaws. I'm not saying that you need to be completely compatible, hell no. But it would have been interesting to see Bethany and Xavier actually work on falling in love, and fighting to keep what they have, as opposed to having problems solved for them and the ever-so-convenient 'love at first sight' bull. The second problem is that this book seems bent on breaking every single writing rule there is out there. We have infodumps in lieu of a back story, being told, not shown things, clothing and decor descriptions abound... let's be honest, readers have enough brain cells and imagination to picture the scenes in their heads - that's why they pick up books instead of using the lazier approach of TV or movie theaters. If it's not relevant to the plot, don't write it. It makes up for much smoother reading.Finally, the characters. I think that Adornetto practically brought down the guillotine on this story by making her characters perfect. That's the word Bethany uses to describe herself and her siblings - perfect. I get it that they're angels, but we readers don't want perfect characters. A perfect character means an unrelatable character. As readers, we like to see someone who makes the same mistakes as we do and gets out of the mess by being a better person. Bethany being perfect means that she will not change, nor will she see the need to adapt to Xavier. And Xavier... I really feel sorry for the guy, but more on that later...The really ridiculous part is that Bethany is hardly perfect. She acts like she is, but... well, it's pretty hard to feel for her when she quietly criticizes people for their dress, make-up or lifestyle choices, but gets sour when her boyfriend gets a concussion and can't take her to prom. I mean, really now! Can an obnoxious heroine still be likeable? Sure. Alona Dare from The Ghost and the Goth is a good example of how to write a character like that. The problem here is that Alona knows what she wants and goes for it, aware that there are consequences but willing to face them. Bethany neither considers what she does beforehand, nor is she willing to face the music when the time comes. She is irresponsible and comes off as selfish and uncaring. How, then, are we supposed to like her?The thing about this book that gets the most bile and outrage, though, is that quote: "For this evening at least, feminist philosophy had been abandoned, and the girls, like fairy-tale princesses, let themselves be lead up the flight of steps into the foyer." I kinda get what Adornetto was trying to say here, but what gets my goat is how she worded it. Feminism is a huge word, one that encompasses a lot of different ideas and theories, and it would be irresponsible to just throw it around like that. The only context in which the statement would make sense is that all the girls in Bethany's school adhere to that feminist movement which says that in order to befeministyou have to give up on beingfeminine .EDIT : No, you know what, I changed my mind. That statement is stupid. In fact, it is downright offensive because:1/ Feminism doesn't exclude men - it's a biological impossibility to seperate women from men, which is why it is necessary for both sexes to work together to get rid of sexism in our society. 2/ Feminism has brought us a lot of good things - the right to vote, the right to choose what happens to your body, the right not to be raped in marriage, and, why yes, the right to higher education and work. Interesting how Adornetto would have published this crap if it weren't for generations of feminists fighting for all this stuff she clearly takes for granted. Also, I cannot help but notice the motherloving irony of Adornetto quoting Beyoncé, fuckingBeyoncé , in a book that is supposed to promote Christian moralities and blatantly shuns feminism - did she just happen not to realize that a majority of Beyoncé's songs are about how she's angry at a guy, about how men are useless and promoting female empowerment through dancing around half naked? In fact, it seems to me that the girls in Halo are more fans of that school of thought which defines female empowerment as treating men like objects without any substance or depth. Including Bethany. Not once did I ever hear her describe Xavier in terms that were not connected to his physical appearance, or his usefulness as a protector. I don't know who I should be more mad at - Bethany for being so dependent on a guy, or Xavier for letting her siblings talk him into taking her back. So what? He doesn't trust her when she says Jake forced himself on her, but then she takes him back without so much as a nod in that direction? Am I the only person who sees this as a major problem in that relationship? If he doesn't trust her, and doesn't let her speak in her defence, it shows clearly how dysfunctional their relationship is! And all it takes is an "I'm sorry, I love you" for her to take him back?Bullshit! You wanna know how a genuine conversation would have sounded like? "You didn't treat me like someone you cared about. You were an asshole, to put it nicely. I understand why you were angry. But now you've raised a lot of doubt. Is this how you fight? Loud and scary and mean, with no respect? Relationships hit speed bumps. People argue. Couples fight. How do I know this won't happen again?"I paused, inviting him to answer this time."I can't promise that I'll never yell again," he said softly. "I'm not perfect." He laughed dryly. "Obviously."When I didn't say anything, he kept going. "I can tell you that I don't yell often, but I do tend to spout off without thinking. Sometimes I say things I regret. It's a bad habit, and I'll try to work on it with you. I promise you that I will never argue with you in public again, and I won't storm off without letting you have your say. You deserve more than that. You deserve everything.""You set an awful high standard for me to meet," I continued, wincing a little at the look on his face. I knew that he was sorry, that was obvious. Sorry, and apparently a little oblivious. Sorry wasn't the issue anymore. "Too good to be true. Capable of destroying your whole world. How am I supposed to live up to that? Will it always be like this when I screw up? Because I'm going to screw up too."justaskalice, "Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry", ch. 22, That was from a Twilight fanfic. Do the math.Finally, all I have to say is this - clearly the author of this book is going to grow and develop. We can only hope that her writing will get better. However, that does not change the fact that this book had nothing to keep my attention, nor incite me to read the sequel. The heroine enranged me beyond words - we live in a society where sexism and violence against women are a daily occurrence - we don't need angels in Heaven supporting that! *turns to brother* Got anything else to say, bro? Finally, it doesn't matter how young you are and how long the book you wrote is, if it's not good, don't publish it!

  • Clair
    2019-04-16 22:00

    There was a time in my life when I was super impressed with authors like Christopher Paolini got published at a young age. Of course, I didn't know anything about his publishing connections, but reading Eragon for the first time when I was 13 made me wonder if I actually could start writing and also get a book out there. I wrote all sorts of tawdry crap, and looking back on it now is absolutely painful. I only had a vague understanding of how to build worlds and create characters, I over-utilised my thesaurus and any attempts at emotive writing were really maudlin affairs that just seemed completely telegraphed with no sense of build-up. I insisted I was a serious writer, though, and although I never plucked up the courage to submit my writing to a publisher, I did put writing on the back-burner for several years while I sorted out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I'm glad that I did. I would be seriously embarrassed, not as an author but as a human being, if I ever wrote and believed in the same crap espoused in Halo.Halo does not give you a thrilling story with loveable characters and deep emotional connections. Halo is a depiction of romance written by an immature sixteen year old following a Twilight binge. It throbs with purple prose and is devoutly conservative and preachy. Girls who are in any way sexually active are demonised, love is presented as co-dependency and idolisation rather than a sweet, romantic relationship, there are plot holes that one could drive the Knight Bus through, as well as several elements of Twilight that the book apes almost wholesale. (One such example: going to a town called Port ____ to go shopping for formalwear. Seriously.)The book sets us up with rather grand stakes, in that God has deemed this one little town in the US to be in need of the counsel of an archangel, a seraph and a regular angel named Bethany. There's demonic activity brewing in the area, and it's up to our angels to stop it...!But, psh, who cares about that when there's a hot boy called Xavier for Bethany to swoon over and question her angelic status? Our angelic trio (well, Gabriel and Bethany – Ivy the seraph is stuck at home) decide to attend school to make people get back in touch with their spirituality. Supposedly, the mere act of an angel being nice or organising a social awareness programme turns even the most ardent atheist into a 'good church-goer'. Rather than do the logical thing, which would be to throw themselves into investigating the demonic activity, or doing volunteering in the town, so they can see the trouble firsthand, they just shrug their shoulders and stay indoors watching movies to learn how to acclimatise to human life, and give humans the cold shoulder. While living in a huge Georgian-style mansion with a baby grand in the living room, mohair blankets and cashmere throws.Ivy, despite outranking Gabriel several times over in angel lore, is reduced to playing second fiddle. It's always Gabriel who has the right solution to a problem, or who convinces people into making the right choice. Gabriel, the archangel who revealed the birth of Christ and watched Sodom and Gomorrah burn, now teaches music at school and surfs. I'm quite sure that's sacrilegious in Catholic doctrine, to anthropomorphise an angel like this, but who cares about that when Bethany can talk at length about his bronzed skin and perfectly sculpted body?I don't quite know how a book this preachy was brought out by a major publisher, when it firmly belongs in some Christian publishing house's slush pile, and not marketed as the latest hot teen romance novel. As well as preachiness about religion, you'll be forced to swallow down preachiness about conservatism and the vegan lifestyle, as well as the behaviour and musings of an immature, pathetic main character who does everything butfocus on the mission for over 200 pages. Once Xavier and Bethany become an item, the plot flails weakly for anything that could provide something of interest, before the demonic villain Jake Thorn finally comes into the picture. In the last 120 pages or so. I was reading an e-book version with no page listings, but believe me, the middle of this book dragged out so much that when the villain finally showed up, I was cheering and whooping and hoping for him to actual kick the plot up its backside.Which he does. In a rather ridiculous manner. I'm sorry, you're telling me that an angel who regularly attends church service, reads the Bible and prays daily wouldn't have the slightest suspicion when a guy with a snake tattoo, dark clothing and drops more than a few obvious hints about his otherworldliness? Like his reluctance to attend church?Speaking of this, the book has several research fails -- for somebody who claims to be interested in theology, the author thinks that an angel would have no idea what alcohol is, and continue to sip at an alcoholic drink even though it's making her feel funny (um, what about Eucharist...?), and has only a rudimentary grasp on angelic lore. There's references to Lucifer and God's covenant of archangels, and also this implication that archangels are the most important in the hierarchy of angels, compared to a frigging seraph who has little to do except hand out fair trade leaflets and bake cookies for the church bake sale.Xavier and Bethany's relationship isn't a cute little romance. At times, it's even got these creepy daddy/daughter tones. Xavier treats Bethany as if she's made out of glass, pushes her into eating when she's not hungry as if he implicitly knows what's best for her, and I lost count of how many times Bethany states throughout the narrative that she needs Xavier and without him her world shatters. Or something to that effect.There's a way to do romance, and this is not it. Bethany and Xavier don't have a magnetic attraction, we're TOLD over and over that they do, rather than shown the extent of their relationship. One or two shocking moments along the way pale in comparison to all the times we have to sit through every single cheesy moment where they talk about how they love cuddling and kissing along the jawline or dribbling over each other. (Theological scholars – isn't that idolatry? Bethany's devoting herself to Xavier more than she is to God, right? Answers on a postcard, please.)I fail to see what the problems are in Venus Cove that would require a visit from an archangel and a seraph. I mean, there have apparently been car crashes and mysterious epidemics, but... the decision to set this book in Georgia is kind of glaringly faulty. Georgia is a state where a large portion of the population are Christian – Southern Baptists, to be precise. There's some overlap with Baptist and Catholic practices, so I guess I'll let the obvious Catholic overtones slide, but let's take a look at Venus Cove. It's a town of 3,000 people on the Georgia coastline. (Speaking of which, the exact location is not mentioned in my copy – I had to read Hadesto find out if we were in the United States or just some beach town in Australia.) There are beaches, a 1950s-style pavilion and promenade, and nearly every character we meet lives in a large house and attends a respectable Christian private school. What on earth could be plaguing people who are so, so rich and privileged to be able to live in a picturesque coastal town and living in a gigantic house?The book could have had this subplot about how wealth doesn't make you happy. How the people in Venus Cove have no sense of community, because all everybody does is try to out-compete one another, there are family feuds over inheritances, and there are people who have scaled the mountain of success and promptly discovered that that being on top of the world has not given them the happiness they thought it would. That would make for a premise that our angels could perhaps help with. People have lost faith and need it to be restored. Shame that this version of Venus Cove was never written. One could cut out a few scenes of purple prose describing the furniture in rooms or how nice love feels or whatever, and actually draw blood from this boring plot-stone, but it never happens.Bethany outright states at one point that she is secretly glad that she wasn't dispatched to somewhere in the world that was seriously needy, because the mere news images of these events is enough to make her want to cry. Aside from this disgusting attitude towards the seriously disadvantaged in the world (hint: if you think that you getting upset at the sight of misery is more important than helping the people out of that situation, you're a terrible person), she causes so much trouble in this book and her internal monologues often read like those of a spoiled four year old. We're supposed to sympathise with her. Any time it is pointed out that Bethany is doing something wrong, she immediately shifts the blame elsewhere, whining about how she deserves happiness and everybody is ganging up on her, and it's not faaiiiir.The gender normativity in these books is stifling. I mean, of course, boys don't like make-up but they do like engines, and girls must only ever want to talk about make-up or emotions. Girls are presented as irrational and men as rational. We're supposed to like Xavier for his 'black and white' view on the world, or the fact that he thinks Bethany is too weak to carry her own damn school books. Xavier's sister has an interesting personality, but she's instantly drowned out and seen as this overly-bitter and flighty little madam. A girl named Taylah cannot walk 'demurely' because she is promiscuous, and Bethany uses every opportunity to shame the girls around her for being interested in their appearance. All the gender equality and feminist rhetoric that has been accomplished in the past century seems really distant from this book. You have an angelwith supernatural powers as the main heroine, and you just make her into a weak little thing who can barely take two steps without needing to be supported by her man!I could go on. This book is one of the absolute worst I have ever read, and I was foolish enough to thrown myself down on this blade again. One can only hope that the author has matured over the years and looks back on this book knowing there are major improvements she could have made if only she was emotionally mature enough to consider that internalised misogyny is not the way to make your female character look sympathetic, and nor is co-dependency a desirable romantic relationship.1/5.Relevant LinksKatya's excellent review.The Sparkle Project ReviewAdornetto's 2010 article on 'Why Teenage Boys Suck More Than Vampires'.Adornetto's article on safeguarding one's virginity.(This review is also available on Bibliodaze:

  • shady
    2019-04-06 22:14

    My GOD, how could anyone possibly finish this piece of crap? x_x I gave up after several chapters because it was just so bad. Not even the funny kind of bad. Just plain bad. It took a while for my brain cells to heal fully.I'll continue this book once giant unicorns poop out chocolate-flavored rainbows from the sky while wearing tutus and singing "Born This Way".

  • Morgan F
    2019-04-17 05:03

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  • Varian Rose
    2019-03-27 23:56

    Please God, tell me your angels aren't like this!You know how a song plays through your head when you read a book, and the lyrics remind you of the story? Well, the song was "Angel Of Light" by Dark Lay Still, and one line in particular stuck with me. "Haunting beauty masks your ill intent."The cover of this book is beautiful. What's inside is ugly.The message I got from this book was: be a good Christian, go to church every Sunday, and if you’re different in any way, you can’t express it; you're evil if you do so. You must suppress the interests God gave you for His own reasons, or you're going to Hell. I got this from the villain. The students that he befriended were Goths. Literally the only group of people in this book that dare to express themselves for who they are, and they get treated like they're sided with the devil. If the characters weren't goths when he met them, he turned them into goths--all of them were highly creative students, artists, musicians, etc.Another message I got was you can only be a Christian if you fit our standards. These angels would hate me. On most days I wear black. Almost all the music I listen to is heavy metal. Acording to Halo I'm going to Hell.The "heroine" had not personality whatsoever. She was supposed to be doing good, but instead she put the "cramp in her chest" about Xavier before everything else.Xavier was so perfect that he was sickening. I was tierd of hearing about his nutmeg hair and truquoise eyes...sure he's good looking, but what else draws you to him? Why were the angels even in this town? I think God's servants can do much more than teach hymns, knit sweaters, "bring people back to nature," and walk the neighbor's dog. Everyone was Christian, went to church every Sunday, and was super-polite.Interesting side note: Xavier said that he didn't believe in God. He said he believed in "a higher power, a spiritual energy." He basically said no when asked if he believed in God.The climax was horrible. By the time these character even realize that there's a demon in town, they do nothing. They "wait for higher authority." I wanted to send some of the characters from J. R. Ward's Fallen Angel series into Halo so they could go kick demon butt. I had issues with the climax. Not the "power of love" thing, but that it was romantic love, not godly love, that defeated the demon. For being a book that promotes Christianity, the author never talked about the love of Christ. Bethany, an angel, put a "cramp in my chest" before God. Once she "fell in love" with Xavier, she forgot about God. I would not give this book to a young teen. Messages like the ones in this book will make them A. Terrified of expressing themselves B. Think that it's okay for a guy to take over your every thought C. Frightened of the physical side of a relationship. Did anyone else notice that Jake tied Emily to her bed so she couldn't escape the fire...and that Xavier admitted that they'd had "a physical relationship?" I don't think that's coincidence.If you really want to know why this book made me so angry, please feel free to go through my 102 status updates.I could go on, but I don't want to. I was deeply offended by the message I picked up, and will not be reading any more of this author. Yes, this book is clean (sex before marriage is portrayed in a very negative light, an if-you-do-this-you'll-go-to-Hell sort of light) and there's very little violence. Teens will love it "because it has a HOT GUY in it!!!" but because of what's beneath the surface, I would skip this one.P.S.Check out Covet, which is the first in a series. The angels aren't characters in the love story, but they bring the couple together. Another good book that features angels is Angel Time.

  • Taneika
    2019-04-14 23:18

    More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages!A taxi I caught recently had the craziest driver I have ever met. The minute I got in the taxi, he asked me if I was interested in politics, I said yes, I've studied it and I still try to keep up with the latest... He took that as an invitation to start preaching to me about the political party that he supports. He gave me the party's newspaper in which this political party compares the QUEEN to HITLER. They also have the nerve to say that the Queen is worse than Hitler and wants to kill off everybody because "YOU ARE 70% CARBON AND SHE HAS APPROVED THE INTRODUCTION OF THE CARBON TAX". Everything this taxi driver said to me was solely his opinion and the opinion of the preachy, ridiculous newspaper which wasn't my belief. I felt the same sort of thing happened whilst reading Halo. As an athiest, I do not mind if somebody is religious or has different beliefs to me. However, the moment that somebody starts preaching their religion to me, I'm not interested. I just don't want to hear it. This book was EXTREMELY preachy and I'd like to apologise to my stepmum and Dad for random outbursts of frustration and laughter.So, Halo follows three angels who have been sent to Earth to combat dark forces. Excuse me, but what dark forces? The plot of this novel was non existent and consisted of info dumps about nothing and long, boring descriptions of everything. Every single character was flat and boring. Bethany was the single worst heroine I have EVER come across. Worse than Nora, Bella and Luce put together. She had the personality of a pole and the wits of a Barbie doll. She could not do anything by herself, she constantly clung to Xavier and thought about him when they were apart for 5 minutes. She also couldn't bear to watch the news for fear of seeing something bad. What the fuck would she do if she was shoved in the middle of a war zone instead of VENUS COVE where a few people have died of illness and some chick had a car crash.Xavier was an overprotective, boring, popular guy with ALMOND shaped eyes and WALNUT hair (anyone else thinking that the author likes nuts?) who did nothing but want to hang around Bethany and protect her. I'm sorry, but this is not a healthy relationship. If my boyfriend wanted me to spend every waking moment together, and if we got to the point that we felt like we would rather die than be without eachother for an hour, then I think we'd have a problem. Wanting to do that and just wanting to touch, smell, hear, see, taste the other person constantly is not love. This is a major problem. Seems to me, the author was a teenager when she wrote this, who had been raised perfectly, has parents who are still together, went to a private school and was published at an extremely young age and therefore has very unrealistic ideas as to what is evil, what is good and about the world in general. Also, Bethany should have fallen but she doesn't (view spoiler)[because her great power is LOVE. Yes kissing your boyfriend can SAVE THE WORLD (hide spoiler)].. Ugh.Not only are the primary characters flat and boring, the secondary characters are too. Bethany's friends are the worst. I'm not kidding when I say all they talk about is boys, makeup, shopping and prom. They have no substance whatsoever. Bethany's "siblings" are also flat and boring. For instance, Gabriel (yes, that Gabriel) just fucking cooks all the time and looks moody on occassion, and Ivy cooks, sews and cleans. Wow. That's just awesome.Everything in this novel is stereotypical and essentialist.. for example, ALL people who like music have messy, shoulder length hair and carried instrument cases, ALL people who were artistic liked to accessorise and wear berets and scarves. Also, she is extremely essentialist toward "goths", "'And what is the center of goth culture?' Gabriel said. Ivy looked at him, her eyes wide. 'Death.'" Oh really? So every single "goth" loves the concept of death and cemetarys do they? Not everything is black and white. Ridiculous.Ally not only has a habit of preaching religion, but also her ideas. For example, Xavier would like to get into design (which I hate, just because I want to throw a computer when using Photoshop) but isn't going to because "[It] Isn't considered a serious career, is it? The idea of having invested all this money into my education only to have it end in unemployment doesn't thrill my parents". Seriously, if my parent's told me I couldn't do Journalism or Public Relations, I would tell them, "It's not freaking up to you, it's my life, I'm determined, I'm going to go far". I mean, the people who work for DISNEY and PIXAR did design. If you're determined enough, you can do it (Oh, look. Now I'm preaching!).Also, Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet is mentioned throughout. Romeo and Juliet was not a great love story. Shakespeare was not an idiot. His point was, if you fall in "love" really quickly, you will be messed up and quite possibly die. Yeah.After about 200+ pages, Ally suddenly thought "oh hey, I mentioned dark forces, better do something about that" and introduced the worst villian ever. JAKE THORN. Oh god. He wears black, he has green eyes, he has a tattoo, he is British and he rides a motorbike therefore he is evil. Again, with the stereotyping! After about another 100 pages, Ally thinks "wow, I forgot about dark forces again", and so some shit goes down at prom (view spoiler)[where Bethy gets prom queen - of course. Jake kisses her and her and her boyfriend break up for two seconds (hide spoiler)], then some more weird stuff happens then there is this weird battle thing between Jake and Beth/Xavier and Jake is "defeated" by the power of love. Ally also seems to have a problem with men (who aren't walnut-haired and named Xavier) in general. "Although the boys looked dashing in their tuxedoes, they were only really there as escorts; the night clearly belonged to the girls", so really, boys can't enjoy themselves. Are girls just controlling bitches who just use men as an accessory? Enough with the preaching of your ideas Adornetto, go away.I think I read somewhere that Ally doesn't even have an editor. IT SHOWS. If she had a good editor, a good 100 pages could have been cut from this garbage. This book was the most apalling thing I have ever read and I don't appreciate having the author shove their beliefs down my throat.Overall: TERRIBLE.

  • Krystle
    2019-04-01 21:13

    This book has me raging like you wouldn't believe.First of all, the pacing of this book was extremely, *extreeeeeeeeemely* slow. I bet watching the faucet run would be more exciting than this. And why is this? The insane massive amounts of info-dumping in the beginning. Like, seriously, you get the WHOLE deals about EVERYTHING you needed to know in the angel history and on and on and onnnnn. Then there's PAGES and PAGES where there consists of actually NOTHING happening and it's mainly just "let's give our obnoxious couple more love-love" times. The plot was practically non-existent.Second, the main girl is an insipid, useless, and pathetic caricature of a teen-aged female. Not only does she go gaga in love for Xavier as soon as meets him, but once they hook up, she becomes clingy and overly obsessed. Even an hour apart and she's all wailing about how much she needs him, or talks about how much she thinks about him, or every moment away from him is agony. I am being straight up with this, man, it ain't no joke. Don't make me vomit.And the plot? WHERE WAS IT? It had a brief flash of it in the beginning and then... NOTHING for like 300 pages. It's only in the last 100 pages or so that something actually happens, and all your action that was missing so badly in the beginning and middle pops up. You could've cut out more than 1/2 of this book and still have a better story than what you have now.I'm not a religious person and don't know much about the bible, angels, and what not but... their portrayal feels so limp-dicked. (Yeah, I love saying that). I mean, Bethany doesn't do anything but mope around about how much she wants to see Xavier or goes out and sees him. For some angel who helps shepherd souls to the other side or heals them she did a whole lot of NOTHING of that in the story. And then, Gabriel? I don't know what he's actually supposed to really be but when I found out he's the, you know, *archangel* I thought he'd be some bad ass dude. No. All he does is teach class, cook, sing, and basically sit around and act pretty. Another thing that got me going really good and I couldn't help but scoff, laugh, and every ridiculing adjective in the book, was that they *glowed* in the dark. I kid you not. Glowed. Complete with halos. Strangle me now.Xavier was different from other ya male leads by the fact that he's *nice* and well... sweet. But that didn't help make up for his flat and boring character portrayal. He was such a whipped puppy throughout this whole book.And after reading this article she wrote, I couldn't help but have a more nasty flavor in my mouth. a ridiculous, sexist, shallow, and HYPOCRITICAL piece of trash this article is. Ugh.Bethany's other girl friends are nice and supportive of her but could the blonde bimbo stereotype be pushed any further? I highly doubt people think the Middle East is somewhere in AFRICA, people. Come on! And everyone else in the school is broken up into some over done cliched "group" type I couldn't help but roll my eyes.And I forgot what other good things there was about this book and I just finished reading it too. Bleh. Oh, right, the beautiful cover that's wasted on this book. What a shame. Don't even get me started on the writing that had MANY cringe inducing descriptions that just overflowed to the max, and the saccharine mess of dialogue. Just no, no, no.Man, I'm still raging.

  • Anna Pravdica
    2019-04-12 21:24

    Yep, that was me while reading this book. Sad, no?Oh, and before I forget:Dear Alexandra Adornetto,

  • Laurel
    2019-04-03 01:00

    *There are spoilers somewhere. Whatever.*I don’t have enough snark on Goodreads. Granted, snark has been around and around and around this site and my addition of snark into the Halo series will drown in the other snark-filled reviews that will have clearly better points than me. Even so, I felt that I had to read this so I could join the Snark Army and contribute to the world and try to save fellow readers from this big, fat, ugly mess.Mess....“Mess” doesn’t quite do it for me. I could go with poor excuse for literature. I could go with monstrosity as well. I think I may just go with Brain Killer. That’ll work.It’s because of literary attempts like these that I can sit down and say, “Hey, I may have a plot hole that I missed in my series, but at least I didn’t write Halo and thought it was the best of my ability.” Any mistake I make I feel will be okay and minor because it can never amount to the sheer fuckery that is this book attempt at a story.Now I’ll be straight with all of you before I start. This review won’t be too intense on angel mythology fuck ups and what not, for the reason that I don’t really know much about angel mythology (and personally I don’t really care for it because I don’t find it that fascinating). Maybe that’ll change someday I dunno, but for now, there’s not much for me to say in the terms of angel mythology except for thing? And that’ll be talked about later when I dive into how vapid and dull all of these characters are.I would also like to say that I am not a religious person. I don’t really know what to call myself. I’m possibly agnostic, maybe even atheist. I’m pro-evolution so I guess that tells you where I stand. I have a feeling that because of my standing in terms of religion, this brain killer was bashing my head in with the goodness of the Lord and what not. Constantly preachy. That feeling may just be me not caring about religion. Honestly, all religions have all the same stories and it really all blends into a huge blur for me. So to me, I could give less of a fuck for it. Sorry if that offends anyone, but it’s my opinion and I stand by it.I’m also quite sad that a cover as pretty and interesting as this one hides away a fluffy Three Musketeers-esque story about NOTHING.Alexandra Adornetto’s Brain Killer is supposed to be a tale about Bethany the angel and her siblings, Gabriel and Ivy. They embark on a HOLY JOURNEY to go and save Venus Cove from some Agents of Darkness or something. No seriously, Agents of Darkness. And our angel heroes are Agents of Light. Can I join this agency, too? Can humans be made Agents of the Agency of Brightness Levels? Can I get an explanation for any of this or are we gonna dive - yeah we’re going right in with nothing nevermind. Here’s the summary:“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?”I’m...I’m sorry. What the hell is this? Where was the scene that showed the effort of hiding their wings and glow and powers? Gabriel and Ivy never do anything in their power to intervene with Xavier x Bethany because of some circle of higher-ups that say, “Lol fuck it”. And if Bethany’s mission was urgent and she had a single brain cell in her, she’d know that her mission was more important that some WALNUT-HAIRED boy who can changes his eyes from blue to turquoise to aqua to sapphire to azure to fuckin’ rainbow.Also, if these dark forces were elaborated on ONCE in this entire book, I may have a shred ‘o dread for our world. But no, we get nothing, because we’re all dumb YA readers and will soak up everything useless and pointless. This brings me to...The Great Breakdown from HellOHMIGOSH see what I did there? Get it, Adornetto? Ya get it?! *ahem* So the writing for this. I really don’t think I need to explain many things about it. It’s down right shitty. Adornetto throws in this poetic nonsense that doesn’t even match with what she’s trying to tell at times and it’s just a giant glob of “Where the hell am I?” Her dialogue is petty, her descriptions are useless (SNAKE-GREEN! RAIN-GRAY! CAT-GREEN!), and she has zero grip on her tale of supposed misfortune and grief.You know something is going to be terrible when even the WRITER can't figure out what's going on in his/her story. HONESTLY! Adornetto must have just thrown this shit together and said, "Haha, mom, look what I can do! And I'm only nineteen! Aren't ya proud of me?" Nothing in this beast was planned. All I can say is that there was an attempt and even that became washed out because of the love that Xavier and Bethany supposedly shared. Why did I torture myself with this.Another thing I noticed was her punctuation. She’s what, 19? 20? And she doesn’t know how to correctly punctuate a sentence? The only example I remember is the one I have for Jake, which will be mentioned later on. I swear Jake had a cat on him because of Adornetto’s successful apostrophes.Structure must have been on a hot ass date with Plot because neither showed up for the Brain Killer PARTAY. I’ll mention the Magic 3 system again here. The best structure I’ve seen, and swear by, follows three main climaxes: Beginning, Middle, Final. Each one is important in terms of writing/advancing character drives, developments, and even out the flow of plot and pacing. So while reading Brain Killer, it was strikingly obvious in places that nothing was going anywhere any time soon. It’s like I was getting backhanded for daring to try and find it. My poor head hurts so much.Now I gotta move onto the characters before I start getting too into the lack of story.BETHANY ZEE BEST ANGEL EVUR:Bethany is as dumb as it gets. Bella at least had motives, as stupid as they were, but Bethany just doesn’t have anything about her that’s appealing. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. You get my point. She is a dumb little monkey whose perfect angelness allows her to learn things at ridiculous speeds and can perfect them in a matter of hours. Bullshit.She also makes real shitty choices. “Oh I’m an angel, but I don’t know about drinking, so I’m just gonna chug my heart out at this partay and think nothing of it TEE-FUCKIN-HEE.” She has no common sense, no common courtesy, actually, I don’t think she has anything more than a hollow skull. Bethany is a shitty heroine. I don’t even think she’s a heroine at all. She’s not even a girl. She’s not even an angel. She’s not even a character. She’s just poop in the form of a supposed main character trying to relate to the reader and ends up failing SO HARD that it’s not even funny. It’s downright infuriating.She also says that she has fallen in love with Xavier. Now that is one thing I know about angels. If they say that they love someone, I'm pretty sure they fall. Which did not happen. Because Bethany is just so precious and godly and a Mary Sue.Her mannerisms fluctuated between somewhat righteous and flat-out nonsensical. I had no idea what her drive was or what the hell she wanted to do. She was just a dumbass head over heels for a kid who’d be considered a shoobie on Rocket Power. It’s time like these that I must selfishly throw in the awesomeness of Harvey Swick from The Thief of Always.Harvey Swick is ten years-old, learns to appreciate his time on Earth, and saves his friends and family from a crazed otherworldly entity that longs to munch on his soul.Bethany is an angel that appears 17 that falls in love with OH MY GOSH a boooooooy and learns nothing.Yeah, fuck that noise. Bethany is just dull dull dull. I spit at failures like her. I honestly can’t fathom my hatred for this girl. She and fuckin’ Xavier and their stereotyping ways.LORD XAVIER OF WOODS:This little buttmunch. He was perfect, too. The school captain of Bumblefuck High, head of like...four different teams or something, and just plain hunky. Oh and he’s got a hundred-watt smile, so wear your shades, ladies. Xavier’s got the props to be a great wingman to the perfect lil’ Mary Sue, as stated by Ms. Adornetto herself during Generic Prom Scene #390993481A. Of course, he doesn’t actually GET to prom because of whatever reason I skipped over. It doesn’t matter anyway. It didn’t make the story better.Xavier was just as shitty as Bethany, dare I even say more so. I was sitting and rereading Twilight I swear. Xavier was an asshole. He would force feed Bethany like she was a goddamn four year-old. I dunno who did that to you, Adornetto when you were 17 three or so years ago, but I know that if someone tried to do that to me, they’d have a scrunched-in face. They’d become part maine coon kitty.I think what really killed me of course was just his relationship with Bethany. Every time they would chat, there’d be this discussion of boys liking things like motorcycles for the sole reason that they had a dick. Right, of course. Dicks scream bikes. Complete sense. Gotcha. The extreme stereotyping in this book really made me hurl. I couldn’t stand the obnoxious lines that I read. Xavier is just a condescending jerkwad and does sports sports sports like ALL BOYS DO! He goes against his parents wishes, and contradicts himself when he praises family values a number of times. It’s all just a big clusterfuck.This brings me to another point. Women are seen as weak and shallow. The fuck is that about? And why do they crawl back to their male overlords and say, “Oh my, we have failed you I am so sorry! PUNISH MEEEEE.” Like, Gabriel’s word is the final word in their assigned house with no electronics and shit. And if I remember correctly, Ivy is higher ranked and yet she’s all, “Lol Gabe you are SOOOOO right! :)” What kind of fuckery are you trying to teach, Adornetto?I’m just gonna move on because...ugh. I can’t stand this.JAKE ‘KITTEN’ THORN:Jake Thorn is the cat that tries to steal Bethany away from Xavier-What? You don’t think Jake is a cat? But...he purrs and has snake/cat green eyes.Well, if he isn’t a cat, he definitely HAS one. Says so right here:"Jake’s face was molded into a mask of earnestness and concern, but his cat’s eyes glinted dangerously..."Good punctuation work, Adornetto. Gold star for you, darlin’.We are first introduced to Jake in Bethany’s english class, where he stands out for being gothy and cool-like. I imagine a darker version of Jimmy Neutron’s Nick. Anywho, Jake Thorn proves himself awesome by reciting Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee. This got me incredibly angry, but not because of the reference itself.Anyone can reference anything in a book. Sure thing, go ahead, I’m not stopping you. However, if you are using someone as awesome as Edgar Allan Poe’s ANNABEL LEE, to use as a tool to get girls to swoon over your antagonistic character named Jake Thorn rather than for an actual symbolic purpose or meaning, that’s where I draw the fucking line. Poe is my man; we share the same birthday. We are birthday buddies. NO ONE DOES THAT SHIT TO MY BIRTHDAY BUDDY.Jake, with his cat-green eyes (what), purring, and leather jacket that’s really just kitty fur cause he’s so evil or something, finally gets the plot rolling. And that’s probably the only reason why I like him. Also, he’s British. Cause evil people always have to be British, don’t they? Jake Thorn: British Evil Goth Cat. DOODLE BUGS, I CHALLENGE YOU TO DRAW THIS.And because I have to make the Bruce Campbell comparison:Jake’s theTo Bethany’sNo one else really matter in this story. Molly was somewhat okay, but never left an impression on me. Gabe and Ivy were robots mostly and Taylah (TAYLAH?!) and whoever else was in school just didn’t work as characters. Oh yeah, Xavier had a family or something. They didn’t matter. Not at all.Plot-wise, this book suffered from Twilight/Divergent syndrome. NO PLOT WHATSOEVER until the last 10% or so of the book. Just stupid and dumb and annoying. And even then, the ending was just about rescuing Bethany and saving the day or some garbage. Anti-climactic and all-around pointless.I’ve never been so angry with a book. Never ever. This was a preachy book about dumbass characters expressing unhealthy relationships and views against women. I really don’t think I can handle Hades or Heaven unless they end up being ridiculously and humorously terrible.Halo was hell. Times a bajillion.Good day, sirs and ladies.

  • Nic
    2019-04-10 00:20

    Disappointment was hiding behind that pretty cover. I couldn't finish Halo. I usually love stories about angels and the cover is beautiful (I'm a bit of a cover slut) but I found this book boring, so in the end I gave up. I felt like I had to force myself to read on. There has been so many angel books out recently that I was looking for that something special and unfortunately this wasn't it for me. I don't know if I gave it a fair chance reading only 100 pages so maybe one day I'll come back and try again when I have ran out of good books to read.

  • Christine
    2019-03-31 21:58

    (Originally posted on Read All Over Reviews)I was so excited when I landed a spot on Good Golly Miss Holly’s ARC Tour for Halo. I’m all about some angels and the premise for this book sounded promising. And then I actually read it.I seriously worry about the future of women (and feminism) when there’s things like this and Twilight guiding our youth … and adults. I know that may be harsh, but I’m losing my patience. Halo was practically Twilight, but with wings.First, you’d think that a book bordering on 500 pages would actually have a massive amount of plot development, but it’s sparse at best. We have to sit through pages and pages of empty scenes to even be given a small ounce of story line. And can I just say, being a teenage girl is not all about makeup, shopping and zomg!prom! What a way to paint them as empty eedjits, eh? Oh, and by the way it’s the 21st Century, girls can ask guys to the prom too. Clichés don't stop there though, no. They range from "poetry is for girls" and "I'm a boy, I know engines" and back. *sighs*I believe if we cut this book down to just the main storyline, it would only be 30-40 pages long. It took just over 250 pages just to introduce the damn villain. And if that was a climax, it certainly wasn’t an enjoyable one. Remind me to feign a headache next time.And don’t get me started on character development … what character development? The deepest person in this book is Xavier because he happens to have some so-called baggage, yet we only get damp up to our ankles. Our protagonist, Bethany, is even worse than Bella Swan in terms of completely devoting her every waking moment and thought to a boy she just met. What makes it ten times worse is that Bethany is an angel, a servant of “Our Father” (as God is referred to in this book), sent on a mission to help guide humanity back to the goodness of the world, and faith … and yet she’s distracted by a teenage boy. A teenage boy overrides a mission from God. I mean, come on. Only after what appears to be a week, maybe two, they are already reciting "I love yous"...Angels are stoic beings, and yes, I can see them as eventually developing intimate feelings for humanity (we have the nephilim, after all, so mythologically speaking that would be the case). But eventually as in after eons on Earth, not the very first day they arrive. On top of that, Bethany actually looks to Xavier to protect her. Wait, did I miss the memo where immortal angels began needing protection from mortals? Must be in my “wtf” inbox, I‘ll check later. So are we saying here that even if you are an angel, immortal and powerful, that you still need a guy to watch after you? Is that it, because that’s what I’m getting from it. Angels are warriors, not whiny daffodils.And instead of focusing on the mission at hand, Bethany spends her time thinking about Xavier or pondering up disgusting scenarios where he comes to her like a knight to a distressed damsel in some lofty castle bower. Bleh. Oh, and let us not forget the times when he isn’t filling her mind like a knight-in-shining-armor she is sick with worry that “omgz, does he not like me anymore?!!? Whatever will I do?!? I can't breath!” Nauseating. Angel. Psh. More like a Ninny. Oh, and we are even treated to a catatonic phase from Bethany after she and Xavier have a fight. Remind you of anything? *coughs*New Moon*coughs* Because, you know, it’s totally normally to shut down when you have a quarrel with a guy...This was such a disappointment and was, I thought, overly bogged down with too many religious bits. I get that angels are bound to touch on religion, but you can do it in such a way that it doesn’t feel like we reading a Sunday sermon.Again, I hate to be this callous but I’m just fed up with books that paint a bad example for our impressionable young ladies. Isn’t it bad enough that we have glamour mags and reality television … and Twilight? If I were a teenage girl, I’d be insanely annoyed that for some reason the media, and some YA authors, seem to think you all need saving by a knight on a white horse and that you are unable to do anything for yourselves.

  • Ceilidh
    2019-04-04 04:02

    Oh goody, it’s angels again. My track record with angels in YA is dark to say the least. We’ve had one book thrown against a wall and another book so awful I couldn’t help but wonder if it was part of some Richard Dawkins style orchestrated plot to prove how awful religion is (not that any of these terrible books are in any way connected to religion beyond bastardising some of the most interesting elements of Christian mythology, but I digress.) I never swore to not review another angel orientated YA book again but I’ve remained weary and suspicious of others that have come my way and after reading the synopsis of this book as well two articles by the author herself explaining her abstinence (this liberal feminist has a deep opposition to abstinence only education and the deep underlying messages it sends to girls about their sexuality, more of which you’ll undoubtedly hear later since it’s something I love to rant about.) and why Edward Cullen is the perfect man (do you even want me to go there?) The author Ms Adornetto published her first book when she was 13. Now aged 17, the same age as my sister (who has much better taste in books, her favourites being ‘The Virgin Suicides’ and ‘Prozac Nation’), she has moved into the paranormal YA field with ‘Halo’ and wow, it’s... Yeah, it’s awful. (As a brief warning, I sort of went off on a tangent of feminist ranting later on in the review but it is related to the book. If this bothers you somehow then please stop reading my blog.)From the very first paragraph, Adornetto is trying so hard to be poetic with her prose but it just comes across as incredibly awkward and clumsily written. Everything as narrated by Bethany reminds me of when you write a story and just look up a thesaurus for every fifth word or so; it reads like someone trying to write way beyond their maturity. I think it’s unfair to comment on the author’s age in relation to their work but it’s so noticeable throughout the book. The very beginning of the story, with the three angels adjusting to human life, is a big tell-don’t-show info-dump that drags the story to a halt before it even begins, and this complete lack of pacing continues throughout the 400+ pages. We don’t need to know every single detail of the angel-to-human transition straight away; weave it into the story and let the plot continue. Well, what passes for a plot here.I’m beginning to think that YA writers have become allergic to plots. The recent bunch of popular ones, anyway. Out of the original Sparkle Project 10, I counted 4 out of 10 as actually having a plot. That’s really not a good statistic. The constant meandering between moping and love and moping and feminist rage inducing love was so incredibly dull. Nothing happens for a huge chunk of this book and when stuff does happen it’s nothing to write home about. The book also suffers from the ever increasing trademark of this genre, as well as all Twilight fanfiction, in that Adornetto spends far too long describing thing that just do not matter. The clothes that Ivy wears are not relevant to the plot. The layout of their house does not further the story. None of these things matter in the slightest and even I, with my kink for lush descriptive scenes (although as I said previously, all the descriptive scenes were trying way too hard), was bored senseless. Of course it wasn’t just the plotting and info-dump overloads that made this book terrible. Let’s not forget the characters. It’s all too common an occurrence to have the plain, boring girl fall in love with the powerful, enigmatic male creature of power in this genre so I was at least hoping for an interesting take on the gender roles being switched. Boy that was optimistic of me. Bethany makes Bella Swan look like Emmeline Pankhurst. For someone who is supposed to be a messenger of God, one of amazing power and strength, she comes across as a whiny, selfish little girl who is incapable of the most basic actions. She, the angel, is the one that needs saving by the human boy! It doesn’t help that the angels just made the stupidest of decisions (where do you station yourself if you want to fight evil? Of course, a high school!) But Bethany really takes the cake. I try not to let my personal opinion of the author’s life or views get in the way of my reviews but having read ‘Halo’ following that pro-abstinence article Adornetto wrote, I couldn’t help but read this book like some sort of silver ring pamphlet. Its desperation to be emotionally manipulative was infuriating. The characterisation was weak across the board, especially with Bethany and cardboard cut-out love interest Xavier. But here’s the kicker. The bit that made me do the crinkled face in exasperated feminist rage:“For this evening at least, feminist philosophy had been abandoned, and the girls, like fairy-tale princesses, allowed themselves to be led up the flight of stairs and into the foyer.”...So... you really want me to go there, don’t you, Ms Adornetto. Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you.Bullshit!You heard it from the messenger of God yourselves, ladies. Feminist philosophy doesn’t allow you to wear dresses and have a good time. How dare all those old women whose names I have forgotten try and fight for countless generations of girls and women after them to be treated like normal human beings and be allowed to do such frivolous things as vote! It’s so much more fun to give up all your free will and independence, put on some sparkly skirts and be led around like an obedient little princess while your handsome prince does everything for you. Now put that silver ring back on and get into the kitchen, your prince wants his pot-roast on the table by 7! Okay, I have to talk about this. The title of Adornetto’s piece for The Age, minus shitty editing, is Guard your virginity; once lost it’s gone forever.” Newsflash – you are worth more than your hymen! Sex does not make you a bad person, wanting sex does not make you a bad person. Virginity is not a gift. I understand how sensitive the topic of sex can be and of course it comes with a degree of emotional attachment, but this bullshit idea that girls need to safe-guard it as if their lives depend on it isn’t just stupid, it’s dangerous. The attitudes that come with girls who want sex is shameful, as witnessed by the healthy dose of slut-shaming Adornetto does in her article. Guess what? Sometimes girls want to have sex! And that’s not a bad thing! Tying virginity to ‘dignity and self respect’ suggests that those who choose to have sex are somehow dirty and unworthy, especially when you wrap it up in a YA book so full of bastardised Christian imagery. This is what leads to bullshit organisations teaching abstinence only education as the only form of sex education (and let’s face it, the world needs less of that, and in connection, less Bristol Palin) and perpetuates bullshit stereotypes about women and sex that have been around since time begot. (For anyone who wants to read more on the subject of the purity movement and how it harms young women, pick up ‘The Purity Myth’ by Jessica Valenti.)I know I went off on a huge tangent there but this idea that sex de-moralises women goes hand in hand with the Twilight-style love story, where teen marriage is the solution and feminism is a dirty F word. Even if ‘Halo’ didn’t have all that crap in it I would still be giving it a low rating. As such, this wasn’t worth my time and I’m sorry I even bothered picking it up. I think I’m done with angel YA books for now and my only hope is that Ms Adornetto at least tries to understand what feminism truly is at some point in her life.1/5.

  • Demo
    2019-04-24 22:09

    Note: Just in case anyone gets any ideas, I do not give a chiz if you think I'm going to burn in Hell for saying things that I have about things I probably shouldn't. Unless your Jesus or something, your opinion on the matter does not concern moi.This was probably the longest amount of time I've ever needed to finish a book: an entire month. It's not that I am a slow reader, so much as I am a procrastinator. Every time I went to open this book, something totally stupid would distract me. I'd be like, Xavier had the most beautiful eyes I'd ever---oohhh a leaf..... And then I'd be making the leaf talk, or dance, or dissecting it or something. Maybe about an hour or two later I'd come back to the book. And then the same thing would happen. all. over. again.And that's hard to do. I mean, I have a one-track mind. After I set my sights on something, there is no possible way to distraLOOK WEBKINZZZ!!!!Oh, right.Okay, so this book didn't suck as much as I thought it would. I mean, it still sucked, but it wasn't as high on my most-hated list as Hush, Hush. Xavier was overprotective, Gabriel was a stoic, and Bethany was too human, but whatever. The plot was ridiculously stupid, and really lacked all sense-making. For example, when Xavier broke his ankle (or sprained it or whatever), why didn't Bethany use her special powers to speed up the healing process? Then she wouldn't have to drag Jake anywhere! AND EVERYONE WOULD BE HAPPY!! (except Jake, but he doesn't matter)That wasn't the only thing, though.When Jake had Bethany held captive, why doesn't she use her special angel powers to, like, make him spontaneously combust? I mean, after he forced a demonic spirit down Molly's throat, I'm quite sure that Gabriel has all the proof he needs, so the angels should've had a grant by then to take out Jake.But no. Instead she squirms around and cries. She is an ANGEL. Not a human, but a celestial being that shouldn't even broken a sweat trying to defend herself. She should've been like the Powerpuff Girls on Redbull beating the crap out of that dude.Aha, I feel bad for Jake now. He gets to be Him.Speaking of which, have you ever noticed it's nearly impossible to tell if Him is a boy or a girl? I mean, sure, they say he's a boy. But what about the high pitched opera voice? Or the too-too? Or the go-go boots (with heels)? Or the make up? Or is he just a cross dresser? Or... Or... Or...Sorry. How terribly conspiracy theorist of me.Moving on.Yeah, so Bethany took her powers for granted and didn't use them when they could actually serve a purpose. And this kept happening, too. Time and time again.Of course, that didn't bother me as much as the grammar did. I have never found so many literary mistakes before. I'm like, a grammar nazi or whatever it is they call it. I've found grammatically incorrect sentences in my English textbook before. So of course I was freaking out over every little misstep. And there were a lot of missteps.For example:"Fine but if he's going, I'm going with him.""The group were gathered in a semicircle around him.""You know, I can carry my own stuff, Xav, I'm not an invalid." (There should be a period after "Xav.")"Things are usually pretty chill around here except its been a bit weird lately." (that sentence is weird in general.)"This can't be happening... that was... that girl was..."There was a sixth one somewhere, but I can't find the page. I think it had something to do with an interrogative sentence ending with a period. Anyways, I really hoping the editor was just having an off day and doesn't miss that many errors all the time. It was irritating. Another thing that made me facepalm---their names. Were they trying to be conspicuous when they chose the last name Church? Sure, it's not enough that they glow in the dark, are overly-concerned with the wellfare of others, and pretty much flawless in every way. No, now they have to have names like Gabriel Church!Oh, and I did a little research today to humor myself. I looked up the name meanings for the main characters. Here's what I came up with:Gabriel ~ Hero of GodJake ~ He who supplantsBethany ~House of figsIvy ~ IvyNotice how 3 out of 4 of them have no relation to religion? Yeah. Explain this to me, please.Mm, and my absolute favorite part of this book---Bethany's nicknaming Xavier. I think I might have died laughing when she called him Snooki-Wookie. Not only is that the single most embarrassing boyfriend-girlfriend name I have ever heard, but it also makes me picture this really weird combination of Snooki and Chubaka. +=Sort of.Yet another thing about this novel that pissed me off: ever notice how all of Jake's disciples are goths? What the hell? First of all, that's pretty insulting to a lot of Goth people. Second of all, looky what I found on page 438:"They look like goths," I replied."And what is the center of goth culture?" Gabriel said.Ivy looked at him, her eyes wide. "Death.""Yes." Xavier's face was grim. "So where would be the best place for a bunch of weirdos obsessed with death?"Ah, and Xavier's charming close-minded view of life strikes again, my friends. Not only did he agree that goths are obsessed with death, but he also called them weirdos. That's just great. Real polite, too. I have no idea who that dude is but that caption next to his head is awesome.I have a whole bunch of crap written on my arm, a list of topics I was planning to cover in this review, but I veered totally off topic and I'm way too lazy to go back and rewrite it all. So I'm just going to list it all here:• Bethany makes huge problems out of little things, and then completely overlooks actual issues.• Gabriel is strict and stoic in this book. Totally not what I imagined. Aren't angels supposed to be, like, the embodiment of love?• Demon or not, Jake's poetry is awesome.• Why would God need material evidence that Jake is a demon? He's GOD!!• Why is the second book titled Hades when Hades and Hell are two different places?• Why does Xavier A) think that Bethany would cheat on him and B) suggest Molly try and make Gabriel jealous? They are ANGELS! It's against their nature to sin, you moron! • There is no possible way that Bethany's wings are paper thin and able to fit under her clothes. They would not support her weight.• If Bethany's wings look anything like they do on the cover, there'd be no possible way to fit them under her clothes in the first place.All in all, it was entertaining but very stupid. It had a lot of problems, errors, and other crap, but I was not bored. So, um, if you want to laugh your ass off and not be bored to death, then I suggest this book. I guess.Gabriel:Gabriel as portrayed in Halo:

  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    2019-04-17 03:09

    The bookshop I volunteer at gifted me a copy of this book, so I'm going to read it.For the lulz.(view spoiler)[Let me vomit on your 4+ rating, Halo.And let me vomit on all the 5 stars.And let me vomit all over preachy books with no logical sense or plot or likeable characters or even substance.LET ME VOMIT, I SAY!Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Avis
    2019-03-31 03:11

    [So, after completing this book, I sat down and thought to myself "How the fuck should I start this review?" Then, I decided I'm going to do it in my own, always classy way: ]WHAT IN THE FUCK'S NAME WAS THAT?!?!?!Just... What.WHAT.AND WHY.[I'M SO ANGRY I CAN'T EVEN USE QUESTION MARKS.]This book was so, so freaking stupid that I could feel my brain cells dying with every page I read. And trust me, it wasn't quiet, painless, they just fell asleep and never opened their eyes kind of death, oh no. I could feel them screaming on top of their lungs (yes my brain cells have lungs. Problem?), begging me to stop, to save their brothers and sisters with their last breath (yes, they're all a big family. Every Thanksgiving Uncle Pete gets a little too friendly with good ol' Jack Daniels, climbs to the roof to sing Amazing Grace and his wife Eliza throws pieces of turkey at him and then cries in the bathroom for rest of the evening).It's actually pretty hard to determinate which part of the book was the biggest insult to my intelligence, but I would give that to the characters.Oh my God, the characters.They were so freaking stupid (looks like I will be using that word a lot).Bethany, our heroine, is so speshul and different and ahmazing. She is also one of the biggest Mary Sues I have ever seen.The first time she speaks French, she sounds like she's been living in France for last 50 years, she is beautiful without makeup (of fucking course), she is different than other girls because she is an angel and she is just so freakin' deep, guys.Adornetto keeps telling us how intelligent Bethy is, but I saw no proof that could support this theory. Just take a look at this quotes:"Oops - there were only twenty-eight days in February!""Gabe, what is a MILF?"[...]"I believe that it stands for 'mother I'd like to... befriend," my sister explained."Is that all?" I exclaimed "What a fuss over nothing."[Bethany, why are you so dumb?OMG Lexa you can't just ask people why they're dumb. ]Oh and let's not forget this little gem: We wondered why we felt faint by midday, then realized our bodies needed regular meals."How, just how do they not know that they need to eat, sleep and drink water to, well, survive?!How come at least one of the angels, Gabriel, doesn't know that? For love of God, it is the Gabriel, you know, angel who informed Mary that baby Jesus was coming and the one who has, according to Adornetto,visited Earth a hundred times?He was completely useless in Halo. All he did was stand there, wiggle his finger at Beth and yell "Don't use that tone with me, young lady!"Okay, okay, he didn't use those exact words, but his purpose in this book was to act like a typical, overprotective suburban dad.Oh, and Ivy (what kind of name for an angel is that?). Why was she in the book again? Oh right, she was a healer. What I couldn't, and still can't understand is why she has a special status as a healer when every single angel can heal injuries. Is she better at it? Faster?There is also this guy called Xavier something, and he is Bethany's '1 tru luv'. I didn't mind him in the first part of the book. I didn't really like him, he was kind of annoying but no, I didn't mind him. However, in the second half he turned into an abusive, over controlling little shit."[Xavier] even took it upon himself to answer for me one day when Mr. Collins asked why I hadn't managed to finish my homework by the due date.""He became fiercely protective whenever anybody he didn't approve of came within a twofoot radius of me.""Her business is my business."But of course everything he does is okay and completely acceptable because he is, you know, SUPER ULTRA MEGA HAWT! Or how Bethany describes him, completely flawless."Humans were supposed to have physical flaws but Xavier didn't seem to.""I had half hoped Phantom would growl, so I'd have at least one reason not to think Xavier was completely flawless.""Xavier's good at most things."[image error]Last and, yeah, probably the least, is Jake Thorn. He wears leather pants, leather jacket, HAS A TATTOO AND HIS NAME IS JAKE THORN A.K.A JAKE HORN(Y). JEEZ, I WONDER WHOSE SIDE WILL HE BE ON. *hint hint nudge nudge punch in the face*Gah.The second thing I just couldn't look past was how fucking judgmental this book is."There was a small minority of goths who had set themselves apart by the use of heavy eye makeup and spiky hairdos [...] Those who liked to think of themselves as artistic had accessorized the uniform with berets or hats and colorful scarves. Some girls traveled in packs, like a group of platinum blondes who crossed the road with their arms linked. The academic types were easily identified; they wore pristine uniforms with no alterations and carried the official school backpack. They tended to walk with a missionary zeal, heads down, eager to reach the sanctity of the library."So many stereotypes in so little space.""People are only interesting if they're dark and disturbed," said Alicia, one of the goths."The plot. What plot? There is no plot. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Girl arrives to town, meets a boy, they speak two sentences to each other and they're already in lurv, boring, boring, blah, blah, boring. Nothing new, nothing unseen, nothing good.Angels were supposed to be battling Agents of Darkness (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA okay, okay, I'm done. Wait, nope, I'm not HAHAHAHHHAAAHHA okay NOW I'm done.) and helping people but they did absolutely nothing besides praying and obsessing over boys (khm Bethany khm). And why the fuck were they send to Venus Cove, the town that has around 6000 people? Do you know just how much shit happened in 2009/2010, when I assume Halo was written? Bush fires in Australia, earthquake in Haiti, El Salvador floods and they end up in a small city because couple of kids died and their deaths were completely unrelated one to another?Writing? Horrible. I've seen fan fictions that were written better than this garbage."A door slammed and a girl with brown curls pulled back from her face with a headband appeared.""[...] his cat-green eyes.""Jake had unzipped me and left me shivering and exposed""The boys standing erect."And another little gem:"For this evening at least, feminist philosophy had been abandoned, and the girls, like fairytale princesses, allowed themselves to be led up the flight and into the foyer."0 stars.I wouldn't read the sequel if you paid me.P.S. This review is pretty much unedited and barely proofread. I'll edit it. Probably. Possibly. Maybe. Later.

  • Jasprit
    2019-04-23 05:13

    When I first saw the cover to Halo I was immediately drawn to it, what a beautiful cover! My instant thoughts were beautiful cover, beautiful story too right? This wasn’t entirely true. I had several issues with this book, hopefully my review won’t come across as a rant but explain the reasons behind me giving Halo only 1 star. For what its worth Halo did start off pretty well, it told the story of three angels sent on a mission to “perform good deeds, acts of charity and kindness, to lead by example” basically to prevent the world being brought to destruction from the agents of darkness. It was interesting watching how the three angels; Bethany, Gabriel and Ivy would adapt to earth and cope with their human forms, especially for Bethany, as it was her first time on earth. Interesting enough but then in typical fashion Halo took the path a lot of angel books seem to follow; angel (Beth) falls in love with a human (Xavier) and this in Beth’s world is hugely frowned upon. By the time Gabriel and Ivy discovered Bethany’s secret not much had been happening in the story, the pace was really slow. So I thought FINALLY it’s about to kick off, something big will happen which will keep me from falling asleep or being bored to death! But sadly no “higher powers” had given permission for the relationship to go ahead Seriously?? So the story continued at its painfully slow pace, Xavier and Bethany's relationship began to get even more frustrating; with Bethany continually acting like a clueless damsel in distress;“she had the face of an angelWhat could Jake mean by thatCould he have possibly guessed my secret?”And this is the funniest quote yet when Xavier has just been playing rugby;"I looked in anguish at a long scratchAcross his forearmHow did this happen?”Are you kidding me? And Xavier continually protecting Bethany as if his life depended on it.And then came Jake Thorn; angels are supposed to be intelligent right? (I especially thought Gabriel was) but no one batted an eye about Jake taking Beth to the prom? I thought his name would be obvious enough (if you haven’t read Halo yet, Beth’s surname is Church, and so Jake’s surname should have given some sort of indication) What really got to me was how Beth agreed to go to prom with Jake, she had extremely been looking forward to going to prom with her boyfriend Xavier who she deeply loved, but because of his unfortunate accident he couldn’t go, so she goes with Jake; a guy who she’s not really sure about and who her boyfriend dislikes? seriously??Another issue that bugged me was that Bethany was strictly told by her older siblings not to draw attention to herself, as they didn’t want anyone to discover their big secret! But none of them were subtle at all, they were described at times as having an otherworldliness about them, Beth speaks French so fluently in just her first lesson, Gabriel has an unusual way of speaking and the way he manhandles men twice his size so easily. You would think that someone would be clued up enough to realise that there was something different about them?Overall I found Halo to be an overly clichéd book with an extremely slow and drawn out story, consequently a book I didn’t really enjoy. Despite my 1 star review, I’m sure that there are other readers out there who will enjoy and appreciate this book more than me.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-04 00:00

    This novel was quite honestly the worst YA PNR (paranormal romance) I've ever read, setting the bar even lower than Hush, Hush, the previous holder of the title. One might wonder how this book could possibly be worse than a novel where the love interest continually sexually harasses the heroine, almost rapes her, and attempts to kill her on several occasions. I, too, asked this question, and this review is my answer.Halo follows Bethany, a young angel sent to earth with her older siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, to fight the Agents of Darkness in Venus Cove, a small costal town in Georgia. Almost as soon as they arrive, Bethany meets and instantly falls in love with Xavier Woods, who she continually chooses over God and her mission. As a consequence of her disobedience, God banishes Bethany from Heaven, and places her in everlasting chains of darkness to await judgment day with the other fallen angels. (Or, that's what should have happened.) Inexplicably, Bethany and Xavier are allowed to continue their unholy relationship with little resistance from Heavenly forces. A comically obvious villain arrives halfway through the story, but decides to "play nice" with the angels until the last fifth of the novel. In the end, the villain is defeated by Bethany and Xavier's love, and everyone lives happily ever after—until the sequel.Halo has absolutely no redeeming qualities. The characters are poorly constructed, the romance is unoriginal, unbelievable, and unhealthy, the plot is nonexistent (yet somehow still manages to have gaping holes), the writing is atrocious, and the messages, both implicit and explicit, are harmful.Starting with the characters, we have Bethany, who is the classic author self-insert. The wish fulfillment aspect of the character is simultaneously hilarious and irritating. Just look at a Mary Sue Litmus Test and tell me Bethany doesn't fit the formula. Beauty. Check. Good looking popular sports star boyfriend. Check. Affinity towards animals. Check. Intelligence (as shown by good grades). Check. Prom queen. Check. Healing magic. Check. And the list goes on. Despite being told how wonderful Bethany is, what we are shown is a person who is self-absorbed, shallow, and very judgmental. On top of these ugly personality traits, she is also one of the weakest and least intelligent heroines in YA literature. To give you an idea, Bella, Nora, and even Luce compare favorably to her in terms of strength and intelligence.Her love interest, Xavier, doesn't fair any better. He is an arrogant, controlling, chauvinistic pig. His general attitude about women is that they are stupid, weak, and silly, and he constantly pats himself of the back for being able to protect them from both themselves and the world. In his relationship with Bethany, he is extremely controlling and disrespectful. He tells her who to be friends with and even physically prevents other people from approaching her, he often talks for her, and at one point he force feeds her in the most demeaning way possible:He picked up the bar and waved it through the air making a whistling noise with his mouth. "It'll be a lot more embarrassing if we have to start playing airplanes.""What's airplanes?""A game mothers play to get stubborn children to eat."I laughed, and he seized the opportunity of flying the health bar straight into my mouth.Bethany and Xavier's relationship is also codependent. According to Bethany, they can't be apart for more than an hour. When they briefly break up, Bethany practically goes into a coma a la Bella Swan after Edward leaves her, only she's even less functional. Bethany stops going to school, doesn't leave the house, doesn't eat much, and sleeps all the time. Even Bella made it to school.Like so many other YA romances, there is no real build-up. Bethany and Xavier instantly fall in love without having one meaningful conversation. Within weeks, they can't live without each other, and are willing to die for one another, but nothing in the story has justified this sort of devotion. This makes their relationship come across as very shallow, especially considering that Bethany spends an exorbitant amount of time gushing about Xavier's looks and his smell, oddly enough.As for the secondary characters, none of them are particularly compelling. Gabriel and Ivy prove to be only slightly more intelligent than Bethany. For example, they fail to research Venus Cove or modern technology before actually going to earth. Molly shows promise but her obsession with prom and overall shallowness keeps her from being a truly likable character.Then we have the villain, Jake Thorn, who is randomly referred to by both his first and last name throughout the book for some inexplicable reason. Although not explicitly stated until the end, it's clear from Jake's first appearance that he is the novel's antagonist. His last name is Thorn, he has a serpent tattoo, he likes reptiles, and he dresses in black. But for some reason none of the angels recognizes him for what he is: a demon. By keeping the characters in the dark, but making his true nature obvious to the reader, Adornetto insults the reader's intelligence, and makes her characters look like complete morons.In addition to the terrible characterization, the novel has no plot. It is just a series of scenes that didn't flow cohesively together. One scene does not build on another, and many have no impact on the overall story. For example, there is one scene where Bethany and Xavier go to a carnival, and have their fortunes read. This scene added nothing to the story. It did not develop Bethany or Xavier as characters, it did not develop their relationship, and it had did not move the plot forward. Neither the carnival nor the psychic are ever mentioned again.As impossible as it sounds, a novel with no plot can still have major plot holes. The most serious one in this novel has to do with Adornetto's disregard for Biblical teachings, which is indefensible considering that her angels are pretty clearly Catholic. They hold Catholic-specific beliefs (e.g. Limbo), attend Catholic church on Sundays, and have a friendly relationship with a Catholic priest, who is the only human to recognize them as angels. As such, they should be consistent with Catholic beliefs about angels such as the belief that angels who sin are cast out of Heaven. One of the most egregious sins is putting the love of another above God. Bethany time and again does exactly this by neglecting God's mission to spend time with Xavier, and threatening to fight Heaven to be with him. This means that the entire story should not have happened, which is a major flaw. If Bethany's relationship with Xavier weren't bad enough, she is also guilty of many other sins including vanity, lust, and pride, three of the Seven Deadly Sins.Adornetto's lack of research is not limited to theology. She also failed to research American culture and customs despite setting her story in the United States. For example, Xavier is the "school captain" not the "student body president," and he's on the rugby team rather than the football team, both of which were changed in the sequel.Another irritating plot hole is the lack of an explanation for why these angels are sent to Venus Cove. Instead of sending two of his highest-ranking angels to a place with real problems, such as war, famine, and genocide, God sends them to an upscale small town in the United States where the misfortunes appear to be limited to some suspicious fires, a handful of deaths from the flu, and some freak accidents. No explanation is given for why they are there as opposed to the more deserving parts of the world.In terms of writing style, Halo doesn't fair any better. The book is ridden with both grammatical and punctuation errors. The editor should be fired, and Adornetto should be asked to take a few more English courses before submitting another manuscript. Even more irritating are the descriptive errors. Colors are constantly described as objects. For example, Xavier has "nutmeg hair" or "walnut hair" instead of nutmeg-colored hair or walnut-brown hair. Technically, nutmeg hair would be hair made of nutmeg, which I'm guessing is not what Adornetto meant to say.Other times, she uses descriptions that don't make sense like "rain gray" eyes. Rain is not actually gray. Rain clouds can be gray (although they can be a host of other colors), but not the rain itself. In one humorous example that includes both of the aforementioned descriptive errors, Jake is described as having "cat-green" eyes. Cats are not green. He could, however, have cat-like green eyes.All of the above make this a very painful read, but I was most perturbed by the disturbing messages present throughout the novel, especially those regarding women. Women are portrayed as weak, shallow, and trivial. They are obsessed with makeup, prom, and finding boyfriends. Bethany even states that the prayers of teenage girls are mostly about being popular and wanting a sports-star boyfriend. Women are also regularly dismissed by men. Xavier is condescending towards all females in his life, including his mother, sisters, Bethany, and his ex-girlfriend. Xavier's father and Gabriel are also dismissive of women at times. If that weren't bad enough, the women also constantly defer to men, validating the idea that the men should be in charge. Nine times out of ten, Bethany defers to Xavier, and Ivy and Bethany both defer to Gabriel despite the fact that Ivy is a higher ranking angel than Gabriel.The novel is also very preachy about other subjects. Bethany tells the reader that technology is evil and destroys family value, Xavier preaches about the importance of children deferring to their parents (although he doesn't follow his own advice), and the reader is told that virginity is a gift, and that sex before marriage is wrong (but it's okay to sleep together in the same bed, and lie naked together). Women who are sexual are looked down upon, but men rarely get the same treatment. Xavier admits to having sex with his ex-girlfriend and he's still considered the paragon of perfection, while girls who have sex before marriage are seen as shameful and slutty.This novel was an agonizing read, and I would not recommend it to anyone. It presents a disturbing picture of relationships, God, women, men, and the world. There is absolutely nothing positive to say about the substance of this book.

  • Enna Isilee
    2019-04-20 03:13

    Review first posted (8-26-10) on The little evil voice inside of me was really hoping this book would be badly written. Why? Because the author is younger than me. Yup. I was jealous. I'm gonna have to come to terms with the fact that I'm growing up. (ew.)And it was well written, very well written. This wasn't well written "for a seventeen year old" this was just well written. So why only 2 stars? Three reasons:It's the same story we've read a million times. You know: two people fall in love. Only one of them isn't a person, they're a paranormal creature. They have to find someway to overcome this boundary and still end up being together despite all the odds (and the fact that they aren't the same SPECIES). I'm just tired of this! If you liked Twilight, and Hush, Hush, and The Dark Divine, and Firelight, and Shiver(etc. etc.), and are looking for another story like that, you've found one! Some books are managing to pull it off this well-worn story line, and other's aren't, it's up for you to decideHalo spent the first 300+ pages trying to do this. It then spent the next 50-100 pages talking about whether or not the characters could have sex, which brings me to my next issue: The religion. These angels are Catholic. Even though Adornetto tries to keep the religious aspects vague, they are still Catholic. I am not Catholic, and while religion in books doesn't usually bother me, it REALLY bothers me when beings SENT FROM HEAVEN are getting drunk and contemplating pre-marital sex. It's much less troubling when it's just a mortal facing these decisions. After all, mortals don't know everything.I've got nothing against Catholics. My roommate from last year attended Catholic high school and we were best friends. But if you're going to create a religion-specific main character, and brand your book as just general "fantasy," you've got to be careful. That's one of the reasons I rarely review books that are based on my religion. I know that everyone doesn't get it, and I don't want to force it on them.Slow. By the time we got past the issue I addressed in #1 & #2 we FINALLY reached the conflict in the book. However, by this point I was bored. Plain and simple. If this book had been 100-150 pages shorter then I think it would have been great. Or even if the conflict had started earlier it would have been AWESOME! Then I would have had something pulling me along besides the romance.Oh, and just to let you know, the conflict in this story is extremely satanic. As in, the villain comes from the devil. This wasn't just evil, it was demonic.Should you give this one a try? Certainly! I was so excited when I got an ARC, and I'm still really excited that I have a copy to add to my library. Someone is going to pick this book up (maybe they'll be Catholic, maybe they won't) and they're going to LOVE it. It will blow all other paranormal romances out of the water. But that person wasn't me.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-23 02:08

    Reading Halo was like drinking straight from the syrup bottle. This book has got to be the most self-indulgent, overworked drivel I've read in a long time. I'm no literary snob, but this book was unbelievably sacchrine and cliche (and this is coming from someone who liked Twilight).Please, give Alexandra Adornetto a word limit for the next book. There is no reason for this book to be almost 500 pages long. Where was the editor? I think we have a new purple prose queen. This book drips with page after page of overwrought descriptions of places and people of no importance. Luckily, I figured this out about 20 pages in and started reading faster. Trust me--you're not missing anything important if you speed read this. A fourth of the way in, I wanted to scream, "We GET it already! Xavier is perfect! You are so in love! He has almond-shaped turquoise eyes and nutmeg hair! Enough!"Finishing this book was tortuous...the Beyonce quote on the opening page should have been the first clue.Cliche, cliche, cliche. From the characters to the plot to even the names, this book is one big cliche. Xavier is painfully perfect, as Adornetto reminds us every few pages. "But wait!" Adornetto might say. "I gave Xavier a flaw! He didn't believe Bethany about the dance!" Nope, doesn't count. She'd already written his character to be too perfect at that point so that didn't even seem believable. Besides, it was resolved five pages later, after Bethany wanted to DIIIIIIIE because her boyfriend wasn't talking to her. And in case Jake's snake tattoo and black wardrobe didn't clue you in, Jake Thorn's going to be bad. Can you get any more cliche?Please, editor, reign in this self-indulgent writing and make Adornetto actually develop a plot besides Bethany and Xavier's obsessive love (and limit it to 300 pages). The premise is good--I like the whole "good angel trying to help the world and falls in love with a human"--but the execution here...felt like an execution.

  • Merary
    2019-04-15 04:05

    I . . . I'm speechless.I don't have words to describe how terrible this book was.Wait, I know.Halo made me have an ongoing war between my neurons, each of them battling each to the front of the "fry zone", so every time I read a terrible passage (and believe me, there were plenty of those!), thousands of my neurons got murdered in a undignified way to that "fry zone". Now my neurons are kicking my mind for receiving a very undeserving punishment.That feeling of hollowness on my forehead? Halo did that.I'd never been so disgusted by a book in my life.Every single thing happening in this book was utterly ABSURD, NONSENSICAL, CHEESY, STUPID, IDIOTIC . . . See? I can't even think of worse things to say!Let's start with the obvious: The writing was atrocious. This book abuses the use info-dumping, purple prose, over-description, and one-dimensional, flat characters up to eleven. Adornetto gave unnecessary details of a room, a person, even of a fucking celery. Really? I didn't want to know to be reminded how a celery looks like! Anyone with common sense knows about celery!! Unless that celery is going to be a secret weapon to destroy every single demon from Hell, then I don't need to know about it. The sentences weren't well constructed either. Sentences like "eyes the color of thunder", "I looked into his eyes, like two blue pools", and the whole headband description makes me wonder if the editor was taking a nap during work and accidentally mixed the sentences. Or maybe Adornetto is indeed that bad of a writer.The main character, Bethany Church, is an irritating Mary Sue. Sure, she's an angel from above, it was obvious that her appearance was going to be . . . heavenly. But, if the reader has to be reminded how perfect she is, how good of a person she is, how wonderful she is, how great her body is . . . Well, you get my point. Bethany is described with a very positive light from pretty much everybody in this story, despite the fact that Bethany is an useless, idiotic, whiny bitch.And don't get me started on that name: Beth. Blonde, bland, boring Beth. Yeah. I just did a Seven Deadly Sins by Robin Wasserman reference. Beth Manning was a goody-two-shoes, and also very irritating. But the difference is, Beth Manning had faults that made her a good character.(view spoiler)[Besides, she isn't that perfect: She killed killed someone! (hide spoiler)] Good thing Bethany didn't look like a giant Barbie, because then I would had been very pissed off by the stereotype of blonde=good. Is my review making sense? Yeah, I don't know what I'm saying either . . .Moving on . . .The personification of angels in Halo was extremely poor and shallow. Adornetto made her angels sound like perfect, goody-two-shoes, supermodels. We have Gabriel (you know exactly what Gabriel I'm talking about), who is pretty much like the alpha of the three angels sent to Earth. He has a very hard personality and also a very . . . hard body. Seriously. He was described as having a body like marble. Hmmm . . . where have I heard that one before? Then, there's Ivy, a very stereotypical angel woman from the 50's. The only thing she does all day is cook, buy the groceries, clean the house, sew, and pretty much any typical "feminine" stuff. Heck, even her voice and body were described as "feminine". And finally . . . *sigh* We have Bethany fucking Church: The most human of the three. I wish there was new word to describe Bethany because "dumb and bland" just doesn't cut it anymore. Let's see . . . Oh yeah! Ditzderp. Pathetic, I know. Anyway, she was a pathetic excuse of an heroine: She freaks over nothing, she's the perfect definition of "too dumb to live", she's bland, and pretty much does nothing to save the world despite being an angel. Everything was set to make Bethany look good: The dog, the car accident, her shallow friends, her suppose perfect boyfriend are pretty much some good examples. The audience was suppose to think that Bethany was a generous, heroic, perfect character to root for. All I thought was that she was a Mary Sue.Despite the fact that Alexandra Adornetto is a Christian, she completely destroyed the basic ideas of her own religion. Some of the facts written in this book were incorrect (If you're going to do a little remix of a common mythology, stick with the basis, unless you want to look ignorant) and she only got based on superficial ideas of Christianity. The whole purity and religious concepts were given in a extremely negative light. The message is simple, of course: If you do any of this, you're going to burn in Hell. How can she live with herself? I have no idea.And besides, most of the things that Bethany did in this book were very "non-angel" (lying, thinking about fornicating her boyfriend). It makes me wonder why she is not a fallen angel yet. Maybe she could had been if Xavier was a girl. *grins*Also, we have Molly and company. The only things they talk about is: boys, clothes, makeup, sex, boys, prom, sex, and boys. The only purpose they have in this story is to make us feel bad for Bethany for being stuck with such shallow girls. It's obvious that Adornetto never had any female friends in her life because no girl is that freaking stupid or shallow. Okay, yes, there's girls who do talk about that stuff all time, but this was done in an exaggeration. Molly and company actually do think that Southwest Asia is in Africa.I'm really not kidding. Then there's also the infamous, "Only losers hang out at libraries". And, of course, the whole "most girls think about being popular or about dating the rugby team". UGH. Excuse me, I'll be gone for a while. Now that I got that off my system, let's continue. . .The love interest: Xavier Woods. He's one of the most cheesiest male character I've ever read. He is perfect. Literally. According to Bethany, he has no flaws except for an emotional baggage. His features are inexplicably of a nut, and we are reminded of that in pretty much every single page. And he's also an over-protective asshole. Xavier always tells her what to do, who to hang out with, what to eat, what to drink, and he will beat up every guy who will look at his lady "the wrong way". And there's a possibility that he have watched Bethany sleep. Barf. The exchange of words between him and Bethany were very flowery, cliche and desperate. Not to mention, their relationship is the poster image for codependency. They both can't live without the other and the only thing they love above anything else is them. Gag me.The villain: Jake Thorn. He was the most pathetic villain ever. He was harmless compared to other villains I know. It was obvious he was a demon and I was pissed that Bethany and the others were clueless about it. And you know what takes the cake? He's British. Oh my God! British people are eviiiill!! RUN! RUN! No. At the end, he was defeated. How, you might ask. Well, here goes . . . He was defeated . . . by THE POWER OF LOVE!!I know, right?! What the fuck was that?!! That was a total rip-off! Yes, The Power Of Love was done with Sailor Moon and Harry Potter, but it was well done! The Power Of Love of Love in Halo was more of an excuse to make Bethany the hero. Again. And besides, Adornetto interpreted romantic love as more powerful than the Love of Christ. And she claims she's a Christian?I could have forgiven all that, if it wasn't because this book . . .was SEXIST.Xavier always talked about doing certain stuff because he was a guy ("I'm a guy, I can eat anything!" I'm a guy, I'm suppose to like machines", "I'm a guy, I'm suppose to protect you"). And the obvious stereotypes: Ivy always cooks, dogs only obey to men, "Men don't wear makeup, only guys in boy bands", "Poetry is for girls", and there's the fact that guys are supposed to be the ones to ask the person out and do everything, girls are superficial and guys always think about sex, guys only attend as some escort at parties . . . and so on.And after all this complaining about this book, I'm going to talk to you about the plot. Wait. WHAT PLOT? Exactly. It was nothing more than angels doing nothing, Bethany and Xavier being all cheesy and lovable with each other, a prom, a two-day break up, a minor angel and demon fight, a pathetic demon defeated by love, and a happily ever after . . . for now. THE. FUCKING. END.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Patty
    2019-04-20 22:13

    Halo By Alexandra AdornettoHalo is a book about angels. Specifically the angel Gabriel and his sisters…Ivy and Bethany. They have come to a small seaside town to begin to try to save it from some very dark forces that are threatening to take over all that is righteous and good within the town. A house has been readied for them…clothes are there and the three angels just sort of appear…wings tucked in and as normal as anyone can be. They do have to learn a few things and they do have to hide a few things. They don’t have navels…who knew? They have creases in their backs where their wings must stay tucked and they don’t understand why they get lightheaded at noon…they actually have to learn how to eat!!! Plus they have amazing hair and gorgeous glowing skin and they don’t leave footprints in the sand even in human form.Gabriel is the head of the household…get it? The Angel Gabriel…he is flawless and perfect in every way and he becomes the new music teacher at the high school. Of course the number of girls who sign up for music grows tremendously due to his beauty. Ivy stays at home but involves herself in tons of volunteer work. Bethany becomes a student at the high school and tries to assimilate into the student body. People in the town have no clue that they are angels other than Father Mel…the local pastor…and the three angels go about their lives quietly changing the town. Good things happen…people start to care more about the poor and the elderly and the sick…and then Bethany becomes more involved with a classmate, Xavier, than a heavenly body should and this is where stuff starts happening. A new mysterious student comes to town and very bad things happen when he is around and there is prom…and a huge major confrontation…and that is all that I can share…seriously…or you will know more than you should before you read the book.I found this book to be fascinating. The entire premise of angels…and major ones at that coming to live and work in this lovely seaside town was intriguing. The idea that angels are agents of a higher power was fascinating. Gabriel acted with the blessing of a Covenant and could be powerful yet merciful at the same time. I know I probably say this too much but the death of my parents makes books like this really appealing to me…angels guiding souls and levels of heaven and happiness in a hereafter world…are what I want and need to believe right now. Apparently there are mixed reviews about this book but I honestly loved it. It was a slow and delicious reading experience for me. It reminded me of spiritual things that I sometimes forget. And I learned that I don’t want my own personal guardian angel to be spread too thin…so I am going to try to be a less demanding person for him…or her.

  • Zero vi Britannia
    2019-04-24 21:19

    Everything I'm reading nowIs filled with stupid crapAnd it was the same with HaloI fell for Utter-shitto's trapEverything that you said was trueThis book was such a waste of timeAfter getting through with HaloI want to commit a crimeReading Halo. Halo. Halo.Reading Halo. Halo. HaloooooooSorry, I couldn't resist.++++It's sad that a book can be so bad that it doesn't even piss you off. I'm sorry, but I cannot take this book seriously. I gave it one hundred pages. More details later.EDIT: REVIEW TIME!!I should begin by saying that I did not finish this book. It was impossible for me to finish this book. Why?Lack of EffortAs anyone who has read this book will notice, Alexandra Utter-shitto did not even attempt to try. She actually puts in contradictory information throughout. Ex: The angels are supposed to be unfamiliar with life on Earth. However, it is revealed that both Gabriel and Ivy have been here before. Also, they didn't know that humans needed to eat. However, we later learn that they did various other types of research (Films and the like) Now, how did that get past the editors?Even I noticed this! And I used to like TMI and HoN. I weep for my poor 16-year-old self.BethanyThis girl is incompetent. She always needs someone to help her. Even her human boyfriend. That's right: A human has to help an angel. She forgets her book. Xavier lets her use his and tells the teacher that he forgot his. She gets drunk at a partay! (Utter-shitto's did it! Not me) Xavier comes to her rescue. PlotWhere was it? We readers are told that the Agents of Darkness(view spoiler)[ Really, Utter-shitto? Really? (hide spoiler)] want to do something terrible to the world and the angels have to save it. One hundred pages in and Utter-shitto still doesn't delve any deeper. Instead, we are treated to school, Xavier, upcoming prom, Xavier, partays!, Xavier Woods, Mr. Xavier Woods, X Woody, and more Xavier.IvyShe has no personality. As I was reading the scenes she had I was always wondering why was she even there? Then again, as long as it means less time is devoted to how perfect Ed-I mean Xavier is, Ivy is okay (not really).The Archangel GabrielPop Quiz: If you are writing a book about angels who have to save the world, and you include the angel who is famous for bring news of John the Baptist and Jesus' births, where would you send him?A) War-torn Middle EastB) Posh first-world town.C) DarfurIf you answered "B" then I suggest that you give up writing. Kidding.(view spoiler)[No, I'm not (hide spoiler)]And finally:Angel NamesAs any of you with a passing familiarity with angels should know, angels have a set pattern with their names: "-el" or "-iel" (Except for Metatron but...)Where the hell did Bethany and Ivy come from? Unless they're short for Iviel or Bethaniel, they don't belong! Hey, Utter-shitto, do you know why this is so? Hmmm? It's because "el" means God in Hebrew. These angels have names that tie them to God, and you've just stomped all over that! I hope you're happy.So concludes my review of Halo, a book so bad it's funny. But honestly, I don't blame Utter-shitto. I blame the editors, publishers, her parents, her teachers, and Twilight. Yes, Twilight! Because of that book, we now have to deal with copy kneazles that are even worse than the original. That being said, I probably will read Hades just for the lulz and to see how far i can get. The only upside to this was that I checked this book out from the library and didn't have to pay for it (not even in fines!)

  • Adriana
    2019-03-31 00:25

    Halo was a fascinating book to read. Bethany is the youngest of the three angels that were sent to the small town to do good. It's her first experience as a human. I found it interesting how she was fascinated with human life and wanted to experience life as an ordinary teenage girl. Her character is very childlike, exploring life with innocence and curiosity. She falls in love and I think her relationship with Xavier was well developed and very pure. Just like how first loves are usually like. Gabriel and Ivy's characters weren't as well developed but the author gave hints that there was something else there. Specially with Gabriel. I expect in the other books we will learn much more about them. Overall this was a very sweet story, a good introductory book to the series.I highly recommend it. It's not a dark, intense book like many YA books are. Its a refreshing, sweet book. I can't wait to read the next books of the series. And hope that Xavier and Beth's relationship goes further.