Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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 against evil?

This book was one of the must-reads of the current angel novel craze, and my first thought was, of course, for the cover. Very lovely...this has been a great year for beautiful YA book covers!

Overall I think this book was ok...not a complete waste of time, but not something I'll want to re-read anytime soon. I couldn't connect with the characters...they were too removed, too angelic, if you will, and I never felt like I really knew them. Even the human characters were lacking in depth; Bethany's friends didn't hold my interest at all, and even her angel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, were a bit boring. Bethany herself was slightly interesting, because she was often experiencing human emotions for the first time; however, as I was reading, I kept wishing for more emotional intensity, more character flaws - more anything, really. Out of all the characters, I liked Xavier the most - he had a nice, sweet personality and a family I would love to meet.

The plot almost seemed like an afterthought...mostly we are following Bethany as she discovers what it's like to be human and, of course, fall in love. The romance aspect was handled relatively well; there was none of that instantaneous undying love syndrome that usually drives me nuts. Bethany and Xavier's romance had an innocent quality about it that was very refreshing. 

Another thing that really bothered me was the writing style. It was very formal, but in an odd way, like the author was trying too hard to write literature instead of a tell a story. I have encountered this before in the books of other young authors (Alexandra Adornetto is 18). It could be a case of over-editing, I suppose, by the publishing powers that be, but it just felt like the author was trying a bit too hard to write like what she thought an adult might write like.

All in all, a little dull and flat, but worth a read if you like angels or romance.

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