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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

For your reading pleasure, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I am definitely a list maker, so this feature is *write* up my alley! (ha ha)

List topic this week is: 
Top Ten Most Anticipated Books in 2011

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss
I have heard a lot of good things about this one; it looks cute and fun!

2. Pegasus by Robin McKinley

I've been a Robin McKinley fan for forever...

3. Ascendant by Diana Petefreund

I have a signed copy of the first book, Rampant, which I loved. Plus, I got to meet the author and she was so nice!

4. Zombies vs. Unicorns by various authors

Zombies vs. Unicorns
Short stories by a bunch of great YA authors.

5. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The premise is really interesting, and "A Northern Light" was so good, I have to see what Ms. Donnelly has done with this one.

6. The Ivy by Lauren Kunze

The Ivy
About some students at Harvard...like me!

7. Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Vixen (The Flappers)
Flappers and a gorgeous cover...I can't resist.

8. Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson

Bright Young Things
Ditto the above:)

9. Wicked Woods by Kaitlin Gow

Wicked Woods
An older book, but it looks like it will be really good.

10.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
I've been wanting to read this for awhile now.

Wow, I hope Santa brings me all these books! His sack is gonna be super heavy though;)
What are you all wishing for?

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In (The Last Survivors, Book 3)

It's been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth's climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce.

The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda's father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda's complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

This book gave me insomnia. And nightmares. And I was prepared for that, because that's exactly what the first two books in the trilogy did, too. If Susan beth Pfeffer can do one thing really well, it's turn everyday life (so to speak) into a horrifying real experience. So if you get spooked easily, beware.

With that being said, it is always interesting to see how a trilogy ends. The final book of The Last Survivors trilogy, "This World We Live In" had a lot to live up to in my mind, and it was...ok. The first book was stellar and horrifying, the second, boring, preachy, and horrifying, and the third was just ok (and horrifying).

"This World We Live In" had a chance to make up for the lackluster "The Dead and the Gone," and while it WAS better, I just wish it could have ended differently.

Miranda, for starters, pretty much whines her way through the whole book - why me, poor me, what about me, boo hoo. 90% of the time she is thinking about herself, which would be probably be pretty typical teen behavior in this situation, BUT it got old really fast.

Alex is even more removed in this book than the previous one; I never cared much for him in "The Dead and the Gone," but I understood his reasons for his actions; in this book, not only is he twice as stubborn and aloof, it's hard to see why...he comes off as incredibly single-minded.

The romance between Miranda and Alex was awkward and forced...ok, so they are the last two teenagers alive in a certain area and death is imminent so let's just go for the first person we see, and call him/her our soul mate. Hmm. If they were in any other circumstances I would not have put them together. Even so, I think  the romance could have been made believable, if it were handled carefully...but unfortunately it was yet another YA case of "I hate him/her ooh wait now I love him/her for no apparent reason other than my raging hormones."

Without giving anything away, there is a slight subplot within this book that has to do with the safe towns for the rich and powerful; instead of just talking about these places, I wish Miranda and Alex and their families had set out to look for one. It could have made the story much more interesting.

While I am glad I finished the trilogy, I am not satisfied with how it ended. I would recommend reading book 1, "Life as We Knew It,' and stopping there.

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Most Anticipated Books in 2011

For your reading pleasure, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I am definitely a list maker, so this feature is *write* up my alley! (ha ha)

List topic this week is: 
Top Ten Most Anticipated Books in 2011

1. Wither by Lauren Destefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)
I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of this one for awhile - I think I got in on an ARC tour just in time (fingers crossed). I absolutely can't wait!

2. Bumped by Megan Mccafferty

This one looks really great, plus I liked a few of Megan Mccaferty's earlier books.

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
This cover is so pretty, and I can't believe there is a sci-fi/space themed book coming that I might actually like!

4. Entwined by Heather Dixon

Yet another gorgeous cover...someone could make a fortune recreating and selling the dresses featured on our favorite book covers!

5. So Shelly by Ty Roth

So Shelly
This one looks really interesting, and sad...and maybe a little creepy.

6.Clarity by Kim Harrington

I have been hearing a lot of good things about this one.

7. Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Vesper: A Deviants Novel
This summary makes me think of the maximum Ride series just a bit.

8. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

A retelling of a legend, I love it! Plus, the author's name is lovely.

9. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter


10.  10 Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Ten Miles Past Normal
Girl with Guitar on the cover...I'm sold!

So there you have it! I actually could have gone on much longer with this topic with all the great new books coming in 2011. What are you looking forward to reading?

On My Wishlist: Holidays!

On My Wishlist is a semi-regular feature, wherein I post books that happen to be on my radar in any given category. Since we are now well into December, this post is all about holiday/winter themed reads to get you in a festive mood!

Let It Snow: Three Holiday RomancesDash & Lily's Book of DaresDeerskin

Let It Snow by John Green et al.
How it's holiday related: This one is pretty obvious...it's a collection of short Christmas romances...curl up with some hot cocoa and a warm blanket, and it's the perfect way to heat up a winter's night!

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
How it's holiday related: Snow on the pretty cover!

Deerskin by Robin McKinley
How it's holiday related: An important part of this book takes place over a long, harsh winter...I read this long ago but never forgot it.

Ex-masFaerie WinterLittle Women (Oxford World's Classics)

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
How it's holiday related: Again, obvious, but this book about a girl dealing with two ex-boyfriends over the holidays looks light and fun, perfect for Christmas vacation.

Faerie Winter by Janni Lee Simner
How it's holiday related: I always think of snow princesses and ice faeries in the winter...doesn't everyone?!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
How it's holiday related: I have read this book so many times...I love the scenes by the fireside in the March home...so cozy. Plus, the books starts and ends on Christmas!

Winter's Child (Once Upon a Time)Peanuts: A Charlie Brown ChristmasIce

Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey
How it's holiday related: Hmm snow on the cover...winter in the title...brr I'm cold just writing this.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
How it's holiday related: How can you not love that sad little Christmas tree?

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
How it's holiday related: Polar bears!


So there you have it, my holiday book picks! I'm sure this list could be much longer and more diverse...any suggestions? Let me know!
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