Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Halo, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Almost as beautiful as its predecessor, Hades offers more background into the mythology--and the villain--of the trilogy, and I enjoyed it despite its slight predictability.
Hades begins six months after the Church family's confrontation with the demon Jake Thorn. Bethany and Xavier, tentatively begin to relax, still relatively cautious over the demonic forces that raided their town not so long ago. It is the day of Halloween, and all of Venus Cove is getting ready for a night of fun. Bethany and Xavier go to a Halloween party, and this is where things start to get interesting. Molly, Bethany's best friend, and several other friends from school, decide to hold a seance, fooling around and just acting like bored teenagers. Despite Bethany's initial instincts telling her that they should call this off, she reluctantly goes along with it. Push comes to shove, and the spirit that was summoned by the girls' foolishness is released.
Can you guys guess where this is headed? Bethany finds through the party grapevine that Xavier has hurt himself at the ocean cliffs not far away, and begins to panic. Bethany is offered a ride on a friend's motorcycle--and then shortly after that she discovers she has been tricked, by the very demon that has haunted her nightmares: Jake Thorn has returned and by accepting a ride on his motorcycle, Beth has unwittingly consented to going with him to Hell.
I won't say much about the rest, because it would reveal too much. Bethany is stuck in Hell, or Hades as Jake prefers to call it, and while she is there Jake tries to woo her, to seduce her, to make her his bride, corrupt her, and make her his own, despite Bethany's unwavering loyalty to God, Heaven, her family, and of course, Xavier. When the reader gets deeper into this part of the novel, they learn more about the mythology of the trilogy and the origins of the villain that I've come to enjoy so much. Most of the book takes place in Hades, hence its name, but the ending is wonderful and full of twists and turns, even to the final page, and promises another installment. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading Heaven. If you guys can get past the slight predictability of Hades and the series itself, it's definitely worth your time and a great diversion.