Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Halo, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Halo, a coming of age tale of literally celestial proportions, captivated me from the first page, but my favorite part of the book was its villain.
Halo begins with the main character, Bethany, landing on Earth, with her brother and sister, Gabriel and Ivy. Bethany, Gabriel, and Ivy are all angels--literally--sent by God to the small coastal town of Venus Cove to protect from dark forces, and to help human beings be kinder and more aware to and of one another. Gabriel is the Gabriel from the Bible, you know, the avenging angel, one of God's best, Ivy is a seraphim, also one of the highest angels in the Heavenly hierarchy, and that leaves Bethany, who is 'just a baby in celestial years'--seventeen human years. This is her first time on earth, and she is hungry for all the new experiences a human life--or at least the closest thing she has to such a thing--can offer, things we take for granted--food, family, falling in love, the luxury of making mistakes and forgiveness.
Bethany meets a boy named Xavier Woods, and simply put, kids: It all goes to hell after that. Bethany slowly begins to make friends and become accustomed to human life, but she and Xavier get close and then they begin to fall in love. The only flaw with this part of the novel for me was that they seemed to fall in love a bit too fast, but it didn't bother me so much I was put off the whole novel. Meanwhile, in the background, a new student, a British boy named Jake Thorn, comes to school. He is in Bethany's literature class, and after their first meeting, she senses something off about him, though she ignores her instinct in an attempt to make him feel welcome.
After a series of linear events (I won't express them here, it would probably give too much away, and I've done that already), Bethany realizes that Jake Thorn is not what he seems to be, hiding behind a charming, almost seductive facade, in fact, he is part of the very forces she has pledged to fight against: he is a demon, promoting destruction, murder, and sin in Venus Cove, and what's worse is that he wants Bethany for himself.
I won't give the ending away, guys, but I will say that it promises for a sequel and I will be reviewing here the remaining two novels in the series: Hades, and Heaven. If anyone loves a good fight between the forces of good and evil, you should definitely check this book out. It is romantic, full of mystery and action, and absolutely wonderful, and here's an interesting fact about the author: She was only eighteen when she wrote Halo!