Nope! Nope. So Much Nope. | Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Look, I have a library to read. On top of that, it’s moving locations from its teeny, tiny 900 sq. ft. building to a sprawling 10,000 sq ft. building (that used to be a grocery store before Walmart moved to town), which means my TBR is about to get longer. That’s why, when nothing happened in ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO PAGES, I decided to abandon book #3 in my READ ALL THE BOOKS challenge. To put it bluntly, I’d rather read the entire Twilight saga again than try to read Halo by Alexandra Adornetto. (I shouldn’t say nothing happened. Angels did move to the suburbs, and one of them did attend a house party and drink too many cocktails).
Halo (Halo #1) by Alexandra Adornetto
Released: August 2010 (first published January 2010)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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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 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?
Other reasons why I abandoned this book include:
- I couldn’t stand to read another THREE HUNDRED pages of nothing happening. Seriously, why is this book so long? (Apparently the villain the angels so urgently need to defeat isn’t even introduced until around page 250).
- The angel, Bethany, was the Mary Sue-iest of the Mary Sues. She was even worse than Sookie Stackhouse; at least Sookie had a distinct voice. Even worse, Bethany is supposed to be this divine creature, but she’s so…vapid and obsessed with talking about how beautiful she is.
- Come to think of it, Ivy and Gabriel were also Mary Sue-ish.
- This is basically Edward Cullen and Bella Swan part 2, except Bethany is the preternatural creature and Xavier human. Although, flipping ahead, I learned Xavier still gets to be the controlling and possessive boyfriend that YA authors are wont to romanticize.
- The characterization seemed inconsistent. Bethany is an angel, who has never visited earth before, so her new friends have to explain modern things to her. Yet, Bethany already uses human slang. Also, she seems really vain, which seems contrary to the message of the good book, you know?
- It doesn’t really make sense for a seraphim and an arch-angel, some of the highest ranks in the hierarchy of the divine, to show up in the suburbs that has been negatively affected by a fire and a car accident while famine and war exist in other parts of the world. #firstworldproblems