Halo Paperback – Aug 30 2011
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“[Adornetto's] dialogue feels fresh and real, pulled from the mouths of her peers without any cultural markers necessary to prove relevance. . . . If it were not for young adult readers like her, the Y.A. boom never would have happened and publishing would be much gloomier.” ―New York Times Book Review
“These angels are the optimistic, hope-filled cousins of the tormented fallen angels in other paranormal romances. . . . Xavier is gorgeous, honorable and so protective of Bethany that you'll be crushing on him after the first chapter.” ―Justine magazine
“The 17-year-old author's angel mythology is solid . . . there never seem to be enough lengthy tomes to satisfy the legions of paranormal-romance fans, and this first title of a planned trilogy fits the bill.” ―Booklist
“This is the first book of a trilogy. The next installment is Hades, due in the Fall of 2011. Look for it. Doubtless it will be another winner.” ―New York Journal of Books
“Halo was absolutely brilliant! I am in complete love with Halo! The characters are so complex and the plot is a rollercoaster you will not want to get off of. The writing is so intricate yet it is read with an ease that one can truly appreciate. Adornetto has raw talent and I can't wait for the next novel in the series to come out!” ―Moonlight Book Reviews
“Halo is addictive, passionate and coarse with vibrancy. Alexandra Adornetto has drawn a beautiful start to what I can only imagine will be an epic trilogy.” ―Book Crazy
“I was swept away when I was reading Halo. The setting is beautiful and the characters quickly captured my heart.” ―YA Book Addict
“It's one of those stories you want to live in . . . feel what they feel . . . all of that. It's just a beautifully written story.” ―The Ninja Librarian
“Her [Adornetto’s] dialogue feels fresh and real, pulled from the mouths of her peers without any cultural markers necessary to prove relevance. . . . If it were not for young adult readers like her, the Y.A. boom never would have happened and publishing would be much gloomier.” –The New York Times Book Review
“These angels are the optimistic, hope-filled cousins of the tormented fallen angels in other paranormal romances. . . . Xavier is gorgeous, honorable and so protective of Bethany that you’ll be crushing on him after the first chapter.” –Justine magazine
“A compelling novel of good and evil that will find an audience among girls who can’t get enough of otherworldly characters and situations and heart-wrenching romance.” –School Library Journal
“The 17-year-old author’s angel mythology is solid . . . there never seem to be enough lengthy tomes to satisfy the legions of paranormal-romance fans, and this first title of a planned trilogy fits the bill.” –Booklist
“This is the first book of a trilogy. The next installment is Hades, due in the Fall of 2011. Look for it. Doubtless it will be another winner.” –New York Journal of Books
"Halo was absolutely brilliant! I am in complete love with Halo! The characters are so complex and the plot is a rollercoaster you will not want to get off of. The writing is so intricate yet it is read with an ease that one can truly appreciate. Adornetto has raw talent and I can’t wait for the next novel in the series to come out!" —Moonlight Book Reviews
Praise for Alexandra Adornetto:
“…an exceptional debut novel, it hurtles along in leaps and bounds, and sparkles with originality. Alexandra Adornetto’s flare for the English language is fast-paced and refreshing, and her story tell recalls that of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.”—Invernell Times (Invernell, AU) for The Shadow Thief
“Fans of Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events will delight in a new Australian series, The Strangest Adventures, the offers a similar blend of adventure, fantasy, and humor…an accomplished first novel made all the more remarkable considering it was written when Adornetto was thirteen.”—Magpies for The Shadow Thief
“The Lampo Circus has great charm not because it has been written by such a young person but because it actually has great charm.”— Sunday Age (Melbourne, AU) for The Lampo Circus
Top Customer Reviews
I found that the character development in this book was great; we really get to intimately know each and every character... But I felt like things were way too overdramaticized (a la Romeo and Juliet). Take for instance this little snippet from the book:
"You know," Xavier said, "not speaking to you for a few days was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life."
"I know what you mean," I said softy. "I just wanted to die."
"Never think that Beth, I'm not worth that."
"I think you are," I said and he sighed.
"I can't say I don't know what you mean," he admitted. "It feels like the end of the world, doesn't it?"
"Like the end of all happiness"... (p.411)
I don't know if I am turning into an unemotional cat-lady-in-the-making, but a few years ago had I read this, I know that I would have been falling head over heels for this book and its characters (like I was with the "Twilight" series- or at least with the first three books, "Breaking Dawn" is terrible), but I just can't seem to connect with this sort of stuff nowadays. Maybe it is because I am growing up and just realizing that these are books and not real life, or if I have just read so much of this sort of dealio and because so, I am just becoming desensitized to it...
I just can't see how two people can fall in love with someone within a matter of days of knowing one another, one reveals something major to the other that should completely change the way the other views them (as in, "Oh, BTdubs, I am an angel sent by God to look after the earth"), and the other (and normal person) just looks at them and says something along the lines of "I love you so much, and nothing can, nor ever will change that ".Read more ›
For the most part, I enjoyed Halo. I quickly became enamored with this book and wanted to continue reading and see what would happen. There were scenes I felt could have delved deeper to better lend themselves to character development and/or world building. At times I felt let down as a result of the limited accounts of what little world building this book contained.
There is backstory, and the protagonist does answer questions most readers would have; however, I simply craved more detailed explanations when these scenes took place, not necessarily concrete answers, but further dialog, or self-reflection, to generate more intrigue and more effectively peak my interest.
There were flaws, mainly with respect to the protagonists' character growth and naivety. There were times I felt I had to suspend my disbelief in order to continue reading. It's never good when the reader figures everything out long before the protagonist even begins to get a clue. I rarely put the pieces of the puzzle together on my own, with this book, it was a piece of cake.
In addition, a couple of the secondary characters could have been further developed. Effective utilization of the secondary characters, as well as the antagonist, could have elevated this novel to the next level; the opportunity was there, but unfortunately, not capitalized.
All in all, Halo reminds me of Twilight (which I enjoyed). PG Romance, longing, and detailed descriptions of feelings of all consuming love.Read more ›
My problem with this book is the main character, Bethany. The girl is a limp noodle. She spends all her time micro-analyzing and self-reflecting to the point where I'm not sure there was page time for anything to actually happen. And let me tell you, social analysis conducted by someone with no social experience gets boring quickly. Bethany does have an innocence that is mildly charming, but I just couldn't get over her constant navel-gazing.
I have to say I'm extremely impressed with Australian author Alexandra Adornetto for completing her published novel at the tender age of seventeen. Her writing style is strong and descriptive, which is why I kept reading for so long when I really felt no connection to the characters. I have no doubt that HALO will find a large appreciative audience. Just sadly not with me.
Most recent customer reviews
I got these books as a birthday gift for my wife. She has already started reading them, and if she likes them I am sure she will tell me that I must read them as well.Published on May 21 2014 by Robert Simmons
This book seemed interesting and really good. I love how the characters were written and their whole background. This book earned 5 stars. Read morePublished on May 5 2013 by Neveda
Ne vous fiez pas à la superbe couverture proposée, car ce roman ne lève pas très haut malgré l'histoire. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2010 by A. Chaput
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