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Published:December 6th, 2010 22:58 EST
Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto

By Tony Graff

One of the top books of this year, Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto, proved to be a basket of mixed emotions for me. The cover is absolutely beautiful, but the story contained within was a bit of a let down. 

Three angels are sent to the sleepy little town of Venus Cove to spread good will and prevent mankind from its own self-destruction. The oldest is Gabriel (No, not the archangel, but he was around to watch Sodom and Gomorrah be destroyed), Ivy, who specializes in healing, and Bethany, who is by far the youngest, but has the greatest understanding of human emotions of the three.

That should have been my first warning sign. Send a non-human to high school with an understanding of human emotions and anyone can guess where this is heading: find a member of the opposite sex and fall beyond desperately in love with that person. That person is Xavier Woods, and Bethany describes him as obsessively as Bella Swan describes Edward. There seriously is not fault in this kid, and he`s a plain human. 
Story and plot take a backseat to the many persistent description of the ways Xavier is awesome and perfect, until a mysterious transfer student with a British accent comes on the scene, named Jake Thorn. He`s got the hots for dear, confused Bethany, and one can almost tell what`s going on. He`s not human either, and lets us all know before the book is over. 
While I`m honestly going to say I didn`t enjoy reading Halo, I have to admire Alexandra Adornetto. She wrote her first novel when she was 13, and now at the age of 18 has received many awards for her writing. Already scheduled for upcoming releases are the other two in the Halo trilogy: Hades, and Heaven, scheduled to be released in 2011 and 2012 respectively.  
That having been said, if you absolutely loved the Twilight Saga, you`ll probably enjoy Halo. If you didn`t absolutely love Twilight, I wouldn`t recommend it.