Thursday, June 21, 2012

Heaven's Most Pathetic Angels

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Summary: 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 must 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. Then comes the brooding and popular new transfer, Jake Thorn... who just so happens to be in Bethany's class. Something about Jake seems to be hiding something darker, something more powerful than expected. That thing, and Xavier, distracts Bethany to a point that Gabriel and Ivy are concerned.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

Review: Pathetic useless angels, flaunting of all Heaven's rules, no consequences for rule breaking, obsession, and stereotype upon stereotype.

I honestly wanted to throw this book at the wall a number of times. I didn't since it was a library book. The first thing that irked me were the stereotypes. Not every boy is going to want to get into your pants. Not every girl is going to care an inordinate amount about prom. Stop pigeonholing everyone. And the angels were pathetic. They supposedly had all this power, but did volunteer. What point is there was Bethany going to school (except for the author having a reason for her to meet Xavier)? Why do they even have to take human form? And there was no damn evil in the town they were in. Angels should be sent places where they can actually be useful. And paper thin wings that can hide under their clothes?

Next up is the relationship obsession between Xavier and Bethany. She falls for him almost instantly. Bethany saying that a plain name like Jake or John wouldn't suit him should have warned me. Names aren't important. The person is. Of course Xavier is hot, popular, has plenty of muscles, and falls for her even though he hasn't fallen for any girl in years. Bethany later mentions how her friend must have been getting beyond looks and muscles yet that is what she sees in Xavier. Bethany is obsessed, plain and simple. Xavier becomes her whole world, which is dangerous. You don't love each other so don't try to bring up Romeo and Juliet and true love. You don't have a relationship. 

And now for the rule breaking. Bethany and Xavier cannot be together since she is an angel and he is a human. Makes sense. Yet when Bethany reveals their secret to him and refuses to break up with him, nothing happens!!! She should have been jerked back to Heaven as fast as can be. It is obvious that she cannot handle being on Earth if a pretty boy distracts her from her mission. But there was no consequences!


Recommendation: I honestly cannot recommend this book to anyone. 

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