Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Alexandra Adornetto has written an incredibly sweet love story and the classic good versus evil plot. I found the story engaging, but at times wished that it was just a bit shorter. I found there was a lot of writing to get through in order to get to the actual story. The relationship between Bethany and her siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, is filled with love and understanding, even when Bethany's innocence causes her to make a bad judgment call and she is afraid that her brother will be disappointed in her. But when Xavier rescues her and brings her home, Gabriel and Ivy are understanding and forgiving of her mistake. The romance Xavier and Bethany share is much deeper than physical love, and once she reveals herself to him, he becomes incredibly protective of her; almost to the point of smothering her. Gabriel and Ivy have initial reservations of the developing relationship between the teens, but eventually come to accept their love for what it is--a gift. The mission Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany have been sent to perform comes under attack in the form of a new student at school, Jake, and he has a dangerous obsession with Bethany. Bad things begin to happen in the sleepy town of Venus Cove and people are getting hurt and Jake can usually be found nearby. Bethany must face and defeat temptation when herself and those she loves and cares about becomes endangered by Jake's dark aura, and to save her friend, Molly, from any more harm Bethany is forced to sacrifice herself to Jake and put herself within his power.

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