Halo review

Title: Halo
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Hardcover, 496 pages
ISBN: 978-0-312-65626-3
Genre: YA
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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 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.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

My thoughts:
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto is a story about three heavenly angels that come to earth to combat the dark forces that seem to be taking over the picturesque town of Venus Cove. The angels Gabriel, Ivy, and Bethany do their best to blend in and try to help the people of Venus Cove the best they can. However they are angels, so despite their efforts they do tend to stand out.  Gabriel and Bethany enroll in the local high school. Gabriel as a teacher and Bethany as a student. Ivy helps out where ever she can. 
Bethany meets Xavier Woods and is immediately attracted to him. Xavier has had a difficult few years and is considered by the female population to be unavailable emotionally. When Bethany enters his life, that changes everything for both of them. Bethany is an angel and not suppose to get involved with humans. So you could say their love is forbidden. However Bethany doesn't care about the consequences and neither does Xavier. Bethany is very fearful of losing Xavier and Xavier becomes very overprotective of Bethany.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall I would say that I like Halo but I definitely had some issues with it. I felt that Bethany was too naive at times. I know she's inexperienced and young for an angel but at times it seemed she didn't have a lick of sense about her. Also Bethany and Xavier's relationship reminded me a little of Edward and Bella's in Twilight. The whole clingy, neediness thing did grate on my nerves at times. 
The story line in this novel had it's ups and downs for me also. I like the beginning but the middle seemed to drag. However once the antagonist, Jake Thorn, enters the picture the story line picked up. The ending is what really saved this book for me. It has action, drama, romance, good vs. evil, basically everything you could want in a book. 

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