Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet.

Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.

The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?

This is the final book in the Halo trilogy. I wasn’t too impressed with the other ones, but since I got an ARC, I decided to give it a try.

Okay, it was better than the previous one. I have to say that. The writing didn’t give me nightmares where I woke up screaming about the potpourri of adverbs or the vomitable use of passive voice. So that’s a plus. Although, Hades was such an awful, awful book that it doesn’t take much to improve on it.

The problem that I saw with this one was the plot. It made little, if any sense. The characters did random things without too much thought, and, what seemed to me to be complete overreactions to events, paranormal though they may be. It seemed like the author just strung a bunch of scenes together, just to put Bethany and Xavier in awkward situations. For example, MINOR SPOILER, in one scene, Gabriel, her angelic brother, tells them they really shouldn’t have sex. About a chapter later, he changes his mind and tells them they can. Not sure what the point of that was except to put a bit of mindless tension that wasn’t particularly needed. And all of that’s ignoring all the preaching that goes on in the book. Look, I get it, it’s a book about angels, so Christianity is bound to come into play, but it doesn’t need to be preachy, and it is. Terribly so.

Towards the end, the book does improve, though not enough to give this book, this series, really, more than one star. I can’t, in all honesty, recommend it, although I know many of you enjoy the series. It just wasn’t for me.

1 comment:

Nina said...

Not read this series, and seriously not going to. :) It sounded so good, too bad it didn't deliverd.