Published: August 31st 2010, Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 484 pages, hardback
Series?: Yes. This is book one. Book two (Hades - with the most hideous cover art I have ever laid eyes on) is out now
Acquired: Purchased myself. Yes, I actually paid money for this
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 review: Oh God. Okay. I don't tend to write negative reviews a whole lot, mostly because I do enjoy the majority of books I read. However, sometimes I make bad, bad choices. Unfortunately, Halo was one of them. The worst part? I was taken in by the cover. God damn it. Never again. NEVER AGAIN.
***I will preface this review by saying that you may well want to take my words with a pinch of salt - if you are a hardcore fan of the genre maybe you'll enjoy this one. There are tonnes and tonnes of five star reviews over on Goodreads so do head over there before you make your mind up. I don't want to put anyone off of buying this book because, who knows, you may love it. However, I certainly did not.***
Where do I begin? With the done to death plot? The archetypal characters who have absolutely no shred of personality? The terrifying fact that this is actually going to be dragged out for three books? I could go on.
Right, so, Gabriel. Our main hottie. Of course he's gorgeous, of course he has a banging body, of course he has absolutely no personality. Bethany was a total dolt and Xaviar was a drip. Not a great combination of characters. Bethany is a terrible role model. It makes me sad to see so many younger readers reviewing this book and saying how great Bethany is and how the love story is so beautiful. I'm sorry but no.
Why oh why are so many of us of the mindset that the girls to aspire to are mindless idiots who fall in love with pretty boys the second they see them? Of course, that's true love right there. Seriously, everybody who hates on Twilight? Give Halo a go and then you'll really have something to complain about. I used to think Twilight was the worst thing to come out of the PR genre. Then I read Halo. Yeah. I said it.
After reading Halo I had to immediately bury my nose in some Courtney Summers to restore my faith in humanity. God. Although, one thing I am looking forward to is seeing the cover reveal for Heaven. After the monstrosity that is the Hades I do hope the cover designers continue the 'Meatloaf tribute album' theme - reading Halo has put me in such a grump I could do with a giggle.
Do feel free to link to your positive (or negative) reviews of Halo in the comments if you want to - I know I may well be in the minority with my thoughts.
First line: 'Our arrival didn't exactly go as planned.'
Read if you like…: I don't even know. I'm sorry. Cliches, maybe?
Total: 10/20 (D)