Thursday, January 10, 2013

This was not a slice of HEAVEN: by Alexandra Adornetto



Heaven (Halo #3)by Alexandra Adornetto


Published August 21, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
3 STARS

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 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?
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Tease. Tease, Tease, Tease. The books teased me thinking they were going to get to SOME kind of point... but never did. Sigh.

I was dismayed by the ending. After all they went through, she leaves it like she did? The whole thing felt choppy with too many internal monologues. Bethany likes to hear herself talk more than any other book character.. well maybe not Anne Shirley but who could beat her in a monologue competition???

They FINALLY get hitched.. but wait.. here comes the tease... they STILL can't do the deed. Some books need to close some story lines and start new ones because that got old in about... 2 seconds.. wait - no yesterday.

I just felt this was drawn out, dry and repetitive. My mind kept saying "oh no, here we go AGAIN". And Again. And again.

The mythology had some holes that just left me scratching my head. There were some very potent emotional scenes which is what salvaged the score to 3 stars. Otherwise it would have been one or two.

The first book (Halo) had the most impact and was extremely creative. The second (Hades) still had enough punch to make it worthwhile. Seemed like Adornetto ran out of gas on this one. A real shame. If you haven't read the series, I'd recommend it anyway based on the first two books.