With the release of "Heaven" coming up soon, I thought I should post this one! Enjoy!
You can find my review of "Halo", Book #1, here.
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Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Publication:2011, Feiwel & Friends
Summary: Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well....read more
Review: To say that I am thoroughly smitten and captured by Adornetto's radiant story-telling would be an understatement. Never have I felt more akin to a YA author's fantasy-induced writing than this! Adding another tasty and immensely entertaining layer to this pulsing trilogy, "Hades" brings back our beloved earth-bound angels and their human friends, along with the enchantingly dark villain in tow.
From a work of fiction, "Hades" let me escape once more to a vividly created world where Adornetoo, through Bethany, spins a ravishingly exciting and satisfying tale with all elements of love, faith, and more. This time, however, Adornetto proves that the universe of her trilogy is not all pretty and nice, as she unravels gory scenes in great contrast to her first book. If I were to imagine "Halo" in beautifully elegant shades of pastels, then "Hades" would be seen coloured with majestically dark swirls of black and deep purple!
From a more technical viewpoint, Adornetto still impresses with her skilful diction for someone her age. I've noted the addition of expansive and maturing vocabulary, however, it somehow carried a feeling of a rocky surface for me. It gave me the feeling that the author was trying a bit too hard and overdid it at times.
Any flaws that materialized were soon drowned out by the eagerness and passion in this book, yet I am still amused to find and enjoy the aura of naivety present as I feel even more connected to this author. It has been awhile that I have felt this much love for a trilogy, and I greatly look forward to "Heaven". "Hades" brought more fantastical landscapes into the readers' views, and it strengthened the magnetic pull of readers' affection to the series, hopefully grounding Adornetto to concoct a breathtaking finale for our beloved angel and her worlds.
Ratings: ✰✰✰ 3.5 Enthusiastic Hoots
Final Notes: This is a really old review, so I went back and edited bits of it as I typed it up. "Hades" was super entertaining and really romantic in that naive, princess-y way! To be honest, it was a bit messy at times, but it's one of those books that you devour anyway in about a couple of hours. Plus, the ending's a horrid cliffhanger, so if you have yet to read this one, now's a fabulous time because you will soon be able to read "Heaven" as well!
Thanks for reading!