Friday, January 15, 2016

Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Series: Halo (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance

Subjects: angels, demons, supernatural, magic, love, college

Setting: Venus Cove, Georgia and Oxford, Mississippi and Heaven

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Bethany

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 417 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover originally, now in Paperback

List Price: $9.99

Publisher: Macmillian: Feiwel & Friends

Summary/ product description: “Heaven must be missing an angel....

The angel Bethany and her mortal love, Xavier, have already pushed the boundaries of Heaven with their relationship. In this conclusion to the Halo trilogy, the two take their love to the next, forbidden, step: They marry.

At a time when they believe nothing will come between them again, they are faced with their most daunting challenge yet: the Sevens, a military order of angels designed to maintain balance in the universe. These soldiers won't stop until their job is done - capture the wayward angel and send her home.

Secrets, exile, and unexpected allies flavor the rest of this intense love story and adventure.

Beth discovers there is only one way back to earth, but the cost is higher than she - and readers - ever imagined. If she can survive, she can prove to Heaven and Earth that there is nothing stronger than the power of love.”

My Review:  I loved this series and now I finally completed it. I feel kind of sad. I’ve been trying to complete all these angel series I’ve loved. Bethany has come a long way. She and Xavier get married and some terrible things start happening. Heaven apparently doesn’t approve of their relationship and there are these warriors that Beth knows as the Sevens a.k.a. the Principalities, who are after them.

Ivy and Gabriel try to hide Beth and Xav, but decide maybe hiding in a crowd is the best option. So, they send Bethany and Xavier to Ole Miss, a university in Mississippi under the guise of brother instead of husband and wife. Things get completed and Beth and Xav try hard to keep their relationship private. Girls are fawning over Xav, including Beth’s roommate, and Beth’s feeling a bit jealous. Beth’s friend Molly appear and she may be in an unhealthy relationship with a super religious guy.

I really enjoyed this book because Bethany stopped feeling like a mary-sue character. In Hades she starts to show some fire, and in Heaven she really seems like more of a fighter. She seemed like a dreamy, love-everyone and be nice kind of girl before. She is guardian angel, after all. Bethany feels more human than ever now.

I love Xavier of course. He’s sweet and has a good sense of humor. He may now be a cowboy, but he is a southern gentle man. He reminds me of Ethan Wate from Beautiful Creatures. If only we got to read from his point-of-view. He found out some things in this book. He had his own self-discovery moments, just like Bethany did.

The Halo series will forever be one of my favorite angel/paranormal series. I still like Unearthly and Hush, Hush more, but I think I liked this better than Fallen. It felt very religious toned or preachy at times, but the story itself is about love. It’s a romance, possibly a Romeo-Juliet kind of romance. If you are a strong Christian though, this book series isn’t offensive in anyway. If you haven’t read the Halo series, you should give it a shot.

Cover Art Review: Beautiful. I love the heart their arms make around the sunlight. It has an uncanny resemblance to Australia, if flipped upside-down and horizontally mirrored. The author in from Australia originally, so maybe this isn’t an accident.

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