Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Title: Hades
Series: Halo Series
Book #: Two
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Published: 2011
Source: For Review
My Rating: 

Heaven Help Her.

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.

The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her New York Times-bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.(taken from goodreads.com)
Halo was one of my favorite debuts last year. As I said in my review, "Halo was an excellent read. Romantic and original, it captured my heart." I was dying to get my hands on a copy of Hades, even though I hadn't heard a lot of praise for the sequel. Unfortunately, this one fell pretty flat for me. It literally took me two and a half months to finish it. My mind kept wandering while I was reading. The story just didn't capture my attention. Also, I'm disappointed in the so-so cover.

While I was fascinated by the descriptions of Hell, I balked at many of Adornetto's ideas. Shouldn't Hell be.... well, Hell? Because this Hell sounded more like a city filled with dirty clubs and expensive hotels. Oh, and a torture pit. But still, I felt that it wasn't quite evil enough. The demons were more like petty teenagers then harbingers of evil. Don't even get me started on Lucifer. I mean, did you guys know that Satan himself uses Power Points to plan his takeover of the world?

First love is fresh and powerful. In Halo, Xavier and Bethany's relationship was intoxicating and beautiful, if a bit over the top. For some reason, all of the lovey-dovey, mushy romance made me gag in this one. Yes, I understand they are IN LOVE, but I was a little disgusted by the overly fake relationship. I'm not sure if I can put my finger on what was so artificial about their love, but it had me rolling my eyes every few pages. Keep in mind that this is coming from me, a hopelessly ridiculous romantic.

Having trashed most of the book, I will say this: Adornetto's plot is original. The idea of an angel being held captive in the fires of Hell is definitely a new one. Just because I couldn't bring myself to love the story doesn't mean it wasn't worth reading. Also, I was fascinated by Gabriel and Ivy. I hope we continue to learn more about their powers as the series progresses.

In the end, I wasn't impressed by this installment in the series. The combination of a slow moving plot and Xavier and Bethany's unrealistic relationship turned me off. However, I may be tempted to pick up Heaven, the third book. There may be hope, yet!