Monday, July 2, 2012
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
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.
Shame on you, Katie!!! Sorry guys, I've been at fault. First off, I haven't done a review on the first book, Halo. And secondly, I dragged my feet on reading the second book even though the first was Amazing!! I've just kinda put it off, and that was a huge mistake! Why? Because this books is just as amazing as the first!
Halo introduced the world to little, charming Bethany Church. She's so sweet...because she's an angel. An angel that feel in love with a mortal (Xavier! I don't blame her; he's yummy!), revealed herself as an angel, to said mortal, made friends with a demon who falls in lust with her and tries to kill her (?). Poor, innocent Bethany. She is also on Earth with her siblings Gabriel and Ivy, also angels. But Halo ended all happy with just a little note at the end that basically says that the demon, Jake, who tried to kill Bethany is coming back for her. And in Hades, that's exactly what happens.
In Hades, Bethany gets dragged down into Hell.... Great. So for those of you who just want to read the second book for more Xavier and Bethany "Lovey Time", you're gonna be pretty dissapointed. Sure, their unfailing love and everything is still there and present, but with Bethany in Hell and Xavier on Earth, it gets complicated. Meanwhile, Jake Thorn, the evil psychotic demon, is trying to woo Bethany by dragging her to Hell, keeping her captive, and trying to force her to marry him/ give the big V-Card to him. Uhhhhh! Boys really just don't understand sometimes!
Even though the book stays in first person view with Bethany, the author was able to come up with a pretty creative way to have a peek at whats going on on Earth with the siblings and Xavier frantically trying to get to Bethany. And the authors tactic doesn't at all seem out of place, so BRAVO for that author!! Also, I love Bethany as a character. You can't possibly read about a character as pure and innocent as Bethany, but her naivety doesn't get annoying. That is hard to do. The book is exciting and satisfying, humorous but suspenseful, and so very well balanced. Probably my most favorite part was an exorcism preformed on a nun (?) by Gabriel and Ivy. Even though that sounds really unappealing, it was actually very interesting, suspenseful, and unique. It's so odd to say that I enjoyed an exorcism.
This book was great! Not perfect though. It doesn't have a lot of depth to it, what you read is what you get. And sure it talks about love and faith and such, but nothing really sticks. It's like being hit by a paintball and the paint just drips off. I hope that in the final book, Heaven, there will be a little bit more of a lasting impression. Also, I didn't quite understand the cliffhanger/ set up for next book. It was very, Very vague. With such a weak cliffhanger, I'm more like "Uhhhh? What?", than "WHAT THE CRAP IS GOING TO HAPPEN NOW?!?!?!?!". And I'd much prefer the second cliffhanger as apposed to what I got. So, overall, it was a great read that I'm sure you people will love, but I may drag my feet again getting the last book.
Cover: 4/5 stars
Plot: 4/5 stars