Pages - 484
Published by Atom Books in 2010
Book - part of the UK Book Tour organised by the lovely Lynsey
Our arrival didn't exactly go as planned. I remember it was almost dawn when we landed because the streetlights were still on. We had hoped our descent would go unnoticed, which it mainly did, save for a thirteen-year-old boy doing a paper round.
Every time I think about Halo, my thoughts instantly return to one mind blowing detail. The author is only 18 years old and had first book published at 16. Wow! Regardless of what anyone including myself think about the book, that is one hell of an achievement for someone so young. I only wish I had been as creative and accomplished as her at that age.
Halo brings us the story of three angels brought down to Earth, to bring goodness back into society. There is Gabriel the warrior, an archangel and one of the Holy Seven; Ivy the healer, a seraphim and one of the angels closest to the Lord and Bethany, a young angel who resides at the bottom of the angel ladder.
They all arrive on Earth with the intention of bringing peace and harmony, but somehow Bethany gets a little sidetracked on the way. Being the most human of the three angels she falls in love with a mortal and the other angels begin to worry that she might just not be able to complete the job she was sent down to Earth to do.
Many of you know that I am a sucker for an angel book and this one did not disappoint. I loved reading about how the angels tried to settle into normal every day human life, which was as foreign to them as living in an igloo would be to me.
I found within Alexandra's writing that she captured the essence of first love so accurately, I found myself stepping back in time to my own teenage years. The feelings were those intense, gut wrenching,hunger suppressing, cannot be apart for longer than an hour kind of feelings. Alexandra has managed to evoke emotions and memories in myself that had long been forgotten. ( That makes me sound old. Eeek!)
I did find Xavier, Bethany's mortal boyfriend, a little over protective, but then Bethany has to be the most innocent lead character I have ever come across, although that fits perfectly with her character as an angel on her first visit to Earth.
The book was a little longer than I would have preferred. I would have liked it to be compacted a little more with perhaps the bad boy Jake turning up a little earlier in the story. However I still really enjoyed the story as it progressed and didn't find myself desperate for the action to start. I am over the moon that nearly every loose strands of the story are wrapped up in the book, and although I know everything wasn't completely finalised, I felt contented to wait for the next book.
This story does have a lot of religious overtones which did not bother me at all. I have read a lot of non fiction angel books and felt that Alexandra had definitely carried out a lot of research on her subject matter.
I am just so impressed by Alexandra's writing talents that I cannot wait to watch her grow as a writer. I think Stephanie Meyer may have a little competition here! (Don't tell her though, lets keep it a secret!).