Sunday, September 11, 2011


Review by Interview

Hades (Halo)Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Source: ARC from Shelf Awareness Giveaway
Purchase link: Hades (Halo)

Introduction:  Welcome to Review by Interview!  This is my newest review format and one of the many I use.  Below you can find common questions readers want to know about the books that interest them along with the answer based on my review of this book.  Enjoy!

What is the book about? (Synopsis from back cover)
 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.

What did you like about the book?
The book had a good flow after the first chapter or two.  I also liked how the places were described in enough detail to let me put myself there.

What didn’t you like about the book?
At first I did not like the main character’s (Xavier) name but it grew on me as the book went on.

Did you like the characters? 
Yes, I did like the characters.  They all had enough detail to seem real, or as real as an angel on Earth can be.  No one person stood out more than the others to me.  I was able to relate to the characters.  The book enabled me to find a imagine myself as a character I would want to be.  I found each of the characters personalities to fit how I looked at each person.  Each person had enough book time to be fully fleshed out.  I kind of liked the ups and down of each character so I wouldn’t change anything at this time. 

Was the story believable for its genre?
Yes, I would say that it was.  It put enough real world knowledge into something that could never be proven real or fake. 

Did it flow well? 
Yes, each chapter change brought enough meat to the story that you never thought it was a pointless break, or just to keep up the suspense. 

What kind of writing style did the author use? 
This was told by multiple characters.

Would you recommend?  Why or Why not?
Yes, I would recommend to anyone who likes fiction that involves the long struggle between Heaven and Hell.

Would you read more from the author?
Yes, this one was the second in the story and I did not read the first but I will be looking for it right away. 

Did the setting fit the book?

Overall opinion?
Overall I really liked the book.  I found myself picking it up whenever I had a few minutes to read.  Though I had some ideas of what may happen the author had a good writing style that enabled me to let the story be told rather than trying to figure it out.  I would re-read this one after I obtain the first book and read it.  It captured my attention and kept it.

Suspense Intensity level – 3 (medium)
 Heat level – 2 (Kisses, making out)

**A special note to the reader:  Think about the cover of the book when you get into the book.  It may change your mind from what you thought it was originally.**


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