Monday, April 30, 2012
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Synopsis: Bethany Church is and 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 Thorne 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.
My 2 cents: Oh my. This book was as different from the first book, Halo, as you could get! The only thing that was really the same was Bethany. Somehow throughout her ordeal, she never loses faith and still manages to seem so innocent.
Jake has returned and is even bigger and badder than before. After Bethany ends up in Hell with him, she figures out a way to "Project" herself to her loved ones. They can't see her or hear her, but she gets to see them and know what's happening on Earth while she's in Hell. The idea of projection is pretty cool. But I was like, "yeah, right." It just didn't seem all the realistic. Maybe it would have been more so if it didn't happen on her first day in Hell. If she'd had to actually earn it a little harder...maybe I could have believed it. It almost seemed like a method for the author to keep Xavier, Gabriel, and Ivy in the story, since the story is told in first person from Bethany.
Other than that, the story was as good as Halo. This book was as dark and twisted as Halo was sunny and light (through the first 2/3 of it, anyways!) The ending was totally believable to me, and I feel the author did a great job staying true to the characters. I can't wait to read Heaven! 4 stars on this one