Saturday, 13 October 2012

Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto ~ Review

Heaven (Halo #3)
By Alexandra Adornetto

Rating: 3.9

That is when you need faith the most. Not when everything is going your way, not when you have much to be thankful for, but when there is darkness all around.” 

I love love. 

I love books about love. 
I love couples who are in love. 

But if Heaven has taught me one is that there can sometimes be a thing as too much love!

I admit that yes, Beth and Xavier's relationship is cute. But in Heaven, it can be cute bordering on nausea. 

Xavier, however, is adorable and I can't hate him at all in this novel. His spirit, drive and pure heart really come through, helping him overcome challenges with an elegance and ease that Beth seems to lack. 

If I'm to be perfectly honest, in this book Xavier seems to be more angelic than Beth!

It really bugged me. In Halo and Hades, Beth acts so much more mature - going about Earth with a wisdom beyond her years and thinking things out, taking advice from Gabe and Ivy and being a patient, loving person. I liked that Beth. 

This new Beth seems to be have PMS 24/7, because she has some serious angst issues!

She takes her stress out on Gabe and Ivy who are - you know - just trying to stop her from getting killed. She wants to be with Xavier and gets cranky when things go downhill. She questions God's plan for her. She acts like a jealous girlfriend. 

And also the bit with her in Heaven (the pearly gates one)? She acted like she was two seconds away from being thrown in juvie. Serious. Attitude. Problemo. So much for the 'angel' part, Beth!

Another flaw were the numerous plot lines:

Plot Line 1: The Seven are after Beth and Xavier 'cause they tied the knot. Plot 1.
Plot Line 2: Beth and Xavier go into hiding.
Plot Line 3: Xavier gets possessed by Lucifer. For no. Damn. Reason. At all. And the reasoning behind it is never explained and the whole things is blown out of proportion. It lasted for, like, two chapters and then we never came back to it!! 

Plot Line 4: The random appearance of Jake for 0.78 seconds. Wow. That was...anticlimactic.
Plot Line 5: Xavier isn't 100% human - he's part angel.
Plot Line 6: Beth wants to be with Xavier forever so she needs to find a way to be with him on Earth.
Plot Line 7: Endless loving and eye-gazing.

Confused? I know I am!

But the parts where they explained the faith were good and well thought out. Gabe and Ivy develop more as characters and some great new characters are introduced. Though the plot can get a little sidetracked and though Beth can be a little clingy and whiny (Xavier has the patience of a saint for dealing with her!), overall it was a nice conclusion to the series...although personally I felt the two books before Heaven showed more of Adornetto's story-writing magic

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