- Tapa blanda: 432 páginas
- Editor: Atom (30 de agosto de 2012)
- Colección: Halo
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1907410791
- ISBN-13: 978-1907410796
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº427.590 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Heaven: Number 3 in series (Halo) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 30 ago 2012
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Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don't tell Beth's archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.
The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can't reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven - for ever - and face leaving the love of her life?
Is love a great enough power against evil?
Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. When they defy angelic law and marry, their love will be put to its highest test yet. Their punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart and darkening angelic power in the heavens.
The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, blending in with other mortals their own age. But there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven - for ever - and face leaving the love of her life?Ver Descripción del producto
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The characters were so much fun in this book. They truly feel like real people; the only character who started to get annoying was Bethany. She defies heavenly law when she marries and then continues to put her friends in danger. She is more than a little whiny halfway through the book. However, a reader who enjoyed this book previously will likely not mind a few dramatics. Xavier is sweet in his constant love for Bethany. He sticks with his true love no matter the cost. Gabriel and Ivy displayed bravery and love when they decide to help Bethany in any way they can. However, it isn't really up to Bethany, she may be recalled and forced to leave Xavier.
Between the high action and desperate love, this book is sure to be a fast read despite it's long length. Heaven is recommended to young adult readers.
*Complimentary copy received for review, this in no way affects my opinion*
We begin where HADES left off with Xavier and Beth having left graduation to go get married. They get married and immediately the Priest is killed for having married them since humans and angels are verboten. The heavenly police aka the seven are now after the two of them and they go on the run.
Angels killing innocent humans, Molly becoming a dominated puritanical female, Xavier being possessed and more just didn't work for me.
It just gets too congested from here on out. You may enjoy it so give it a try.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher for Honest Review
Let me begin by saying I have not read the previous novels in the series, Halo and Hades. With that being said, I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion and that is what I intend to do, state my extreme love/hate relationship with Heaven and why I couldn't put the book down despite the various *eye roll* moments I had while indulging myself in this weird world of angels. I must also state that because I am going to briefly discuss religion it is not my intention to offend anyone's religious or moral beliefs.
Heaven is the story of Bethany an angel who is deeply (or should I say obsessively) in love with a mortal named Xavier whom she is sent to guard (at least that's how I took it seeing as I honestly don't know because I haven't read the previous novels). Somewhere along the way, the two fall madly in lust, I mean in love, and in this installment of the Halo series they decide to wed, taking vows before God in order to make their love official in his eyes. Over the course of the novel, several obstacles are thrown their way and Bethany and Xavier must prove that love does conquer all.
Now here is my issue with Heaven, there is a thin line between writing a novel which lightly touches on religion and writing a novel and interjecting your own beliefs into the narrative. I really enjoyed the overall story of Bethany and Xavier. However the deeper I dove into the wells of their love affair the angrier I became from all the preachy religious over and undertones.
"Have you no faith left at all?" my brother remarked in surprise.
"How can I, when God seems to have abandoned us?"
"That is when you need faith the most," Gabriel said. "Not when everything is going your way, not when you have much to be thankful for, but when there is darkness all around. He is always there, He is always watching, and one way or another He will set you on the right path." - (ARC page 214)
"Because the path of the righteous man was never supposed to be easy," I whispered. "Those who are chosen by the Lord are given a hard journey. The reward will come later. And if He is the merciful Father I know, we'll have eternal peace together. You just have to believe in Him. Believe in His plan and trust Him with your whole heart. I know it's hard but look at the proof you've been given through my siblings and me. Most people have to go off blind faith, but not you. You've been given proof." - (ARC page 295-296)
The vast majority of Heaven is written in this manner. In every chapter there is at least one paragraph devoted to letting the readers know if you do "a" and the results are "b" it doesn't matter if you were right or wrong as long as you have faith, repent, believe and trust wholeheartedly in the Lord. Now, let me state clearly that I am a Christian and I understand what Adornetto was trying to accomplish (or at least I think I do). After all, she is writing a book about angels so there has to be some sort of moral compass in there somewhere. Even if I believe everything she wrote about faith and God that does not mean I want to read about it and feel as though I need to learn some type of lesson about my faith on every page. And this is exactly how I felt.
I firmly believe I should never be pulled out of a story for any reason because it diminishes my overall enjoyment. And I really, really, really, liked both main characters and I even enjoyed all the side characters. But I just cannot move past the fact that Heaven spent so much time on preaching to me instead of sucking me into a captivating story. I should never be able to determine what an authors beliefs are unless I am reading Christian Fiction or something of the sort. I should never be made to feel as though if I don't agree with what the author is saying that my thoughts and feelings are wrong. It's ludicrous! And it's highly insulting. I am not even going to touch on the authors writing though I found her to be a little too wordy and use too many "tags" at the end of EVERY single instance of dialogue. Just know that it happens and it may be annoying to some readers.
Overall, Heaven rubbed me the wrong way but was also a great love story (see my dilemma). Had it not been for the copious amount of religion I may have scored this book at 4.5 or a 5. I think if Adornetto perfects her writing skills and can learn to master writing about religion without giving the readers Bible lessons she could write something extremely phenomenal. I recommend this novel to those of you who don't mind books with a ton of religious undertones, and characters with obsessive personalities. For everyone else, well if you read it you will see.
It all started with my daughter wanting to purchase, HALO. I have to admit the cover was intriguing, along with the synopsis. She read and loved it. Next it was my turn. I fell in love with the characters and the storyline. We waited impatiently for the next to come out, HADES, and finally, HEAVEN.
If I had to pick my favorite between the three, I guess I'd have to say it's HADES, though the last half of HEAVEN is a close second (You can read my review for HALO and HADES on Amazon.). Overall I loved the trilogy. ALEXANDRA ADORNETTO is an amazing writer with a creative mind that produced an amazing storyline with three dimensional characters.
The first half of HEAVEN was a tad slow, but once you reach the middle it takes off. The slow pace was tolerable due to the wonderful writing. Having read the first two books in the trilogy, there was no way I wasn't finishing the third one.
I loved the surprises and twists HEAVEN took. I hadn't a clue how Xavier and Bethany's story would unfold, but I loved how MS. ADORNETTO played it out. I could never have imagined what the author would do with one of the other characters I love, Gabriel. I'm anticipating with excitement a story about Gabe and Molly.