Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Title: Hades (Halo #2)
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: August 30th 2011
Publishers: HarperCollins Australia
Available from: Amazon

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I received this book from the publisher.

Jake Thorn and his demons have been banished and Xavier and Bethany settle down to resume a normal life. But on the night of Halloween, a childish prank goes terribly wrong and Jake is summoned back to the sleepy town of Venus Cove. Bethany is deceived and like the mythical Persephone she finds herself dragged into the nightmarish underworld of Hades. While the angels call on higher powers to help recover Bethany, Hell decides to play dirty and goes after the one thing she loves more than anything. But to spare Xavier's life, Bethany must make the ultimate sacrifice. Will she make a deal with the Devil? And what will happen to an angel in Hell?

Miss Adornetto is a very talented young lady. She has written a captivating and beautiful story, with well defined characters. Her powers of description weave such a potent picture, drawing you into Bethany's world. 
Hades is told from Bethany's point of view, and she has a compelling voice throughout the book, lending it a constant depth. Bethany is human in many respects, and yet is vastly different. Even though she spends most of her time in Hell, we get to see more of her as a character. Her compassion is not hindered by Hell, the whole experience setting her foundations to make her stronger. 
Xavier can sometimes seem too perfect, but he has this quality that makes him stand out. He has a personality that makes him very approachable, and you just can't help but like him. If you were to pit him against the various YA male leads, his light would probably shine the brightest.
I really enjoyed how the story developed, there was always something that would keep me from putting the book down. The ending is momentous, in more ways than one. I am already eagerly anticipating the next book.


  1. Great review! I personally didn't quite like Halo, but I'm willing to give the series another chance :)I'm really curious to read about Bethany's experience in Hell!

  2. Great review! I didn't like Halo as much as I wanted to, so I hope this sequel changes my mind about the series. Gotta love me some Hell! hehe.

  3. I haven't read this series yet! I've heard good things about it though. New follower!

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  4. I didn't especially love Halo, but I've read a lot of positive reviews of this so I've decided I'll give it a read. (popping over from the comment love thread on goodreads :-))