Hades (Halo Trilogy #2)by Alexandra Adornetto
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
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.
“Teenage author Adornetto's U.S. debut shows an impressive command of language. . . . The fantasy is sweet and enjoyable.” Publishers Weekly on Halo
“These angels are the optimistic, hope-filled cousins of the tormented fallen angels in other paranormal romances. . . . Xavier is gorgeous, honorable and so protective of Bethany that you'll be crushing on him after the first chapter.” Justine magazine on Halo
“The 17-year-old author's angel mythology is solid. . . . There never seem to be enough lengthy tomes to satisfy the legions of paranormal-romance fans, and this first title of a planned trilogy fits the bill.” Booklist on Halo
“This is the IT book of the year in my opinion.” Moonlight Book Reviews blog on Halo
“I can now say I have a character crush on Xavier. . . . Teen romance fans will lap this one up like melted chocolate.” YA Addict blog on Halo
“I thought Halo was very well-written and was very impressed to learn that the author is only seventeen years old!” The Book Vault blog on Halo
“I absolutely loved this book. Absolutely. Loved. It.” The Ninja Librarian blog on Halo
“Halo is an excellent book that makes you think about angels and their role on Earth.” Chick Loves Lit blog on Halo
“Often, I found myself closing my eyes, picturing the exact moment, feeling as though I could reach out to Bethany or grab Xavier in a sweet embrace. . . . A daringly palpable story that's rich with beautiful and raw details, Halo is addictive, passionate and coarse with vibrancy.” Book-crazy.com on Halo
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The Kids Are All Right
WHEN the final bell sounded at Bryce Hamilton, Xavier and I gathered our things and headed out onto the south lawn. The weather forecast had predicted a clear afternoon, but the sun was fighting an uphill battle and the sky remained a cheerless, gunmetal gray. Occasionally the watery sunlight broke through and fingers of light danced across the grounds, warming the back of my neck.
"Are you coming over for dinner tonight?" I asked Xavier, linking my arm through his. "Gabriel wants to try making burritos."
Xavier looked across at me and laughed.
"I'm just thinking," he said. "How come in all the paintings, angels are depicted guarding thrones in Heaven or taking out demons? I wonder why they're never shown in the kitchen making burritos."
"Because we have a reputation to uphold," I said, nudging him. "So are you coming?"
"Can't." Xavier sighed. "I promised my kid sister I'd stay home and carve pumpkins."
"Shoot. I keep forgetting about Halloween."
"You should try and get into the spirit of it," Xavier said. "Everyone around here takes it very seriously."
I knew he wasn't exaggerating; jack-o'-lanterns and plaster headstones already adorned every front porch in town in honor of the occasion.
"I know," I said. "But the whole idea creeps me out. Why would anyone want to dress up as ghosts and zombies? It's like everyone's worst nightmares coming to life."
"Beth." Xavier stopped walking and took hold of my shoulders. "It's a holiday, lighten up!"
He was right. I needed to stop being so wary. It was six months now since the ordeal with Jake Thorn and things couldn't have been better. Peace had returned to Venus Cove and I'd grown more attached to the place than ever. Nestled on the picturesque Georgia coastline, the sleepy little town in Sherbrooke County had become my home. With its pretty balconies and ornate shopfronts, Main Street was so quaint it could have been an image on a postcard. In fact, everything from the cinema to the old courthouse exuded the Southern charm and gentility of a long-forgotten era.
Over the past year the influence of my family had spread and transformed Venus Cove into a model town. The church congregation had tripled in numbers, charity missions had more volunteers than they could handle, and reported incidents of crime were so few and far between that the sheriff was forced to find other things to occupy his time. Nowadays the only disputes that happened were minor, like drivers arguing over who saw a parking space first. But that was just humannature. It couldn't be changed and it wasn't our job to try and change it.
But the best development of all was that Xavier and I had grown even closer. I looked across at him. He was just as breathtakingly beautiful as ever. His tie hung loose and his blazer was slung casually over one shoulder. I could feel his taut body occasionally brushing against mine as we walked side by side, our footsteps falling in time. Sometimes it was easy to think of us as one entity.
Since the violent encounter with Jake last year, Xavier had hit the gym even harder and thrown himself into sports more vigorously. I knew he was doing it so he'd be better equipped to protect me, but that didn't mean I couldn't enjoy the perks. Xavier had more definition in his chest and washboard abs. He was still slender and perfectly proportioned, but I could see the muscles in his arms rippling beneath the fine cotton of his shirt. I looked up at his refined features: his straight nose, high cheekbones, and full lips. In the light of the sun, his walnut-colored hair was streaked with gold and his almond-shaped eyes were like liquid blue topaz. On his ring finger he now wore the gift I'd given him after he had helped me recover from Jake's attack. It was a thick silver band etched with three symbols of faith: a five-point star to represent the star of Bethlehem; a trefoil to honor the three persons of the Holy Trinity; and the initials IHS, an abbreviation of Ihesus, the way Christ's name was spelled in the Middle Ages. I'd had an identical one made for me and I liked to think they were our special version of a promise ring. Another person who'd witnessed as much as Xavier had mighthave lost all faith in Our Father, but Xavier had strength of mind and spirit. He'd made a commitment to us and I knew that nothing could persuade him to break it.
My train of thought was broken when we bumped into a group of Xavier's friends from the water-polo team in the parking lot. I knew some of them by name and caught the tail end of their conversation.
"I can't believe Wilson hooked up with Kay Bentley," a boy named Lawson snickered. He was still bleary-eyed from whatever misadventure had taken place over the weekend. I knew from experience it probably involved a keg and willful damage to property.
"It's his funeral," someone muttered. "Everyone knows she's done more miles than my dad's vintage Chrysler."
"I don't care so long as it wasn't on my bed. I'd have to burn everything."
"Don't worry, man, pretty sure they were out on the back lawn."
"I was so wasted, I don't remember a damn thing," Lawson declared.
"I remember you tried to hook up with me," replied a boy named Wesley in his lilting accent. He contorted his face into a grimace.
"Whatever ... it was dark. You could do a lot worse."
"Not funny," Wesley growled. "Someone posted a picture on Facebook. What am I gonna tell Jess?"
"Tell her you couldn't resist Lawson's ripped body." Xavier thumped his friend on the back as he sauntered past. "He's really built from all those hours on the PlayStation."
I laughed as Xavier pulled open the door of his sky blue Chevy Bel Air convertible. I climbed in, stretched out, and breathed in the familiar smell of the leather seats. I loved the car almost as much as Xavier did now. It had been with us from the very beginning, from our first date at Sweethearts Café to the showdown with Jake Thorn at the cemetery. Though I'd never admit it, I'd come to think of the Chevy as having a personality of its own. Xavier turned the key in the ignition and the car roared to life. They seemed to move in syncas if they were attuned to each other.
"So have you come up with a costume yet?"
"For what?" I asked blankly.
Xavier shook his head. "For Halloween. Try to keep up!"
"Not yet," I admitted. "I'm still working on it. What about you?"
"How do you feel about Batman?" Xavier asked with a wink. "I've always wanted to be a superhero."
"You just want to pretend you drive a Batmobile."
Xavier gave a guilty smile. "Damn it! You know me too well."
When we reached number 15 Byron Street, Xavier leaned across and pressed his lips against mine. His kiss was soft and sweet. I felt the outside world fall away as I melted into him. His skin was smooth beneath my fingers and his scent, fresh and clean as ocean air, enveloped me. It was mingled with a touch of something strongerlike vanilla and sandalwood combined. I kept one of Xavier's T-shirts, dowsed in his cologne, under my pillow so that every night I could imagine he was with me. It was funny how the goofiest behavior could feel perfectly natural when you were in love. I knew therewere people who rolled their eyes at Xavier and me, but if they did, we were too absorbed in each other's company to notice.
When Xavier pulled away from the curb, I snapped back to reality, like someone waking from a deep sleep.
"I'll pick you up tomorrow morning," he called out with a dreamy smile. "Usual time."
I stood in our tangled front yard watching until the Chevy finally turned off at the end of the street.
Byron was still my haven and I loved retreating there. Everything was soothingly familiar, from the creaking steps on the front porch to the large and airy rooms inside. It felt like a safe cocoon away from the turbulence of the world. It was true to say that while I loved human life, it scared me sometimes. The earth had problemsproblems almost too large and too complex to fully comprehend. Thinking about them made my head spin. It also made me feel ineffectual. But Ivy and Gabriel had told me to stop wasting my energy and focus on our mission. There were plans for us to visit other cities and towns in the vicinity of Venus Cove to expel any dark forces residing there. Little did we know they would find us before we had a chance to find them.
Dinner was already underway when I got home. My brother and sister were out on the deck. They were each engaged in solitary activities; Ivy had her nose in a book and Gabriel was deep in concentration, composing on his guitar. His expert fingers massaged the chords gently and they seemed to answer his silent command. I joined them and knelt down to pat my dog, Phantom, who was sleeping soundly with his headresting on his giant, silky paws. He stirred at my touch, his silvery body as sleek as ever. He looked up at me with his sad, moonlight eyes, and I imagined his expression to say: Where have you been all day?
Ivy lay semi-recumbent in the hammock, her golden hair flowing down to her waist. It looked resplendent in the light of the setting sun. My sister didn't quite know how to relax in a hammock; she looked too poised and reminded me of a mythical creature who had somehow found herself unceremoniously plonked in a world that made no sense to her. She was wearing a pastel blue muslin dress and had even set up a frilly parasol, to protect her from the fading sunlight. No doubt she'd found it in some vintage shop and couldn't resist buying it.
"Where did you get that?" I laughed. "I think they went out of fashion a while ago."
"Well, I think it's charming," said Ivy, laying down the novel she'd been reading. I took a peek at the cover.
"Jane Eyre?" I asked dubiously. "You do know it's a love story, right?"
"I'm aware," said my sister huffily.
"You're turning into me!" I teased.
"I highly doubt I could ever be as swooning and silly as you are," Ivy replied in a matter-of-fact tone but her eyes were playful.
Gabriel stopped strumming his guitar to look over at us.
"I don't think anybody could outdo Bethany in that department," he said with a smile. He put down his guitar carefully and went to lean against the railing, staring out to sea. As usualGabe stood arrow straight, his white-blond hair pulled back in a ponytail. His steel gray eyes and his sculpted features made him look like the celestial warrior he wasbut he was dressed like a human in faded jeans and a loose shirt. His face was open and friendly. I was pleased to see that Gabriel was more relaxed these days. I felt as if both my siblings were less critical of me, more accepting of the choices I'd made.
"How is it you always get home before me?" I complained. "When I take a car and you walk!"
"I have my ways," my brother replied with a secretive smile. "Besides, I don't have to pull over every two minutes to express my affection."
"We do not pull over to express affection!" I objected.
Gabriel raised an eyebrow. "So that wasn't Xavier's car parked two blocks from school?"
"Maybe it was." I tossed my head nonchalantly, hating how he was always right. "But every two minutes is a slight exaggeration !"
Ivy's heart-shaped face glowed as she broke into a laugh. "Oh, Bethany, relax. We're used to the PDAs by now."
"Where did you learn that?" I asked curiously. I'd never heard Ivy use abbreviated colloquialisms. Her formal speech usually sounded so out of place in the modern world.
"I do spend time with young people, you know," she said. "I'm trying to be hip."
Gabriel and I burst out laughing.
"In that case, don't say hip for starters," I advised.
Ivy leaned down to ruffle my hair affectionately andchanged the subject. "I hope you don't have plans for this weekend."
"Can Xavier come?" I asked eagerly before she'd even had a chance to explain what she and Gabe had in mind. Xavier had long become a fixture in my life. Even when we were apart, it seemed there was no activity or distraction that could keep my thoughts from straying back to him.
Gabriel pointedly rolled his eyes. "If he must."
"Of course he must," I said, grinning. "So what's the plan?"
"There's a town called Black Ridge twenty miles from here," my brother said. "We've been told they're experiencing some ... disturbances."
"You mean demonic disturbances?"
"Well, three girls have gone missing in the last month and a perfectly sound bridge collapsed onto passing traffic."
I winced. "Sounds like our kind of problem. When do we leave?"
"Saturday," Ivy said. "So you better rest up."
HADES. Copyright © 2011 by Alexandra Adornetto. All rights reserved.
Meet the Author
Alexandra Adornetto is the author of Halo, which debuted in Fall 2010 on the New York Times bestseller list a week after it was published, and has been published in over 20 countries. Ally is 19 years old and lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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The first one left me a little miffed. In general, there are three broad kind of ways a female protagonist can be portrayed. Either as a strong character, a weak character, or someone who is in the middle and at the end of the story may fall to either side of the spectrum. I admit that I have a preference for the strong character who are often witty or sarcastic, middle character's are always easy to either love or hate depending on how they end up in the end, and I have felt also that not all weak characters are to be looked at with disgust. But there are very few authors that can portray a weak character and not piss the reader off with their indecisiveness and often unrealistic views. The setting and plot are generally what helps shape whether the character's personality will be well received, and the readers preference for personality's within a certain context. So within the context of angels and heaven mixing with high school dramas, I can't find Bethany's weak personality endearing. If anything, her impulsiveness and lack of foresight make me dread reading the next book in the series without immense positive reassurance that Bethany won't continue to taint my idea of angels and isn't the snipe of a self-centered individual that I have unfortunately interpreted her as. The summary given of Hades, furthermore makes me more doubtful that it will suit my tastes.
I cannot believe there isnt more reviews. The first book Halo was amazing. I love the characters and the plot! The romance is wonderful and nothing like our "usual" works of teen fiction. I dont usually write reviews but honestly, I am going to read this book since the first one was also excellent.
I enjoyed reading this book. Very hard to put down. I read this book in 2 days! Can't wait to read Heaven.
my freinds and i loved halo and when we found out there was going to be a series we all freaked. i love how this author portrays the bad guy the good guys and of course the love.
I can't wait. I fell in love with the first book, Halo. & I know this book is just gonna be so good. =]
Hi again guys! I’m assuming that if you are reading this review that you have finished author Alexandra Adornetto’s novel Halo and if you haven’t then please turn back now! (And maybe check out our review of Halo HERE?). Now, you know how Halo came to a halt with the demon Jake Thorn wanting Bethany more than anything in all of the worlds and with Bethany and Xavier together (yay!). Well, I’m also assuming that you’ve read the synopsis of the novel and if you haven’t then be prepared for a total bombshell—Bethany ends up in hell and it is Jake who has dragged her all the way down there. I hadn’t even known that Hades had been released when it had been, in fact I kind of forgot about the Halo series altogether (oh no!) what with all the novels that had been needing reading. But when I was on Amazon and saw that *dramatic gasp* Hades was out I had jumped out of my seat and screamed: “OMG! I NEED THIS! NOW!” Or something along those lines. Personally, I thought that as a character, Bethany has managed to grow a lot more than she did in Halo. In Halo, Bethany seemed like the naïve character that needed a lot of babysitting to get along in the story—however in Hades Bethany now has to put up the fight for her life. Not only is Jake trying to seduce her into being his and wants her to be his wife, but the Devil himself wants the only angel to ever become trapped in hell to become dead very much like everything trapped inside of Hades. The one thing that I found interesting (besides the cover. P.S. look how pretty it is!) Was the way Adornetto described the one level of hell that Jake ruled over. It seemed the most pleasant of the bunch, especially since she described it as a type of dark city with hundreds of literally damned nightclubs (where obviously the Damned are damned to dance for eternity). All through the novel I had been biting my nails, gasping and wide eyed as events took place where I would constantly be going: Oh my god! Oh no! No way! And other things of that variety. Not only did Hades hold many unseen twists and turns, but I noticed just how strong the relationship between Beth, her siblings and of course Xavier really was. Both Ivy and Gabriel end up going to lengths of the extreme and all the while it leaves the reader thinking: Please! Please! Let Xavier save her! I would recommend this (obviously) to fans of the first Halo novel and to the angel genre (which I now dub it’s title). But also to fans of supernatural romance and a novel that is unique in almost every single way. And who will it hurt if I tell you that Hades ends with you begging for more…
AWOSOME!!!!!!!! Great read, very thrilling! kept me on the edge of my seat!
I couldnt put the book down i am so satisfide DONT STOP WRITING SUCH GOOD BOOKS ALEXANDRA THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE BOOK IT MEANS A LOT TO ME AND IT REALLY BRING THE FEELING AND EMOTIONS OUT OF ME SOME ADVICE PUT SOME LOVE IN THE BOOKS AND FEELINGS TO GET YOUR BOOKS GOING YOUR MY FAVORITE AUTHOR LOVE U
Luvd this series. Its a must read!!!!!!!!!
I read the first book in this series, Halo and i loved it. This one is just as good. If u like page turning books this is for u. The next in the series comes ot in August
How the book ended was a bit of a cliff hanger. But a cant wait till the third one comes out. Does anybody know when the third book comes out??
I liked the first better then this one
I kinda liked the first book not like i loved other books. I just didn't like how it ended and i'm giving a chance to grab me this time. I really wish that this will be way better than the last one, Halo.
This is great sequel to Halo! I fell in love with the first book but Hades had my heart racing from the time I started the book up until the ending. It took my 5 hous to read it because I was so into the book I could not put it down!!!! This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone!
This book is fantastic! Heaven (book 3) needs to hurry up and come to the Nook Store!
This book is so amazing i love the whole seires i couldnt put the book down it was too good i recomend it is amazing
I read this book in 2 days! I didn't put it down it's so amazing! I love these books, and I hope Heaven ends up being as good as Halo and Hades! Definitely 5 stars for this book! Good for you readers out there who love romance and suspense!
I enjoyed reading this book. very hard to put down. can't wait to read more.
Sex is appart of the series i mean really you take someone who from hell and put him in a room with a arch angel and he will want to get into those pants or robe:? I am 13 but i know a lot more than i should and can read very well
This book is jaw droppingly clever. And to think an 18 year old wrotr it......All I can say is wow
I cant wait for the next one!!
I cant wait till the third one comes out!
The follow-up to Halo, which I loved, started innocently enough. It moved right along getting into the heart of the matter and arriving in Hell in no time. Most of the story involved Bethany and Jake - seeing as how they were in hell throughout the majority of this story. I think that is where it fell short for me. There is so much that could be done when writing about Hell and while there were a few liberties taken with what hell was actually like - we got to see so little of it that it just wasn't enough to hold my interest. Basically a hotel and a few nightclubs, of course there was the vast nothingness - but what about all the other levels of Hell - those seemed like they would have been more interesting. Maybe a tour? I love scenes involving Gabriel, Ivy, and Xavier - they were my favorites in the first book as well. There just aren't enough of them in this book. Jake's reasoning for bringing Beth to Hell fell short of my expectations as well. If you are helping to rule Hell - you should be a complete bad ass.Jake wasn't. If there is more to come from this series I probably won't seek it out, but might continue reading if it falls into my lap. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
I fell in love with Halo! Can't wait to read Hades!!!!!! I wish it would come out sooner!
I am an avid reader and have read many good books but this trilogy is in my top 5 favorites. When i was reading the first book i was like oh my friggin god this is amazing i even refered it to my friends that i know despise reading! now if you will excuse me, i need to pester my parents for 8 dallors.u