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Sunday 29 April 2012

Review: Hades: Halo Book 2

When I first opened this book and got started I thought “Not another supernatural love story!’ And as I probed further into the story I happily realised that this was not solely the case. It is a tale surrounding two young lovers, Bethany and Xavier, yet with a twist … (no, they are not vampires), Bethany is an angel, and Xavier is the type casted ordinary human.

During a séance at a Halloween party, Jake Thorn (baddie from the first book) is unintentionally summoned from Hell with one agenda … to drag an angel to Hell.

As Jake succeeds in his task, it takes the reader on a journey through Hades that is interestingly depicted as not only the usual fire and brimstone, but also a cavernous underworld of nightclubs, and luxurious hotels. As enticing as this may sound, these places are filled with demons and soulless bodies with vacant expressions.

Xavier accompanied by Bethany’s angel brother and sister, must work together to save Bethany in time before Jake’s plans for Bethany slowly come to fruition; for an angel to become his, and rule the Underworld…

I found the way the author portrayed Hell to be really engaging, and was able to place the reader within the story. I also enjoyed the way Satan was depicted and affectionately named Big Daddy.

If you enjoy supernatural stories (and are over vampires), I highly recommend this book, even if you have not read the first of the series.

- this review by Bree Sherd

Title: Hades: Halo Book 2
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: HarperCollins, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: August 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780732289904
For ages: 12+
Type: Young Adult