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Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: August 30, 2011
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Format: ARC paperback, 422 pages
Series: Halo #2
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
Even the love of her boyfriend, Xavier Woods, and her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep the angel Bethany Church from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, 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. Can he be trusted in this wager? And what does Jake have Xavier believing about Beth’s fate that may result in an act of betrayal that will leave Bethany – and readers – wondering if Xavier is so good after all?

After reading the summary for Hades, the sequel to Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo, I have to admit I was thinking I wouldn’t like this book. I didn’t want to be spending the whole time with Bethany in Hell with Jake. I don’t like Jake. In fact, the entire time I was immensely frustrated with how delusional he was. I wanted to reach through the pages and punch the living daylights out of him. I was almost avoiding this book because of that, even though I had a deadline because of it being an ARC tour. But once I got more into it I just tore through it, because this book is seriously awesome, even with the detestable Jake.
Bethany never gives up. She’s always searching for a way out of her predicament, and even manages to befriend some people in Hell. I hope to see more of those two people in the third installment, because they definitely proved themselves worthy of a second chance, in my opinion. Xavier outshone himself as well, because he too never gives up, along with Ivy and Gabriel. Even though I’m not a believer (sorry guys, I’m really not), this book does well by religion I think. The characters shine with the qualities that seem important to those are who believers. And we were introduced to another angel, but I won’t say who and spoil the surprise! Just know that it was awesome, and provided some small humor points with Xavier near the end.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed Hades more than I thought I would. If you loved Halo I definitely recommend continuing with the series, because it only gets better. I’m seriously excited for the third book, and the second hasn’t even been published yet! Oh how will I endure the wait. Can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks of Hades, so once you’ve read it, let me know! I’d love to see other reviews for it.

Review: Sirensong by Jenna Black

Sirensong by Jenna Black
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: July 5, 2011
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Format: ARC paperback, 336 pages
Series: Faeriewalker #3
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it’s no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they’re told…

The journey through Faerie is long – and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend Ethan and her bodyguard’s son, Keane, just can’t seem to get along, and Kimber’s crush on Keane isn’t making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time… and makes it clear that he hasn’t given up on making her his own.

Arriving at Titania’s beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania’s niece, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for her lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court catch up with her? Or, worse, the Erlking? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

Warning: There might possibly be spoilers in this, so please keep that in mind if you have yet to read the first two books in this series!

This by far is my favorite of the Faeriewalker series. Glimmerglass was pretty good, but Shadowspell was much better. And now we have Sirensong, which is the best. Jenna Black just keeps the awesome coming.

We’ve seen everyone develop and grow throughout the series, except for the mother. She’s still as in denial as she ever was, which pisses me off. That was the only thing I didn’t like about Sirensong, the mother. Thankfully we see very little of her throughout the entire story. Just at the beginning and end. Her dad, Seamus has really grown as well, even if it might not seem like it. He’s more tolerant of Dana’s ways, seems to understand her better now that he’s gotten to know her more. The experiences that Ethan went through in Shadowspell benefitted him overall I think, even though they kind of sucked at the time. He’s not the playboy he was once, even when he first met Dana. I really believe now that he can commit himself to Dana, and this book only cemented that in my mind. Kimber and Keane of course were present as well. I really liked the direction Jenna takes them in this book, and would love to see more development of that. I think Kimber was a little quick to forgive though when certain things came to light.

I absolutely loved that Sirensong was mostly set in Faerie. Getting to finally meet that world and its denizens was fun, and written so well that I could picture myself actually there. And finally meeting Titania! Now we just need to meet Mab. As they were setting out for Faerie in the beginning, Seamus gives something to Dana to take with her, and because of what it was I thought a certain plot point might end up being predictible, but boy was I wrong. There are definitely some twists and turns that will end up surprising you.

I’m very much hoping that this was not the last installment, as there are many subplots left for Jenna to write about in another sequel. If there is another one in the works, I’m definitely looking forward to reading it.