Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

2011, Alexandra Adornetto, around the world tours, Feiwel and Friends, review, second in a series, young adult 3 Comments 18th July, 2011

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.

3 Responses to “Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto”

  1. The Lovely Getaway

    great review! I am jealous, jealous, SUPER jealous! You are so lucky to have been part of the ARC tour 🙂 Like you, I thought the synopsis for this book was disappointing….. How do you get “tricked” onto a motorcycle headed for hell? But I really enjoyed HALO and therefore will definitely be picking up HADES (bad summary or not). Good to hear that the book does the series justice!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Diana

  2. Ange

    I’m so glad that you liked it. I loved Halo and can’t wait to read Hades. Thanks for the GREAT review!

  3. caitiexxxx

    I just finished reading hades I loved it it was amazing I like it more than I loved halo and the synopsis is nothing like the real thing 😀

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