Gabriel, Ivy, and Bethany (Beth) have been sent to earth on a mission. They have to bring good to the world in a time of darkness Being human is quite different and hard for them, and they find themselves struggling to make sense of it all. This was very new for me. The way Adornetto describes their struggles with their humanity was very interesting. I really like her view point. I found myself wondering how awkward I would feel arriving on an alien planet in a different form…… quite out of my element which is exactly how these three felt.
Bethany was a character I struggled with. She seemed very insecure and impulsive half the time. I just could not relate to her. I just felt that she was so far gone by the first couple of chapters that she turned into a completely different person. She was way too clingy. I wanted to see more of a strong independent character. Instead, I felt as if I was reading about a young child instead of a proclaimed teenage angel.
Xavier is the kind of boy we all fall for. Tall, handsome, and a jock makes every girl fall head over heels. Although he has suffered through tragedies, he seems able to overcome them all and still be that strong rock for Bethany. I will say I was kind of thrown off by his overstated love for Beth. It was just way too cheesy. I mean yeah we all want that knight in shinning armor around, but over obsessive guys are way overdone a lot of the times. He also seemed very full of himself which is another thing that threw me off. I love confidence in a guy, but being cocky and having a macho ego is a huge turn off.
Their relationship was kinda cute and kinda nauseating. I loved the fact that they found true love in each other, but sometimes it was over obsessive. I could not see how someone could be happy in a relationship like that. I was very put off that she just kind off put everything off to be with him 24/7. I just felt that their whirlwind relationship made the book a little dull. The majority of the time it was touching base on how she could not live without him. About half way through I was screaming “I GOT THE PICTURE!” I did appreciate his loyalty to her. He seemed like the kind of guy to do anything and everything for her.
JAKE THORN! OMG hello tall, dark, intelligent, and handsome. Ok I know I know he is the bad guy, but I was absolutely taken with him. I mean he is that bad guy I always hope for in a story. He had charm, was a romantic, and was super smart (O and he loved poetry!)….. SWOON! I was quite happy with his character. I am not sure how I felt about him raising up a demon spirit groupies, though. That part of this story was kind of underdeveloped. I would have liked to see more of an involvement with this group rather than the one short scene where they join up to ruin Beth’s life. Then the pieces of the puzzle that came together after this just seemed way too forced to me. It was really just thrown in there.
I think this was a really good idea, but I am not sure I was happy with the execution. I am definitely hoping that the next book is a little better than the first. The ending was kind of melodramatic, and I am not sure where Hades will pick up. If you like fallen angels series (such as Fallen and Hush Hush) this may not be what you are looking for. As bad as this may sound, I am hoping that Beth turns to the dark side; that seems like an awesome twist (:!