About the Author: Alexandra Adornetto lives in Victoria, Australia. Her first novel was published by HarperCollinsPublishers Australia when she was fifteen years old and she has worked as a writer ever since.
Alexandra is the author of the best-selling children’s series The Strangest Adventures, which Alexandra began writing when she was thirteen and was inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The series includes The Shadow Thief, The Lampo Circus and Von Gobstopper’s Arcade. Halo is Alexandra’s first YA book and marks her international debut. She is currently splitting her time between Australia and the USA as she works on the Halo series. Her passions include old-school country music, theology, singing and performing. In the future Alexandra hopes to combine novel writing and acting.
Jacqui's Review: Halo is a well targeted novel suitable for the 13+ YA market. More magical and less dark than Twilight, it is a mystical story about the world of angels and battle between good and evil. If you liked Fallen by Lauren Kate, you will like Halo. I'm not sure many of you would remember a TV series called Touched by an Angel (there I go showing my age again) but it very much reminded me of this series. The relationship between the two main characters, Bethany and Xavier is beautiful, romantic and totally unrealistic, which is not a bad thing I guess seeing this book is a "Fantasy" afterall. Personally, I cannot imagine a teenage boy who is as loving and devoted as Xavier (perhaps I was unlucky back in the day!). Bethany also comes across as a little too perfect for me. I know she's an angel Alexandra, but maybe you can throw in a little something to spice her up a bit in the next book.
Alexandra reads her own novel on this audio. In my opinion, it is always an extra treat when authors read their own books. I always feel that it is somehow a more genuine interpretation of the book because they know exactly who the characters are 'deep down'. It was however, terribly disappointing to me, knowing that Alexandra is Australian, to hear her read the story in an American accent (although I must say, she did an amazingly convincing job of it). The novel was also modified to include Americanisms like "The School Prom". I spoke to Alexandra (via Twitter) about this. Unfortunately, authors don't get much of a say in these matters. Predominantly it is a decision based on market size. This is the reason why we see so many Australian actors in Hollywood sporting an American accent also. An unfortunate reality!! 2.5 out of 5.