Reviewed by Grace Soledad

Hades picks off where Halo left off. Bethany and Xavier are still very much in love. They’ve banished Jake, proven their love, and all they have to do now is finish the school year without anything going wrong. Bethany is in heaven. But, when one Halloween seance goes terribly wrong, Bethany ends up in Hell, the formal name being “Hades”.

Jake is convinced that Bethany will fall in love with him, Xavier, Ivy, and Gabriel are desperately trying to find her, and bringing an angel into Hell symbols the start of the end of the world, the battle between Heaven and Hell. Everything is going wrong and Bethany needs to find a way out in order to make it right. Surviving amongst demons and hellhounds is even harder than it looks when every good deed is punished and Bethany keeps finding good people who didn’t deserve this fate. Bethany and Xavier keep struggling to find each other, but will everything slip away?

Hades was a delight. The writing as usual was impeccable, the pacing perfect, and the lines between right and wrong explored. Alexandra Adornetto’s writing is impressively mature and clean for her age – she’s 19. The description and characters are amazingly crafted. Bethany is portrayed as naive and believing that everybody has good in them. Adornetto manages to bring the reader into Bethany’s mind and show us exactly how she thinks, while still providing a clear understanding of her surroundings.

While my favorite is still probably Halo, I loved Hades. It really showed another side of Adornetto’s writing. Hades was a darker and more diverse look into the Halo world. Adornetto’s writing has grown and explored many of the details debuted in Halo, allowing for a satisfying must-read. I can’t wait for the sequel!

Rating: 5/5

Grace Soledad is a teenage bibliophile who runs the blog Words Like Silver. She is described as “antisocial” because she constantly has her nose buried in a book or a notebook. When not reading, she can be found dancing, writing, or at the beach. 

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