This is the sequel to Halo and while I normally don’t read religious focused YA, I was curious as to how the angel got kidnapped and into Hades. The story continues with Beth, an angel sent to Venus Cove with her fellow angels covering as her older brother and sister. She still is in the relationship with Xavier, a human who knows all about the angels. As the students return to school the struggles of an appeared teen suicide still haunts Beth and her friends. On Halloween, the girls decide to do a seance – and thus, evil returns to Venus Cove.
The story is actually entertaining, if juvenile in how relationships are perceived and the stereotypes of activities in Hades occurring. Yes, Adornetto even goes so far to not use the word “hell”, but Hades even though vocabulary is mature and violence takes place. It’s an odd combination of innocence with Beth’s point of view on love, but then with a very obscure and impressive vocabulary. Juvenile in plot and story – but with writing of someone who knows how to use a thesaurus! I think this is why it’s a safe series and I have middle school girls reading it. The romance is interesting to them and the overall point is to be more good and angelic than bad and unkind.
We do meet Lucifer (who the demons call “big daddy”) and witness traditional sins, learn the history of fallen angels, and that a glimmer of hope causes some Hades to break loose in Hades. Beth does have a few other lost souls trapped who try and help her and once she learns how to witness and connect with Xavier and her siblings, the plot continues with the angel and human brigade (my words, not the author’s) trying to find a way to rescue their angelic Beth. So with portals to and from hell, I mean Hades, an archangel, a seraphim, and a nun to assist, and two teenage humans, the struggle for the angel who may start the apocalypse by being in Hades is real and a unique plot.