I'm hooked on the Halo Chronicles. If you like YA that reads more like adult fiction with young protagonists, you'll enjoy this book. Alex is a well-rounded character with an interesting story to tell, and there's a supporting cast of well-drawn and interesting people.
This is a book you can settle into. There's an intimate feeling about this story--not sex, although there's a respectable amount of UST as you'd see with any story featuring healthy teenagers--but like you're whispering shared secrets with a trusted friend. Gabriel aptly walks the line between powerful supernatural boyfriend and engagingly human--it's nice to see his flaws (and he does have them).
With YA stories, authors too often run the risk of going so deep into a main character's head that they end up becoming melodramatic, and Alex's upbringing has been pretty tough, but she aptly walks the line between acknowledging her pain yet not letting herself wallow in her situation or her past.
Hot supernatural boy meets girl is about as close as this gets to Twilight. Where Twilight was all about a girl moving into her boyfriend's world, THC:The Guardian is about a girl who builds her own world, painstakingly struggling to navigate it relationship by relationship.
Alex builds a fragile and poignant bond with her new foster parents, struggles to begin friendships with other students at her new school, in spite of her isolating circumstances both supernatural and mundane, and wrestles with how the change in her life affects her relationship with her best friend from the foster system. I really felt like she was fighting hard to become better than her fears, and to rise above the things that happened to her to start to take control of her life.
Tech-wise, the formatting was impeccable for my version (Aldiko on an Android smartphone). No weird characters or wonky spacing, no discernible formatting or editing errors, and an enjoyable read all around. I'm looking forward to where this series goes.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)