Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: Angel Burn By L.A. Weatherly

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip - and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.
They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.
Willow Fields is the weird girl at school.  Aside from Nina, she has now friends.  She and her mother live with her aunt because her mom is mentally broken.  To add to her freak factor she is this gorgeous tiny girl that likes vintage clothes and works on cars.  Oh, and for money she gives people psychic readings because she is just that, psychic.  But the day she gives Beth Hartley a reading her life changes forever.  Beth has seen an angel.  And although this angel makes her the most happy she has ever been he is slowly killing her.  When Willow tries to warn Beth her world is turned upside down.
Alex is the AK sent to rid the world of Willow Fields but when he sees that she is in fact not an angel but something else entirely he is intrigued and for the first time chooses not to kill something angelic and instead watch out for her.   Angel Burn is an exciting fantasy novel with a brand new take on angels (not naked babies with wings).
My rating for this book:
I loved this book.  I was so refreshing to read about something other than vampires and dystopian, which don’t get me wrong, I love, but I was in dire need of a break.  The take on angels in this book is also different than any I have ever heard.  Instead of angels being good and holy they are predators and parasites ultimately damaging earth for their own means.  They also aren’t immortal, they can be killed.

I liked that although Willow is a teenager, the books isn’t based in high school.  I’m at that between age where there really isn’t any books for my particular age group (you have YA and then adult fiction) so it skips a whole decade of ages almost.  But because this book wasn’t set in high school it felt like it could be read by a wider variety of readers.  It was more about the action and fighting and new found relationships than going from class to class with that stuff in between.
I also really like the characters in this book.  I truly enjoy when an author can come up with a unique and interesting story for each of the characters.  I loved that Willow could fix anything with an engine and hot wire a car and Alex, who can kill anything with anything and is mister manly, can’t. 

Lastly I enjoyed the different point of views in this story.  You not only get to see Willow’s and Alex’s pov but you also get to see into the minds of Raziel (Angel) and his assistant who is human.  So ultimately you are getting the full story from someone who has known and vault angels his whole life, someone that is basically a whole new species, an angel, and an angel obsessed.

L.A. Weatherly is the author of several books including Child X. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and now lives in England.

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