by L.A. Weatherly Series: Angel #1 Published by Candlewick Press
on May 24th 2011 Pages:
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.
Angel Burn swept me off my feet. Where as most novels focus on how angels are friendly, are here to save / protect us, Angel Burn takes this is a complete different direction. Angels within Angel Burn are DARK, so dark that it borders on creepy. Now, while this may not be everyone's tup of tea, I ate this up.
Willow, our main character, has always been a little different. She could care less about the newest fashion trend. Or who so and so is dating this week. Give her a few tools, a car to work on and she is set. If all this was not enough to set her apart from other girls her age, Willow has a gift. A physic ability that allows her to see into an person's future, their feelings just by touching them. Willow has never thought much of this gift until she gives a reading to a popular girl in school that sets off a whole chain reaction. Adding into the madness is Alex. He is an AK (Angel Killer) whose sole purpose is to extinguish the angel threat. When Willow and Alex team up, there is plenty of tension, a great amount of chemistry, and a sweet almost obsessive romance.
A vast majority of Angel Burn seems to focus either on the angel issue or the romance. Very rarely did those two intersect… well, until the end. And for me, this worked really well. I got to understand the angel epidemic and fall in love alongside Willow and Alex. And boy what a romance it was. While very deep and often times almost too much, Weatherly gave me the chemistry that I often find lacking in young adult novels with a romance element.
Angel Burn has spoiled me against all other angel novels. It has it all, action… romance… everything that I never even knew I wanted until read this book. Weatherly has created an angel series that I can finally be proud to say I am hooked to. Bravo!