Sunday, May 29, 2011

REVIEW - Angel Burn

Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy, #1)Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads: 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.

My thoughts:
This is an original take on Angels. We tend to think of angels as benevolent creatures. We of course learn this from the Bible. The angels in this book are predators from another world, who take on the appearance of benevolent, loving beings.

Willow lives with her aunt and mother. Her mother is mentally ill. She has been for a long time. Willow watches after and takes care of her mother. She knows that her mother's mental state has something to do with the father that she has never met.

Willow has psychic abilities. She uses them to help out her friends and acquaintances. A school mate named Beth asks for a reading to help her decide the path she should take, and Willow is introduced to the world of Angels. Beth has had visitations from an Angel and she has now become obsessed with them. She doesn't like that Willow told her to stay away from the Angel.

This leads Willow on a journey, both mental and physical as she becomes caught up in the war between the angels and those trying to stop them. Along her journey she discovers that her father is an angel. She has to learn to accept herself and the angel within her.

Alex finds her, he is actually sent to kill her, and together they discover more about the war with the angels and discover their love for each other. They help each other accept and come to terms with the ways that their lives have been impacted in a negative way by the angels.

There is so much more to this book. I don't think I am really giving anything away with this review. I really liked that the book is original in the way angels are depicted. The love story between Alex and Willow is typical.

L. A. Weatherby has a writing style that is easy to follow and keeps the story interesting and on a quick pace.  She writes in the first person from both Willow and Alex's point of view.  She creates a caring and loving relationship that is built on trust, considering the circumstances that they came together, that is believable.

I will look forward to more books in this series. The war has just begun.

I downloaded this book from Netgalley.  Thank you Candlewick Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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