Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1)
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Published: May 24, 2011 (As a U.S. republish)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Rating: 4 Birds
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 take: Though I wasn’t really sure what to think alone based on the synopsis of this book, I needed to read it because I am still somehow infatuated with any book about Angels. I think given the “She can look into the future…” bit threw me head first into this as well.
Though the book started out with me wondering what any of it had to do with angels or supernatural powers (aside from Willow’s ‘visions’) I fell in love with Willow as a character. She was headstrong beyond what many characters seem to be these days in my opinion, and it made me smile to know that even though she knew she was different, she seemed to be okay with it.
What starts out leaving you wondering, quickly turns tables as it gets into the whole Church of the Angels thing and what it at least sort of means. There’s no set in stone “what is this all about” at the beginning.
I liked the way that Weatherly went from getting to know a bit of Willow, over to getting to know a bit of Alex. At first I got kind of confused by the fact because I had no clue what Alex had to do with any of it…but then I was like “ooh, what will he have to do with Willow…it has to be something” and sure enough, as the story goes on…he has EVERYTHING to do with Willow.
At times I felt the story took a severe twist off to “this is Alex and Willow’s little happy window world” but then it would quickly and forcefully switch over to what was really happening on the outside world (well outside of their little bubble) and it was just like this…BAM here ya go! That’s what led me to liking those bits.
Through it all, I wanted to see what Willow’s best friend Nina would do…and I’m really hoping that she’s somehow involved in the further books of this trilogy. I liked seeing the little glimpse nearer the end, but it left me wondering more about her. Plus I wanted to know more about Willow’s mom and the relationship she’d had with this angel named…oh wait, I won’t say. That would be a spoiler. Let’s just leave it at wonder.
All in all, I enjoyed this book, and though from pages 1-150 I was a little bored not getting as much of the supernatural…from 151-450 I just couldn’t stop reading! 4 Birds, and I can’t wait until the next book!
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