Thursday, April 28, 2011

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick

In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he's found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin - of angels. Forget everything you've heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel...until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow...with devastating consequences. Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the "Twilight" series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.

This has to be one of the most unique angel mythologies I've ever read.  The idea that angels are not the sweet, benign creatures we think them to be was a novelty to read.  These angels are ones that you can't stand and want to see defeated. 

This book grabbed me from page one.  The pacing was great, as the story was in almost constant motion.  The action started immediately and just kept going.  Of course, there were down times, but they were appropriate and pushed the story forward.  The pacing made this a very fast read and the story itself made it a pleasure to read.

I loved the characters in this story and cared about them immediately.  Alex was just my kind of guy.  He's an assassin of bad angels, but when he's sent to kill Willow, he's smart enough to notice the difference in her, and smart enough to hold off and not act hastily until he learned a little bit more.  Thankfully!  Willow was half angel, and half human, and she may be the key to defeating the other angels.  These two team up and I loved watching their relationship grow and develop.  This was one of those slow progressions of love that I adore in a book.  It's great watching a relationship develop so carefully rather than hitting a "bam, they're in love" wall.

The ending surprised me, but then again, this is obviously the first of a series.  I am so looking forward to reading the next installment and finding out what happens next.  This was a great kick-off to what is obviously going to be a great trilogy.  L.A. Weatherly's writing was engrossing!

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