Thursday, October 27, 2011

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.
What a fabulous book!! I’ve been meaning to write this review for quite some time, but other things kept getting in the way. Now, I can finally sit down and do this book justice.

First off, I was skeptical when I picked it up. I’ve been burned (no pun intended) by angel books in the past, and was worried it was going to happen again. And, to be honest, the beginning didn’t pull me in right away. Sure, I liked that Willow knows how to fix cars. Okay, I really liked that. But it still didn’t pull me in. I kept going, though, because I’d heard intriguing things about this story and wanted to know more.

Once I learned about the angels and their part in the story, I could NOT put this book down. It’s so refreshingly unique. I’m looking forward to learning more about them.

The dynamic between Willow and Alex is very well done (the story is blessedly free of love triangles, in case anyone was wondering). I’m not usually a fan of dual points of view, but in this case it works. Both Willow and Alex struggle with their identities, which are a direct result of their heritage. Something every teen can connect to. Also, the strength of the angels is wonderfully illustrated through Beth. Actually, everything is shown so well through the characters. I had an easy time connecting both to them and, consequently, to the story.

I cannot wait for the next book, Angel Fire, to come out in the US. That’s saying a lot, because I’m not usually so excited about sequels. :) Definitely recommended.


Jessie Harrell said...

awesome review. like you, I've been sort of "off" angel books, but I'll add this one to my TBR pile right away.

Tabitha said...

Thanks! I'm wary of angel books even now, but this one was thoroughly enjoyable. I'm looking forward to finding out what comes next. :)

Kelly Hashway said...

Ooh, great review. You've got me interested. I've loved some angel books and felt luke warm about others. I'm interested to see how this one is different from others. Thanks once again for sharing your honest opinion. I know I can always count on you to tell the truth.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm not much into angel books, but I might have to take a look at this one based on your enthusiasm.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Great review. Now I must read it. I like stories about angels. :)

Unknown said...

Oh, sounds good. I'll add it my list. Thanks for the review! =)