Sunday, September 18, 2011

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Title: Angel Burn
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Pages: 449
Published: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press (first published September 2010 in the UK)
Goodreads Summary:
"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 does. 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."

           Alright, can I just say that this book was, first off, AMAZING? Just look at that cover! It pretty much shouts out an invitation to read the book! That's what basically drew me in. I didn't really care what the synopsis was, the cover drew me in that much. Reading the synopsis later on made me want to dig into this book even more. And man oh man, am I CERTAINLY glad I did!
          First and foremost, let me just say, this isn't your typical angel book. In this book, angels are the evil ones, not the "good guy". But, there are some good angels out there. In Weatherly's version of angels, angels feed off humans by sucking energy out of them. And once they do, the human is usually left dazed, and, later on, with a type of cancer. But there are also AK's, Angel Killers. And that's where Alex Kylar comes in. He one of the very few AK's out there, still killing angels, by shooting an angel's halo. I absolutely LOVED Alex. There was just something about him that was different than all of the main male characters in other paranormal books. Willow Fields, was just so incredible. Her quirkiness love for cars was hilarious for me. Throughout the whole book, I just absolutely adored her. Innocent, sweet, and beautiful, she wasn't annoying at all. Most authors can't pull that type of a personality off. Most authors just end up making their characters sound so sweet it's annoying. But it must have been the fact that Weatherly switched of people's points of views, from Willow to Alex, Jonah to Raziel.
             The plot was fantastically stunning. The adventures between Alex and Willow was so perfect it was unreal. Each place they went to, you could feel their relationship changing. At first, Alex "dislikes" Willow because she is half angel. And that makes Willow dislike Alex, because she thinks he hates her. As time goes on, Alex is attracted to her, and decides to apologize. They begin to speak more and tell each other their pasts, and Weatherly did SUCH an awesome job, describing each moment they spent together, how each moment was gentle and smooth, and SLOW. Their relationship started out as awkward, then hateful, then awkward again, then somehow, turning into something more. They both are in love with each other and they don't even know it. The awkwardness of that just made it all the more fun to read. At the final stages of their friendship, it often left me with butterflies in my stomach. When they finally confessed their love for each other, that practically made me faint.
             And ohmygoodness, when Willow Fields is destined to be the one to stop the Second Wave of angels arriving, and she and Alex are separated, Weatherly did the most miraculous job of heartbreak. I nearly cried when when Alex just told her to leave. And the fact that five minutes after she left, he instantly regretted it. The ending was amazing, and definitely a cliffhanger. I AM SO GLAD THAT WILLOW SURVIVED, and that she and Alex are together. But the second wave of angels DID make it, so it definitely leaves me wanting more, much more.
            Overall, this book was sofreakingamazingIwoulddieforit. I was and wasn't expecting it to be THIS good! I cannot wait for the next installment in this series! AHH! Thankgod, after the UK edition was released, they decided to publish it here in the US, too.. or I might just have died.

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