Title: Angel Burn
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: May 2011
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary 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.
When I started this book I was instantly drawn into the concept that angels were the bad guys for once, that angels were on the morally wrong side of things. The angels in this book are actually out to steal energy from human beings, making them sick in the process. The only thing out there to slow down the angels are called Angel Killers. So of course it stands to reason that our main character, Willow, is half-angel and half-human. Of course she has to have a hot guy backing her up so that would be Alex, who is an Angel Killer, interesting right?! I thought so, even if it is a little been there done that with paranormal teen romance.
The thing that I greatly enjoyed about this book was the fact that while the story has a very limited set of characters, basically just the two main ones, it worked for this story. Basically if you like books that are about a great journey or road trip this is the book for you. The pacing of this novel was rather slow at most points, I found this to be perfect for me and what I was looking for. Since I just ended a very hectic portion of my schooling I found this slower and longer book to actually calm me. It gave time for the reader to really experience everything that Willow and Alex had to go through. Most importantly, it gave time for the love connection between the two to come together. I hate when authors throw instant love in a book, I haven’t seen the characters struggle for their love, that bothers me. However, this book was perfect in the fact that I got to watch Willow and Alex struggle to make their love work, a love that didn’t develop right away, one that developed over time!
I loved that I was able to learn all about Willow and Alex, and that I was able to hear their own view points in the book. A lot of books will alternate who is narrating each chapter, while that can work at times, I found the way Weatherly wrote this book to be great. The view points switch sometimes mid -chapter but I never felt lost, it was easy to see who was telling the story. This gave great insight to not only Willow’s mind but Alex’s as well. Do you know how rare and beautiful it is to find a book that gives you not just the main heroine’s views but the hero as well! I loved that I got to watch some things happen through Alex, it let me connect with him more than I have with a lot of male YA characters. Alex became special to me because I could actually get inside of the male view point!
Overall, this novel is mostly about the journey that Willow and Alex take. Yes, some might say it is a boring journey but I feel that with the Angels making their own stand in certain chapters that it was nice to see all angles of the story. We got the side of the Angel Killers, the Angels, and the girl who is stuck between the two, destine to help save the human race. This slower novel might not be for everyone but it worked for me. Trust me the romance in this one at one point will blow you away, Alex is certainly making a run for his money in my favorite male YA characters category. He is right up there with Alex from Perfect Chemistry, Jay from The Body Finder, and Noah from Mara Dyer! This novel gets 4.5 hearts from me for being a great book, it only just missed the mark of a 5 for me because there were a few lengthy parts in the 500 pages.