Monday, May 2, 2011

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1) by L.A. Weatherly.
Publisher: Candlewick Press.
Pages: 403.
Release Date: May 24th, 2011.
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.
This book seriously just came out of nowhere, punched me in the brain with its awesomeness and left me trying to understand exactly what the hell had just happened. It had all the elements of your typical “girl discovers she’s not 100% human” book, which was a pretty big reason for me to not like it since I’ve been so picky about creativity and uniqueness lately. So why did I love it so stinking much?

I’m still not completely sure, but here are a few reasons that probably contribute to it:

I love Willow and Alex as separate characters but I also love them as a couple. For me, as a reader, that’s an incredibly rare thing to find. Willow can be nice and gentle and na├»ve. Alex can be cold and snarky and rough around the edges. But the book alternates point of views, so we get a glimpse into their heads as they interact each other. I felt like I was getting to know Alex and Willow as they got to know each other. And their chemistry was amazing. Admittedly, I wasn’t a fan of the last few chapters because their relationship changed so dramatically and it clashed with how they had acted toward each other the entire first half of the novel, but I have hope that their brilliant, quarrelsome and hilarious romance will make a comeback in book two.

Another thing I love is that even though it did have a lot of the typical “girl discovers she’s not 100% human” elements to it, it was done in a completely new way. In this book, Willow isn’t intrigued about finding out what she is. She’s miserable. She doesn’t want it and she spends a good half of the book trying to ignore it unlike other books where the characters are often come across as this - “I’ve got supernatural powers? Nope. I don’t believe it. They don’t exist. Nope. Wait. Cute boy tells me they exist. They exist! I AM AWESOME WITH SUPERNATURAL POWERS!”

And the pace was perfect. It’s a long book, sure, but I was never bored. Alex and Willow spend a good chunk of the story getting to know each other, but there was never a dull moment. High speed car chases, angel smack-downs and witty banter? Perfect. And when the romance began to thicken, I appreciated that it took breaks to spotlight other characters beside Alex and Willow, even the villains of the novel. It really gave the book substance so it won’t be written as just another angel romance.

Overall, if I didn’t already make it clear in my novel-length rant, Angel Burn is definitely a book to check out. Romantic, entertaining, action-packed, intense and even scary at times - it’s definitely a surprising addition to my favorite list. I recommend!

Other reviews for Angel Burn:
Books, Sweets and Other Treats.
The Reader Bee.
Mission To Read.
Book Chick City.

7 comments:

  1. You had me at punching in the brain ;) If there's something new and unique then I would like to read it. Superb review :)

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  2. Great review! The character development is really great in this book. She really got Alex which is rare for a male character.

    Thanks for listing mine.

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  3. W.O.W - What a review! This is why I LOVE this blog soooo much - becuase of reviews like this one which make me want to drop whatever it is im reading and pick up something else because of the amazingness of the review! lol

    I actually have this on my shelf and hadn't started yet. I was on offer for £1 when I bought City of Fallen Angels and so I just put it to one side thinking it would be another steriotypical angel book but I will definitely be reading it next now!

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  4. I LOVED this book! Like you, I really enjoyed the characters and how they interacted. The new angel lore is phenomenal and not at all what I was expecting. I'm glad you loved it as much as I did :D

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