Friday, August 8, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Name: Angel Burn ( Angel #1)
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Number of Pages: 512
Publisher: Usborne Publishing LTD
Date Published: October 1st, 2010
Source: Review (Bought)
Rate: 4/5

Angels are all around us: beautiful, awe-inspiring, irresistible.

Ordinary mortals yearn to catch a glimpse of one of these stunning beings and thousands flock to The Church of Angels to feel their healing touch.
But what if their potent magnetism isn't what it seems?
Willow knows she's different from other girls. And not just because she loves tinkering around with cars.
Willow has a gift. She can look into people's futures, know their dreams, their hopes and their regrets, just by touching them. But she has no idea where she gets this power from.

Until she meets Alex…
Alex is one of the few who know the truth about angels. He knows Willow's secret and is on a mission to stop her.
The dark forces within Willow make her dangerous – and irresistible.
In spite of himself, Alex finds he is falling in love with his sworn enemy.

[ Summary taken from GoodReads ]

 Angel Burn is the first book that I have crossed that ever involved angels. I had found a few in the stores before but they weren't that top notch. So when I came across this book I had found it quite interesting -- Angels are suppose to be kind, sweet, and protectors, that is not the case. Besides the synopsis that drew me in the cover was a plus for me. It is beautifully created the glow makes it seem angelic; the red and orange contrasts gives off that burning fire feeling. 

Willow is a normal girl, well as normal as she can get with her mysterious powers. She was born with them and has always used them for good. She even used them to with get a bit of money since she must take care of her sickly mother and grumpy aunt. She knew she was different but never to the full extent. Of course that is until Alex appears out of no where.

Alex is a hardened creature from the realities of life. He has seen his fair share of death. He has one mission and that is rid people like Willow from the world. He was trained to track and kill the vile things in the world, yet when he meets Willow something about her stops him from fulfilling his mission that he was given. In spite of himself he has fallen in love with the one creature that he has sworn to rid the world of. 

I quite enjoyed this angel story, it was beautifully written and very creative. Willow had become my favorite character, she is simple and down to earth with not a piece of evil in her. She isn't dependent or independent which works for her, it makes her who she is. She is full of love and her mother,who has been sick for as long as she can remember, is her first priority. Her only hopes is for her mother to get better and come home to her. She has no clue that she plays a bit part in the scheme of things, that is until she meets Alex who appears out the blue to save her. 

What I really enjoyed was the kind relationship between Alex and Willow even though they do have every right to dislike one another. However, Alex struggles with what he has been taught and what he feels, he knows that Willow needs to be eliminated as was instructed by the "government." Yet at the same time he can't bring himself to harm this beautiful creature who hasn't given any reason to be destroyed. 

The plot was beautifully put, it never strayed from it's path. Weatherly knew what she wanted and went for it. I only wish there was a little bit more description on the romance between Alex and Willow it was to fast for me. I wanted to see it play out and become stronger. Yet it felt like it appeared out of no where. Of course they had an attraction but it gave no indication of becoming more. 

I also felt like Angel Burn could have ended with just the first book. Of course the ending gives indication for another book, but if Weatherly continued for fifty pages more I think she could have wrapped it up. That is just my opinion though. 

Weatherly took what everyone thought about angels - kind, sweet, guardians - and turned them upside down. Her characters are realistic and when it comes down to it they are both ready to step up to the plate and make mature adult decisions, that most teens their age wouldn't be capable of. No offense to teens, as I am one, but we tend to make rash decisions in certain situations. Alex and Willow have a friendly relationship when they both have reasons to hate each other, which was a nice change. This book is a book binder and gives you alternative point of views between Alex and Willow, which works with this book. It gives more details that you wouldn't have caught with one character than the other and vice versa. I enjoyed Angel Burn and I think I will check out the sequel!

Read On!!

xx Kat xx

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