Review: Angel Burn

Angel Burn (Angel #1) by L.A. Weatherly
Release Date ~ May 24, 2011
Candlewick Press
ISBN13:  9780763656522
Review copy received from Random House Canada
Goodreads Synopsis:
They're out for your soul.
And they don't have heaven in mind...

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.

There's no shortage of angel paranormal books out there, but there are a few reasons why this one stands out and is well-worth the time spent reading it. A fresh take on angel mythology, along with an exciting, action-packed and mysterious plot leaves you flipping the pages faster than you can turn them, and throw in some characters with GREAT chemistry and you have a winner!

  1. An original take on angels:
    The one thing I found to be really cool about Angel Burn was how it was able to cast angels in a whole new sort of light. I loved reading a book with angels where they weren't your typical angels - they certainly don't really act angelic in any way at all, and they're fairly cult-ish. It was a VERY original take and I loved reading this new twist.
  2. Natural romance:
    I loved the romantic relationship between Willow and Alex because they took their time, and there were real reasons that they fell in love with each other so it made sense to watch them grow closer and gradually fall in love, as a reader. Everything about their relationship felt so natural and true, even from their early stages of wariness towards each other.
  3. Action scenes make a thriller novel:
    I actually thought that Angel Burn made a great paranormal with a thriller feel to it since there is SO much action and excitement going on. There is so much mystery behind the events and changes taking place in Willow's life, and there really are high stakes at risk in this story.
But I did have one main problem wtih this book and that was that I didn't feel like I had enough background information to truly grasp the situation and in particular, I wanted to know more about the background and motives of the angels. As much as I loved the way they were presented in Angel Burn, I was hoping for more information on them so I'm curious to see if there's more of this in the sequel, Angel Fire. Either way, I didn't even notice this until I had finished the book because I was so completely engrossed by it. :)

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bookworm105 said...

Great review! This sounds great. Got to read this soon. :)

Angkarina said...

I've read this one & I loved it so much that I bought a hardcover of it!
I kinda forgot there's a sequel though, so I have to pick that one up soon.

Thanks for the review (and reminding me of the sequel)!

angkarina_angkasuwan at hotmail dot com

Christina Kit. said...

I think it's great when there's new lore brought to a topic - and finally angels who don't act angelic!

I'd like to know how they act cultish, which is something I can see but I'd like to see how it works.

I too like it when characters fall in love slowly and for real reasons.

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

franchie15 said...

Wow. I've always loved angel books! I love mysterious guys too like Alex. With a Grrat romance and action, this must be a good read! I'd better read this! Nice review, by the way.


Anonymous said...

I bought and read this book more than a year ago; it's definitely very different from your average angel YA plotline! For once, it's the angels who are the bad guys. I'd actually forgotten about this book, but your review reminded me that I should probably check out the sequel!

ChristasBooks said...

I haven't had too much luck with Angel books so far. But I have heard a lot of great things about this one. I may have to give angel books another shot with this one.

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