Review: Angel Burn (Angel #1) by L.A. Weatherly

Author: L.A. Weatherly
Series: Angel #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: May 24, 2011

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.

The good news is Angels walk amongst us, The bad new is they aren't the benevolent creatures we've come to expect. The Angels world is dying so they've come to this plain looking to start life anew. Unfortunately, the only way they can ensure the survival of their species  is by sucking the life force from the humans who revere them. What's even worse is the Angel Burn, the after effects of an Angel coming  into contact with you. To those unsuspecting humans fatigue,cancer, memory loss and even death await them. Now it's up to half Angel Willow and Angel Killer Alex to figure out how to stop them before it's too late.

I'm going to side track for a second here. Have you ever watched the TV show True Blood? If so, Do you remember The Fellowship of the Sun? Remember how fanatical they were yet seemed so wholesome and sweet? Well, in Angel Burn we have a group very much like that except these parishioners are fanatical about Angels. So fanatical in fact that millions have uprooted themselves from their every day lives to join the church of Angels.These churches have everything from malls to restaurants in them ensuring that once you join you'll have no need to leave. Of course this suits the Angels just fine since the unsuspecting parishioners are simply being used as an all you can eat buffet. Oh and did I mention that more are set to arrive soon and if successful it could push the human race to extinction. I didn't? Well, they will. 

One of my favorite things about Angel Burn is the sweet love story between Alex and Willow. I liked that we get to see some give and take between them both as their relationship develops over time. It's obvious that they'll end up together but it was nice that it wasn't an Instant sort of love. Willow makes Alex work for her trust at least more than most romantic couples in books these days. 

Another thing I liked was the pacing of the story. It was action packed and progressed at a nice rate. I never really found myself becoming bored as the story only really lagged for a few seconds here and there. Plus were given enough character background to keep things moving at nice a clip while still learning new facts along the way to keep us guessing at the Angels true intentions right up until the very end.

The one downside to Angel Burn I had was the ending. The story felt very rushed near those final few pages. Scenes that should of been action packed and filled with exposition were glossed over to show the points of view from the main characters. Namely them running to or looking for each other while all the good stuff wages on in the background. While I loved the romance between Alex and Willow it was a bit too mushy near the end and it had me rolling my eyes more than once with its sticky sweetness.

Final Thoughts
Angel Burn might not be the most original work in existence but it was a highly enjoyable one and sometimes that is all that matters. Would I recommend Angel Burn? Yes, especially if you enjoy seeing a more twisted slant involving Angels. More importantly the writing was great, the characters nicely developed and the story kept me entertained (for the most part) from being to end. With that being said, I'll be rating Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly ★★★★★. 

*Copy reviewed purchased. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way  for providing them.

About the Author
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Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly.


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