Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Review of Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Published by: Candlewick Press
Available: May 24th, 2011
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.
At first Willow seems like your normal teenage girl. She's 16, blond, loves fixing cars, is a psychic, and lives with her aunt and mentally absent mother. Ok, maybe she's not your typical teenager, but she still can't fly or anything, right? Then after a physic reading Willow learns that Angel's exist and after a series of events she find out that she may not be a normal as she thought.
I love the originality of angels in this story. With many YA paranormal novels out there it's refreshing to come across a different view point. All my life I've pictured angels as angelic being, full of pureness and good. Then I read this novel. I definitely wouldn't want these angels as my guardian angel or I may end up in the loony bin or worse.
As original as this story was I had a hard time getting into it until after Alex met Willow. I loved the scenes between them and cherished their time together. The parts with the angels didn't really interest me as much and I found myself hurrying through them so I could get back to Alex and Willow.
A great aspect of this book was the love story between Willow and Alex. I love that there was tension and conflict in their relationship. They actually started out believing they hated each other, and there is the fact that Alex was sent to kill Willow. Their love was gradual and instantaneous at the same time. The tension between them was thick and steamy, but also sweet and enduring.
Another issue I had with the novel was the ending. I felt it was quite abrupt and came out of nowhere. I wish this part would have been more drawn out.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I'd give it ★★★ and 1/2