Angel Burn

Angel Burn
By LA Weatherly
Published by Candlewick Press
Published on June 2011

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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 Cover:  I think this cover is pretty. I love the glowing and the colors of the book. It reminds me a bit of A Need So Beautiful.  However, though the covers are the same- the plots are nothing alike and yet the covers fit both books wonderfully.

Characters: I was really afraid Willow's character would be the "sterotypical" teen fiction lead- mousy, no self-esteem, and very doe-eyed. I was wrong.  Willow is strong, corageous, and willing to kick some hiney to get things done.  I loved the relationship between Alex and Willow (even if it did seem rushed).  I have to say- I really enjoyed the villans in this book- they were awesome!

Storyline:  This book had one very large characteristic in it that I am not a fan of:  insta-love.  Now granted, the two main characters didn't fall in love the first day, but it only took them a week to determine that they were soul mates.  If the author would have made one small adjustment to the plot (had them spending more time on the run together), I could have absolutely found it believable.  However, one week together was hard to swallow.  The first half of the book was slow for me.  While I really enjoyed the entire "church of the angels plotline", the villains simply weren't DOING anything.  Once the book started moving, though, I found the plot incredibly different from other YA books out there- especially angel books.  It was odd reading a book where the angels were evil.  It was an odd thing to wrap my head around, but I honestly enjoyed it.  It felt like a fresh and different plotline- instead of a regurgitated plot that is common in YA.  The last half of the book had me sold- it was action packed and merciless to the reader.  I found myself having to reread sections because the plot moved so quickly!  If you are a fan of angel books or a fan of paranormal books but want something different than what is out there- pick up Angel Burn!

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