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Angel Burn

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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. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip - and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful. They re out for your soul . . . and they don t have heaven in mind."show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 449 pages
  • 146 x 212 x 38mm | 662.24g
  • Candlewick Press (MA)
  • United States
  • English
  • 1-COLOR
  • 0763656526
  • 9780763656522
  • 289,712

About L a Weatherly

L. A. Weatherly is the author of several books for young adults, including "Child X." About "Angel Burn," she says, "I've known Alex for a long time. He first came to me as a character almost twenty years ago, when he was a thief in a fantasy setting - an expert with knives rather than guns. Nothing came of that particular novel, but Alex always stayed with me. He refused to go away, in fact! And over the years, I began to wonder about redoing his story completely and placing him in a contemporary setting." L. A. Weatherly was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now lives in England.show more

Our customer reviews

I had the copy of ANGEL BURN for several months until I got to it. With all the people raving about it, I simply couldn't ignore it any longer. I definitely had great expectations, which were not entirely fulfilled. It's right that the story starts with a hot guy and hot car. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Still I didn't feel any connection to the story or the characters in the beginning. ANGEL BURN is mainly told by Willow as a 1st person narrator. She is shown in her usual school and domestic environment in interaction with her family and school pals. The hot guy is Alex whose parts of the story are told from a 3rd person point of view. Alex travels around the US to search for suspicious angel activities and fight them. These two characters, Willow and Alex are supposed to fight each other. It's Alex' job to extinguish every single angel in the country. Willow is half-human half-angel. I think you get the conflict. I don't know what it was about the story, but I somehow didn't really get into it until the half of the book with a hesitant relationship between Alex and Willow developing. When they are together they are both characters that are easy to like, easy-going and convenient to be around. Alex is a very attractive and strong, well-trained, well-skilled and clever boy who does have bunch of fans I'm sure of. Great about ANGEL is that L.A. Weatherly created an entirely new concept of heavenly angelic being. The United States are plagued by an invasion of angels and there are even more about to come. Angels in ANGEL BURN are nowhere near friendly and good-willed, they feed off humans and steal their energy to live off it. There's a big conspiracy hiding behind the angel cult the people are living. That's definitely an aspect I found interesting about ANGEL BURN. There are large parts of the story in which we also see what the enemies are up to.We get to read the story from Raziel's and his subjects' perspective which unfortunately felt dragging and bored me. THE VERDICT 3,5/5 ***/* ANGEL BURN- Willow and Alex, the new pair of supposed enemies falling in love and a totally wicked angel invasion. Anything better for angel fans? Wild pursuits, great efforts put into hiding the key to fighting the angel pest that infected the country, making new allies and new enemies, overcoming the past and starting into a bright new future, falling in love with your supposed enemy. That all is ANGEL BURN! A very promising and enjoyable mixture of story elements, that is only realised after half of the story. I did enjoy ANGEL BURN in the end, but large parts of the story were simply too uneventful for me. I love me a book with a high page count, in this case I would have preferred a cut version only written out of the perspectives of Willow and Alex.show more
by MissPageTurner
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) This has been on my reading list for a while. I kind of forgot about it for a bit, until I was searching the e-book catalog online for my public library and saw it. I checked it out and started to read it and completely fell in love. I'm really glad that this was my first official e-book on my Kindle. =) There are a lot of Angel books out there, I know. A lot of them are starting to blend together and not really have any new concepts. There are a few out there that are my favorite and that are different, but this one is DEFINITELY different. When you think about Angels, you think about the glowing, beautiful, serene, gentle, beings from Heaven, right? Well, when you read this book you'll see completely different to these angels. The normal humans who are infected with "Angel Burn" do see the Angels in that way, but they really aren't. They are far from it in this unique series. They're killers! Yes, I did say killers. They've come to Earth to feed off humans in order to stay alive. Sometimes they just infect the humans with Angel Burn, which makes them slowly lose it more and more each day and develop diseases like schizophrenia and cancer, and other times they kill. BUT don't be afraid, because there are awesome Angel Killers to help somewhat get rid of these killer angels and protect the Earth! Like sexy Alex. Oh my! If I haven't intrigued you yet with this amazing book, just picture a hot guy who is smart, badass, and kills angels for a living! You'll just have to read his description yourself and see his personality by reading this book. It's the only way to get the full awesomeness that is Alex! This book switches points-of-view between Alex and Willow; the main characters. It also sometimes shows the views of Raziel, one of the head Angels, and Jonah, one of the people from The Church of Angels. Though Raziel was just plain evil and Jonah was helping him out, I still liked their characters. All the characters in this book are real and have so much personality to them. Other than the killer angels, and sexy AK's, there was romance brewing throughout the whole book. I'm not going to mention much about that though. It was amazing. Had be going crazy the whole time, screaming at the two to just tell each other how they feel, and then they're finally together and its awesome and then its sad and, well, you get the point. It was amazing. Overall, don't let the fact that it's "another angel book" get to you. It's very unique. VERY. So do yourself a favor and READ IT. So much awesomeness going on throughout it. Most of the time it actually had me forgetting the fact that I was reading it on my Kindle, which I am NOT used to doing. Which added another brownie point to its awesomeness. I'm itching to read Angel Fire now. I'm glad it's already out, I'll definitely be using birthday money on that. =Dshow more
by Amanda
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! Reasons to Read: 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. :) Review copy received from Random House Canada for review.show more
by Brenna Staats
Willow Fields has always been a bit different - she can fix cars and does psychic readings on the side. She and her mom Miranda, who suffers from catatonic schizophrenia and needs a caretaker, both live with her Aunt Jo, whose charitable acts does not come without complaint (lots of complaint). When Beth Hartley, one of the popular girls at school, comes to Willow for a psychic reading, her vision of Beth's future is not a rosy one, and when Beth quits school to join the Church of the Angels, Willow feels responsible and wonders what she can do to get Beth back. Alex Kylar has been an Angel Killer since he was seven. After his mother was killed by an angel, his father Martin joined up and took Alex and his older brother Jake with him (picture the television show "Supernatural", only with a larger band of hunters). Now that Alex is on his own, he receives his kill orders via text directly from the CIA, and one of these texts sends him to Willow's town. When Willow is put in danger, they end up on the run together. In this book, the angels are BAD angels (mostly). They feed off of human energy, and the effect is called Angel Burn. Angel burn causes insanity, MS, cancer, Parkinson's, AIDS, and a host of other illnesses in humans. The feeling that the victims get, however, is one of euphoria and devotion, and have spawned a religious following (The Church of Angels). Although there are some slow points (especially a bit after the middle of the book as Willow and Alex hide out), there is plenty of heart-pounding action and good character development. Both Willow and Alex are wonderful protagonists, completely believable (Willow coming to terms with what she learns, for example - she doesn't just jump in with both feet saying, "Oh! Well then, let's go kill some angels" - she has the perfect amount of skepticism and self-doubt). The ending of this first in a trilogy is perfect; tying together many of the elements in a satisfying way, but letting us know that there's more story to come. QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): "Not all of us feel that we have a divine right to use humans as cattle." Book Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Parents: There is a romance, but a well-paced one, not the typical, "Oh, you're so hot; I think I'm in love; let's hit the sack together" romance that seems to typify much of YA romance.show more
by Julie Smith
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