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Angel Burn

Angel Burn

Written by L. A. Weatherly

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell


Angel Burn

Written by L. A. Weatherly

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

ratings:
4/5 (61 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
May 24, 2011
ISBN:
9781455809349
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.

In the first audiobook in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends listeners 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.

Released:
May 24, 2011
ISBN:
9781455809349
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

L. A. Weatherly is the author of the bestselling Angel series, as well as almost 50 other books for children and teenagers. She’s originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and lives in Hampshire, England with her husband. Her books have been translated into many different languages.


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  • (3/5)
    I had mixed emotions upon finishing this book, which is apparently the first in a trilogy. On the one hand, I purchased it from Amazon during their Kindle sale, and $2.99 for this book was worth it. On the other hand, I can't say I'd pay more than that.

    The premise is unique and pretty clever, which is a relief in a genre saturated with wash-and-repeat story lines. Angels, rather than being the fluffy-winged sidekicks to God, are actually much closer to traditional demons. They seemingly come from some alternate dimension (though this is glossed over in the book, so we don't find out for sure) in order to prey on humans.

    In addition to the premise, Willow, our protagonist, does step a bit outside the stereotypical teen girl protagonist mold. As far back as she can remember, Willow has had minor psychic abilities, and rather than angst about how this sets her apart from her peers, she's pretty accepting of it. She provides "readings" for her classmates (for a fee) and doesn't really worry too much about how the rest of her school sees her, which was a refreshing change. It isn't until later, when Willow learns that her psychic abilities stem from her status of being half-angel, that she really begins to struggle with accepting herself.

    Though book DOES contain a love interest, it manages to avoid the dreaded love triangle, thankfully. Willow's love interest, Alex, is a so-called "Angel Killer", so most of the conflict stems from the knowledge that she is half-angel. Unfortunately, this is where the book weakens a bit.

    The author clearly makes an attempt to build a relationship between the two characters (which is more than some authors can say) but, knowing that this series is intended to be a trilogy, I think the declarations of love could have been held off until the end of the novel, or even well into the second book. Alex and Willow's relationship is a good example of telling rather than showing: we are repeatedly informed by Willow that they have a lot in common, yet we are never told what it is that they supposedly bond over. They spend time playing cards and watching TV, but so do most friends. We have no idea what triggers the cross over from "enemy who hates me because I'm half angel" to "romantic interest". Because of this, I found it hard to suspend my disbelief during the second part of the novel, which focuses heavily on their relationship.

    Lastly, the characters repeatedly make really strange leaps in logic. For example, while Alex the Angel Killer is on the phone with his "contact," he notices that the man has a British accent. Conveniently, the man who murdered Alex's father had a British accent, so they must be the same man! Likewise, Alex just happens to remember the name of Willow's mother (whom he has never directly met) while he is fighting for his life, and immediately realizes who Willow's mysterious father is. What?

    While this book was by no means the worst book I've ever read, I find it difficult to imagine what could possibly make up two more novels, given that the angel story line starts to run out of steam about halfway through the novel. Though there is plenty of information on angels yet to be addressed, I would've much preferred to have more background on the angels, and less time with Alex and Willow hanging out in hotel rooms together (which, seeing as how this is targeted at young adults, is not nearly as steamy as it sounds).
  • (4/5)
    Yet another paranormal teen romance, with a chosen girl who falls head-over-heels for a bad boy. It was a pretty quick and fun read, and I did like it for the most part. The romance was a bit overdone for my tastes (yes, I get it, you can't live without each other ... yawn), but it was an action-packed adventure and an enjoyable contribution to the genre. If you're into this kind of story, give it a try.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one. I would probably give it 3 and a half stars if I could. It wasn't bad- the story was compelling enough, the writing was fast paced and it was not boring. However, it didn't really strike me as anything unique or special. The main characters- Willow and Alex- were okay but felt a bit hollow and didn't feel very real. I also thought their romance developed too quickly, especially considering the circumstances. I liked some parts a lot more that others. I enjoyed the information about the Evacuation and would have liked if it had been explored more. Overall, it was okay but won't leave a lasting impression. Despite being 500 pages, it's not particulary memorable.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. Grabbed me from the first and didn't let go. Fast-paced, intense, believeable in so many ways. I could see it happening in my mind's eye and it felt so plausible. It was easy to put yourself in the shoes of the characters and experience their fear and paranoia. The action was non-stop!Willow was a likeable character and the involvement with Alex and the growing of their feelings for each other was nicely done, especially the cabin where they were able to take some time to learn about each other and escape the pressure and danger they knew they were going to have to face. The odds against them seemed so overwhelming and I liked the way the author described their fear alongwith the determination to do what they could to stop the Angels.A really fascinating twist on Angels. I'm looking forward to the other books in the trilogy and to see how it all turns out.
  • (4/5)
    *MY THOUGHTS* Wow.... Lets just say.....I was definitely surprised by this book. Why you ask? Let's start by saying, everything you THOUGHT you knew about angels, you thought wrong. Well according to Weatherly. In this novel he takes makes them into terrible creatures who feed off humans and turn them into shells of people with different illnesses, hence the "angel burn." But then, there's the people that kill these "evil creatures," called Angel Killers, or AK. But then comes Alex who is an AK who meets Willow, who is something different. Then of course, they fall for each other, but end up trying to deny it at all costs. But then they realize that Willow could definitely be of some help to him and things begin to smooth out. The story itself was a thrilling ride. I could NOT put this book down. Especially at the end. The ending was like... Wow.... And the action in the book was nonstop. Every time I turned a page there was something else Alex had to take care of. It was definitely an enjoyable book.
  • (3/5)
    Let me start off by saying that in general, I really liked this book. The characters were likable and well-developed, and for the most part, easy to relate to. Willow and Alex fell in love quickly, but maybe being a teenager on the run from giant angels trying to kill you will do that to a person. I don't know. I've never been in that situation, and hopefully never will be. *knocks on wood* The hardest part of the story for me to believe was that Willow just got in the car with Alex and left her home, never to return. I mean maybe if I was psychic and could see someone's entire past by touching them, coupled with someone chasing me with a shot gun, then I would make the same decision. I'm not sure. I just went with it though, and I'm glad that I did. I enjoyed this book immensely. That being said, a couple of things really really bugged me about this book. Every other sentence had an adverb attached to its verb, and these adverbs were as follows: suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden (okay so that's a qualifying prepositional phrase, but you get the idea), or slowly. I did not need to be told the speed in which ever action was being done. I could have figured it out for myself, thankyouverymuch. If it hadn't been a library copy of the book, I probably would have gone through and marked out all of the qualifiers. Suddenly was her favorite, and by the end of the book, I wanted to scream. Also, I understand that Willow's hair was long. It didn't have to be said every single time she mentioned her hair. Seriously. I get it. However, it's easy to repeat yourself when you're writing, and I blame the editor just as much, if not more, than I blame Weatherly. Another thing that kind of bugged me was the switching from first person POV to third person limited. It wouldn't have been THAT bad if it'd just been between Alex (third person) and Willow (first person), but Weatherly also included Raziel and Jonah in with the third person POVs, and it just got to be too much. All that separated the different POVs was a double space most of the time, and it got incredibly confusing. Especially because sometimes she'd separate the same POV with a double space sometimes as well. She should have done third person omniscient or broken the different POVs into different chapters and listed each character's name at the top of the chapter. That would have made it less confusing. It's not that any of it was written badly (save the suddenlys), it's just that it broke up the flow of the story when I had to stop and try to figure out who the story was following next. Sometimes the person's name wasn't said until two or three paragraphs in. Now, onto the good stuff... The story was unique. It's a different take on angels, and I like it. They are no longer good, pure, holy creatures. These angels are not fallen, they are just simply angels, and in Weatherly's world, angels are evil. They suck the life force out of humans. Now if that's not evil, then I don't know what is. The plot was interesting and moved quickly. I didn't get bored at all reading this book. Angel Burn is the first book in the series, and I'll be looking forward to the next one.
  • (5/5)
    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly had my 100% hooked from the very beginning and it was hard to put down from then on! It was a unique twist on angels that made them out to be less of the perfect, heavenly beings that they usually are and made them seem much darker, which was something that I really liked!I liked the character Willow. She is a teenaged half angel and half human girl and when she finds this out, her whole life is turned upside down in an instant. I felt that even under such harsh circumstances that she handled herself really well and kept strong. I also liked the fact that although Willow had so much power, she knew that she had to use it to keep people safe, unlike the way the other angels were using their powers. She is forced to make some really hard decisions and is willing to sacrifice herself if it means that she can help save the lives of others. I think that her selflessness is one of the many reasons that I liked her and I think it's also one of the reasons why Alex fell for her.Speaking of Alex, I also really liked his character! He is an angel hunter who does everything he can to wipe out angels and keep people safe, but although Willow was and angel and someone who he was essentially supposed to kill, he was able to sense the good in her and knew that she was different from the other angels. Instead of killing her, he does so much to help her, to keep her safe. I really liked that he didn't kill her just because she was part angel, but that he saw that she was different.The plot in Angel Burn was quick paced and gripping! It had me zooming through the book (all 443 pages) in about a day, unable to stop myself from turning the page to find out what was going to happen next. Also, the romance in this book was awesome! The kissing scenes were definitely hot, which it just the way I like them! Although the only issue I had with the romance aspect of this book was that I felt like things happened way to fast, like our main characters barley had a chance to know each other before they were confessing their love. But apart from that little hiccup, I loved everything about this book!All in all, this was a great book! L.A. Weatherly's writing was great; it was smooth and easy to read, the plot was quick paced and exciting, the characters were interesting and easy to connect with and I felt like the story and idea of this book was really original! I would definitely recommend picking this book up if you are a fan of angels, of sizzling romance or are just looking for a great read!
  • (4/5)
    Angel Burn's take on angels is very different. They are paranormal creatures but not heavenly. They aren't from our world, at least I don't think they are, and the world they come from isn't explained very much. I don't really know what this world is but it's not heaven and God doesn't live there. And angels are really more like life-force sucking demons then harp playing embodiments of all that is good.So! From the very beginning, Angel Burn, like I said, is different! I happen to like this. I liked the evil angels aspect, I liked the characters and I enjoyed the story. The complete lack of mainstream thoughts on God or religion did confused me a little. There is no talk of heaven or God in Angel Burn and for a book focused solely around the existence of angels that was a little weird. And it's not like the term angel was given to these creatures and they are in fact something else paranormal. They are presented as being actual angels. The same angels that humans have been writing about and believing in forever. Then there is the romance between Willow and Alex. Have to say - it wasn't what I expected. It actually wasn't love at first sight, I can't possibly live without you even though I just met you love. It was more then 300 pages into the book before they admitted to even liking each other. So, that was refreshing. But then, things progressed a little fast. I didn't mind because I really liked Willow and Alex as characters and I thought they were actually very sweet together. AND! No love triangles! Angel Burn was hard to put down at times and I have to say, I didn't quite see that ending coming. As the first in a trilogy, I'm very excited to see what happens to Willow as she discovers more of her past and tried to make a future for herself. I'm a big fan of fantasy and paranormal angel stories and I wasn't disappointed with Angel Burn. A great YA paranormal read and I wouldn't have any problems recommending.
  • (4/5)
    I have a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to Angel Burn. When I first saw the cover and read the synopsis for Angel Burn, I immediately thought to myself "I need a copy."I finally got the chance thanks to NetGalley, and once I got it, I started it immediately. Now where do I begin? I honestly do not know how to feel about this book. Angel Burn to me, had me up and down. I found myself glued to the pages one minute, the next losing interest in the story. It was one of those books that, even though some parts just made me want to give up reading it, for some reason I just had to finish it and find out what happens next.Here are my top favorite moments in Angel Burn: 1. I found it very interesting the way L.A Weatherly twisted the whole world of Angels. In Angel Burn, the angels are not exactly who you want to make friends with. 2. I really enjoyed L.A. Weatherly's writing style. It was very easy to follow and everything was explained really well. 3. The characters are also very easy to relate too. Some of the things Willow experienced in her life, with family and friends, were very sad. She is a very smart and strong person. 4. I am in love with Alex! He is super sexy, romantic and a fighter. Since he was eleven he was trained to be a fighter. 5. Alex and Willow's relationship was very moving. The way they fall for each other, you can't help but go "Awe." I absolutely loved their relationship. 6. The action in this book was a definite ten and VERY easy to picture. It was like watching a movie play out. Now what I did not like about Angel Burn is that one minute I am reading and at the edge of my seat, the next I find myself a little bored waiting for it to pick up again. It did take me a couple of chapters to have my complete attention. In my opinion, I feel Angel Burn is more of an introduction to the world L.A Weatherly has created, and to her characters.Will I read the second part, Angel Fire? Yes. I need to know what Alex and Willow do next and with the way it ended, I have a feeling the second part will be a lot more action and little less explaining. Do I recommend Angel Burn? Yes, I do. Originally I gave Angel Burn 3.5 stars, but after writing this review I have to say it is a 4 star. A good read.
  • (4/5)
    Willow is gifted. Alex is a CIA assassin. At a young age, he was trained by his father to hunt and kill Angels. Willow is the unusual outcast, who can not only fix a car but tell the future too. The two meet when Alex's next assignment is to kill Willow, but he is surprised to find her energy is not entirely angel but human as well. Always wondering where her gift came from, Willow is blown away by the revelation that she is half-angel. Now on the run with Alex, she is the only one that can defeat the Angels, and they want her dead. Will she discover the key to destroying the Angels in time to save mankind?I found this book interesting and different from the usual Angel fantasy books. In this story we have two characters that have had hard childhoods that have caused them to grow up faster than they should. Alex has lost his entire family to the Angels and Willow's mother has been locked away in her own fantasy in her mind. They are drawn together by the fact that Angels do exist and they are killing mankind with an array of diseases. This makes for a fantastic read.
  • (4/5)
    Angels are real. But they aren't who they appear to be. This action-packed one of a kind book tossed me into the world where behind those glamourous smiles, the angels can kill you. L.A Weatherly reinvents angels with Angel Burn. I could not stop reading this book. I was hooked for about four days, reading non-stop. Okay, maybe non-stop is just messing up everything--I read non-stop whenever I had free time. Usually, when throughout the whole book was the characters on the road, trying to escape, it would be boring. In this case, it wasn't.Alex, mysterious and attractive, introduces us to his job, at the start of the book. He carries a cool personality, seeming much older than his real age, yet also manages to be polite for an assassin--an angel assassin that is. Then, Willow, seen as strange and unlike anyone else with her beautiful elfish features, takes the Point of View. I admire Willow's character. She's mature for her age, having to cope with living with a mother who has this dreamy look in her eye, lost in her own world, never to talk or see her daughter again. Throughout the whole book, Willow was a strong character through and through, also having to cope that she's part angel and part human, something Alex has never seen before.When I first started reading, I found the switching of POVs very confusing since there was hardly any indication of whose POV it was. But as the book progressed further, I came to enjoy it, especially Alex's POV. Reading his thoughts during that long amount of time they were travelling in silence, his reactions to Willow's own actions toward him made the book very enjoyable. For me, the best part was when these two were not on good terms. It was interesting and one thing that L.A Weatherly did right was, instead of automatically letting the characters realize their love for one another, she let their relationship build on slowly and I got to see their chemistry, how good their relationship was. I got to understand Alex's reasons for loving Willow and vice versa.One thing, though, that made me crinkle my nose was the romance. Alex and Willow tended to say such cliche things, tell each other lines that have been used to much. They are in a state of bliss, I get it, and it made it for readers to relate to, but I would have been better off if the romance was deeper. I also wished that the ending would have turned out differently.With the villans so terrifying my blood turned cold and my skin crawled, a relationship so powerful, and a story with tons of kick ass action will leave you anxiously turning the page for more, and more, and more. Angel Burn was a great read and I found myself entranced while in the world L.A Weatherly created. I'm definitely going to pick up the next book in the Angel Trilogy, Angel Fire.
  • (3/5)
    More at theawesomemagicattic.blogspot.comPretty, pretty angels. They show themselves to humans, enchant them, and drain their energy. Afterwards, the humans adore the angels, and join the Church of Angels, a group dedicated solely to the angels. And now the angels want Willow dead. Maybe not so pretty after all. When Alex is sent to kill Willow, he uncovers things for himself. As each day passes, he falls harder for the girl who should be his enemy. Willow's different. She's always known that. Not just because she's got a knack for fixing cars, but because she can see one's future with just a touch. But she's never known exactly how different she was. With the power to save or destroy, Willow must decide what to do. Before it's too late. I was hesitant to read this book at first. I began reading the first few pages, and lost interest. A few months later, I picked up the book again, as many people have said it was amazing, and I was ready to give it another go. After the first few pages, the book just got better and better. I like the idea that L.A. Weatherly gives us. It isn't the typical fallen angel plot, but the author gives you the idea that even angels who don't fall can be evil. It sheds a whole new light on the good angels, and bad fallen angels concept that most YA angel books have. It was interesting. Willow was my favorite character, no doubt. She was strong, but innocent, in a way, and clueless. I liked her character. She didn't really care what people thought about her. She was the kind of girl I wanted as my best friend. Alex was... Alex. He was hard and cool on the outside, but kind, caring, and somewhat vulnerable on the inside. Willow and Alex's relationship was sudden, and kind of abrupt. They had this love-hate feeling for each other, and then suddenly they're in love. Strange? I think so. Also, the beginning was well... plain. Nothing interesting, nothing bad. It was just that. Plain. While the middle and ending was great, the beginning wasn't as good.But, that aside, and this book was amazing. The story was smooth, flawlessly written, and the plot was original. The characters were fun, well written, and the action was intense. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this trilogy.
  • (5/5)
    Wow... It's been awhile since I read this one and perhaps I should have wrote my review sooner. In all honesty, it doesn't matter because Angel Burn left that big of an impact on me. This is one of my favorites novels so far and I am aching for the next book. I was hesitant to read this as I had read enough 'angel' YA books to last me for awhile. I had just finished Crescendo, Unearthly, and Angelfire so I wasn't keen on another 'angel' novel. A person recommended I read this if I liked the previous mentioned titles so being someone who reads too fast for her own good, I decided to pick it up to have another book filler. Boy, am I glad I did! Angel Burn was superior in many ways. This book is more cutting edge and deep into not only descrption, emotion, and plot but well-rounded and something new in the idea of a story plot! The concept of AK (angel killers) and angels being 'evil' was different and well accepted as an alterior idea. The characters were so well presented and given such detail that I felt connected to them almost immediately. I've read many YA books in the past few years, but aside from Twilight and Mortal Instruments, Angel Burn is one of my absolute favorites. A must read in my opinion and the kind you can read over and over!
  • (4/5)
    When reading Angel Burn, take everything you know about angels: White, wonderful, full of pure love, healing touch, heavenly hosts singing hosannas... Now, throw this all out the window! Weatherly creates an entirely new races of angels in her Angel Trilogy. The angels that exist in the world of Willow and Alex are dark and cruel beings who feed off of human essence and in the end, cause things like strokes, cancer and much more! They have not a care in the world for humans and could ultimately be the demise to all humanity.Willow is a little bit strange and somewhat of a social-outcast to her peers. Willow, who now lives with her aunt, has been taking care of her mentally-ill mother from a young age. She has been forced to grow up a little quicker than those her age. Add on top of that the fact that Willow seems to have psychic abilities and is able to read people with a slight touch... of course people are going to think her strange!Enter Alex, who is an AK. Yes, an Angel Killer. He has been hunting down these terrible creatures who feed off of humans and leave nothing but deterioration in their wake, since he was young. Alex is tasked to find Willow but once he does, he's not sure what to make with what he sees. Alex and Willow are lead on a cross-country journey. Will they find answers to save humanity or is everyone doomed?I really enjoyed the characters. Willow is such a strong young woman and Alex is complex but full of amazingness once he opens himself up. Alex and Willow are both great characters separately but throw them together and the pages ultimately turn themselves. Their acquaintance is quite strained in the beginning, but soon their budding romance begins to flourish.The story is told in multiple POVs, which I'm not too fond of because I feel like I'm jumping around between multiple different stories, as well as changes between first person and third person narration.The ending did not come with the BANG I was expecting, but it leaves room for Weatherly to expand and continue the story in Angel Fire and Angel Fever.Overall, a brilliant beginning to a new series and an intensely unique look at angels. Weatherly weaves a truly exciting and detailed story that will be sure to leave readers anxiously awaiting Angel Fire. I know I am.
  • (4/5)
    Angel Burn is creepy and terrifying, yet oh so addictive! Seriously. These angels in the novel are not nice at all. They feed from people, and by doing this they give them angel burn which leads to a psychological disorder like schizophrenia. Thank goodness for Willow and Alex, who know what they are and are determined to stop them from taking over the world.Willow has had to grow up very fast in Angel Burn. Her mother has been unable to really care for Willow since she was a toddler, so Willow hasn't had much of a childhood. When Willow find out that her mother has checked out because of Angel Burn, and that Willow is a half-angel herself, she is horrified. She doesn't want to be related to one of these evil creatures, no matter how pretty they seem to be. When the angels find out about who she is, they are shocked. Angels shouldn't be able to have offspring! And it doesn't help that they can tell that Willow has it out for them. This somehow leads to her and Alex finding each other, running for their lives, and discovering more about Willow's unusual genetics.I was so happy that I got a chance to see what Alex was thinking in Angel Burn. Like Willow, he has had to grow up very fast, being an Angel Killer. He has been slaying angels since he was 11, with tons of training before that. Alex is a tortured guy who has a rocky past, but he as he and Willow fall in love, he begins to soften up. I couldn't believe how strong Alex had to be to be able to slay angels. It is so dangerous, and you have to wait for the right moment, so it is a terrifying job. I enjoyed seeing Alex and Willow's feeling grow stronger for each other as they learned more about one another. This isn't one of those instant love stories, thank god!!L.A. Weatherly blew me out of the park with her storyline. Deadly angels who live only to drain humans and have no care for them?? This is a crazy concept, and she really took a risk by doing it. She made a fan out of me! Even though I am a Christian and I believe that angels are loving beings who truly care for us and watch over us, I did get involved in Weatherly's story. Do not go into this one expecting nice, loving angels because you are sure in for a shock!The only problem I had with Angel Burn was that there were a few parts in the story that lagged. I know that not everything can be full of action, but it was just a little hard to keep me reading during these parts.Angel Burn is a fascinating novel that had me hooked from page one. Even though there were a few slow parts in the novel, I still enjoyed my experience. Definitely give this one a shot if you haven't read it yet.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of the better Young Adult novels I've read so far. It has romance in it, of course, but more importantly, action too! If it were made into a movie (I can totally picture that), I could even take my boyfriend to see it. It has evil angels who want to feed on humans, hunt our heroes, it has murder attempts, CIA and a thrilling ending.I was pleasantly surprised that it was not religious at all. The angels could easily be replaced by mindreading aliens (which they kind of are, come to think of it). But that would have made Willow a less interesting character, so I'm glad it's about angels after all.Just a tiny remark, the love confession of our heroes didn't do much for me ("I thought you didn't like me" blablabla) and small bits of the book were a bit boring (where they spent weeks hiding in a hut playing cards). But thankfully it is followed by thrilling events.
  • (3/5)
    Another parnormal romance with a slight twist - this time it's the girl who's the supernatural one. "Angel Burn" kept me pretty occupied until about half way through. I started out strong, plenty of action and a snapping you're-driving-me-crazy-but-man-are-you-hot- relationship between the guy and the girl that, while predictable, was nevertheless entertaining. But halfway through, they got all of their differences sorted out and fell madly in love. So much so that there was absolutely NO conflict at all between them. The action died down a bit, the other plot conflicts were temporarily resolved, and I completely lost interest as things just got way too sappy. I'm kind of curious to find out what happens, but I just don't know if I take it anymore. Maybe I'll just read a summary somewhere...
  • (3/5)
    I have rated Angel Burn right dead center of a 1-5 rating system. If I could, I'd rate the first half a good, solid 4 and the second half would waver between a 1 and a 2. The first half of Angel Burn is filled with action, interesting characters, a really unique twist on "angel lore", and is fast-paced and just downright fun reading. It's not great literature, but it was fun and it had me reaching to pick up my book whenever I had a few spare minutes to read (and actually, it kept me up until a good two hours after when I should have been asleep last night).But then, about halfway through the book - just about when the love interest really takes over the relationship between Alex and Willow, the book started to lose its edge. Between the realization that these two teenagers "love" each other, the convenient placement of skills and money (who rides around with that much money, seriously), the overuse of the term "half angel" (I think I counted it five times in two paragraphs), the "you" "no you" "no you" back and forth between Willow and Alex in their lovesickness moments... it all got to be too much. I felt as if Weatherly went from creating what could have been a very kickass story and fell in love with her own characters so much that she went into some daydream world and wrote out a story that, in all honesty, should have been kept in her own mind. The result? A very unsatisfactory ending and one that really disappointed me. Even the climax, the moment we were all waiting for, was flooded with regrets, teenage angst and moments that had me rolling my eyes so violently that I gave myself a headache. In short - great idea, great beginning, really crappy ending. I'd hoped for better.
  • (4/5)
    I had mixed feelings as to what I was going to think of this book, A lot of books have come out recently in the YA genre that have been focused upon angels, but Weatherly's angels were nothing like ANY angels I have ever heard of. Angels who suck out the souls of humans who think they are good. Its actually a pretty scary concept to be completley honest. Blinded by the beauty of angels, and feeling like their a positive influence in your life, while they are making you sick and stealing your soul? OH BOY! I have to say I really did enjoy this story. Alex who is an AK, yup that's right an ANGEL KILLER! He see's the angels for what they are, EVIL! but what does he do when he starts to fall for Willow, who is part angel herself. Is she evil, or because she's only part angel is she not the soul-sucking beings he knows angels to be? I can't wait for the sequel of this book honestly, It was like nothing i've ever read thats for sure, in fact I like angels being good and I like thinking that people that have passed are watching out for us, but in the same respect they were kinda kick-ass being bad too, even though in my opinion they were more of demons then angels, but It was unlike anything else i've ever read, and I think that everyone should give this book a chance!
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. Loved the title, caught my interest immediately, but time and work got in the way -- finally had time to relax and couldn't put it down! Very different approach, these angels are nothing like other angels you have read about. Lots of adventure, good developement of the romance without getting graphic, left me wanting the next book without leaving me on a cliff about to fall (I personally hate that!).If authors and publishers ever read these reviews, please, please take a lesson from authors like Anne McCaffrey - make the books able to stand alone - so much time goes between reading one and the publishing of the next that you need a refresher! Also, series books are a pain because you can NEVER seem to find all of them unless you are fortunate enough to discover the series at it's very beginning!
  • (4/5)
    Interesting idea that angels are not actually "good" creatures, but aliens seeking to inhabit the Earth. Willow is the daughter of an angel (demon) and a mortal and should not actually exist, though she does. Alex, is an angel killer, a trained assassin whose only purpose is to wipe out angels and save humans from being fed upon by angels. The romance between Willow and Alex is a highly unlikely one, but it works, and the chemistry between Willow and Alex is fantastic. This is book one of a trilogy, and I'll definitely be looking to read book two and three.
  • (4/5)
    Angels walk among us. They always have. But instead of healing and giving comfort they leave madness and disease behind. Now their world is failing, and they have invaded earth and more are coming. Willow has always been psychic. When she does a reading for a school mate, she sees the angel that has fed from the girl and her life changes forever. Now she is in a life and death fight to destroy the angels before they destroy her. Her only help, an Angel Fighter hunk (Alex) who is not sure whose side Willow is on. I really enjoyed this book. I like the world and the characters. There is lots of action. It is really a romantic suspense as well as a paranormal romance as Willow and Alex try to escape the angels. I could have done with a bit less tingling on Willow's part every time she touched, looked at or thought of Alex. But heck, it is YA romance. People who love Twiliglht will probably enjoy all the moony, lovey dovey stuff. I think the writing is very good and even with all the tingling, the story moved at a good pace. I really am looking forward to the next book in the series.
  • (4/5)
    Is nothing sacred anymore? I was raised thinking Angels were heavenly creatures, beings that represented good and happiness. But this book has shattered those ideas. These "Angels' are evil with a capital E. They feed off your energy, slowly sucking away all your body's nourishment to live, all the while your dying with this idea that your in heaven, your completely happy and the "Angel" is the best thing to ever happen to you. If your lucky the hotty bad-ass Alex may come and kill the angel before it does much damage, but he's a rare soul. An "AK" -Angel Killer, trained to identify and shoot them in their HALO's!The romance was swoon-worthy, the action was awesome and the angels were freaky. The main character Willow is a half angel, She can fix your car, see your future and save your world.This book was Extremely unique, action packed, and left me with unanswered questions (yes it's the first of a series) So pick it up, and keep your pants on because your in for a wild ride.
  • (4/5)
    ANGEL BURN, by L.A. Weatherly, was a fantastic story about a different side of angels. Weatherly paired a half-angel and angel killer together and created a steamy romance and edge-of-your-seat action thriller.I am a sucker for angel books and this one will definitely be added to my shelves. Weatherly possesses a talent of hooking a reader right away. The first chapter ended with many questions buzzing around in my head, and I grew anxious for them to be answered. They agenda's and lifestyles were completely different but it totally worked. I immediately loved Willow. She is kind, giving, and really wants the best for those around her. I loved her psychic abilities and I wanted to understand them more. Alex makes it up there on my list of YA hotties. Along with being gorgeous he is weapon-trained and sweet. Getting into both of their heads with the shifting POV's added a lot to the value of this book for me.Along with the romance, there came intense action. Alex and Willow were on the run from the angels and narrowly escaped them each time. Weatherly stepped up the anticipation of Alex/Willow's capture in each chapter as the stakes grew higher.I really enjoyed Weatherly's 'take' on angels. It was refreshing to see that not all angels were actually good. The religious aspect of angels took a back seat with their real motives. The idea of angel burn and the manipulation of humans was so unique, I have to applaud Weatherly for her creativity!Overall, this was an awesome start to the series and I look forward to more of Alex and Willow kicking butt in the next book!Cover note: Love this cover! It is very simple but absolutely gorgeous. The accented title with the swirls is quite creative and totally adds to this cover.
  • (1/5)
    Unfortunately, this book is likely to be very, very popular with teens. The romance is far sweeter than in Twilight, and there is much more urgency. It has plenty of tension, some character building, and definitely adventure. But it makes angels into monsters who feed on humans and turn them into something like vegetables. I can't see why the author and others like her can't create their own monsters without taking already created beings and endowing them with terrible characteristics. I would hate to think that this could plant a seed into teen brains so that they could never think of an angel as a figure of comfort, purity, or goodness. But this is obviously meant to be a series, and I think it will catch on, with kids loving the pure, clean romance between the half-angle heroine and her rescuer.
  • (3/5)
    When reading Angel Burn, one needs to forget all one has ever heard about angels. In L. A. Weatherly's imaginings, angels are the Big Bad. It makes for a story that is interesting and more than a bit heretical. Ms. Weatherly's angels are not fallen angels but rather ones that come with wings and halos. They do not come from a heaven but rather from another world. They have only come to Earth because their world is collapsing and the only energy upon which they can feed is found in humans. Therefore, not only are angels no longer celestial beings but are now predators intent upon taking over Earth by bending all human will to their purpose. Go figure. Angel Burn is not the best YA, paranormal romance ever written, but it does get kudos for trying to do something different. Unfortunately, one can be a bit too different, and the strain to the reader's credibility does more harm than good. This is exactly what happens with this first in the Angel series. Angels as the Big Bad is akin to teddy bears being rabid. Some images do not work well and are too incredulous to be easily ignored or accepted. Also, it is not the most well-written novel either. Some of the more romantic scenes are cliched and overused, including one snort-inducing scene where the hapless hero is left chasing after his beloved, screaming her name as she flies off to save the world, realizing what a terrible mistake he has made in letting her go alone. Oy. This is not to say that it is a horrible novel. In fact, it is decently pleasant. It does read a bit too much like a romantic drama screenplay, replete with cheesy imagery and even worse dialogue and sentimentality, but there is a reason why such imagery and dialogue is so popular. The idea of evil angels is even quite intriguing. One has to give Ms. Weatherly credit for creating something completely unique. Unfortunately, I personally could not overcome the faults of Angel Burn. I enjoyed it while I read it but will not be picking up the second in the series when it is released. I just did not care enough about any of the characters and felt the idea of lethal angels quite preposterous and writing just too sentimental for comfort. That is not to say that teens will not fall in love with the story. In fact, I suspect they will be more accepting of the more difficult-to-accept concepts than I was. Angel Burn is proof that sometimes YA novels are for their target audience only.Thank you to NetGalley for my e-galley!
  • (4/5)
    This is an original take on Angels. We tend to think of angels as benevolent creatures. We of course learn this from the Bible. The angels in this book are predators from another world, who take on the appearance of benevolent, loving beeings. Willow lives with her aunt and mother. Her mother is mentally ill. She has been for a long time. Willow watches after and takes care of her mother. She knows that her mother's mental state has something to do with the father that she has never met. Willow has psychic abilities. She uses them to help out her friends and acquaintances. A school mate named Beth asks for a reading to help her decide the path she should take, and Willow is introduced to the world of Angels. Beth has had visitations from an Angel and she has now become obsessed with them. She doesn't like that Willow told her to stay away from the Angel. This leads Willow on a journey, both mental and physical as she becomes caught up in the war between the angels and those trying to stop them. Along her journey she discovers that her father is an angel. Alex finds her, he is actually sent to kill her, and together they discover more about the war with the angels and discover their love for each other. There is so much more to this book. I don't think I am really giving anything away with this review. I really liked that the book is original in the way angels are depicted. The love story between Alex and Willow is typical. I will look forward to more books in this series. The war has just begun.
  • (4/5)
    Here I thought we've seen all that can be done with angels - we've seen them as fallen, guardian, sexy, sweet, ruined, redeemed, lost, forgotten - but Angel Burn has definitely proven me wrong! Definitely not from heaven or hell, and definitely not the angels I want to be watching over me! Yeesh. I'd hate to think what the "devils" would be if they existed in this world that L.A. Weatherly crafted so carefully.This twist on angels will definitely satisfy readers who are tired of the same old spiel and want something with more of a bite. What happens when these angels are leeching on your soul and leave you worse for wear? No matter, they'll make sure to leave you all warm and fuzzy inside after a "angelic visit" so you won't think to blame them for feeding off your soul and essentially killing you. Will anyone notice - or even more pertinent, will they notice in time before they get burned as well?Alex intrigued me. He definitely nailed that mysterious bad boy persona and fit it oh-so-nicely that I probably drooled on my eReader! He started off as cold and unmoving, but I couldn't blame him. Here was a boy who grew up with the mission of killing angels and saving people who will never thank him or realize what happened. How messed up is that? His is a story that I desperately would love to know, but Angel Burn was more of an small appetizer as far as Alex goes.The one thing that threw me off was the varying perspectives in Angel Burn. Both first- and third-person are utilized and sometimes within the same chapter, although first-person perspective came only from Willow. Readers get to view through Alex's eyes via third-person along with the angels and their co-conspirators. No one perspective dominated the whole story. I am not sure if Willow's first-person narration helped the story - or if it would have worked if everything stayed in third-person all around. The change in perspectives was not confusing, but I had to wondered why there was a change each time we bounced from Willow's view to everyone else's.Regardless of the different perspectives, Angel Burn was an unexpected breath of fresh air in this angel phenomenon that I am eagerly anticipating the next chapter of this trilogy!
  • (5/5)
    OH MY GODS. The Goodreads synopsis author is not exaggerating AT ALL when they say that L.A. Weatherly has reinvented the angel. She absolutely reinvented the angel and in a way that kicks so much ass, I don't know that I can accurately describe it!In Weatherly's world, the angel that we know as a peaceful messenger of tranquility has been firebombed and remolded. Weatherly's imagining of the angel is not one of a benevolent entity full of love, but rather a crazed, vicious, human soul eater monster! Angels are such a hot topic in literature right now that it would be easy to dismiss Angel Burn as more of the same. But let me tell you, it is not. Angel Burn was like part fairytale, part The Terminator. These unimaginable monsters just keep coming and coming for Willow (and other humans). And just when you think the story is going to reach a lull, Weatherly kicks it right back into high gear.There was no putting this book down for me. I consumed Angel Burn. It was just that good. The characters were simply amazing. Off the hook amazing. Alex is really hard to relate to in the beginning of the novel because we just know him as an assassin. As his relationship with Willow unfolds, we get to see how amazing he truly is. Willow is such a strong female character. I heart her with puffy unicorn stickers and little flowers. She has no idea that she is part angel and is suddenly in danger of being killed. This character could totally have been written as a shrinking violet type who needs someone to rescue her. While Willow does need Alex's help, she needs no rescuing. LOVE LOVE LOVE these characters.Totally unique plot + Angels on another level + effing amazing characters = Angel Burn. Read it because you will love it.
  • (4/5)
    My thoughts:This is a whole new look at angels! Secret CIA Angel Killers? That too is new for me! The characters are thoughtfully designed. I liked their convictions and willingness to do the right thing in the face of danger and the threat of death. Both Willow and Alex are fantastic characters. The development of their relationship is creative and wonderful to follow. I love that Willow fixes cars and dresses out of style. She is so realistic that the extraordinary powers she possesses don't seem to be such a stretch. Alex is incredible. He is so strong in his beliefs, but at the same time centered enough to reach beyond what he has always known to grasp the new and changing world that he is thrown into. The cult-like Angel religion is so true to life it is frightening. She creates a world that is easy to believe in and fills it with characters that are wonderful to read about. The story flows easily and the plot threads all come together to an ending that leaves the reader both satisfied with the story and anticipating the next book in the series.I truly enjoyed the book.