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Angel Burn
Angel Burn
Angel Burn
Audiobook14 hours

Angel Burn

Written by L. A. Weatherly

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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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 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.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateMay 24, 2011
ISBN9781455809349
Angel Burn
Author

L. A. Weatherly

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 now lives in the UK with her husband. Her books have been translated into many different languages.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    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).
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    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!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    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!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    When reading Angel Burn, take everything you know about an