Author: L.A. Weatherly
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis (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.
What I thought:
Angel Burn turns the concept of benevolent heavenly beings upside down. The angels in Angel Burn are far from the loving guardians or the heavenly warriors that we have come to expect in books where they are featured. These angels are not here to further the wellbeing of human kind but rather to take from them for their own benefit. Honestly, I have mixed feelings on the angel turned life energy sucking being feeding off the humans who worship them. However, even though I like angels to be, well, more angelic, Weatherly did a good job of building a mythology that worked for her story.
Our heroine, Willow, is an independent, competent teen who has come to terms with the fact that she is different. To start with she lives with her aunt and catatonic mother. Also she is, and always has been, psychic. This ability has helped her to earn money to help care for her mother. While giving a reading to a classmate, Willow learns about the existence of real angels as well as their ‘relationship’ with humans. And the angels learn about Willow.
Alex is a hired assassin, an angel killer. Working alone, he receives a call alerting him to an angel that needs to be taken care of. When he arrives at the given address, what he finds isn’t an angel, exactly. But she isn’t exactly human either.
I liked this couple. Rather than the love at first sight that is often a part of YA novels, Alex and Willow don’t hit it off immediately. They are leery of each other but recognize that, at least at the moment, they need each other. And I do mean they needed each other. Willow is not a dependent, whiny girl who needs her guy to fight for her, nor is she a warrior in the body a teenage girl. Willow and Alex’s relationship is allowed to grow as they learn to trust each other.
While the concept is certainly out of the box, the plot was fairly simple. There was a number of scenes that contained page turning action, however, there wasn’t a whole lot of twists and turns or jaw dropping revelations that I didn’t see coming. Still the story was engaging and enjoyable.
Overall, Angel Burn was an enjoyable read. I liked it enough that I will be adding the second book in the series to my TBR list, although I am not running out immediately to find it.