Mar 17, 2011

Review--E-ARC Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

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 that 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 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.

I received this e-galley courtesy of NetGalley for review

L.A. Weatherly's Angel Burn was quite the read. I had requested it weeks ago and finally got around to reading it. It left me liking it, but yet not totally loving it. It's another YA Paranormal delving into angels, only this time, angels are not the divine heavenly creatures we're used to seeing them as. Sure they are divine heavenly creatures, but they are also bad for humans, for they suck out our life force here on earth, leaving humans to believe that they are truly loved and whatnot by the angels.

It has an odd way of telling the story going from first person pov with Willow to multiple third person pov with Alex and other characters. It was a little disorienting at times, like when we switched to a secondary character making it a little harder to flow with the story, but the switches between Alex and Willow were smooth.

The love story angle was a gradual one, which was really rather nice, for the two don't necessarily fall in love at first sight. There's a connection of sorts, but the love takes time. Which is also where the book grows tiring, there's definite action in the pacing, but then there are the "down times" when they aren't racing to do whatever and have normal moments, which is fine sometimes, but they tend to run a little too long.

The overall story arc was really interesting though, a surprise that I did foresee, but it was still shocking. And it leaves with a decent cliffhanger ending. Although sometimes things were a little unbelievable for the 16 and 17 year old on the road, but some things you just have to roll with. I liked the storyline overall and am curious to see what will happen next, but I can't say I'll rush out to buy it. It was a rather long read, 400+ pages--although I've read longer, it was just there were scenes that stretched a little too long for my liking.

Rating overall 3.5/5 stars


  1. Great review! I almost requested this one but was on the fence. I might request it later to see for myself though. When does it come out?

    Aimee @ Coffee Table Press

  2. Great review! I saw this one NG, but it didnt really capture my attention =/

  3. Hmmm... If I saw this book in a bookstore I'd choose it for the lovely cover alone. But I'll probably put it on hold for a while. I love angels books, but I'm not a patient reader lately, and long books don't do it for me!:)) Especially if the story stretches unnecessarily. Thanks for the review, I'll give this a shot sometime later.

  4. I have been dying to read this for pretty much forever! (I totally got it on NetGalley, but being technilogically challenged I have yet to figure out how to put it on my Kindle... ;) ). I am glad to see that you think that the story arc was interesting, but the weird POVs? Not so much... Here's to hoping that I like it! ;)
    Thanks for the great review Jess!


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