Thursday, May 24, 2012
Review: 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 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 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.
Expectations: With the cover, I was expecting a female protagonist with a strong will, and hopefully a unique power that will save the human race. The summary also indicated a nice, budding romance as well.
This book began promising enough - with the introduction of a new take on Angels, who need to feed on humans to survive and who are slowly taking control of the world through government and church. I found having the Angels form a Church so they could control the populace through their beliefs very interesting, probably because it has already (or always) happened, and how can you fight people who believe that strongly in something? The situation does look every bleak, and I was a bit disappointed by how little Willow and Alex do to prepare for the inevitable takeover of the Angels. Most of the book is defensive strategy and very little offensive. It is probably to build-up towards the next parts of the trilogy, but I was hoping for a little more action-packing. I also felt like the romance between Willow and Angel was too awkwardly teenagerish (yes, that's a word- DON'T LOOK IT UP), which took me out of the story sometimes, as I sighed to myself and thought "Really? You're psychic and you don't know how he is feeling?" The conclusion was predictable and only surprising in that I had really thought Willow might show off a little more of her potential in this one, but it seems like she will come into her own in the next books. In this one Willow was much more of a victim of fate and I wished she was more decisive and had worked more on developing any powers she could have. Overall, I think the best parts of this book came about when Willow and Alex were battling the Angels. What action there was, was really suspenseful and interesting.