Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Published: Candlewick (May 24, 2011)
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1 of 3
Source: NetGalley
GoodReads Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: I may or may not have hit the ceiling when I got approved for Angel Burn. EVIL. ANGELS. YOU. GUYS.
And it's a loooooong read, so I was all prepared and shaking in anticipating for some detailed, delicious storytelling and slow-building of a lahve story.

Well, I was partially right.

I was so intrigued by the idea of a deceptive Church of Angels. I did enjoy the fact that we not only got a first person account from Willow, but also third person points of view from Alex, Jonah (the angels' secretary), and head angel honcho Raziel. This helped offer a well-rounded idea of what was happening in the beginning. The background on the AKs (Angel Killers) and Alex's family was engrossing and I found myself wanting to know more about his brother, Jake.

Willow was a cool chick. She had hobbies and friends and even though she was considered a freak, being psychic and all, it was good. She was an individual. She liked fixing cars and was awesome at it. Then the arse-kicking angel killer Alex enters the picture and her individualism melts into oblivion. I got my slow build, all right. Unfortunately, once the build was built, I was attacked by an army of gushy internal monologues about how much Willow loves Alex and how nothing else matters at all and how the world as we know it will burst into flames without him. I can't lie to you guys, I skimmed through several pages of Willow talking to herself about how she's going to make it without Alex. There was a two page stretch of it at one time.

The storyline was interesting enough at first, but as it dragged on, I found myself racing to be done, just to say I was done. This is a LONG READ. The lulls in action don't pass quickly and, though I loved Willow at first, her cheesy interaction with Alex became too much for me to handle. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be reading the sequel, but I can tell you that many people are going to gobble this book up.


  1. I totally agree on the Willow/Alex thing. By the end, I was so sick of them that I wanted to just give up. I couldn't, because I wanted to know what happened to the angels, but I could have done without the romance bit. That was contrived and cheesy to me.

    Definitely a cool plot though...bad angels! Woo!

  2. I didn't have much luck with this one, either. I started reading it in London, but I was just never able to finish. Not my thing, I guess. I hope other people enjoy it though!

  3. Yay, I pretty much felt the same Jen. I wasn't a big fan of the narrative style either. Even thought AB wasn't for me, I like to check out other reviews on books I've read so I can compare thoughts, and I'm glad it seems to work for others.

  4. I TRIED to get into this one. (When I got approved to read it I was all but bursting with excitement (I mean, the cover!). But then I started to read the prologue and I realized that I was already bored. Imagine my shock and dismay. And then getting into the first chapter, while I liked Willow, that bored feeling kept emerging. Unfortunately this one was a no-go for me, as well.

    After reading your review, I'm pretty glad that I decided to put it down when I did. If I had wasted my time getting angry at the pacing and the length and Willow's 'luv' for Alex, I would've been seriously ticked. Thanks!

  5. hmmm...i've heard mixed things about this one. still, i'm looking forward to reading it, since i have it on netgalley too :)

  6. I enjoyed this but I do agree it dragged in a few place. It could have done with 100 pages less. Good honest review Jen :)

  7. mmm.. now i want to read this one

    p/s I'm a new follower