Angel Burn Hardcover – May 24 2011
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Reasons to Read:
1.An original take on angels:
The one thing I found to be really cool about Angel Burn was how it was able to cast angels in a whole new sort of light. I loved reading a book with angels where they weren't your typical angels - they certainly don't really act angelic in any way at all, and they're fairly cult-ish. It was a VERY original take and I loved reading this new twist.
I loved the romantic relationship between Willow and Alex because they took their time, and there were real reasons that they fell in love with each other so it made sense to watch them grow closer and gradually fall in love, as a reader. Everything about their relationship felt so natural and true, even from their early stages of wariness towards each other.
3.Action scenes make a thriller novel:
I actually thought that Angel Burn made a great paranormal with a thriller feel to it since there is SO much action and excitement going on. There is so much mystery behind the events and changes taking place in Willow's life, and there really are high stakes at risk in this story.
But I did have one main problem wtih this book and that was that I didn't feel like I had enough background information to truly grasp the situation and in particular, I wanted to know more about the background and motives of the angels.Read more ›
What if Angels were real, what if they were coming to earth in greater numbers, what if they could manifest and show themselves to humans? No, what if they needed to feed, and they do so on human energy, leaving behind a wake of death and disease, and the whole time the humans believe it is the best thing in their lives? The Church of Angels is the fastest growing religion in North America; the followers are devout Zealots, who believe the Angels are only here to help us. There is a small but dedicated group of AKs - Angel Killers, who hunt them down and kill them. The only way to kill an Angel is to destroy its halo while it is in angelic form.
The main part of the story focuses around two characters. Willow is a young woman who has always known she is different from other girls, but not the reason why. She can sometimes see the future and help people make better decisions. And Alex is a young man who was never really allowed to be a boy, who has been hunting Angels since before he could drive. The two have been drawn together, at first with a great antagonism to each other, but also being a bit taken with each other. Circumstances have brought them together, and their friendship and relationship begins to grow.
This book is geared mostly for young women, but there is enough action, and guns and cars to keep a young man interested and reading. The romance and time at the cabin in the mountains is a little long, but other than that it is a great novel. I look forward to the next two books; it should prove to be a very interesting series.
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Excellent characterization. Delightfully original plot. Tight pacing. And a fake, shallow romance that brought it all crashing down.
Willow and Alex were such facinating protagonists, but the author completely wasted her brilliant characterization work. Did Alex fall for Willow's quirky, generous, and loyal personality? Did she fall for his mature, experienced outlook on life?
No. From Square One, it was, "He's gorgeous/She's beautiful."
I really should be used to this by now, but coming from this book, it was such a letdown. Just once, couldn't we have a YA romance between normal-looking characters, a romance that blossoms slowly and naturally from their appreciation of one another's inner qualities? What would be so terrible about this?
Also, the scene in which they expressed their feelings for one another was unbearable. To watch helplessly as Mrs. Weatherly slowly and thoroughly undermined all the careful characterization she had built up... ugh. Not only was it incredibly cheesy, appearance-centered, and boring (rehashing every stage of their journey and how their feelings developed), but it just went on too long. As another author puts it, "The more the words, the less the meaning, and what does that benefit anyone?"
Overall, I wish I could rate the elements of this book seperately, but in the end I'm left with a disheartened three stars. Despite all the wonderful elements I've already mentioned, this book was painful for me to read. As an aspiring writer who struggles with characterization and with original plots, to see such a unique premise and such amazing protagonists be knocked into the mud, kicked, and spit on by such a pathetic romance was agonizing.
What if instead they were beings who took pleasure feeding off the life force of humans - more vampiric than angelic in nature? What if they were the cause of cancer. Heart attacks. Pain. Death. And all for what? For their survival and pleasure.
And, what if their feeding off your life force made you feel admiration for them and left you in awe and indebted to them for their graciousness?
What if they made you desire the very thing that was killing you?
Would you erect churches in their honor? Hunt down their enemies just for the privilege of being near them to be fed on like cattle? You would. Because to feel angel burn is to know bliss.
Angel Burn is an incredibly inventive and immensely entertaining thrill-ride of a read that will suck you right up into the action, starting off with an explosive prologue that will completely alter every preconceived notion about angels you have held.
Alex Kylar is a killer. A hired assassin. It's his sole purpose in life to find and kill angels before they destroy the entire human population with their angel burn. Isolated and alone, he receives his orders by text and executes them flawlessly.
But when Alex meets Willow he begins to question everything he believes in and learns that although he may have wanted to give up on love, his heart says otherwise.
Angel Burn is the story of two people who must come together to fight against a common enemy and save humanity from an unimaginably dismal future.
Angel Burn moves with such fluidity as you are carried through the story, which alternates between Willow's perspective, told in the first person, and Alex's perspective, which is in third person. The characters journey is filled with moments that are both beautiful and torturous.
This story is a must read for anyone looking for a very different take on the angel theme, and a story filled with adventure and true love.
All in all, it's a good book. Different point of view when it comes to the angels. Interesting.
I have always loved picking up a series about Angels. But the problem with angel stories is that they some how always end up blending together in my mind because the stories are so similar. In the last several years I have started 4 different angel series, but am only up-to-date with one. That being The Immortal City series by Scott Spenser. It's not that i did not enjoy the other series, I did. But when the sequel would come out I could not remember a thing about the 1st book so I would find myself having to do a re-read before I picked the series back up. I am glad to report that this Angel series is completely original and one that I will not likely to forget.
I had originally seen this book at the library and was stood out to me was the sheer size of the squeal and the beauty of the cover. (YES I LIKE BIG BOOKS AND I CANNOT LIE). With the third book being recently released, I decided to pick all 3 of them up from the library and marathon them!
In almost every Angel story you have ever read Angels are beautiful, caring and a symbol for everything that is good an holy. But what if they weren't eveything they were cracked out to be. what if Angels were actually feeding off of humans energies for their own existence? Sounds interesting right? This is EXACTLY the main premise for this book.
We start off meeting Alex a teenage boy is part of a CIA group that specializes in killing angels. This is all he's ever known his entire life, tracking down and killing angels before they harm humans. He also has a special personal vendetta; angels are responsible for killing his father and brother.
On the other hand we have Willow, an average yet beautiful teenage girl who is known more for her unusual abilities such as repairing cars and using her psychic abilities to tell fortunes. One day we read the fortune of a class mate Beth who has been Angel burned (what happens to a human after an angel has fed off of them). Once the angels find out that Willow has this psychic ability they will stop for nothing to have her killed.
Alex receives a text message with a new assignment to track down and kill, but when he arrives at the destination he meets Willow, a girl who is not angel, but not human. The angels want her dead because she could possibly be what may be the demise of all angels. After the order to kill Willow, Alex is starting to question exactly who he is working for. Now it is up to Alex and Willow to get to the bottom of all this and find out a way to save the human population before the angels completely take over.
I'm telling you guys, I was blown away by this book. It was original, suspenseful and kept me on my toes. There were certain times where the book was kind of slow, but it would make up for it by some amazing discovery. I can't wait to find out where the rest of this story leads!
A new church is gaining momentum. The Church of Angels is catching like wildfire, worshiping the winged beings above all else. Unfortunately they are sucking the life from their followers. With their world diminishing along with their sustenance the angels have found an alternative food source. Human life. While the exchange maybe nourishing to the heavenly being it is devastating to the mortal. Emotionally the humans are euphoric, but their bliss is not without consequences physically and mentally.
The survival of the human race is dependent on a rag tag splinter group called the AKs or Angel Killers, specifically trained to hunt and kill angels. Alex is one such operative and he's about to get a target that will make him question the direction and leadership of the organization.
Willow Fields is just an ordinary high school girl, infamous for her oddities. She doesn't wear the right clothes, or make up, she isn't involved in the popular after school clubs. She's a grease monkey and psychic, but her next reading will set off a chain of events that will put her life in danger and expose her to just how different she really is.
Angel Burn had a lot of fun and interesting ideas going for it, the heavenly villins, junkie devotees, and teenage assassin. I also like that Weatherly wasn't afraid to take her time and develop the story and characters. In a sea of short reads a lot of YA fiction tends to chop up series into single serving portions of 350 pages or less, triple spaced, with 18 point font. What really happens is the reader gets short changed on plot or character development. Weatherly allows plenty of time to get swept away in the characters backgrounds without losing interest.
After such a great twist in the concept and all the time spent on getting to know the leads in this book I felt like the author gave up trying to be creative with some of her language and in part her world building. One of the great things about YA is that a lot of books create their own slang, like muggles, mundies, and shadowhunters. I found the terms AK, Angel Killers, Angel Burn and Project Angel brash and cringe worthy for being so literal and unimaginative. I get this is about angels, but does every phrase have to include the word "Angel". I also felt like the tie into the CIA and how to see or kill an angel was disjointed. Explanations pinned to the surface instead of being integrated into the world building. Those things could have been better thought out. They just seemed thrown in there, an afterthought as an adequate explanation, yet it didn't quite fit.
Overall I think this book is solid. Maybe closer to 3.75 stars. Some of the details could have been worked out better. But a good start to a new series. The great thing about this book is the time spent in our couple slowly revealing themselves, and falling in love.