Lee Weatherly grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, collects frogs and has a cat named Bernard. Author location: Hampshire
L.A. Weatherly's novel has a strange and unusual plot. The premise is great and the execution very interesting. If this first book is any indication it will be a really interesting trilogy.
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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AngelNov. 28 2010
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As much as I like to complain about all the Angel books being written recently, I sure do keep on reading them.
Putting that aside, I enjoyed this one a lot. Angels are evil and are out to feed on humanity. Awesome.
So, the story starts with Willow who can see people's future. And when the Angels find out she can do this, one comes after and sees that she is the key to their destruction. Then every Angel in world is out to find and kill Willow. Not to mention their horde of human worshipers.
Oh, by the way, when the Angels feed off of humans, they just think they're having the most wonderful experience of their lives. They've been blessed by an Angel. So, when I say horde of human worshipers, I mean HORDE!
Willow and an Angel hunter named Alex end up on an American cross country road trip looking for somewhere safe and trying to figure out what Willow is and why the Angels think she can destroy them.
What I really liked about this book is that it didn't have to be Angels. In fact the Angels are basically aliens that resemble our myths of Angels. They don't actually fulfill the myths. They are not connected to God in anyway. At least, not that we know of by the end of this book.
What I LOVED about the book was Willow and Alex. Alex is seventeen years old but everyone always thinks he's older because he's lived such a hard life. watching his emotional journey alongside the physical one he has to take with Willow is wonderful. From wanting to hate her, to realizing that he admired her, to be so scared of loving her, each step made perfect sense and felt natural.
Willow didn't do anything stupid. And this is saying a lot in young adult fiction. She didn't make a phone call thus alerting people to their presence. She didn't spend all doubting Alex's affection for her. She was smart and resourceful, a little sad about having to leave her whole life behind, but ultimately eager to help beat back the threat of the Angels. The doubts that Willow did have were completely warranted as one of the first conversations she has with Alex is about he hates a certain part of her. The same part that makes her different from everyone and forces her to leave her entire life behind. I love intelligent female leads and Willow was definitely one.
I loved these two character apart and I loved them together. And the book is mostly the two of them, together, in a car. But it doesn't drag or seem repetitive. Ms. Weatherly keeps it fresh and exciting. Car chases, shootings, narrow escapes, mystery, romance, and cool powers. This book had everything.
There was a lot of point of view shifting in this book. I am not really a fan of this. However, it wasn't too bad in this one. And it felt, if not necessary then...well, it would've been a completely different book without it. Different characters were told in different perspectives too. It took some getting used to. I think I would've enjoyed it more had it all been in third person. Or, it wouldn't have needed an adjustment-grace period-thingy.
The ending was fantastic. It had a conclusion, while still leaving everything up in the air and keeping the threat real. I also loved Alex at the end. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but he just has some good realizations and takes good actions.
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AngelDec 22 2010
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Wow! i love this book im going to keep it short and sweet but if you are a teenaged girl this is the book for you!! cant wait for the next one to come out!
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Good not greatApril 16 2013
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Much better than I expected it to be. Simple novel, the characters seemed to grip me till the very last pages and I found the plot to be interesting to read. On the whole this book wasn't great to the point were I can start gushing about it but it was good. And simple.
EPIC!!March 2 2011
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For those of us that believe in angels we believe that they are the heavanly devine. That they are here to watch over us. Help us. Guide us through life and to our final resting place there after.
Some of us pray to them. Some of are obbsessed with them. Some of us morn for the fallen. Some of us even fantasize about a hot bruting fallen angel saving them, and by saving I mean kissing lolz. *winks* And almost everyone that has survived something they souldn't have has heard the phase: "Your guadian angel must have been watching over you." or "You were touched by an angel."
What if I told you angels weren't the good guys? What if I told you that almost every disease from cancer to schyzifrenia was linked to them? What would you say then? Would you believe me and fight to stop it? Or would you blindly praise them and make them stronger? Let them feed off you. Drain every ounce of energy from you until your nothing more than angel burn.
Do I have your attention now? I thought I might!
Willow lives a tortured life but seems to make the most out of it. She has never knew her dad and as spent her entire life taking care of her mother. When she was nine she left Syracuse to move in with her Aunt Jo in Pawtucket after coming home from school one day to find here mother missing. Her mother has had a serious mental condition that just seems to get worse. She is always staring out at nothing, living in another dreamland. While back in reality Willow stuggles to take care of her and living with her aunt isn't exactly making it any better. All Willow knows is that she is doing the best she can considering her mom is almost catatonic. Willow also happens to be physic but since her mother isn't really available there is no telling if she inherted the trait. In fact she didn't realize that everyone wasn't the same way until she was 5. Just when it seemed like Willow's life was pretty much set the way it was Beth, the popular girl, asked her for a reading. Lets just say that after what she saw her life was never going to be the same. Not only did she know that angels exsist, but she also knew thier dirty little secret.
Thats when Alex shows up. He has been sent to destroy her but he is smarter than your average Angel Killer and realizes that she is something different. He doesn't trust her but decides to protect her until they can get to the bottom of it. For some reason, he can't explain, no matter how hard he tries he find himself attracted to Willow. The more he feels the worse he treats her to keep her at arms length.
I could tell you more but that would just ruin it. As it is I have already done a much longer summary than I normally do, but for this book I deemed it necessary. So here are my thoughts...
First of all this book was undescribidly amazing!!! I will try my hardest to find the right words but I'm not sure they exsist. Willows character was so strong at times that I found myself crying for her, even when she wouldn't. When she finnaly broke at times even that was beautiful. Her personality just seemed to grab you and touch on a level that you FELT what she was going through. And then there is Alex. I think my favorite part about this story is that Alex is just a 17 year old kid. Granted his life isn't anything like a normal 17 year old boy and he is wise beyond his years in some departments, and completely dump in others, it just makes him great. For once you have a paranormal Ya that doesn't involve and immortal thats like 100 and a teenage human. Their relationship and their adventual love for each other is so raw it's perfect. My heart clenches just thinking about them.
Overall there isn't a single thing that I would change about this book. The new twist on angels is like a breath of fresh air. If you don't read this book than you are truely missing out. I deem this book worthy of my advice and in case you forgot what that is here you go:
Buy it, rent it, borrow it, steal it if you have to, but you have got to READ this book!!!:)
Great ReadMarch 3 2011
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Is nothing sacred anymore? I was raised thinking Angels were heavenly creatures, beings that represented good and happiness. But this book has shattered those ideas. These "Angels' are evil with a capital E. They feed off your energy, slowly sucking away all your body's nourishment to live, all the while your dying with this idea that your in heaven, your completely happy and the "Angel" is the best thing to ever happen to you. If your lucky the hotty bad-ass Alex may come and kill the angel before it does much damage, but he's a rare soul. An "AK" -Angel Killer, trained to identify and shoot them in their HALO's!
The romance was swoon-worthy, the action was awesome and the angels were freaky. The main character Willow is a half angel, She can fix your car, see your future and save your world.
This book was Extremely unique, action packed, and left me with unanswered questions (yes it's the first of a series) So pick it up, and keep your pants on because your in for a wild ride.