by L.A. Weatherly
There’s something a-brew in the heavens, because there has been a streak of great books centered around angels lately. After disappointments like Hush, Hush, Fallen, and various other novels, it’s exciting to have books like Unearthly…and now Angel Burn, which is the first in a trilogy previously published in the U.K. under a slightly different title.
What’s unusual about this book is that it takes the whole notion of angels as kindly guardians and turns it upside down. Angels want something very badly from humans in this story, and their secret is a pretty devastating one. Willow is a clairvoyant who sees flashes of the future for anyone she touches, and is horrified by a disturbing vision she sees while doing a reading for a classmate. In the meantime, alternate chapters follow a sexy and mysterious young assassin named Alex, who first sees Willow as a nemesis, but who gradually helps her to uncover incredible secrets about her past–and about her future.
Willow and Alex are both fantastic characters on their own, making mature decisions and doing their best in an impossible situation, but they become stronger and even more appealing together. Throughout most of the book, they are on the run and alone in the car, so it’s a testament to the writer that the reader remains engrossed in the mounting tension of the story as well as the slow burn of a relationship between the unlikely pair. Willow and Alex are deeply connected and funny and honest, and it’s refreshing to read about a boy and a girl who are actually nice to each other, even when they have every compelling reason not to be. Angel Burn is a terrific page-turner with unforgettable characters, and readers will certainly look forward to its sequels.
Release Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
4 out of 5 stars
30-second summary: Contains evil angels, evangelical propaganda, a fantastic couple, and unearthly battle sequences. A review copy was provided by the publisher for this article. Recommended for fans of Unearthly and Mercy.