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Review: Angel Burn

Angel Burn is the first book in the Angel trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.  (It was released as Angel on October 1, 2010 in the U.K. in paperback and eBook formats.)

It is currently available for pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Goodreads description:

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. 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.

(If you’d like to read the Goodreads description under the U.K. edition, click here.)

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What if angels weren’t the benevolent beings depicted on the domed ceilings of churches? What if they weren’t even the fierce warrior heroes of so many stories?

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.

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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.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got approved for Angel Burn from NetGalley. I had it on my wish list for a long time at Amazon because it was about angels, but I knew little else.

When I finally had a chance to open it on my eReader I was blown away. The prologue was such an amazing surprise. It really was the epitome of cool. And from that moment on I just knew that I would love this book.

The action and the pace kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the story, except for the lovey-dovey mountaintop scenes, which were sweet and heart-warming.

I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book in this series. I think I’m a little bit in love with Alex Kylar. And while it’s not a complete cliffhanger, things are looking pretty bleak.

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Teaser excerpt from my favorite passage (which I hope makes it to the final version) – if I included the entire it would be hugely spoiler-y:

The lantern light made his eyes look darker, his hair almost black. He started to smile, a grin spreading across his face. “Yes, that would be extremely OK.”

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To read an excerpt of Angel Burn from Usborne, the UK publisher, CLICK HERE.

Book trailer for Angel Burn:

Book trailer for Angel from the U.K. publisher – reveals much:

Thank you Candlewick Press and NetGalley for the advance eARC.

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