Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review: Angel Burn

ANGEL BURN by L.A. Weatherly

Four stars

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.
They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

I hesitated to read this book because I’ve seen a lot of angel-involved YA novels swirling around out there, and they all appear to follow the same plot line. But this one seemed a little different, so I gave it a shot. And I’m glad I did.
The story is very fast-paced. I read the first half in one day. It was exciting and original. The characters are pretty well fleshed out, with pasts and reasons for their actions. They stayed pretty consistent. The antagonists actually have a good reason for being the villains, and they believe themselves to be simply doing what they have to. Weatherly occasionally slips in a chapter from their point of view, and it creates a nice sense of dramatic irony—even if it does ruin a couple of nice twists.
Unfortunately, the plot is a little predictable at times, and it gets bogged down a little bit about two thirds of the way through. The action and tension seriously die down then, and you’re left with a few chapters that seem like Weatherly just felt sorry for her characters and wanted to give them a little break. She picks it up again, but it never reaches the original breakneck speed.
Call me petty, but the thing I was most excited about in this novel: no love triangle. Willow has exactly one love interest, and Weatherly provides plenty of problems for them to work through without introducing another. It was really refreshing to not have to read through yet another angsty love triangle.
She also built their relationship really well. At the beginning, Willow and Alex hate each other, and it’s actually kind of funny. Then, through the novel, Weatherly realistically develops their relationship. Romance definitely takes a backseat to the more exiting main plot of this novel.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It’s about 450 pages, so it’s not exactly a quick read, but the pacing is fast enough that it’ll seem like it.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Grace! I have to say I haven't picked up many angel-involved books lately either--okay none, now that I think of it--but you've inspired me. I'll have to read this one.