Today we bring you our review of Angel, out in October 2010.
Angel – LA Weatherly
In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he’s found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin – of angels. Forget everything you’ve heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel…until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow…with devastating consequences. Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the ‘Twilight’ series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.
There’s a fair bit of hype around the YA book world about this one, so it was with a sense of expectation that I started to read it, and as always with hype, a little concern that it wouldn’t live up to it and would disappoint me. I’m pleased to say, I need not have worried….
So, what are we to believe an ‘angel’ is? The cover states ‘the only good angel is a dead angel’. L.A. Weatherly’s concept of angels and their place in our world is an interesting one, and an idea I’ve not encountered before. The angels are seen by humans to be beautiful, ethereal, loving beings, when in actual fact they are a danger and a threat to the human race. I’m not sure this sits entirely comfortably with me, as these creatures felt more like the archetypal ‘aliens’ than ‘angels’, but it does get you thinking, and I always like that in a book!
From the opening chapter, I was gripped. From the start, I liked the main characters, Alex and Willow and found them both to be totally believable. As the road trip story progresses, the adventure and tension builds, along with their relationship with each other. It all moves at a good pace, and every chapter leaves you wanting more. Both the romance and the action are interwoven brilliantly, as neither one overshadows the other and both are entirely relevant to the the storyline as a whole. I found the writing really brought the tale to life, as it was as vivid and clear in my mind’s eye to me as if I’d watched it as a film.
This it the first book in a trilogy, and it ends with just enough answers given to satisfy you, and just enough questions posed to leave you wanting more. I found it to be a difficult book to put down. It’s one of those books where, even though you couldn’t wait to read it, when you have, you half wished you’d not read it until the trilogy was all published as you now have to wait a while to find out what happens next. I don’t think I’m going to be the only one counting down to Angel 2!
Thanks to Usborne Children’s Books for sending us a review copy.