Publisher: Candlewick Press
Age: Young Adult
Species: Human, Angel, Half-Angel
Source: Net Galley ARC
Interest: Angels/ Arc/ 200 in 2011
Note: This book was previously published in the U.K. under the title Angel.
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.
Angel Burn was a very good book that had an extremely different take on angels. In fact, it has the potential to be extremely controversial with some audiences. Angels in this novel are a malevolent force working against humans. They "feed" on human energy, making humans develop sicknesses like mental illness, aids, cancer and a fanatical heart-felt devotion to the angels. This backlash of maladies is termed "Angel Burn" and depending on the length and frequency of the feeding the worse the "Angel Burn" can be. I felt this was an awesome and new take on Angels, but it was a little out-there at times.
A confusing aspect of the book was the changing point of view between 3 or 4 people. It made me take a little longer than necessary to get the rhythm of the novel. But it was worth it in the end to be able to see the story from a few different sides. The main characters, Alex and Willow, were a bit plainer than I'd like, but their love story was so adorable I had to stick around to the end. I hate saying this but, there could have been less bonding and making out and more suspense/action. Angel Burn was probably longer than it needed to be however, I loved almost every minute of the novel.
Overall, this book was like a cross between a Sarah Dessen novel and an action flick, sweet and cute with a little shoot 'em up on the side. Angel Burn is definitely a good book to read on a slow, rainy day. I'm going to buy a finished copy in May for sure. :)
Teaser Lines: If I read Beth, it would change everything.
Beth looked anxious. "Is something wrong?" she asked. Her fingers curled under her hands. "Please, Willow, I- I really need help."
I shook myself. "Sorry," I muttered. "I'm just... being stupid."
1. Angel Burn (U.S. release: May 24th 2011) [Angel- British title]
2. To Be Anounced in U.S. [Angel Fire- British title]
3. To Be Anounced in U.S. [Angel Fever- British title]