Series: Angel #1
Published by Candlewick Press
Pub Date: May 24th 2011
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
We all imagine angels as these heavenly creatures that come to earth to protect humanity. The few lucky ones who have encountered the angels in Angel Burn will attest to this belief. Then there’s the truth. The truth is that angels only make you believe this, but in reality, they are feeding from humans. They are stealing their life force, causing these humans to develop cancer, mental illness, and other sicknesses. Crazy! I know! But so original!!
Angels have always been the good guys! Well, no more. At least not in this story.
Luckily, there are people out there, Angel Killers, who know the truth and are trying hard to stop them. Alex is an AK. And Willow…well, Willow turns out to be something completely different than anything out there. For this reason, Alex has to basically keep Willow by his side and take her with him wherever he goes. Willow is not too keen on the idea, but she’s not stupid, she knows she has no other choice.
Alex and Willow are attracted to each other from the start, but they build great tension because they spend a lot of time trying to hate one another and stay at arms length. I like that kind of tension, because then the pay-off is so sweet and rewarding! Yes, I’m a romantic, ok! Their relationship had real depth, which I really appreciated.
I thought all of the characters in Angel Burn were so well fleshed out. It helped that we get to see a lot of the story from several perspectives, including the bad guys. The pacing was just perfect, too. Really the only lull was when Alex and Willow spend time hiding out in the mountains. I thought that could’ve probably been shorten.
By the end though, I was simply on the edge of my seat, biting my nails. I couldn’t put it down! I was expecting a different outcome but I liked the actual one even better. I will be reading Angel Fire very soon, because this is a story I want to jump back into soon.