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Desert Angel

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Angel wakes up one morning at her desert trailer home to discover her mother has been murdered by a lowlife named Scotty, who has vanished. Angel has no water, no weapon, but she knows that Scotty, an expert tracker and hunter, will surface soon in order to eliminate her as a witness. She has to run, to disappear, if she is to survive and tell the world w ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Annmarie Ager
Angel has been dragged about by her mum her whole life. One abusive boyfriend after another but Scotty the new boyfriend has crossed the line. After a massive fight Scotty kills Angel’s mum and buries the body. Now the only loose end is Angel, She knows what he did and she knows he will kill her next She needs to run but Scotty is a hunter and Angel is now the pray. Will Angel live to tell anyone what happened?

This book started with a bang. Readers are thrown into the action. I was shocked at
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Tammy Walquist
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I enjoyed reading this book, in the end I thought it was just okay. I was impressed with Angel's ingenuity and her survival instincts, taught by living with a mother who wasn't a mother and kept hooking up with the wrong men. And in the end, it killed her, literally. Now Angel, who finds her mother's body in a shallow grave, must fight for survival from the boyfriend who killed her. And she must learn to trust people to do it.

Here's my main beef with this book: I couldn't quite get behind
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Renee
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book started out with promise. Had me on the edge of my seat wondering how she would survive. Then, boom, bang bing...dropped like a rocket with the unbelievable decisions characters made and incredibly far fetched reactions to situations. I watch a lot of 48 Mystery and Disappeared and this book just didn't paint a picture worth believing of a girl on the run from a killer.
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Dubbed as a 'cat and mouse thriller', I thought that 'Desert Angel' was going to be a gripping and exciting read. Although some parts of the story were pretty tense, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Angel is on the run, being chased by Scotty, the man who murdered her mother and then tried to kill her too. Only fourteen years old she's wise beyond her years but is now caught in a desperate struggle for survival with a dangerous killer.

There is a claustrophobic feel about the story an
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Michaela
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Rebecca McNutt
Desert Angel wasn't the most original book out there but Angel herself is a unique character and her adventure is unforgettable.
Sanad Hajarat
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Treighton
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a easily understandable mystery
Recommended to Treighton by: English Teacher
Desert Angel was kind of recommended by my English teacher, Desert Angel is a fairly new book and a genre that I don't read very often so I was excited to see what I thought of it. On its first impression, it started fairly flat, the author made some large plot decisions before he built up anything with the readers or the characters, I felt like this was a faulty decision because I felt less in-depth and connected with everything he wrote for basically the rest of the novel. I also felt that the ...more
Taylor
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Angel's mom was killed by the mom's boyfriend, and now he's after Angel. Angel finds the help of a family she runs into, and instantly knows that they are no in danger by association. The only way Angel can stay alive is to find her mom's boyfriend before he finds her.

Great book! Suspense from the very beginning that takes you to nearly the last page.
Meagan Ehline
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great, quick read. I don't know if I would read to to my classroom as a whole but I would have it in my classroom library.
Hannah
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fourteen year old Angel has been dragged across the country by a mother who cares about the no-good men she hooks up with more than she does for Angel. And the latest boyfriend is a real piece of work. He’s killed her mother, and now he’s coming after Angel. Can she outrun the hunter in the unforgiving desert, or can she learn to trust others?

Review: From the first page Desert Angel throws the reader straight into the conflict and danger of Angel’s life. The story was so gripping and tense that
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Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

Desert Angel by Charlie Price isn't at all like I expected it to be, but still enjoyable. I did think when I first started it, that it would be a psychological thriller of one young girl in the desert trying to stay alive and evade her evil step-father. And it is, but instead of this being a survivalist story, Angel has a fair bit of help.

In fact, she's passed around by several families and hidden in out of the way villages. And at fi
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Angie
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog: Beneath the Jacket

I feel like it has been forever since I read a book that wasn't paranormal in some way. I kept waiting for Angel to use her super strength or her ability to see the future through dreams to get her out of her situation, but to no avail. No supernatural abilities aside (thank goodness!), Desert Angel was fantastic. It starts out with bang and keeps on going until you reach the end. I feel like it slowed a little at some point between the beginning a
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Megan Reichelt
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Angel wakes up one morning to discover that her mother has been murdered by the mother's horrible boyfriend Scotty. He has buried her in the desert. Angel's only focus is survival as Scotty hunts her down as the only witness. She must face desert, betrayal, and the constant fear of a wily predator. But when she finds help in a small town, what might ultimately destroy her is the her inability to trust.

This is quick and dirty because I am super busy, but here it goes!I couldn’t put Desert Angel
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Crystal
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A short, fairly easy read. Angel isn't necessarily LIKEABLE but as the book goes on you understand more and more why she does some of the less appealing things she does (like lying and stealing). self preservation is a powerful instinct, and she's had a lot to preserve herself from.
Even though it is fairly easy reading, it's also very dark. The book doesn't flinch from the various abuse Angel has been through. I found the timing of reading this book uncanny, as I am currently in a training clas
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Charles
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: femprot-by-male
This is a good real thriller with interesting varied characters and a plot that doesn't so much meander as imitate life.

Full (balanced) review here
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Michelle
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, own, young-adult
I met Charlie Price when he came to my school. Unfortunately, I didn't have a copy of Desert Angel so I had him sign a piece of paper instead. Meeting him made the book much more enjoyable and realistic because he related his experiences and inspirations to us. He also talked to us about another of his novels, Lizard People, and he made it sound pretty fascinating.

14 year old Angel found her mother dead and her mother's boyfriend, Scotty, gone. Scotty, a professional hunter and tracker, is now a
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ya
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Sherri
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fourteen year old Angel has led a difficult life, moving with her drug addict mother from place to place and man to man. She and her mother live with her mother’s latest boyfriend Charlie in a trailer in a desolate area of southern California. Charlie is cruel and abusive; to avoid him Angel sleeps outside of the trailer. One morning she returns to find blood on the walls and her mother and Charlie gone. Charlie’s truck tracks lead north away from civilization, desperate to find her mother Angel ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Angel and her mother have lived with Scotty, the mother’s abusive boyfriend, for only a month before he killed the mother and buries her in the desert. He then ties up Angel and sets fire to their mobile home with her in it. She manages to escape and is taken in by a family of illegal Mexican immigrants, but Scotty is a trained tracker, so hunts her down and terrorizes anyone who helps her. The family moves her to another town where she stays with Rita, a tough Head Start teacher. Angel is glad ...more
AnaM.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Books. They’re very interesting things. You never know what could happen in them. Sometimes I think writers shouldn’t have descriptions, they give too much of the story plot away to the reader. Although sometimes it doesn’t give it away. For example, in the description of my book, Desert Angle, it states that Angle’s mother dies, and her step-dad hunts to track her down and kill her. But once you get more into the book, it goes off into unbelievable series of events. Desert Angle is a very movin ...more
Acordul Fin
Desert Angel is a short and fairly easy read. It’s a story about a tough 14-year old girl with a strong survival instinct. She finds herself on the run from her latest “step-father”, Scotty, a ruthless man who is hunting her down, after he killed her mother during one of their monster fights. He believes the only way he will walk away with what he did is to silence Angel for good.

The begging of the book was quite gripping, depicting intense survivalist scenes. Then, the book makes a turn, but he
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Bdalton
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some of my favorite Young Adult reads have been fast paced thrillers like Acceleration. I am adding Desert Angels to this short list of titles. Angel is a fourteen year old who has been forced to grow up too fast. Her mother drifts from place to place hooking up with men that she has just met for shelter and food. Now they are living in the California desert near the Salton Sea with a hunter, scavenger, drug dealer named Scotty. Scott starts going after Angel sexually causing a fight to break ou ...more
Amber Reed
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book tells the tale of a 14 year old girl, Angel,running from the man, Scotty, who killed her mother. With a past filled with betrayal and no hope of having a future, Angel must decided whether to fight for her life or let others take it from her. A California desert setting, Angel desperately seeks to escape. She finds help from a Mexican-American family just up the road, who decide to keep her safe from Scotty. The family makes a plan to throw Scotty of the trail by switching her out with ...more
Gwen the Librarian
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenbooks
This taught and fast-paced thriller is the perfect read for reluctant teen readers of either sex.

Fourteen-year-old Angel and her mom have always lived on the outskirts of society, on the move and living with a string of abusive boyfriends. The story here opens with Angel searching for her mother's body after a particularly gruesome night. Mom's latest boyfriend, Scotty, was a particularly nasty one...a tracker, poacher, drug dealer, hitter, abuser, and, now, murderer. Knowing that he is going
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Summer Lane
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Angel escapes from her mom's abusive boyfriend, Scotty, after he murders her mother and burns their trailer to the ground. But Scotty will track Angel from here to the ends of the earth for the mere thrill of the hunt: he wants her dead. Can she escape?

I thought this book was going to be a survivalist thriller - and by that I mean the description kind of made it sound like Angel was going to brave a desert on the run from Scotty. But in actuality she runs from house to house, trying to anticipa
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Int'l librarian
An exciting young adult primer for sordid crime thrillers. Lots of violence in a deadly hunt, toned down just enough for high school libraries.

The opening pages are horrific, and essential to establish the danger Angel Dailey faces from her mother’s brutal boyfriend. She escapes through the Southern California desert. Most of the residents are Mexican immigrants: they want nothing to do with US law enforcement, but can’t bear to turn Angel away.

Price establishes a vivid sense of the baked land
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Darius Harris
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I love to read adventurous books. This book was just right for me to read.
This book was about this little girl named Tory. Her parents were killed in a car accident. I felt bad when I read about her parents dying. I wouldn't want that to happen to my parents.

Her mother gave her a capsule of all the places they went . She lived in a small town in Phoenix Arizona as a desert for a neighbor.

One day she was in bed and she heard a voice and decided to follow it. The voice wa
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Kathryn
Mar 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a book that had a great potential to be one of those books you read in one sitting. It wasn't. I found that the plot lagged and things happened slowly. After reading Dead Connection and loving it so much I dove into Desert Angel preparing to devour it the way I had with the previous Charlie Price novel. That just didn't happen. The characters seemed to all be alike with no real discerning qualities to separate one from the other. Scotty was at least mildly interesting though instead of s ...more
Kirsty
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
I was looking forward to this book for a while but unfortunately it wasn't for me.

From reading the synopsis I thought it the story would be one of hunting and survival Katniss Stylee using the bare essentials scavenged from the land. I actually think this was really misleading as it reality Angel finds people to take her in and help up out. Yes I know she is only 14 and actually more realistic that this would happen but it certainly wasn't as exciting.

I also found the police to be an odd force i
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“The beatings didn't begin until the third week of the new relationship. Scotty didn't climb in bed with Angel until the forth week.” 1 likes
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