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Angel Burn

(Angel #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  31,086 ratings  ·  2,267 reviews
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 herse ...more
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Maureen Turner In the U.K. there are three books in this series.
1. Angel
2. Angel Fire
3 Angel Fever
I barrelled through all three.
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Bollywood has a special genre of movies called 'Masala movies'. Masala, in case you're wondering, is a powdered mixture of spices to add flavour to Indian cuisine. Masala movies, on the same note, are a mixture of dramatic elements designed to appeal to the senses.

STEP 1: Boy Meets Girl

Boy and girl bump into each other/ meet at a weddi
Emily May

I realise it was probably a mistake to read another angel book so soon after finishing Angelfall, but it was amongst the gushing reviews and comments on the aforementioned that I read about these two books sharing a similar theme. This theme being that, rather than having pretty, sparkly, heaven-sent angels, the authors used the more traditional, violent creatures who have come to earth in order to take over. However, this is where the similarities between the two novels end.

I realise it was probably a mistake to read another angel book so soon after finishing Angelfall, but it was amongst the gushing reviews and comments on the aforementioned that I read about these two books sharing a similar theme. This theme being that, rather than having pretty, sparkly, heaven-sent angels, the authors used the more traditional, violent creatures who have come to earth in order to take over. However, this is where the similarities between the two novels end.

Angel Burn has a much heavier focus on romance. In fact, the majority of the book is taken up by the development of the relationship between the male and female protagonists who are, of course, drawn to each other from the very beginning. I cannot help but be annoyed when the heroine pauses in life-threatening situtations to ogle this novel's piece of man candy. Is this normal behaviour? Surely myself and Penryn cannot be the only ones to prefer survival?

Naturally, they are already eternally, unconditionally in love by the novel's half-way marker. I also would guess that the equivalent of about sixty pages in total is given to Willow and Alex's kissing sessions. Way too much of this rather large book was about the romance. And what was the plot, exactly?

Like Article 5, like The Other Life, the bad guys are not actually that important. They are merely the tool needed to get the two lovebirds on the run together and allow for the road trip romancing to take place. Unlike Angelfall, the angel mythology is so underdeveloped. This could quite easily have been a book about vampires, werewolves, aliens - take your pick. You'd only have to change a few words and phrases here and there.

Perhaps it would not have been so bad if the romance hadn't been so damn corny as well. I'm not totally immune to the charms of a sexy guy in a leather jacket and the call of a touching romance, but this pulled some scenes that I'm pretty sure only Disney can get away with. You know what I mean, one of them is lying on the ground and no, please no, you can't be dead... I love you and then their eyes flicker open! Oh, please.

If you're a hardcore PNR fan or haven't already read way too much annoying paranormal novels then this could be for you. If you've read Angelfall recently, though, I recommend waiting a good while before reading this because, in my opinion, it pales in comparison.
Wendy Darling
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There's something a-brew in the heavens, because there has been a streak of great books centered around angels lately. After disappointments like Hush, Hush, Fallen, and various other novels, it's exciting to have books like Unearthly and Mercy ...and now Angel Burn, which is the first in a trilogy previously published in the U.K. under a slightly different title.

What's unusual about this boo
So, my thoughts during and after reading Angel Burn:


- Weatherly is not a bad writer. Truly, she isn't. But I felt like this book lacked epicness and research. It was a small world trying to seem big. A small war trying to seem all-ending. I felt like she sat down and used up any standing information she had about angel lore and, somehow, managed to compose an entire novel. What she should've done was spend a little more time in the library (or the internet, don't be scared
Fani *loves angst*
Simply put, I think this is the best young adult paranormal book I've read (though admittedly my knowledge in the genre is rather limited). But whereas YA books usually bore me with the endless descriptions of everyday high school life, this one took a different approach, much more to my liking: that of a road-trip.

Willow has always been psychic and has the ability to see glimpses of the future. One day while reading a girl's thoughts she sees a real angel. Surprisingly though, the a
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
The half angel and her assassin.

Willow and Alex are two remarkable and unique characters that I absolutely loved reading about.
Short book but worth the read.
Favourite Quote: "It' worth it you know," said Alex, smiling into my eyes. "What is?" I said. His thumb moved slowly over my cheek. "All of this. Having you. It's worth - anything."

I have found another awesome angel book. Last year it seemed I was having the worst run with angel themed books. They were all a little too similar and I was thinking maybe they weren't for me. But Angel is nothing like any other angel book I have read before. Not only does it have a unique concept but has great blend of hea
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arc, favorites
This brilliant, action packed page turner will have you on the edge of your seat craving for more!! This is a MUST READ for 2011!!!

This story is about a girl named Willow, who isn’t the typical high school student from Pawtucket, a sleepy little town crouched in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Willow has always been able to read people by touching them and by doing so she can see into their future.

The story starts off with a classmate of Willow’s wanting a reading. Willow
Stevie Oberg
Terrible. Simply terrible. The switching view points was the worst especially since one of them was annoying as heck. I probably would have finished it if it was just written in Alex's perspective. There needs to be more books from a guys perspective. All these girls POV's are getting on my nerves. They are all the same "we're sooo unique!" Then they turn around and do everything every other YA Main Character does. x_x

Worst of all, 30 pages in and there wasn't even a hint at a plot!
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
My bar for ranking new angel books is admittedly low--I mean, look at the comps and see the lack of competition. Until Unearthly, I was beginning to think it may be impossible to write a decent angel book. Out of all paranormal creatures, angels have received the worse treatment in YA books BY FAR. I won't go into the examples--we all know what they are.

With Angel Burn, I was pleasantly surprised. The wearisome elements plaguing other angel books (TSTL heroines, creepy obsessive love
Sarah Marie
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

First in the Angel Trilogy

5 stars

Willow has always known she was different from other girls and just because she’s a pro at fixing cars. Willow can see the future and know people’s dreams, hopes, regrets, and their paths that can be taken just by touching them. She doesn’t know where this power came from. Alex, an assassin, knows. Alex isn’t just any assassin he’s an AK (Angel Assassin). Angels aren’t heavenly beings they suck out human energy leaving cancer, mental illnesses, and other diseases in theirstars

Willow has always known she was different from other girls and just because she’s a pro at fixing cars. Willow can see the future and know people’s dreams, hopes, regrets, and their paths that can be taken just by touching them. She doesn’t know where this power came from. Alex, an assassin, knows. Alex isn’t just any assassin he’s an AK (Angel Assassin). Angels aren’t heavenly beings they suck out human energy leaving cancer, mental illnesses, and other diseases in their wake. Willow is a half-angel. Something that isn’t supposed to be possible and now Willow and Alex are on the run. When Alex finds himself falling for Willow he starts to see that not everything is black and white. This book was amazing. Pure, absolute awesomeness and I’m just dumbfounded. Even though this book was somewhat predictable I wasn’t expecting the ending and I need more now. The plot was fantastic and the whole concept of angels being evil completely new and fresh. I loved it. Being introduced to new ideas like this is what makes reading so enjoyable. The writing was a little hard for me to adjust to, but I have the same problem I pick up a J.R. Ward novel, but I usually absolutely love her works and I loved Angel Burn it was just fantastic. Really the only thing that bothered me was the writing at first after that there was no problems for me. I thought this book was perfect and I loved it.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 5

The main female character is Willow. Willow is a great heroine. She has a backbone and when Alex was being a jerk she didn’t let him push her around like some heroines in YA would. I respect her struggle with her coming to terms with the fact that she’s half-angel. Willow was just a good YA heroine and I can’t think of very many faults and the ones I can think of aren’t worth mentioning.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 4.75

The main male character is Alex. Yes he was a jerk to Willow, but since we got POVS from Alex’s POV I understood why he pushed her away. I like Alex. No, I’ve come to love Alex. He’s very protective of Willow and I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 4.75

The Villain- The Angels, but if we want a specific villain let’s say Raziel. Raziel is the ringleader of the angels and he has a strong hold over humans and angels.

Villain Scale: 4

Jonah was another POV. I liked Jonah and I have a feeling he’s going to be a big help in defeating the angels in the next books. I like Jonah, but I hope he doesn’t become a love interest for Willow. I highly doubt he will, but I don’t want a love triangle.

Character Scale: 4.75

I’m happy to inform there was no insta-love. There was a connection, but for a while they ignored each other and Willow was mad at him (I don’t blame her), but their hate turned to love then friendship then love. I didn’t think it was rushed. They spent so much time together I would’ve been shocked if they hadn’t developed feelings for one another. I’m so glad I picked this book up at my library. I can’t wait to read Angel Fire. My expectations are high and I’m going book hunting. Hopefully my library has Angel Fire. Angel Fire I need you...
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Plotastic Scale: 5

Cover Thoughts: I like the cover. The girl looks like she’s standing next to a fire and it’s captivating, but my favorite part of the cover has to be the little design around the title. If you’ve seen the cover in person you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Other Reviews in This Trilogy:
2) Angel Fire 4 stars
3) Angel Fever 2.25 stars
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TBR Reduce Challenge #15- 2011 (Stefanie)

I've read a lot of Angel books and sometimes I find ones that has a different take on the traditional lore. But, Angel is probably the most unique of them all, and while I'm not use to seeing angels as the bad guys, being hunted, I still think this was an excellent concept. Mix it with suspense, grip and forbidden love and how could I resist?

Fresh, smart and fantastic! Can't wait to read the next book; Angel Fire!
Steph Sinclair
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for another *decent* "Angel read"
Another decent angel book! Hell must be freezing over! Lol.
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
14/01/2013 Proud owner of the audiobook as well!

I was waiting for this book months and the moment i grap it i have no idea what happend and i held back on reading it at least 2 weeks!I wish i wouldnt done it to be honest because simply i was thrilled with the book!

Yes you may heard right that the book is for an angel and it might sound to you similiar with some other book you might read recently!But i personally enjoy it and in fact i finished in 3 nights ending with red eyes with
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book from the Book Depo, since it's been released in the UK for several months now, but I didn't actually read the story until I had a copy of the US galley in hand. I'm not sure why I waited so long, my fellow UK bloggers had all but demanded that I read this book! I am a fan of the US cover over the UK one though! Though they both are beautiful.

Angel Burn is unlike any angel themed story I've read. When I think of angels I think of goodness and white lights... healing
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Posted on K-Books

There are no words I could possibly say to get across the feelings I felt while reading this book. It left me completely and utterly speechless and the book I read afterwards I couldn't even concentrate on as all I could think about was this story.

Willow is half-angel, she has always had these powers that she has never understood or known why. Her mother can't sp
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I prefer the UK cover to the US one but they both have their positives, I guess.

I’m a bit wary of angel books because they can either be exceptionally good, Unearthly, or absolutely terrible, Hush, Hush. Angel Burn falls somewhere in the middle; nothing offensive but doesn’t evolve past being anything more than pleasant.

There’s a lot of good things to say about this book though. Willow being savvy at fixing cars? Fantastic! And the whole angel mythology doesn’t revolve around heaven, Jesus, an
Ash Wednesday


Though truth be told, coming in, I did have some high expectations seeing as I've read the better angel books ahead of reading this.

Angel Burn has quite the interesting twist in the angels sub-genre in that instead of having the usual religious backstory, angels are featured as beautiful, alien-like beings who come from a dying world and has come to our own using humans as sort of energy sources much like parasites. Shades of The Matrix' mythology now that I think about it. The title actually pthis.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This review is somewhat spoilerish be warned..

I am so confused with how I feel about this book. I liked it, but there are just a few things that I am not comfortable/used to and that makes it hard for me. I went with a 4 star because the concept is very original and I have to give the author major props for looking outside the box.
Story first, Willow is not your ordinary girl. First of all she is a mechanic and no I am not being sexist I just haven't read many books where the h
A solid 3.5 stars. This was actually a pretty good book. At first glance, a lot of people would be turned off by what seems to be a cheesy, somewhat overdone plot line and a predictable romantic premise. But don't be fooled--underneath all of that is a gem of YA storytelling.

1. I admit I initially stereotyped the protagonists at first. The male lead is a badass, which set off alarms in my mind because usually the "bad boy" is so badly, one-dimensionally written that he quickly loses his appeal.
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts: I may or may not have hit the ceiling when I got approved for Angel Burn. EVIL. ANGELS. YOU. GUYS.
And it's a loooooong read, so I was all prepared and shaking in anticipating for some detailed, delicious storytelling and slow-building of a lahve story.

Well, I was partially right.

I was so intrigued by the idea of a deceptive Church of Angels. I did enjoy the fact that we not only got a first person account from Willow, but also third person points of view from Alex, Jonah (the ang
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is without doubt my favourite book!

Cover: I love both the UK and US versions of this book. I think the girl on the cover of the UK is a perfect Willow and is how I imagined the character to look which makes a change from covers that look nothing like the character they are meant to be.

Plot: Alex kills angels. They're not as we know angels but killers that feed off of our life energy. His next assignment is to kill Willow Fields...but she's like nothing he's ever seen before- ha
Dec 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Georgina by: Waterstones book reading thing
This story is not about angels, it is not about saving the world; it is about two teenagers who fall in love at first sight. I thought this book was going to be good but it wasn't, a quite long book that focused almost entirely on the relationship aspect of the novel, ignoring the plot to serve their relationship.
Not that even their relationship was done well, the two of them have just met, and after a week together are claiming to be in love. There is no real build up; one minute they loathe
heather - NightlyReading
It has been awhile since I read a book that I was completely absorbed in! This book will be released in May 2011 and I guarentee that it is one for anyone whom loves the YA genre to look out for. The author has a great storyline and one that is unique.

Willow is a teenager that finds herself a little awkward. She dresses quirky and enjoys working on cars. Alex is an AK (angel killer). He had grown up in a camp that trained people for angel hunting and killing. Their worlds collide whe
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, worst-books
Yet another hokey, cheesy, plot-hole ridden story about evil angels ::cough:: Hush Hush, Crescendo::cough::

I picked up Angel Burn because it was on sale at the bookstore. It looked good. I should have done my research. And I forgot I don't like angel books. Gag.

At first, It was an okay book —just every so once in a while there's some painfully bad writing. "Like a puma lying in the sunlight" you get the drift. It just makes me think the book wasn't edited very well. And t
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angels, young-adult
Review can be found at

This book surprised me, I was completely expecting to hate it after 30 pages when the POV had shifted a million times but, surprisingly, I loved it. It reminded me a little of the Host and a little of the TV show supernatural.

Alex is an Angel Killer. Forced into a life of hunting Angels by his father after an Angel killed his mother (see the resemblances here...!) he finds himself isolated and alone after the CIA take over the operation and force all t
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

This book gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “touched by an angel”.

Because as we learn in the book’s opening pages, angels? Will bad touch you to death. Angels aren’t guardians of humanity or messengers of God; they are inter-dimensional beings who feed on our life force, causing serious physical and mental illnesses in the people they’ve fed from. (Sort of like Glory in Buffy, Season Five.) It’s called “angel burn”, and though the people burned by angels get sick
One of my favorite story lines doesn’t come from a book. It comes from the 80s: the story of John Connor ( Well, I should say the idea comes from the 80s, but I prefer the more recent versions of John Connor. I like my John Connor to grow from adorable Thomas Dekker into a rugged Christian Bale.

Time travel is always really hard for me to grasp. I end up trying to overanalyze it, so I can’t get into the story. Not with
Casey Ann Books
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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Willow’s life is a struggle. She lives with her mom, who is suffering from some form of mental illness and her Aunt, a woman that reminds Willow daily how much of a burden Willow is on her time and resources.

To help with the finances, Willow fixes cars (not a common occupation for a girl) and does psychic readings (again, not a common occupation for a girl). The problem with Willow is her psychic readings are real. Since she was a small child, Willow could “read” people. It is a psyc
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Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly

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“Willow, you know that you said you couldn't tell how I felt at the rest stop?"

I nodded, and he took my hand, laying it flat on his chest with his own resting over it. "Can you tell now?" he asked.

His heart beat firmly under my hand; my own pulse was pounding so hard that I could barely think straight. Closing my eyes, I took a deep, steadying breath, and then another as I tried to clear my mind, to feel what he was feeling. For a moment there was just the softness of our breathing--then all at once it washed over me in a great wave.

He was in love with me, too.

I opened my eyes. Alex was still holding my hand to his chest, watching me, his expression more serious than I'd ever seen it. Unable to speak, I slowly dropped my hand and wrapped my arms around him. His own arms came around me as he rested his head on my hair.

"I really do, you know," he said, his voice rough.

"I know," I whispered back. "I do, too.”
“You know that half the girls in school would have been after you."

He gave a soft laugh. "If they were into someone who was flunking out...I don't think I'd do too well with having to go to class when a bell rings or caring about homework..."

"A bad boy--even better. You'd have done well in Spanish class."

"If I ever went to it."

We lay in silence for a awhile; Alex's arms felt so warm and safe that I was starting to get sleepy. "Say something in Spanish," I mumbled.

He kissed my hair. "Te amo, Willow," he said quietly.

I came awake, smiling into the darkness. "What does that mean?" I whispered.

I could almost hear his own smile. "What do you think it means?"

I hugged him, kissing his collarbone and wondering if it was possible to actually die of happiness. "Te amo, Alex.”
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