Thursday, November 25, 2010
ARC Review: Angel by L.A. Weatherly
(Angel Trilogy #1)
by L.A. Weatherly
Released in the UK: October 2010
Released in the US: Sometime this summer
Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy.
Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire.
L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel.
Willow knows she's different from other girls. And not just because she loves tinkering around with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into people's futures, know their dreams, their hopes and their regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where she gets this power from . . .
But Alex does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows Willow's secret and is on a mission to stop her. The dark forces within Willow make her dangerous - and irresistible. In spite of himself, Alex finds he is falling in love with his sworn enemy.
Utterly intoxicating and deeply compelling, Angel is an epic tale of love, destiny, and sacrifice.
Willow has always known she was different. Not only is she a bit of a tomboy, which automatically turns her into an outcast in her small town, but she has a special ability to see people's futures. After a classmate runs to the Church of Angels after a Willow does a reading for her, Willow tries to follow her to get her to come back home. Somehow, though, everything goes horribly wrong, and she ends up on the run with a strange, mysterious boy named Alex.
The tagline on the cover perfectly sums up this book: The only good angel is a dead angel. Weatherly's take on angels is incredibly unique, and I think it's perfect. There were very few things I didn't like about Angel, and they mostly centered around how quickly the romance developed between Willow and Alex (I hate to say it, but it was very Twilight-ish). It's probably fine for its target audience, but I found it a bit hard to swallow. All of that is overshadowed, however, by the story surrounding the angels. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fresh take on an age-old tale.
The next book in the trilogy, Angel Fever, will be released in the UK in July 2011. Hopefully the publisher won't take too long to release Angel Fever to those of us waiting for it in the US!