Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Touched By An Angel...

Published: September 30th, 2010
Angel Burn
Candlewick Press
ISBN-13: 9780763656522

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.


   In the world at large, Angels are real and everyone believes that they've been sent to help mankind.  In reality they feed from human energy and make humans diseased and weak, even killing them.  Willow Fields has always been different from other kids.  She is psychic and can read people's futures.  Things take a turn for the worse when Willow reads a popular girl from school's future.  It turns out that Beth is being fed on by an Angel and it's slowly killing her.  But when Willow tries to warn her, she's seen as hostile to the Church of the Angels (an organization used by the Angels to acquire energy sources at the expense of the humans) and is hunted by them.  Also, Willow finds out that the reason for her psychic abilities is that she is half-angel.  Enter Alex, an AK or Angel Killer who is working for the CIA and gets orders to kill Willow.  Then he begins to question his orders and it turns out that the CIA's Project Angel has been compromised - the Angels are the ones giving the orders and they want Willow dead.  Because apparently she's the only one with the power to stop them.  Alex and Willow go on the run, determined to stop the Angels from infiltrating Earth even more in any way they can.  Will they be able to fix things or is it too late?  And will they find love and redemption in one another along the way?  This was a new concept to me - Angels as the bad guys.  I loved the idea because it was different and I'm tired of reading the same old things over and over again.  Willow was a strong heroine, who didn't take crap from anybody.  Her ability to fix cars was cool and I liked that she  never hesitated to do the right thing, even when it might not be what she wanted.  Alex was for want of a better term, a bad-ass.  He is a motorcycle riding, tattooed, angel killing, tortured hero with a painful past.  Plus, he was willing to question everything he'd been taught to figure out the right thing to do.  There was a lot of action and fight scenes that were well-done and kept me on the edge of my seat.  This was a thrilling action/adventure/romance novel and I'm excited to read the next one in the series.  My only complaint it the descent into lovey-dovey near the end of the book.  I highly recommend it.

VERDICT:  4/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.* 

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