Monday, 13 June 2011

Review: Angel by L. A. Weatherly

Angel (Angel #1) by L. A. Weatherly
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Released: October 1st 2010
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Angels are all around us: beautiful, awe-inspiring, irresistible.

Ordinary mortals yearn to catch a glimpse of one of these stunning beings and thousands flock to The Church of Angels to feel their healing touch.

But what if their potent magnetism isn't what it seems? 


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. But she has no idea where she gets this power from.

Until she meets Alex…

Alex is one of the few who know the truth about angels. He 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.
(from Goodreads)

All Willow Fields was supposed to do was give Beth a reading. But after what Willow saw – well, she couldn’t stay quiet. She had to warn Beth that she was in serious trouble. But Beth didn’t exactly like what she was hearing, and after a call from a strange visitor, Willow wishes she never said anything at all. Especially since all she’s done is land herself in the company of Alex, the dangerous boy that she of all people should not be hanging out with. It seems Alex and Willow are both in danger, and when the line between friend and foe blurs, Alex and Willow find themselves trying to protect the very people they should be staying away from – each other.

Okay, whoa. I was not expecting that. Angel was a lot more developed and thrilling than I thought it’d be, and I could not stop reading it. The chapters flowed and fit together really well, it was just wow! You can tell that there was real thought put into the plot development and how the story should turn out. Willow was an interesting character. She was into cars, and liked to fix them, she dressed oddly and she was psychic. I really liked how she wasn’t just your usual teen, and I was surprised to find that she was quite funny too – some of her comebacks (to Alex) really made me smile. I think the attraction between Alex and Willow was very well portrayed and you could just feel the buzz in the air between them.

Speaking of Alex, I thought he was a great character too – he had determination and strength, but he was kind too. He started off hating angels with a passion, and was one of the best Angel Killers around, but after a few discoveries, he was forced to rethink few things. I really liked the chapters which were focussed on Alex because we got to find out about his childhood and how it was for him growing up at camp, training to be an Angel Killer instead of going to school like a regular kid. I think it helped build his character and helped us to understand why he was fighting against his attraction to Willow so much. Some of my favourite scenes were the ones where Alex and Willow were just talking about their past, like in the Motel room while watching TV.

The only problems I had with this book were these: 1) why Willow was so important in destroying the angels was never fully explained. I understand this is the first book in a series, but it was so frustrating! Especially since her importance was mentioned like a hundred times; I’m a curious person by nature and I was just dying to know why she was so special. 2) The end of the book turned, and there is only one word for it, sappy. Once Willow and Alex admitted they liked each other...ahh. I mean, yay for the kissing and yay for the cute stuff, but my God, the sappiness! They were just soo lovey-dovey and googly-eyed, it was cringe-worthy. It was like the tension was replaced by some kind of love-fest; less witty, more drippy, seriously. They were just so...like those people in movies that go, “You hang up first!” “No, you hang up first!” – it was honestly like that. Plus, come on Willow, you really didn’t know what te amo meant? Couldn’t you guess? Come on, everyone knows! Rihanna sang a song about it! Anyway, ignoring the sappiness, the storyline actually got really good towards the end. There was this one revelation that was just so AH. You may suspect it, but even so, when it’s revealed, it’s just like, whoa.

In conclusion, Angel was an engaging, action-packed book with a unique take on angels. I would recommend it to anyone that’s looking for a paranormal/supernatural romance with a twist, or for all those romantics out there that never like to hang up the phone first.

5 comments:

  1. I don't think I'll be reading this - I like the sound of it but the cover creeps me out and I don't like mushy at all. :/

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  2. I never caught on with the angel obsession [I was too involved with vampires..], but I've just bought Fallen and I'm enjoying it, so I think I may be turning!
    A lot of people enjoy this book, from the reviews I've read, glad you do too. Thanks for your [very detailed] review, it's made me eager to try this(:

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  3. I completely agree about the cringewothiness factor! Otherwise I thought that it was pretty good.

    Great review.

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  4. Lol! I loved the sappy! Bring on the sappy!! :D I can't wait for the next book!

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  5. oh wow. now i want to rad it after reading that review! thanks!

    PS i'm a new follower

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