by L.A. Weatherly
Published May 24, 2011 by Candlewick
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 herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.
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Alex has been on his own for years. Trained since he was a little boy, he is an AK assassin: also known as an Angel Killer. When he receives his next orders, he is shocked to find a teenage girl is his target. There’s something unusual about her, something that both draws and repels him…
What if angels were not the good souls most people thought them to be? This very question is answered in Angel Burn. Here angels are malevolent creatures whose home planet is dying. Infiltrating Earth is their only option and in order to survive they must feed off of the life essence of humans. The human victims only see a shining being of immense beauty and not the dangerous predator they actually are. Large angel churches have sprung up all over the country and the second wave of angels is due any day.
When Alex rescues Willow from a group of rabid angel fanatics, it isn’t love at first sight. In fact, they can barely stand one another and Alex’s abrupt, gruff behavior makes Willow feel more alone than if she were by herself. But slowly over time, and through many perilous adventures, a strong bond forms between the two. When it looks like Alex might lose Willow forever, it is one of the most heartbreaking scenes I’ve read in a while. You forget that they are two teenagers as they have been forced to grow up quickly and are completely capable of making it on their own.
If you love action packed scenes, twists and turns, and a beautiful love story, you definitely want to pick this one up.
Angel Burn was previously published as Angel in the UK.