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Review, Young Adult / March 24, 2012
Angel by L.A. WeatherlyAngel
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Series: Angel #1
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Date: February 2012
512 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.. .

I really enjoyed this book. It’s definitely a very different take on the Angel genre. I’m so used to the angels in stories being the guy. And the human being the girl. Well this one is the other way round and we got to see the story from both sides because it’s told from both Jake and Willow’s point of view. I found this quite refreshing for this style of book.

The relationship of the main two characters was also developed much better than most YA books. It built up at a nice pace. They didn’t instantly fall in love, in fact they hated each other for a while and then when they finally made friends their relationship became quite humorous and nice to read.

The concept of the angels in this book is really, really interesting. The angels here are not good (apart from a sparse few). They are from another dimension and basically invade the earth to ‘feed’ from humans. This involves draining them of their energy. How different is that?!? It kept me hooked the whole way through.

I didn’t give Angel 5 stars (or wings!) because I think the book could have done with a few more characters and although Jake and Willow’s relationship was built up nicely, I actually found it a little bit sickening when they finally realised they liked each other. They kind of went from friends to instantly ‘I love you and I would die for you’ which came with a few corny lines. However, this is the only complaint I had and it really wasn’t that much of a complaint.

The last few chapters were really exciting and contained some great ‘edge of your seat’ action. I was very impressed and I loved how it has been left nicely for the sequel ‘Angel Fire’ to continue.

So, a great YA angel book with a very different vibe!

4 Stars

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