Author: L.A. Weatherly
Series: Angel #2
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Date: October 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. Willow isn’t alone, though. She has Alex by her side – a trained Angel Killer and her one true love. But nothing can change the fact that Willow’s a half-angel, and when Alex joins forces with a group of AKs, she’s treated with mistrust and suspicion. She’s never felt more alone…until she meets Seb. He’s been searching for Willow his whole life – because Seb is a half-angel too...
This is the sequel to Angel (or Angel Burn in the US). I absolutely loved Angel. I thought it was original and unique and exciting and just… really, really good. Angel Fire however in comparison (to me at least) fell flat. Yes there were aspects that were good but I spent more time complaining about it than loving it so I’m quite disappointed.
So let’s start with what I liked. The actual storyline of Willow, Alex and the AK’s plotting against the angels and the action that goes along with that was good. Much like in the first book, the action in this book is very well played out, keeps you interested and has you on the edge of your seat. I also really liked the relationship between Willow and Alex (for the first third of the book). It was playful, funny and just… nice. Even though all this stuff was going off around them, they could forget about it when they were together.
And now for what I didn’t like. Firstly, the love triangle. I’m sorry but there was no need to introduce a love triangle just because this is a sequel. There is no rule that says every YA fantasy book HAS to have a love triangle in the sequel. The story would have worked fine without it. There was enough conflict and issues without throwing in Seb, the gorgeous Mexican half-angel/long-lost soul mate of Willow. End of rant.
Secondly, (ok the rant may start up again here because this also relates to Seb) I did not like the storyline of the book from the point where Seb finds Willow. This may sound like an unfair reason to not like a book but if the storyline is going in a direction I really, REALLY don’t like then I don’t feel happy reading it and for about two thirds of this book I felt anxious and mad and just, not happy with the way things were playing out.
Thirdly, due to the Seb storyline, something changed in Alex and Willow. It was like they became different characters to who they were in the first book. They acted differently and irrationally and just stupidly if I’m being honest. Some of it felt really out of character and I was sad about this because as I said above, I loved Alex and Willow in the first section of the book and in Angel.
Lastly, this book is over 700 pages long. Now I’ve got nothing against long books… if it works for the story. In this case, I’m afraid it just doesn’t. This book was way too long for what actually happened in the story and I think at least 200 pages could have been cut out of the middle and the story would have been all the better for it.
So in the end the thing that saved Angel Fire from a lower rating was the ending. The ending was actually quite perfect. More action and adventure and very epic scenes that kept me reading until quite late, along with some resolution to that tiresome love triangle. And it’s because of the ending that I will read the final book when it comes out in October, Angel Fever.
If you’ve read Angel then I guess you will be picking this up anyway but I just wouldn’t expect the same awesomeness as Angel.