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Title:
Angel burn
Publication Information:
Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2011.
ISBN:
9781455809295
Physical Description:
12 sound discs (14 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Series:
Candlewick on BrillianceAudio
Language:
English
General Note:
Unabridged.

Compact discs.
Abstract:
In a world where angels are fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans and drain them of their vitality, a ruthless teenaged assassin of angels falls in love with a half-angel half-human girl, with devastating consequences.
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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 thoughts 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.


Summary

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 does. 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.

In the first audiobook in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends listeners on a thrill ride of a road trip--and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.


Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Weatherly (Child X) launches a supernatural YA trilogy with a terrific, action-packed romantic thriller. Sixteen-year-old Willow is a gifted mechanic and psychic living in upstate New York. When she does a reading for her classmate Beth, who is planning on joining the cultlike Church of Angels, Willow becomes scared; Beth thinks she's been blessed by an angel, but Willow sees that the "angel" feeds on humans' life force, poisoning bodies and damaging minds while leaving the victim euphoric. At 17, Alex has been an angel assassin for years, but when he receives orders to kill Willow, he's confused-she's not his typical target, and he's suspicious about why she's been marked for death. Looking for answers, Alex rescues Willow and takes her on the run, trying to foil the angels' plans before all of humanity is lost. Weatherly's plot and writing are first-rate, adrenaline-fueled while still taking the time to thoughtfully develop the characters and build the romance. This elevated twist on the angel genre deserves to be spread far and wide. Ages 14-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Here are new supernatural villains to add to the mix: angels. It's not as contradictory as it might seem, as Weatherly has created a logical, fully realized world in which these celestial beings are up to no good. While oblivious humans bask in angels' radiance and beauty, even worship them at a massive Church of Angels, the angels are in fact destroying them, feeding on humans' auras. The result is "angel burn": cancer, schizophrenia, MS, etc. To Alex, their threat is personal; he blames angels for the deaths of his father, mother, and brother. As an angel assassin, he responds to text messages (presumably) from the CIA, telling him which angel to kill next. While Alex is stalking angels, Willow is "Queen Weird" at her small-town high school. Refreshingly tough and sarcastic, she spends her time fixing cars and grudgingly giving psychic readings to classmates. Willow doesn't know that she's half-angel, nor that Alex has received a text message with instructions to kill her. Alex doesn't, of course, and what follows is a novel packed with action and romance, culminating in a conclusion full of gratifying revelations (including the identity of Willow's father). But there's plenty still to be addressed in the remainder of this morality-bending, dynamic (planned) trilogy. rachel l. smith (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Weatherly's dark paranormal romance, the first in a trilogy, distinguishes itself by taking the already-saturated angel market in a new direction. Angels aren't benevolent guardians or God's messengers; they are interdimensional beings that feed on energy, and with their world dying, humans are their best source. Though people who've been visited by an angel believe they've had a transcendent experience, they've really been drained of life; those wit. angel bur. develop serious illnesses before an untimely death. Alex is a trained Angel Killer sent to assassinate Willow, a psychic unaware that she is half angel, but when he learns that Willow might have the power to stop the Invasion, he takes her on the run. Alex and Willow are equally distinctive characters one driven and grim; one compassionate but headstrong and the slow progression of their relationship is believable. Their intense romance eventually draws too much focus away from the more exciting angel takeover, but when on point, this is a thrilling, action-packed story with insidious villains and a disturbing conclusion.--Hutley, Krist. Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A rash of supernatural romance novels involving angels have been published recently, but L. A. Weatherly has done the unexpected here (Candlewick, 2011), creating a fresh and terrifying scenario in the first book of a new series. Angels are beings from another world who are looking for energy to feed on, and humans are the willing sheep whose minds become irreparably damaged by Angel Burn once they have been fed from. Willow, 16, is a psychic who is unaware that she is half angel. While she is giving a reading to a friend, she sees the truth behind what the angels intend. This puts her on the radar of angel assassin Alex, 17, who is a skilled angel killer and a totally hot bad-boy. The fast-paced action and intense romance that blossoms between Willow and Alex during a nail-biter of a road trip will have listeners hooked. Cassandra Campbell narrates both Willow and Alex's point of view beautifully and reveals emotions that go far beyond the text. The aching intensity of both their romance and the process of discovering the impending second wave of the angel invasion is gripping. Listeners who thought that the angel well had run dry will be hooked and will eagerly await the next installment.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A beautiful blond half-angel and the dark, handsome assassin sent to kill her fall in love in this fast-paced thriller romance, the first installment of a series first published in Britain (the sequel, Angel Fire, is due out in December 2011).Due to an energy crisis, the ethereal sphere is dying and angels are crossing over to feed off humans, who are too bedazzled to connect visits from heavenly beings with growing mental/physical illness, aka angel burn. Alex, raised to be an AK (angel killer), is one of the few to realize the danger. When he tracks down his assigned target, he is surprised to discover she's only half-angel and that the Church of Angels cult wants her dead. Willow is just as surprised. She thought the only reason she was considered "Queen Weird" at school was because she was psychic and a whiz car mechanic. The two go on the run and eventually become involved in a plan to save the world from a Second Wave of angelic invasion. The story is told alternately via Willow's voice and a third-person account that provides the perspective of Alex and others. It's worth noting that the secondary but substantial falling-in-love plotline is quite chaste (they don't kiss until three-quarters of the way through the book).Perfect for the Twilight crowd. (Paranormal romance. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.