Back I go to YA fiction, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. I want to talk today about Angel, by L.A. Weatherly. I read an ARC of this book (thanks much to my colleague, Roz, for lending it!) because I needed a filler for a weekend. Honestly. Roz had been telling me at work that I HAD to read it and she thought I would LOVE it…something that usually puts me off a book immediately, regardless of who it is that is doing the pleading. I guess that’s because my taste in books is pretty eclectic…no really, I do read more than just books with pretty covers and/or the latest YA Kissy-Bitey/Growly/Floaty book that turns up in the bookshop. I promise.
Let me start by saying this is NOT another Fallen Angel Meets Teenage Girl/Boy and Falls In Love book. Not by a longshot.
At first seeming like yet another in the constant parade of supernatural romance books for teens that we’ve seen in the wake of Twilight, Angel soon becomes something very different. Though written for teenagers, it is lacking in the misguided and immature longings for adult intimacy that plague many YA novels. While there is a romantic aspect and interest in the plot, it doesn’t subsume the rest of the story, but serves as a secondary plot that helps the primary cause along, if that makes sense?
It’s hard to write a proper review of this book, really, without giving away spoilers, so I’ll tell you what I know and then take away the bits that you need to find for yourself, fair? The main characters in the book are Alex, an Angel Killer or “AK” and Willow, a girl who has grown up without the knowledge that she is half Angel.
In the story world of Angel, we’re not looking at the celestial beings that sit on clouds, strum harps, and eat Philly cream cheese…we’re talking about creatures who feed on energy to survive, and have searched for a new home now that theirs can no longer sustain them. The energy rolling off humans in waves is perfect for the dietary needs of these beings, and the Angels find humans to be easy prey due to their need to “believe.” Churches of the Angels are formed and the populace flock to be touched by these beings, so that they may know the peace and love this contact brings. Peace, love, and total mental destruction, that is. So-called Angel Burn is irreversible and devastating, and is the thing from which Alex is fighting to save humanity. He was born and raised for this life and it is all he knows…until he meets Willow, half-angel yet a direct threat to the beings and their invasion of Earth.
The twists and turns the plot takes weren’t new, but put together into a story took me along, breathless, for the ride. Angel is well worth a look for those fans of YA paranormal romantic fiction as well as sci-fi/fantasy readers. You have GOT to read this book. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.