by L.A. Weatherly
# of Pages: 506
Age range: 14+
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. She has no idea where she gets this power from - But Alex does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex 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 was fortunate enough to stumble upon this book when I was in London over Christmas break. After convincing my family to stop in the famous bookstore, Foils, I headed over to the teen section and just looked at the different covers for at least ten minutes. Then I actually looked at books I wanted to buy. Unfortunately, the dollar to pound ratio is about $1.60 to ever 1 pound so anything you buy in England will almost cost you twice as much as it would at home. So basically I decided to only buy a book that I couldn't get back in the states.
You may be able to get this novel in the states now, but I hadn't seen it around so I picked up a copy. It didn't hurt that it was a signed first edition too...
Angel starts out with Alex, an Angel hunter who is on his most recent mission. After a successful kill he receives a text with the address of his next target, and is surprised to find it to be a young teenage girl. Willow, meanwhile, has just read the future of one of the most popular girls in her class, Beth, and it is looking very grim. Willow is disturbed to find out that Beth, an ivy league shoe-in has decided to give her future to the church of angels, a growing religion that is more like a cult.
When Willow learns too much about the truth of the angels, a death warrant is put over her head, and she must put all of her trust into Alex, a young adult she barely knows. Smart, and resourceful Willow does not hesitate to follow Alex's every call even when it seems he can't stand her. Not letting her emotions get in the way of the safety of her life Willow embarks on a journey with Alex that will play a huge part in the eventual saving of humankind.
Romance, friendship, action, and a long road trip make up Angel, a fast paced but sweet story of Willow and Alex and their dedication to human-kind. I actually really enjoyed this story, I love the spin L.A. Weatherly put on this novel and cannot wait to read the next installment. The best part about this book was that here wasn't a happy ending, I mean in a sense there was, but really the ending made the story more realistic instead of "wohoo the bad ass boy and the sweet girl save the day and end the book kissing!" It was more like the bad ass boy realizes what he has, decides to help the girl, and then they plan for their future together, like a real couple. Loved it!
Theo only reason I am giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because Willow bothered me a little bit. She was so awkward a lot of the time and seriously said "um" almost every sentence. Also Alex and Willow's relationship, sweet as it may be, was a tad bit unrealistic. Falling in deep love with each other in 2 weeks? Yes the circumstances allowed for close contact 24/7, giving ample time to get to know each other, but really? End all love at 17? A bit too twilighty if you ask me...
No matter, this book was still a great read and I highly recommend it!
IF you liked this novel be sure to check out:
The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)
Unearthly (Unearthly - Trilogy)
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