Sunday, 24 October 2010

Angel by L.A. Weatherly

1st October 2001, Usborne Children's Books
512 pages, Paperback 
Review copy 

Young Adult, 14+

Angels (yes this is an obvious theme!), occasional extreme danger, teen relationships, being a carer, 

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.

Nayuleska's thoughts
There's no doubt that the number of books with angels in them is increasing. They aren't as numerous as vampire books (yet!) but they are just as fun to read. Angel is a nice read. Willow isn't like other girls. She has to care for her mother, and has done for most of her life. Their mother-daughter bond is so strong that in several places in the book I wanted to cry for what Willow has to do with her mother. But it is that bond which stops her being stupid and giving in to the enemy, by getting in contact with her mother when Willow is on the run. For she has to run with Alex - it's either run or die. She doesn't want to die prematurely - who would? She doesn't even understand why is a threat. When she learns that part of the story, understandably she has a lot of mixed emotions about it all. 

Angel is fun because there is a fair amount of danger. At times it gets a little soppy, but in a sweet way. I possibly could have done with a little more action, however the slower times when she and Alex are getting to know each other make later chapters all the more compelling. They both react predictably at times, but that doesn't detract from the read for me. I became interested in Willow's wellbeing. Who she is and why she's seen as a threat is one really cool idea. I'm eager for May 2011 to hurry around so I can find out how her powers will advance. The way Angel ends leaves me thinking that a lot will happen in the next book, Angel Heat.

I think the only thing I wasn't so keen on about the book was the cover. My version was an early version, so didn't have the main cover art (of Willow). I actually prefer the plain version. 

Final conclusion 
Some pretty nifty plot revelations make Willow's life more than a bit interesting to read. 

Check out the website dedicated to Angel here

If you like the sound of this, check out Fallen by Lauren Kate. 

Make sure you check out LA Weatherly's other books, including Child X and Missing Abby. I'm hopefully meeting Lee at one of her book signing events on Wednesday! (Me? Excited? Yes!!!)

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