Author: LA Weatherly
Series: Angel Trilogy #1
Date of UK Publication: 1st October 2010
Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he's found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin - of angels. Forget everything you've heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel...until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow...with devastating consequences.
I bought this book because my friend would not shut up about how awesome it was. Usually, we have the same taste in books, but recently we haven't, so I was a little hesitant to read it. So, when I needed a third book to complete a 3 for 2 offer, I bought it. And I'm so glad I did. It was awesome.
LA Weatherly has created an awesome new world, with an amazing and unique take on angels. Angels are evil, and they feed off humans, but they make the humans believe that the angels are good, and these humans then created the Church of Angels, a whole new religion. The people belonging to the CoA think it's amazing and life changing, but in fact, it's not. And Willow Fields is on a mission to stop it.
Willow is half-angel, half-human, and the only one. Ever. And she's the only thing who can stop the Church of Angels from taking over the world. I loved her. The main reason is, she just seemed so real and so believable, even though she's half-angel. And, to make things even better, even though she knows that she's weird because she's physic, and even though she knows that there really are angels, she laughs and won't accept that she knows, because it's impossible. Angels don't really exist, do they? Anyway, she's fun, quirky, and a great main character.
And then there's Alex. He's perfect for Willow, in every way. He loves her, cares for her, and won't let anything happen to her. When the two finally become a couple, it is just so sweet, but maybe a little rushed. They both knew they both had feelings for each other, but they refused to do anything about it. Then, all of a sudden, they seemed to be spending every minute they could kissing each other. I'm not complaining though, no, I'm just saying ;)
The plot was well written and well thought out, and I read most of the book in a day. And, that was a lot, seeing as it was 500 pages, which is a good length. The events that happened seemed real and believable, and didn't seem rushed or forced. Everything played out nicely in the end, and set up well for a next book, as it left just enough questions unanswered to leave you wondering, but not too many to make the book feel unfinished.
Angel is amazing. I was glued to it, and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. It is definitely one of the best books I have read this year, and I cannot wait until June, when the second book, Angel Fire is due to come out. It's going to be great.
I give it 5 Feet!
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