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  • Kate Quealy-Gainer
Weatherly, L. A.. Angel Burn. Candlewick, 2011. [464p]. ISBN 978-0-7636-5652-2 $17.99 Reviewed from galleys R Gr. 7-10.

Angels are not, in fact, benevolent, divine creatures but parasitic energy fiends who feed off of humans' psychic auras, leaving people's bodies broken and their minds warped enough to believe that the vampiric creatures were actually helping them in their time of need. Alex has known about this since he was five years old, when his mother's unnatural death spurred his CIA-trained father to form an angel-killing organization. Willow, on the other hand, knows absolutely nothing of any of this until her psychic abilities reveal her to be half angel. Although Alex has been sent to kill Willow, he soon realizes something else is going on, particularly when it becomes clear that the angels are hell-bent on destroying her as well. It turns out that Willow might be the weapon needed to eradicate the angels for good, but no one seems to know how and when that will go down. The angelic twist on soul-sucking creatures is certainly an entertaining one, but it is the hard-won romance between the two immensely likeable protagonists that will have readers following Alex and Willow as they attempt to flee the angels on a cross-country road trip. Alex somehow manages to be alluring in both his broody angst and his wry humor, while Willow is adorably spunky but appropriately vulnerable; the teasing development of their relationship is patient and unhurried, based upon shared experiences and pain as opposed to the convenience of fate. There is also plenty of action, and the culminating scene features an epic battle of divine proportions, although the resolution leaves room for future installments. Readers who like their romances slow and steady and their heroes real—even as they battle otherworldly forces—will find Willow and Alex just to their liking. [End Page 497]

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ISSN
1558-6766
Print ISSN
0008-9036
Pages
p. 497
Launched on MUSE
2011-05-27
Open Access
No
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