Angel by L.A Weatherly [Review]

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…

Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the ‘Twilight’ series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.

— Publisher’s Blurb

Usborne obviously have high hopes for this one, with hype for it slowly building for the last month or so. When the call went out on twitter for bloggers wanting to review it, I’ll be honest I was a little unsure. I mean it’s essentially a paranormal teen romance and I’m a thirty-odd year old bloke…

But, then, I’m happy for characters to fall in love, and the cover is just fantastic… I’d managed to survive Bella and Edward, so I should be able to cope with this one that also promises a healthy dose of action, shouldn’t I?

So I put my name in to the hat for a review copy, and I’m so glad I did.

Angel was a fantastic read and it’s very easy to see why the publishers are so confident about it.

The POV switches between Willow and a third-party one, following Alex, which nicely allows us to get to know both of their histories, what drives them on, their good points and their flaws, and their growing attraction for each other.

Thankfully, both the action and the romance are essential parts of the story and for the most part neither overpowers the other, and because you have become invested in both Alex and Willow’s lives it all feels natural.

There were one or two occurrences where Alex could have kept his shirt on, or at least I didn’t need telling about it!  😉 But then I’m not the target audience, so what do I know? 😉 And anyway such descriptions are thankfully kept to a minimum!

The action is pretty exciting too, even in the moments of downtime during their road-trip, there’s an ever-present sense of danger lurking nearby.

I loved the idea that the ‘angels’ in this book were most definitely not the good guys, and the whole world-building that was developed from that. It didn’t exist just to provide the conflict, it felt like there was plenty of depth beyond what we learn about in this book, for us to discover in the following ones, and yet still gives us a satisfying conclusion to this one.

I’ll certainly be looking forward to getting my hands on one of the sequels!

The hype is definitely going to keep building for this one, and on this first outing I’d say the trilogy is going to be a success.

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd | Published: 01 October 2010 | Format: Paperback 512 pages
ISBN 13: 9781409521969 | ISBN 10: 1409521966

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Disclaimer: My copy of Angel was provided by the publisher for review purposes.