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L. A. Weatherly is the author of several books for young adults, including Child X. About Angel Burn, she says, "I've known Alex for a long time. He first came to me as a character almost twenty years ago, when he was a thief in a fantasy setting -- an expert with knives rather than guns. Nothing came of that particular novel, but Alex always stayed with me. He refused to go away, in fact! And over the years, I began to wonder about redoing his story completely and placing him in a contemporary setting." L. A. Weatherly was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now lives in England.
Gr 9 Up-A rash of supernatural romance novels involving angels have been published recently, but L. A. Weatherly has done the unexpected here (Candlewick, 2011), creating a fresh and terrifying scenario in the first book of a new series. Angels are beings from another world who are looking for energy to feed on, and humans are the willing sheep whose minds become irreparably damaged by Angel Burn once they have been fed from. Willow, 16, is a psychic who is unaware that she is half angel. While she is giving a reading to a friend, she sees the truth behind what the angels intend. This puts her on the radar of angel assassin Alex, 17, who is a skilled angel killer and a totally hot bad-boy. The fast-paced action and intense romance that blossoms between Willow and Alex during a nail-biter of a road trip will have listeners hooked. Cassandra Campbell narrates both Willow and Alex's point of view beautifully and reveals emotions that go far beyond the text. The aching intensity of both their romance and the process of discovering the impending second wave of the angel invasion is gripping. Listeners who thought that the angel well had run dry will be hooked and will eagerly await the next installment.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Weatherly's plot and writing are first-rate, adrenaline- fueled while still taking the time to thoughtfully develop the characters and build the romance. This elevated twist on the angel genre deserves to be spread far and wide. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Fast-paced thriller romance...Perfect for the Twilight crowd --Kirkus Reviews A thrilling, action-packed story with insidious villains and a disturbing conclusion --Booklist Weatherly has done for angels what Twilight did for vampires, turning the mythology on its head. --VOYA Packed with action and romance, culminating in a conclusion full of gratifying revelations. --The Horn Book Fans of supernatural suspense with a generous dollop of romance will be clamoring for the next book. --School Library Journal