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Angel Burn
ISBN: 9780763658465
Author: Weatherly, L. A.
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: December 2011
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Annotation: In a world where angels are fierce stalkers whose force allows them to feed off humans and drain them of their vitality, a ruthless teenaged assassin of angels falls in love with a half-angel half-human girl, with devastating consequences.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Angels; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010044819
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Angel Burn
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Fantasy, Action & Adventure, High School, Middle School, Myths & Legends, Science Fiction
Grade level(s): 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
 
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Contributor Bio(s): 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.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
While oblivious humans bask in angels' radiance, the beings are actually destroying people. Willow doesn't know she's half-angel--nor that angel-assassin Alex has been instructed to kill her. He doesn't, and what follows is a novel packed with action and romance, culminating in a gratifying conclusion. This is the first book in a planned trilogy. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #4)
Here are new supernatural villains to add to the mix: angels. It's not as contradictory as it might seem, as Weatherly has created a logical, fully realized world in which these celestial beings are up to no good. While oblivious humans bask in angels' radiance and beauty, even worship them at a massive Church of Angels, the angels are in fact destroying them, feeding on humans' auras. The result is "angel burn": cancer, schizophrenia, MS, etc. To Alex, their threat is personal; he blames angels for the deaths of his father, mother, and brother. As an angel assassin, he responds to text messages (presumably) from the CIA, telling him which angel to kill next. While Alex is stalking angels, Willow is "Queen Weird" at her small-town high school. Refreshingly tough and sarcastic, she spends her time fixing cars and grudgingly giving psychic readings to classmates. Willow doesn't know that she's half-angel, nor that Alex has received a text message with instructions to kill her. Alex doesn't, of course, and what follows is a novel packed with action and romance, culminating in a conclusion full of gratifying revelations (including the identity of Willow's father). But there's plenty still to be addressed in the remainder of this morality-bending, dynamic (planned) trilogy. rachel l. smith Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 April #3)

Weatherly (Child X) launches a supernatural YA trilogy with a terrific, action-packed romantic thriller. Sixteen-year-old Willow is a gifted mechanic and psychic living in upstate New York. When she does a reading for her classmate Beth, who is planning on joining the cultlike Church of Angels, Willow becomes scared; Beth thinks she's been blessed by an angel, but Willow sees that the "angel" feeds on humans' life force, poisoning bodies and damaging minds while leaving the victim euphoric. At 17, Alex has been an angel assassin for years, but when he receives orders to kill Willow, he's confused—she's not his typical target, and he's suspicious about why she's been marked for death. Looking for answers, Alex rescues Willow and takes her on the run, trying to foil the angels' plans before all of humanity is lost. 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. Ages 14–up. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 September)

Gr 8 Up—Angels are appearing to humans all over the world, filling them with an overwhelming sense of love and peace. Angel mega-churches spring up everywhere. But no one seems to notice that the people who've been visited by them quickly begin to waste away. That's because angels are actually creatures from another world who feed on human energy, sickening their hosts and eventually causing their deaths via natural-seeming illnesses. Alex is a trained AK (Angel Killer) who believes he works for the CIA. He suddenly finds himself acting as bodyguard to Willow, a high school student with psychic powers who just might be half angel-and therefore his sworn enemy. The angels seem to believe that she has the power to destroy them, making her safety of paramount importance to the survival of the human race. The relationship that eventually develops between Alex and Willow is steamy but chaste (at least in this first installment of the planned series). Fans of supernatural suspense with a generous dollop of romance will be clamoring for the next book.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA

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