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Angel Burn Love [SPOILER ALERT]
on January 5, 2012
When I first started reading this book, I was hesitant. I had read the jacket description and was thinking--angels, the bad guys? Really? But once I started reading the book, I simply separated my idea of an angel from the angels described in this book and was then able to fully fall in love with this book.
This is an excellent book. It's extraordinarily well-written, and I haven't been able to keep myself from bragging to everyone I know about it. Who would have thought of the concept of angels feeding off of their victims, and the victims becoming infatuated and even GRATEFUL for the malevolent touch of the angel? That is an outside-of-the-box concept like I've never seen before, and once I got past the horror of the concept, it made the book such an extraordinary thing.
Now, the part that you've probably heard enough about already: Alex and Willow. Alex is an assassin of angels (though there's another detail to that that I won't spoil for you, but it made me scream when I found out!) and has been told to assassinate Willow. However, when he finds her and sees her for the first time, he just can't bring himself to do it. She's unlike any angel he's ever seen before--she doesn't have a halo, she can exist in her human form and her angel form at the same time, and she had a childhood. Angels don't have childhoods, can only be in one form at a time, and their halos are their hearts, so she shouldn't even be able to exist! He's fascinated, and he follows her that day to the Church of the Angels, a homebase of the many who have become victims of the angels and thus those who suffer from angel burn, where she goes to attempt to sway her friend from joining the Church. Things go downhill from there, but Alex and Willow make a run for it. From there on out, they stay together while being chased by the angels and their followers and start uncovering the truth behind the war that no one knows is going on except for the CIA, involved with Project Angel and who now directs the AKs, or Angel Killers (which is what Alex is), the remaining AKs, and the angels. Alex and Willow slowly start exploring their feelings for one another until the point where they are finally able to take solace in safety--a miracle!--and are able to confess what they've been feeling for one another and start changing from the two into one.
I've heard it said that this is just like any other love story, and that the course of their romance is as bland and boring as any other romance in pretty much every YA book you've ever read. This is not so. Though Alex immediately sees Willow as "gorgeous," and she, too, admires his beauty, there are indications that they may be the only ones seeing each other like this--through lovers' eyes. With Alex, the reader isn't quite sure where he stands with his past romances, if there are any that could be classified as having love involved (which, again, isn't specified) because he's had such an odd, secluded life. But Willow--with her, you know. She's grown up in school (including high school, of course), and has always loved vintage clothes and working with cars, but has never before gone out on a date. In my opinion, even that level of weird couldn't drive boys away that much if she's truly as gorgeous as Alex proclaims her to be. This leads to my assumption that, like everyone in love, they're sugarcoated in the eyes of the other, and that their imperfections are overlooked or accepted as contributing to their extraordinary beauty by the other. Thus, they may be totally normal-looking people--that's just not how they see each other. However, their relationship is not based totally on looks. Alex should hate Willow because of her angel; instead, he accepts it and even embraces it as a part of her. He loves it as he loves her, because it is a part of her. And when they started out travelling together, Willow hated Alex for how he insulted her as he tried to ignore his attraction to her, but everything changed. Their journey to falling in love--and better yet, actually admitting it--is a slow one, inhibited and yet helped by their wild chase around the country from the angels and to a safe place. But I assure you, it is well worth the wait.
This book is completely brilliant, and I absolutely adore it. I believe that you would come to love it as much as I do if you gave it a chance.
Well worth the time to read. Two thumbs up with a bonus round of applause, and ten stars out of five, were it possible. I read a LOT, so you can trust me when I say that this is truly something very, very special.