16 Jul

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

I had high hopes for L.A. Weatherly’s book Angel Burn when I started  reading.  The premise of angels as soul sucking beings was intriguing.  The story is your typical man vs. alien-being-thing.  Alex is an AK (Angel Killer) and receives his orders, or so he thinks, from the head AK, Cully, and the CIA.  Yes, you read it right, the CIA.  It seems the Earth is under attack from angels.  They like it here, because humans are tasty and easy prey, plus you can feast on them over and over again.  I guess we are the buffet of the universe.  Humans are enamored by the angels and become like zombies when they have served as breakfast, lunch or dinner for the winged creatures.  Huge churches crop up worshiping angels.  The angels are taking over and there doesn’t seem to be much the humans can do.  Enter Willow.  Willow lives with her emotionally disturbed mother and hoarding aunt.  I really didn’t get the hoarding part and it was never fully developed nor did it really add to the dysfunction of the family.  Willow’s father is not in the picture.  Spoiler Alert: but he does show up at the end.  Willow is a psychic and can tell a person’s future just by touching them.  She reads a fellow classmates future and that is where she learns about angels because her friend had recently been a midnight snack.  Alex is given orders to kill Willow, but, you guessed it, he can’t.  She is beautiful and half angel.  Although angels do take their liberties with humans, she seems to be the only offspring of such a relationship, and is very valuable.  Willow has the ability to destroy all the angels, but she doesn’t know how.  Willow and Alex escape and elude both angels, human zombies and ultimately the AK and CIA.  There are many close calls, the two fall in love, and Willow becomes an avenging angel.  There is no clear conclusion to the story which begs for a sequel.  The plot has the two of them spending much time in bed, together, with nothing happening.  A bit farfetched considering neither were wearing clothes.  Their relationship got a bit sappy and drawn out.   The climax was a tad anticlimactic.  Putting soul sucking angels, human zombies, the CIA, an Angel Killer and an avenging half angel/half human should have been one great fight scene, but it did disappoint.  In spite of a few hiccups in the plot, I will read the sequel and give the characters one more chance to kick some angel butt.