Angel by L. A. Weatherly
We have all seen the tremendous success of vampire romance in 2010 with the likes of Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood for the older generation, but according to publishers – angels are becoming the next big thing!
I picked up a proof copy of Angel at work just to see what all the fuss was about. It is the first of a trilogy published by Usborne who are entering the young adult market for the first time. The story follows Williow, a young girl who knows she is different to those around her. She has a gift and can look into peoples futures and see their hopes and dreams just by touching them. So along comes Alex, a dashing young man who knows just what her gift means. She’s an angel. Only, in this world, angels are deadly creatures that feed off the energy of humans leaving them practically brain-dead. Alex knows he must do everything he can to stop her. But of course, you guessed it, he finds himself falling in love with her.
The story line is pretty typical – it has all the elements of Twilight and other supernatural romances, but I did find myself warming to Willow’s character. She was strong and witty – she knows a hell of a lot about cars and things that Bella wouldn’t know the first thing about! Alex is also quite a likeable character – he has suffered through many losses in his life and you can’t help but sympathise with him. Also, the whole idea of angels being the bad guys was quite a good slant to the story I felt. We are so used to these supernatural beings being the nice guys in these novels that this was quite a refreshing change.
However, the whole idea of angels feeding off humans and them coming into our world because their world is dying, and the Church of Angel believers taking over the world just seemed a little bit too silly for my liking. The romance got a little bit too much at times too – making me cringe more than anything.
I certainly don’t think angels are the new vampires – not that I’m a big lover of Twilight etc anyway, but I don’t think teens will be forgetting Bella and Edward any time soon. However, I do think Twi-hards and the like will certainly enjoy Angel, so if you want to give it a go it will be published on 1st October.
My rating: 2/5