Published: October 1st 2010 by Usborne Publishing
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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Angels are all around us: beautiful, awe-inspiring, irresistible.
Ordinary mortals yearn to catch a glimpse of one of these stunning beings and thousands flock to The Church of Angels to feel their healing touch.
But what if their potent magnetism isn't what it seems?
Willow knows she's different from other girls. And not just because she loves tinkering around with cars.
Willow has a gift. She can look into people's futures, know their dreams, their hopes and their regrets, just by touching them. But she has no idea where she gets this power from.
Until she meets Alex…
Alex is one of the few who know the truth about angels. He knows Willow's secret and is on a mission to stop her.
The dark forces within Willow make her dangerous – and irresistible.
In spite of himself, Alex finds he is falling in love with his sworn enemy.
Angel is a nice change of pace from the other angel-related novels available. In this book, the angels are the bad guys, sucking auric energy out of willing human beings. There is an interesting motivation for the angels to migrate to Earth, and I hope the Crisis is explored further in the sequels. I also thought it was cool that the CIA is helping resist the angels, definitely one of the things I liked most.
I feel the book is largely driven by one character – Alex. I thought the story is narrated by him and was disappointed that it’s not. Alex is a memorable character because his background and experiences define him so well. He seems much more realistic than Willow, who is a well written character but bland. I feel she could have been grounded to her past much better to make her stand out, but she is initially painted as a generic YA heroine. There are a few shining moments with Willow, however, so the potential is there for her to become pretty awesome.
The plot is fast paced and flows well. I was never bored while reading Angel and felt that the lore was properly explained without being tedious. I was surprised at how quickly feelings developed between Willow and Alex, but was gratified to see they were at least realistic about it since they were being hunted down at the time.
Angel is a good read: engaging and fresh, with cool characters. I want to read the sequels and follow Alex and Willow’s adventures further, and recommend it to people who want something different from their paranormal romances.