Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Format: Hardcover, Library Binding

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 9/10

If you haven’t heard, I have a deep-seated aversion to ridiculous character names. I can’t help it! They drive me batty! AGH! Well, I am so late to the Hush, Hush game because of the fact that one of the main characters had such a wacky name. Patch. No joke, Patch. It was like a neon NO sign blinking through my mind whenever the book was recommended to me. As a fellow blogger said recently, “What?! Patch? That’s a dog’s name.” Exactly. And yesterday, I would have concurred but today, having just finished this book, all I gotta say is, “Yeah, but it’s also the name of an uber-sexy angelic hottie in high school who so needs to step off the page and come be my fictional boyfriend.”

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What I’ve Done by Jen Naumann

What I’ve Done by Jen Naumann

Publisher: CreateSpace

Format: Kindle Edition

Plot:

Lily Rossow used to have a great life until her father died. After that it all went downhill: her mother picked up some awful drug habits and a predilection for skipping town in order to avoid her dealers’ demands for money. She also gave Lily a half-sister 11 years younger and forces Lily to raise her since she is incapacitated most of the time. When her mom decides to transplant their little family all the way to California, Lily is devastated to leave behind friends and school especially with only a few months left in her senior year. She has no choice though and they leave immediately. When their bus arrives in San Diego, Lily discovers that her mother has stolen a lot of money from her ruthless drug dealers and what’s worse, has actually died en route. Lily realizes that she must protect herself and her sister, Rose, from the men who surely want it back and leaves her mother’s body on the bus, never once looking back. Lily is a survivor and does what she can to stay alive, creating new identities for them both and doing whatever it takes to make things work. In a surprising twist, her world is turned completely upside down when she meets two enigmatic men who each have devastating secrets about the world she lives in and her past. They force her to rethink everything she thought was real and decide once and for all what she wants out of her life.

Review:

So rarely does this happen but I’m on the fence about this book, guys. “Why, Judith?” You’re no doubt asking yourselves. “What’s there to be on the fence about? You either liked it or you didn’t. That’s why we’re reading your reviews so which is it!” Well that’s my problem! Let me break it down like this and woah, before I continue, big caveat: there is a MAJOR SPOILER in about 6 sentences so do not read on if you don’t want the entire book ruined for you. I’m serious. Skip to the very end to see the number of stars if you must know whether you should read this or not because once the secret is out, you won’t be able to put it away again.

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You ready? Okay here it is: I liked the first half of the book immensely. It was poignant, thought provoking, and teeming with raw emotion. I think I even teared up at one incredible scene because the problems and scenarios Lily faces are gut-wrenching. Girlfriend is strong though and she rides out the awful storm that is her life with a strength and quiet composure that a lot of adults would be unable to find within them. She is an incredible character and what she is forced to deal with is so spot on that I remember thinking, this book is fabulous! Why don’t I know more about this author? But then it happened. Out of nowhere into this aching and realistic plotline the author introduces ANGELS. Yes, that’s right, those who must not be named crop up right in the middle of this fabulous and poignant tear jerker and their inclusion just felt awkward and out of place. I felt like I was reading two different halves of two different books. And to be honest, I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love the beginning of the book. I even love when she introduces the first angel because

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he just seems like a normal guy who wants to help Lily and make her life easier. He helps her find a job and feeds her and while his help seems a little too free and nice to be real (because we all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch), but well, I wanted to hope that someone could help shoulder Lily’s burdens and give her some good in her sad life. But oh no, it couldn’t stay simple. The guy had to turn out to be an angel. An angel who goes to her high school no less. And then, another angel crops up and Lily’s all, these two hot guys–I mean, angels cause angels really do exist–are in my life. What do I do?! Well, she does the only thing a naive human girl can do when faced with angels: she falls in love with one of them (the good one) and shuns the other (the evil one). Sigh.

This book has a lot of potential but I really felt like the paranormal twist was out of place and would have been better suited somewhere else. This would have made a great coming of age story and after the first hundred pages, that’s what I assumed I was getting. I was actually happy with that because it was so darn good. But as it stands, and I’ve mentioned about 12 times already, I find the fantastic elements awkward and unbelievable. Plus they come out of nowhere! We’re blindsided by angels and the endearing story first presented vanishes. Lily becomes more concerned with falling in love with one of them than anything else and it’s as if the tough, street-smart survivor of the first half disappears for good. The angels are constantly saving her instead of forcing her to save herself and as a result, the girl she is at the end of the book is a pale shadow in comparison to the feisty girl we’re first introduced to. It would have been so much better if this had remained a story of redemption and perserverence.

So in the end, I’ll give it 7/10.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: For the first half: 10. Lily could handle anything! She was so fragile yet brave and willing to stick by her little sister even though it would have been so easy to just wash her hands of her addict mother and walk out. When life gave her problems, she thought through them and made her situation work. She was smart on her feet, quick witted, and willing to take on the world even going so far as heading deep into the ghetto for fake IDs. For the second half: 2. Why did Lily become someone who needed saving constantly? Part one she’s managing to dodge drug dealers and over zealous frat boys. Part two she needs an angel to help her out of every difficult situation including attending high school classes. It’s a weird about face that just didn’t sit well.

How much did I like the love interest: Gabe or Eli. Bad angel or good angel? I can’t really come up with an accurate number here since I liked Gabe aka the bad angel when he was just a surfer dude trying to help Lily out. When he started getting manipulative and all badass angel, his coolness factor dropped to about a 2. Now Eli was immediately the good guy, helping Lily out of some stressful situations. But he was also the reason she started needing somebody to save her and he just ate that damsel in distress act up with a spoon. He was an enabler of the worst sort in that he actually wanted her to need him to save her.

How believable is the plot: For the first half: 10. Said it a million times but the first half was superb! I felt like I was forced to make agonizing decisions along with Lily and her darkest moments were pitch perfect. For the second half: Angels! I didn’t buy them showing up at all. Out of place and just AWKWARD.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 9. The writing is consistently good throughout and I’m gonna beat a dead horse here but the first half was nothing short of amazing. But when the angels showed up, all bets were off. I don’t remember any glaring grammar or spelling mistakes and the dialogue was pretty fluid. All in all, solid writing.

How much did I want to keep reading: 10. I kept wanting it to return to the poignant and compelling teen drama of the first half! The fact that it never did didn’t keep me from hoping…

Final Score: 7/10. Read it for the heart warming story of a girl facing insurmountable adversity and not for the paranormal twist. If you skipped to here from the spoiler section above, you’ve been warned: there is a twist and you may or may not see it coming!

****Disclaimer: I got this book for free from the author. I swear I didn’t bribe her in any way, or get paid for my review. And we might not be legit enough to need this disclaimer but after working at a law firm for many years it’s better safe than sorry!****

 

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Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Kindle edition

Warning, warning (and mainly this is for any of you out there who don’t like those who shall not be named and have had computers/other electrical devices fried by them after negative reviews): THERE BE ANGELS IN THESE PAGES…but you know what? Who cares!? This book is so good that you’ll wonder why you ever doubted them in the first place.

No, I am being serious. Really. Stop reading this review and get this book. I’ll wait.

Are you back? Do you have the book in front of you? What are you waiting for, crazy pants??? Read!

Plot:

After being born and orphaned in a convent in California, Anna is adopted by a single mom in Georgia. She grows up surrounded by love but thinking she’s a little offbeat in that she can read people’s emotions through the colors of their auras. This is strange but she thinks there’s nothing more to it. After going to a concert with best friend, Jay, Anna meets sexy/hot/dreamy/slutty but who cares(right?!) drummer Kaiden and her world is turned upside down. Turns out, she’s not as human as she thought: through Kaiden, Anna discovers that she’s actually a Nephillim, that is a human/angel child and she’s one of the rarest kinds, half guardian angel half dark angel. Each Nephillim or Neph as they’re affectionately called is linked to their dark angel (aka demon) parent and their jobs on Earth are to use their fathers gifts to cause trouble among humans. Lucky Anna is the daughter of the demon of addiction but because of her good angel half has been able to fight off a tendancy toward drugs and alcohol up to this point. Wanting to know more about her origins, Anna travels to California to seek out the nuns who helped at her birth and to meet her father who’s been incarcerated for the last 17 years. Kaiden, the son of the demon of Lust, accopanies her and a fragile relationship blooms between them. Little does Anna

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know that Neph cannot have relationships nor can they have their own lives. They are allowed to act for their fathers’ purpose and nothing more. Anna tries to break free from these barriers but the other Neph she encounters are unwilling to rock the boat and get themselves killed in defying the demon hierarchy. Will Kaiden and Anna get together? Will Anna let loose her addictive demonic side? Will the sequel hurry up and get here already?! Read on to find out.

Review:

OH. MY. GOODNESS. Ellen’s going to kill me, guys, cause I love

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me a book about Angels! This was so good that I don’t even know where to start. First off, the mythology is one we all know if we’ve had any exposure to the Bible. Angels fell from heaven and became demons. Fallen angels liked to get the hanky panky on with humans. Nephillim are the result of all that, etc. Wendy Higgins takes a mythology that is dry and overused and makes it oh so interesting by setting it in the modern world. Her depictions of demons are exactly what I’ve imagined and are just awesome to read. Nothing devolves into a blame game, bible thumping romp either. Following Anna’s awakening as a Neph, we’re presented with the demon/angel mythology and left to decide for ourselves what’s good and what’s bad. At times, the Neph are presented as reveling in their demonic natures and at others we can see they truly despise what they are. I really applaud Wendy Higgins for writing about angels and demons and not boring me. A lot of her descriptions of Anna could have become schmaltzy and holier than thou as this half angel/half demon girl wrestles with learning her true nature. But they never do. Instead Anna is presented as a mature teen who must decide for herself if she wants to embrace the dark or the light. She is extremely astute in her observations but she’s ultimately a teen so the way she flounders when handling emotions or certain situations is just spot on. Then there’s her relationship with Kaiden which just confuses things all the more. The son of the demon of lust, Kaiden’s work on Earth is to sleep with women. No joke. And when he sets his sights on Anna, I was about to implode from the fire! It’s done so tastefully though that nothing ever felt tawdry or as if the author were using sex to sell her book. In fact, Anna and Kaiden never do the deed because she wants to wait for a committed relationship. Again, this could have been represented in so many ways (so many boring ways at that!) but unlike many other books where the heroine saves herself for marriage, this one didn’t make me want to roll my eyes and gag. Anna is not averse to the sexy times, but she wants it to happen with someone she cares for and who cares for her in return. With all the rampant sex running through YA lit these days (and you know me, I’m not really complaining about it!), it’s refreshing to see a heroine make a commitment to herself. That’s not to say that she doesn’t waver in her decision and I liked that about Anna. It made her more relatable and appear as if she were truly battling the two halves of her nature. You really get to see her grow as a character and discover things about herself in a delicate and realistic manner. As we all know, that’s my absolute favorite part of YA fiction (beyond the cheesy love stories and hottie love interests of course), the transition away from child to adult by the teen characters; the act of maturing over time and learning to deal with incredible situations whether they be paranormal or otherwise. And oh my god it was pitch perfect here!

I do have one caveat: there are a ton of crazy names in Sweet Evil: Kaylah, Marna, Ginger, Blake, Kaiden, Gerlinda, Kamapo…the list is unending but I gotta tell you, it didn’t bother me one bit. a) because we’re dealing with mythological creatures and b) because almost everyone human has a normal name. Props to you, Wendy Higgins, for using the wacked out names in a logical way.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 10. Anna is truly one of those rare YA characters that has convictions but doesn’t harp on them or seem like a virgin, goody two shoes. I really believed in her decisions and her way of handling herself. She was honest and mature and exceedingly loyal to her friends. As she goes through a huge period of self discovery over the course of the book, it would have been so easy to delve into the negative side of her nature. She does have some forays into addiction under her father’s eye but never revels in them, instead finding the experiences crude at best.

How much did I like the love interest: 10. Kaiden is sex on a stick! This sums up his entire character for me: he and Anna are kissing and he asks her when her mom will be calling. She tells him in an hour and his response? “That is definitely not going to be enough time.” Uhhh, sign me up for that, son of the demon of lust! I am more than okay with your brand of hedonism.

How believable is the plot: 10. Setting aside all that you think is real and come on, this is a paranormal book so you’ve pretty much already done that, this plot is rocking! It is fast paced and interesting, even when it has long passages explaining the whole angel/demon mythology. I could really see a lot of the scenarios Higgins’ describes with people wavering over agonizing decisions and getting nudged by angels and demons on both sides.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. Wendy Higgins has one of those styles that lacks in adjectives but still opens up a whole world to us. I like to call it terse in that she gets to the heart of her meaning without beating around the bush. It’s fast paced, fluid, and exceptionnally well written. The dialogue is fabulous and the characters are flawlessly described and introduced. I want more from this author!

How much did I want to keep reading: 100000000. There’s going to be a sequel but who knows when! Wahh! I wonder how I can be one of her beta readers…cause I need more of Anna stat! I don’t even need more Kaiden (who am I kidding? I do!) but I want to learn more about the Neph and Anna’s role in their world so bad.

Final Score: 10/10. Love love love. Can’t say it enough. Get this book and if you don’t believe me, send me an email and we’ll discuss why you should: iloveyafiction at gmail.com

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Cover Reveal: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Y’all: Ellen is gonna be mad at me! Why is that, you’re probably gleefully asking yourself. Well, this cover reveal, for Lisa Voisin’s The Watcher, looks nothing short of amazing! And it involves…should I tell you? I don’t know, maybe you’ll be a little bit mad at me too. Okay, here it goes; I’ll just blurt it out: it involves angels and I really want to read it! Does that make me a bad person? We all know how much Ellen dislikes books involving angels. Well it gets worse: a few weeks ago, she gave a book involving angels a sub par ranking and then, the angels fried her computer. No joke. Her computer was fine until that review posted and then 10 minutes later it was unsalvageable to the point that the Geek Squad could do absolutely NOTHING with it. Eerie stuff, right?

I can’t see The Watcher doing that to me, though, can you? I mean, look at how pretty this cover is:

And now read the summary. Something that sounds this good for Judith can’t be wrong. Can it?

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Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old
Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She
also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and
somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and
attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though
he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof,
Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand.
Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes
them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden
love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven
and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has
returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again?
Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

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Okay, let’s get real here: generally we don’t do so well with novels about

past lives but this one promises to be uber-good.

Plus the publisher is giving away a really cool pendant/necklace set to whet our whistles until the books March 2013 release date (yes, it really is THAT far away). Click the picture below for all the details directly from Inkspell Publishing:

My only request is that if you win, will you please send some of those good angel vibes our way? Both Ellen and her computer will thank you for it.

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A Strange Fire by L.H. Cosway

A Strange Fire by L.H. Cosway

Publisher: Self-Published, 2012

Format: Kindle

Hey folks, I’m back! Sorry I’ve been away for so long but my classes were seriously back-heavy (is that even an expression?) and it’s been an insane month and a half. But now classes are over and I can re-dedicate my life to reading and blogging (side note – I wish I could re-dedicate my life to eating at every Whataburger in the USA like a retired couple I just read about but alas, I currently live in a Whataburger-free zone. Sads.).

Plot: Florence (Flo) has had a tough life. Her dad is a jerk face drug dealer who takes great pleasure in emotionally torturing his daughter for being shy, having a stutter, and seeing things that aren’t visible – auras. Out of nowhere Flo’s father decides to send her to live with a grandmother she barely knows and Flo sees this as a chance to finally escape from her awful life. On the first day at her new school the teacher asks Flo to introduce herself to the class. When Flo stutters through her introduction butt-face John makes fun of her and then hottie hot hot Frank stands up for her and tells butt-face John to shut up. Flo can’t believe this hot guy would stand up for her like that, but she’s even more amazed by what she sees when she looks at the auras of Frank and his adopted brothers – they’re all a fiery orange color Flo has never before seen. What does this color signify? Why is such a hottie paying attention to shy Flo? And are Flo’s scary, possibly prophetic, dreams connected with the mysterious death two years ago of her new friend Caroline’s cousin?

Review: I’m not going to lie, I’m seriously torn on this one. Flo is a pretty okay girl although she should definitely stand up for herself more. Frank has that mysterious hottie with a bad boy past thing going on. I don’t mind the auras or prophetic dream stuff since I’m pretty comfortable with believing in auras and, as Flo points out several times, Buffy had prophetic dreams and I love all things Buffy. Even the witches were palatable, and I have to admit I did kinda side with the head witch at one point when Flo just didn’t understand the awesomeness that is Celine Dion (btw, that’s not a joke – I saw Celine in concert once and no one can deny – lady can seriously sing). But this book contains my #1 YA deal breaker: ANGELS. I just can’t handle angels you guys. I mean, I can barely handle them in a story at all but the idea of angels coming to Earth and having sexy times with humans and making half-human half-angel babies? No way. Angels to me are like heavenly Ken dolls and incapable of sexy times. And then you throw in an angel whose “physical form is that of a dragon with three heads, one of which is human”?? Okay I just can’t get there. And it pains me to write that because I was actually enjoying the book until the angel crap turned up. So I’m going to ignore the angel stuff for a moment and concentrate on what I liked.

I liked Flo’s friendship with Caroline, despite the fact that this friendship is for some reason completely forgotten about halfway through the book. Flo really gained a lot of confidence in herself as the book progressed which I also enjoyed. Mostly, though, I really liked the relationship between Flo and Frank and the gradual way it formed. Despite the fact that he’s pretty smitten with her from the very beginning, their actual romantic relationship slowly develops. Frank understands how shy Flo is and that her stutter is an external manifestation of being uncomfortable in a situation and works hard to gain her trust. He stands up for her several times when butt-face John is being mean, he understands her reticence to talk about her difficult past, and he immediately accepts that she’s got some unconventional stuff going on in her life. Of course little does Flo know that’s because Frank is pretty unconventional himself, but when she quickly figures it out Frank never denies being different, just asks for time to figure out how to tell her. Their relationship, both just as friends and as when they romantically get together, is definitely the best part of the book.

In the end I’m going to give this one a 7 out of 10.   

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 8. Flo really seemed to become a much stronger and more self-assured character as the book progressed. While at the beginning she would have to pop Xanax in order to deal with her anxiety and shyness, by the end she was able to stand up for herself and fight to protect the people she cares about. She also gains a lot of confidence in her abilities and while I’m not sure I believe that all people who can see auras are empaths she does try to help people by altering their auras. And while, as I said, I really liked her relationship with Frank, I also had to question why she wasn’t more freaked by the fact that the only time Frank ever feels peace is when Flo is near. I’d really have to wonder how much a guy likes me for me when there’s this other factor going on, but Flo seems to easily set it aside.

How much did I like the love interest: 9. Well I’m shallow and Frank sounds hot. Plus he has that mysterious bad boy past that I love. Despite his messed up childhood and personal demons (hehe. Inside joke) he’s great with his family and stands up for Flo even before he knows her. He is also patient with her and supportive of her desire to take things slow. He doesn’t judge her based on her stutter (which honestly I’ve never understood – why do some people thing a stutter signifies lower intelligence? Idiots). All in all he’s a pretty stand-up guy.

How believable is the plot:  5. Several of the characters are children of angels who came to Earth and had sex with humans. I just can’t handle it.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 3. I’m normally pretty lenient with this aspect but according to the author’s bio she’s a proofreader and was an English major. In my book that means there’s no excuse for the numerous mistakes which should have been caught. Incorrect word choices (ie: Frank had someone “in toe” not “in tow”), its vs. it’s, past vs. passed. I could go on but I won’t.

How much did I want to keep reading: 6. It took me a while to get into this one and a vast majority of the book is just Flo’s internal monologue but when the relationship with Frank picked up I didn’t want to stop reading. And then when the angel crap came up I really didn’t want to stop reading just because I was hoping I was delusional and angels weren’t actually being thrown in along with all the other supernatural happenings.

Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 5. Yeah, 5. That might be the most of any book I’ve reviewed (I’m blocking out that which shall not be named) just because my first YA book in forever and it has to include my YA nemesis? There’s only so much a reviewer can handle after the month I’ve had.

Final Score: 7/10. I have to admit if I didn’t feel the way I do about angels my review would probably be closer to an 8-9 but with all the errors there’s no way this one is a 10. Oh and I’m assuming this is the first in a series based upon the ending, but I’m pretty happy to leave these characters where they are.

 

****Disclaimer: I got this book for free from the author. I swear I didn’t bribe her in any way, or get paid for my review. And we might not be legit enough to need this disclaimer but after working at a law firm for many years it’s better safe than sorry!****

 

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Angel Burn by LA Weatherly


Angel Burn
by LA Weatherly

Publisher: Candlewick (May 24, 2011)

Format: Kindle Edition

Plot:

In her local high school, Willow Fields is known as beyond weird.  She wears funky, thrift store clothing, can fix a carburetor like nobody’s business, has a mother who’s mental, and gives honest to god psychic readings to the people who need them.  When one of her classmates asks to be read, what Willow sees sets off a series of events that rock the very foundation of her world.  With her gift, Willow learns that angels do indeed exist.  When not in their human forms, they are golden, shining beings of light so beautiful and radiant that noone can resist them.  However the euphoria and love humans feel is actually called Angel Burn and is a byproduct of angels feeding off the very life force of people.   Scarily enough, angels have been using people as food for centuries and when Willow attempts to blow the lid on their means of existence, all hell breaks loose.  Soon she is on the run from the angels themselves, the CIA, and the adoring humans who have Angel Burn. To stay alive, Willow reluctantly joins forces with an angel assassin named Alex who seems to know more about her than he lets on and is too darned appealing for his own good. Together they race across the States, battling anyone who tries to stop them in an attempt to uncover the truth about why the angels are here, what they are planning, and where Willow’s psychic abilities come from.

Review:

Ellen seems to think there are way too many angel books out there right now but this is only the second one I’ve read so the whole overly used angel paradigm didn’t annoy me in the slightest.  In fact, LA Weatherly’s revised take on angels blew me away.  It is utterly unique. I mean, seriously, angels as the bad guys? Wha…? It was hard to fathom at first but once I convinced myself that they were nothing more than energy suckers of the first order intent on using humans as cattle, I liked it. A LOT. It’s refreshing to see angels disassociated with a higher being, even more so to see them as the downfall of humanity. But while I enjoyed Weatherly’s take on angels, the plot left a lot to be desired.  Everything is predictable. Every single thing.  Willow’s rocky relationship with Alex and then their inevitable slide into true love could be seen from a mile away. I guessed the reason for Willow’s psychic abilities within 5 pages and when Alex and Willow take off on their road trip, hoping to meet up with some of Alex’s angel killer buddies, you see what’s going to happen almost immediately.  Even the ending, where Willow attempts to block more angels from coming into our world, could be figured out several chapters beforehand. With its rampant predictability and hefty length (464 pages!), this book just dragged on after the first few interesting chapters.  Even Alex, the hottie assassin, couldn’t hold my attention for long.  And we all know that’s saying something as a hot main character with muscled forearms and wavy hair is usually enough to get me through the slowest of books. But with Angel Burn, I found myself skipping passages and then entire pages just to get it over with. Don’t get me wrong: this book isn’t bad. It’s just overly long and utterly predictable and as a result, I really could have cared less about the ending.  The fact that there’s a sequel just didn’t spur me on in the least. The writing is sparse but rich in its creation of a world overrun by energy sucking angels. But in the end, it couldn’t save a ho-hum plot from itself.

Based on the following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 6.  Willow started out as a 10 because she wore thrift store clothing and fixed cars but as soon as she started babbling on about how much she love felt for Alex when all he did was kidnap her and protect her rather reluctantly from angels, I wanted to throttle her and shout, “Girlfriend! Pull yourself together! Stockholm syndrome is not your friend!”

How much did I like the love interest: 6.  Alex sounds like a hottie mchotterson.  He’s killed angels since he was 12 and drives a black porsche on his downtime.  He’s silent and strong but…he’s boring! He doesn’t have a spark at all.  I didn’t really feel any particular kinship to him and didn’t really care when he and Willow finally declared their love for each other.  He just seemed like some girl’s idea of what the perfect guy would be like and it fell flat.

How believable is the plot: 8. Props to LA Weatherly for making a book about evil angels.  It was uniquely dystopian yet believable.  Probably the fact that I could predict everything that happened made it seem more believable than it was but…she still gets mad points for creating a wholly new plot about angels.

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 7. The writing was straightforward and well done but the book just dragged on and was in need of some serious editing.  If she had cut out about 150 pages, I would have been much happier.  As it stands, it’s far too long and includes passages that are just superfluous.

How much did I want to keep reading: 1. I was so glad when this book was over.  Did I mention that it was predictable? And way too long? Did I? Well, believe me: if you get nothing else out of this review, get that.  I didn’t care one iota about the end and probably won’t read the sequel (unless I’m forced to review it and Ellen refuses since she “doesn’t read those angel books”.)

Final Score: 5.6 / 10. Well, predictably, this book only gets a high 5.  It’s initial premise notwithstanding, it’s just dull and the action never feels like it’s going anywhere.  Initially I enjoyed it and then I just didn’t. Not the best accolade for any book.

If the publisher would just get a good editor in there who isn’t afraid to cut out a bunch of useless crap, it would be awesome.  As it stands, all I can say is read it for the angels but get ready to skip a whole lot.

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