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Angel by L. A. Weatherly
  

Angel

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If Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy and Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire then without a doubt L. A. Weatherly has reinvented the angel in this powerful, dark and hugely suspenseful novel that switches effortlessly as it does between fast-paced action adventure and heart-stopping romance. It’s the story of Alex, an angel assassin and it’s his job to rid the world of these despicable creatures before they suck the life force from ordinary mortals who themselves believe they are their future and yearn to catch a glimpse of them. To Alex though the only good angel is a dead one, until that is, he meets Willow, an angel who he finds irresistible and he’s falling in love with… This is the first in a compelling and utterly mesmerising paranormal romance trilogy from a writer to watch.

L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel:
I've known Alex for a long time. He first came to me as a character almost twenty years ago, when he was a thief in a fantasy setting – an expert with knives rather than guns. Nothing came of that particular novel, but Alex always stayed with me. He refused to go away, in fact! And over the years, I began to wonder about redoing his story completely, and placing him in a contemporary setting. Read more - click here.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Angel a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Angel is the new sensation that will grip your heart and play with your head. It was the perfect mixture of passion, innocence and adventure that really got my blood boiling.'

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Angel by L. A. Weatherly

In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he's found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin - of angels. Forget everything you've heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel...until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow...with devastating consequences. This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the Twilight series.

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Ellie Frost, adult - Alex kills angels, but not angels as we think of them. These angels are parasites, feeding off human energy to survive. A gothic romance, this is a real page-turner. Click here to read the full review.

Emer O'Brien, age 16 - Angel by LA Weatherly, is an enjoyable read which provides a fresh and interesting twist on angle mythology, which in the current vampire obsessed era is refreshing. Lots of fun and easy to read. Click here to read the full review.

Rebecca Tyrrell - Angel is an amazing book...It has highs, lows, romance and action- the perfect mixture for an exciting and addictive read. Click here to read the full review.

Jenny Duffy, age 20 - A compelling paranormal read with action, adventure, romance, and some seriously scary angels. Click here to read the full review.

Molly Hudson, age 12 - Fantastic book, my favourite I've read this year so far! Very exciting; loved the romance, fantasy, car chases, the road trip and especially love that all my angel illusions are over forever! Click here to read the full review.

Ayesha Afghan - Angel is a thrilling romance novel aimed at teenagers...L.A Weatherly has done a very good job to write this book. I definitely want to read other books by this author. Click here to read the full review.

Rachel Bourn, age 14 -
This is a fantastic book, with some really fresh ideas. There have been many books concerning angels, but Angel really has a bite! Click here to read the full review.

Jhaneel - 'Absolutely breathtaking! If you're looking for a book to thoroughly enjoy and pine for what happens next, this series should definitely be on your reading list.' Click here to read the full review.

Calum Stillie - 'Angel killer, Alex, and half angel, Willow, unite in this romantic, yet scary, high octane adventure in their fight to overcome the angels.' Click here to read the full review.

Harriet Cunningham - 'I am a massive fan of L.A.Weatherly after reading these books and as someone who has read both this book, and the sequel, I can assure you that the quality continues.' Click here to read the full review.

Harriett Batty - 'The term “angel” means angelic and most desired creatures. But the book ‘Angel’ by L.A. Weatherly, tells of romance, action and so much more.' Click here to read the full review.

Delilah Acworth - 'Angel is the new sensation that will grip your heart and play with your head. It was the perfect mixture of passion, innocence and adventure that really got my blood boiling.' Click here to read the full review.

Jade Craddock - 'The creativity and imagination of this novel is unparalleled and with two more books in the series this epic looks set to get even more interesting. Move over vampires, it’s the turn of the angels.' Click here to read the full review.

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Praise for Angel:

"The world of the book is dark and exciting. The characters are brilliantly drawn, the style will appeal enormously to the Twilight generation and the plot is fantastically full of suspense, drama - and romance!" Liz Kessler, bestselling children's author

“Full of suspense and beautifully written.” - The Sun

“Angel fever is spreading.” - The Observer

“Packed with suspense and drama." - Daily Mail

“[Angel] switches effortlessly between fast-paced action-adventure and heart-stopping romance. Mizz says check it out!” - Mizz

“A celestial stunner.” - The Lancashire Evening Post

“Fresh, imaginative, hugely entertaining and highly addictive. A stunning read.” - Ryan Woods, Empire of Books Blog

“It's a sin to miss a book this good!” - Dwayne, Girls Without a Bookshelf Blog

“An absolutely compelling book, by turns tense, romantic, scary.” - Our Book Reviews Blog

About the Author

L. A. Weatherly

L. A Weatherly was born in Arkansas, and moved to the UK in 1995. Her first book, Child X, was shortlisted for the Sheffield, Leicester and Red House Book Awards and was also chosen by the American Library Association as one of their ‘Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers’. She lives in Hampshire.

L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel, the first in the trilogy:

I've known Alex for a long time. He first came to me as a character almost twenty years ago, when he was a thief in a fantasy setting – an expert with knives rather than guns. Nothing came of that particular novel, but Alex always stayed with me. He refused to go away, in fact! And over the years, I began to wonder about redoing his story completely, and placing him in a contemporary setting.

Willow came to me at the same time that Alex first did – her name was Jhia at that point – but she didn't feel fully formed until I started thinking about a contemporary storyline. Then her name changed to Willow, and I realised that not only was she psychic, but that she loved tinkering around with cars.

Once I had that, I had the rough premise of the story: suddenly I knew that Willow had psychically seen something that she shouldn't have, and Alex was a teenaged hit man. The two of them join forces instead, and fall in love.

I loved the feel of this, but that was as far as I got for several years. Though I kept writing snippets of the story (it nagged and nagged at me, really wanting to be told!), I knew that the premise as it stood wouldn't work. If Alex was a real-life hit man, then a happy ending wouldn't be very likely! And I like happy endings. I wanted this to be an action-packed, epic story, but also essentially a romance. So, the story stayed in the wardrobe of my mind for a long time – taken out occasionally to think about, but nothing more.

Then, in a bookstore about a year ago, I saw all of the books about angels that were out. Rather than focusing on the religious aspects of angels, these books seemed to be about something more: the idea of angels as very personal helpers to humans; friendly beings who you could call on for anything from helping you find a parking space to saving your life.

And as I looked at all the titles, I thought…what if angels weren't really what they seemed? What if we only thought they were kind, but in fact they had their own agenda? What if they were really beings to be feared, instead of admired?

With one of those almost-audible clicks that writers sometimes get, the two story ideas came together into a glorious whole.

Angel happened very quickly after that; it seemed to write itself. Writers aren't supposed to have favourites of their own books, but Angel is incredibly special to me – I've known and loved the characters for a very long time. I'm thrilled that Alex and Willow finally have their own story, and are going out into the world. It's been a long time coming!

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Publication date

1st October 2010

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L. A. Weatherly

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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

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Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Paranormal Fiction
NewGen - YA Fiction
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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781409521969

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