Sunday, April 17, 2011
Angel Burn (ARC), by L.A. Weatherly
Favorite things: Willow (in many regards), because she breaks gender-stereotypes with her love of mechanics and I always love girls that do "boy" things; the different take on angels; the various settings, including many that I know personally; the travel element; the designs at the beginning of each chapter (they're an intricate pattern of swirls and lines); the fight scenes and action elements including gun shooting and the concept in general.
Criticisms: Willow spent a lot of the book with a self-deprecating attitude that got old; it was written in alternating perspectives, which isn't normally a problem for me, but it switched back and forth from the first-person to third-person each time and that was distracting. It's easy to read a book from either point of view, but when it switched (sometimes very abruptly) it broke my willing suspension of disbelief for a minute as I was brought back to reality to think consciously about what just happened and reacquaint myself with what I was reading. Other than that, it also lagged in a few places and was very long, so I felt that some of the 450 pages could have been trimmed down for a more concise story. I would've liked this book more if the perspective had been omnipresent or the same choice for the whole book and if it had been shorter.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars... could've been better, but I'm still going to read the next one whenever it comes out. Angel Burn is scheduled for release in May of 2011. :)
Note: I was able to read this book as part of an ARC tour in exchange for my honest review. I did not pay for this book, however that did not affect my opinion or review in any way.