Angel Fire (Angel Trilogy Series #2)

Angel Fire (Angel Trilogy Series #2)

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by L. A. Weatherly
     
 

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In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. Willow's prophetic dream points them to Mexico City, where they connect with a fledgling group of angel killers led by the exotically beautiful Kara, an Angel Killer from Alex's past. But the team remains suspicious of Willow, even after the more-experienced Alex

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In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. Willow's prophetic dream points them to Mexico City, where they connect with a fledgling group of angel killers led by the exotically beautiful Kara, an Angel Killer from Alex's past. But the team remains suspicious of Willow, even after the more-experienced Alex takes over as leader, training them hard for a rush attack on the Seraphic Council, or "The Twelve." This elite group of all-powerful angels is also under the scrutiny of Willow's angel-father, Raziel, who has his own sinister plan to defeat them.

What Willow hasn't told Alex is that there was also a mysterious boy in her dream, one she felt overpoweringly attracted to. When brooding, gorgeous Seb shows up in the flesh, he turns out to be another - possibly the world's only other - half angel. He's been searching for Willow all his life, and when Alex enlists this rival to help keep Willow safe, he can't predict what chemistry will pass between them . . . or how far Willow might go to keep Alex safe. Will their love endure or spell doomsday for the human race?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Beth Karpas
Like a long-awaited sophomore album, Angel Fire at once fills a longing and yet does not quite live up to expectations. Willow and Alex head to Mexico, but they cannot find peace, because this is the second book in a planned trilogy. The challenges for the pair are not just the invasive angels of the first book (Angel Burn [Candlewick, 2011/VOYA June 2011]) that feed off human life forces, but also a slew of new characters. First and foremost is Seb, another half-angel, who has been searching his whole life for the girl half-angel of his dreams (Willow). When the two meet, their psychic link is too close for Alex, whose own doubts are fueled by the hostility of his own old friend and another angel killer, Kara. Raziel, the angel villain and Willow's father, as well as a new angelic council, are also imminent threats. There is no need to read book one to enjoy book two, but first time readers may not have the patience for Willow and Alex's love traumas, and, like Raziel, may find them self-involved and even boring. Yet the world that Weatherly has created is fascinating, the challenge of fighting the angelic Second Wave is intriguing, and once their love lives are worked out, this reader, for one, cannot wait for the continued adventures of Alex, Willow, Seb, and the other angel killers as they try to save earth and its people. Reviewer: Beth Karpas
Kirkus Reviews
An epic fight against evil, predatory angels takes a back seat to romance in the second of this planned trilogy. Angels intend to turn humans into farm animals as they invade the earth. They feed on human auras, leaving their willing and ecstatic victims sick and dying. Meanwhile, heroine Willow, a half-angel, basks in her true love for boyfriend Alex, an "angel killer," as they travel to Mexico City to hunt the angel high council. Another half-angel, a Mexican boy named Seb, strongly senses that Willow exists and constantly searches for her. Willow finds herself drawn to Seb when they meet, yet she never wavers in her love for Alex. Alex, however, breaks up with her in a fit of jealousy. Amid all of this repetitious romantic torment Weatherly keeps up the plot against the angels, although it simmers in the background through much of this shamelessly overlong story. The book needs to be cut by at least a third in order to sharpen the romance writing. The author writes the exciting suspense portions of the story with far more clarity. Nonetheless, the target audience likely won't complain. Certainly the book's imaginative twist on angels deserves a look. This lengthy installment in the series has inventive premise and some thrilling moments, but both are largely smothered by adolescent angst. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
From the Publisher
Full of action, romance, and suspense, ANGEL FIRE is a must-read for fans of the first book.
—School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Angel-killer Alex and half-angel Willow travel together to Mexico City, where the angels' powers are growing. There they meet Sebastian, another half-angel, and Willow feels an instant connection to him despite her blossoming romance with Alex. Tensions run high when the teens join a group of inexperienced angel killers who don't like or understand Alex and Willow's relationship, but they all must work together to have any hope of defeating the Church of Angels. The strain of living in a small, tight-knit community, along with Willow's increasingly confusing feelings about Seb, drives a wedge between her and Alex, and when he starts showing signs of angel burn, she begins to wonder if she is causing him harm. In the meantime, the group of angel killers is developing a dangerous plan to infiltrate the Church of Angels headquarters, and when help arrives from an unexpected source, they must quickly decide whom to trust, because failure will almost certainly result in the death of some or all of the group. Full of action, romance, and suspense, Angel Fire is a must-read for fans of the first book.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763656799
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Series:
Angel Trilogy Series, #2
Pages:
638
Sales rank:
330,892
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 5.86(h) x 1.89(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

L.A. Weatherly is the author of several books for young adults, including Child X. About Angel, she says, "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." L.A. Weatherly was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now lives in England with her husband.

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