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The angels are back…

* Spoiler alert *

Well the sad time has come…I have finished Angel Fire; the second installment from the epic ‘Angel’ trilogy. It’s been a long time coming and the anticipation for this book has been huge. Was it worth the wait? In a word, yes.

When I first received the big parcel from Usborne I was very excited. I would finally learn what was to become of Willow and Alex…in 700-odd glorious pages. As i sat down to read this book (usually in the bath because it was too heavy to carry around in my bag all day) I realised I had forgotten a lot of what happened in the first book but as I got to know the characters again, it all came flooding back.

I was hesitant with ‘Angel Fire’ being such a long book. At 700 pages could it really keep me interested and could Alex and Willow’s story develop anymore? With the introduction of Seb, the elusive other half-angel with a shady past ‘Angel Fire’ created a whole new dynamic. For the first time, L. A. Weatherly let the characters loose with other characters and the results is a hugely compelling, action-packed romantic thriller which I couldn’t put down.

I loved it from start to finish. I knew I would because I have every faith in Lee Weatherly as an author. From blog perusing and twitter stalking it dawned on me that a lot of people had a problem with the introduction of Seb and how Willow and Alex would react. After all, the one thing they could always rely on was one another and with Seb, their whole understanding and reliance on one another completely shifted. But I was never apprehensive about Seb. In fact, I loved the introduction of his character and the new possibilities he created for the storyline and you know what? I think Alex and Willow are even stronger for it. Their lives are still at risk and they’ve still got a hell of an ongoing battle to fight against the angels, but they’re not alone and I look forward to the character devlopments book three will bring.

I’ve been recommending ‘Angel Fire’ to all my customers, making sure they pick up a copy of the first book but it’s also so encouraging to have people come in and ask for the new book because ‘they loved Angel so much’.

And you should have heard the squeals when I told two teenage girls that film rights have been optioned…

‘Angel Fire’

L. A. Weatherly

9781409522010

£7.99

Usborne

October 2011

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Today the Angel Fire blog tour is stopping here and it’s about time we find out more about the elusive (and gorgeous Seb) and just why Willow is so drawn to him…

But first, a little more about the Angel Trilogy and why it’s just so amazing. I was first made aware of ‘Angel’ by L.A. Weatherly last year when I did some work with Usborne. Ever since reading it on my commute to and from London I’ve been hooked and it’s been a long year waiting for this sequel ‘Angel Fire’. It’s 700+ pages of pure YA drama and I’m torn between finishing it as quickly as possible or saviouring the feeling of reading something for the first. time.

The blog tour began over at My Favourite Books http://myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/angel-fire-blog-tour-in-depth-interview.html Liz spoke to Lee Weatherly all about the new book and the writing of it. What a fantastic start to the blog tour, and now it’s about time we have a little chat about Seb!

ANGEL book cover

CHARACTER FOCUS: SEB 

Sometimes in writing you get a lightning-flash that you know instantly is right – Seb was one of them. Playing around with ideas for book two, Angel Fire, I suddenly wondered what would happen if Willow met another half-angel. More than that, what if she met a boy half-angel? The thought sent shivers through me – because, of course, this boy half-angel would be able to understandWillow in a way Alex couldn’t. The potential tension and drama this posed were irresistible. (Writers LOVE tension, so long as it’s fictional!)

 

At first, I had it in my head that Seb was a charming rogue – a user. An early scene I wrote had him breaking out of a young offenders’ facility, but refusing to help a younger boy; another had him using his flirtatious charm to scrounge food in a marketplace. I quickly realized that I didn’t like this Seb very much – and more importantly, I couldn’t imagine Willow liking him, either.

 

Back to the drawing board. This time, I let Seb himself take the lead, and a wholly different character emerged: quietly determined; a teasing sense of humour; a complex mix of sociability and introvert. Despite Seb’s difficult past, all that mattered to him was finding his phantom half-angel girl. When he finally meetsWillow, it’s like he’s discovered the other half of his soul.

 

Ah. Now this was a Seb I could imagineWillow being very drawn to.

 

Probably the most difficult part about bringing Seb into the mix was that I myself became a little too enamoured with him! At times I had to work at getting the balance right, because of course Alex is still very much the story’s hero. What’s lovely about having Seb in the series is that it means the tension will continue … because I rather imagine that we haven’t seen the last of the love triangle yet.

 

What can I say?Willowis a very lucky girl!

 

– L. A. Weatherly

It’s so interesting to find out about characters; how they were created and what drives them. It seems in this case, Seb was true to his character and took control of the situation. He’s created a whole new dynamic to the book opening it all up to so much possibility. Whether people will be accepting of Seb stepping on Alex’s toes is another thing altogether. So, are you Team Seb or Team Alex?

Next up on the Angel Fire Blog Tour is http://withoutabookshelf.blogspot.com/ on Thursday ‘From Mexico, with Love’.

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ANGEL book cover

The angels are back…and they want revenge. But in the second installment of the fantastic Angel trilogy by L.A. Weatherly, Willow and Alex have got help.

To celebrate the publication of Angel Fire on 1st October, I am taking part in the Angel Fire Blog Tour. Starting tomorrow the blog will cover evwerything from Q&A with the lovely Lee to finding out about the mysterious Seb (trust me, you really want to know more about him).

The blog tour stops at mine on Tuesda. You will have to wait for the review…the book is over 700 pages long. But for now here is the blog schedule. Enjoy and do let me know what you think.

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It’s been something of an Angel themed week and to finish it off before the publication of ‘Angel’ on 1st October, here is my review. I was given a finished copy of ‘Angel’ from Usborne to review on here. As I work in a bookstore, I have also arranged a book signing event with Lee Weatherly on 29th October which I’m very excited about.

I’m always a bit sceptical about teen reads which continue an ongoing trend. To this day I have not read the Twilight books. I think it grates on my friend’s nerves that I haven’t been open to it, and I probably should be. So when given ‘Angel’ I was worried I wouldn’t be open in my opinion of that book…I needn’t have worried, it’s fantastic, it’s original and I will be pestering Usborne for a review copy of the sequel as soon as it comes in.

Willow Fields doesn’t fit in with the usual teen crowd at school. She fixes cars and actually enjoys doing it, much to her friend Nina’s embarassment and she has another unusual talent…she’s psychic. Willow has never really given this much thought until she does a reading for someone that will change her and everyone’s lives forever.

There is an unseen growing threat in the world; angels. These seemingly beautiful, serene creatures are here on earth for selfish reasons and their powers are literally draining the life out of everyone who looks at them. Willow seems to be the only one who can see this danger as everyone else is affected by the mind controlling ‘angel-burn’. That is until she meets angel killer Alex. He is trained to see angels for what they are; evil. So why is he after Willow?

Willow and Alex, forced into relying on each other for the sake of their lives, soon learn that the saying ‘live together or die alone’ is very much in play and they soon find themselves falling in love against their own better judgement and they embark on a dangerous journey to save humankind.

Angel is quite simply thrilling. It has everything you could possibly want or need from a young adult/teen read. The intense drama builds quietly through the first few chapters and soon you are catapulted into a world that was once so safe and is now in danger of being overrun by Angels. The concept that angels could be evil was difficult to overcome at first but this made the actions of all the ‘angel-burned’ humans all the more justified and real. Willow herself is catapulted from bedroom psychic readings to being shot at on a daily basis. Her yearnings for her mother, and for the sanctuary of home make an otherwise unique, disarming character relatable and ironically; more human.

For so much to happen in only the first book, I can’t begin to imagine where the sequel will lead us but I can tell you this; I am well and truly hooked and Angel is a book I will recommend to anyone who will listen, but with the added reminder that “the only good angel is a dead angel”!   

This book is going to be huge, and one that will stick around for a while…angels aren’t that easy to get rid off!

‘Angel’ by L.A. Weatherly is published by Usborne 1st October 2010

9781409521969

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The Angel blog tour is happening throughout September and October to promote the release of Angel the first of three books by L.A Weatherly.

When asked what I wanted to participate in for this blog tour, I was keen to find out about Lee’s literary inspirations and so set her the challenge of telling us her five favourite books. The answers I got surprised and charmed me, not least because she is a fellow Tove Jansson fan…

“It’s really hard to choose, as there are so many books I love, so I’ve just gone with the top 5 titles that I find myself returning to again and again. They’re pretty diverse!”

1. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. Very dated in some of its attitudes, but nothing beats it for sheer storytelling.

 

2. The Rama series, Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. And I’m not even a science fiction fan. But just read them, they’re amazing.

 

3. The Edge of the Cloud, K. M. Peyton. I love all the Flambards books, but particularly this one, which focuses on the romance between Christina and Will. I fell completely in love with Will as a teenager.

 

4. Moominpappa at Sea, Tove Jansson. My favourite of the Moomin books (which I’m a huge fan of!). Dark and brooding.

 

5. The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis. I reread the Narnia books every few years or so. This one is a particular favourite; I love the journey with Puddleglum, and the captive prince in the world without sunlight.

What a diverse list of books indeed, thanks Lee! I thought it would be interesting to compare these five books against Angel as I can certainly see where a few inspirations come from.

Angel is a fast-paced thriller certainly but is a hybrid of romance and sci-fi…it’s got everything you could possibly want from a book. Gone With the Wind is a beautiful story, beautifully told. Like Scarlett O’Hara, Willow Shields in Angel is a lonely, captivating figure…one of intrigue to other men.

I’ve not read any sci-fi if I’m entirely honest. It lurks away in the recesses of bookshop walls but certainly with an story such as Angel, it’s important to explore all elements of the sci-fi genre.

Lee talks of her teen crush Will from Edge of the Cloud. Similarly I find myself drawn to Alex in Angel. His heroic nature is admirable yet he’s also very disarming in his growing concern for Willow which to me makes him so much more attractive.

Any fan of The Moomin’s is top notch in my books. We all need a little fun and escapism in life and it becomes quite clear that Jansson provides this…for a lot of unsuspecting people.

And finally, a Narnia tale, The Silver Chair. I love the tales by C.S. Lewis and whilst I don’t remember this tale so well from my childhood I do remember that feeling of possibility. When Aslan comes back to life, anything is possible and we see this in Angel as the angels take path in a book that is sure to open up the market for books about Angel.

It’s been a lot of fun participating in this blog tour, and I hope Lee has had fun being grilled by everyone. Please check back here tomorrow morning for my review of Angel.

 

http://www.usborne.com/angel/

 

Pre-order Angel at http://www.usborne.com/angel/pre-order.aspx

ISBN: 9781409521969, PB

Published 1st October 2010

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I’m sure you have all seen me singing the praises of ‘Angel’ by L.A. Weatherly on twitter, a new book published October 2010 by Usborne. Part of a stunning trilogy this book is not about vampires, nor werewolves…now it’s all about Angels!

‘The only good angel is a dead angel’

‘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. She has no idea where she gets this power from…

But Alex does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex 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.’

It’s an absolutely amazing book, I can’t wait to spread the word and after my long train journey today in which I will finally finish Angel, I’ll be posting my review. Just in time for my participation in the Angel blog tour. On the poster below, you can see all participating blogs as L.A. Weatherly lets us in to the world of Alex and Willow.

Next Wednesday L.A. Weatherly will be telling me her top five favourite teen reads that inspire her.

For more information on the book and forthcoming titles in the trilogy visit www.angelfever.com and view the gripping trailer here

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