“Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel!”
Ok, that’s a big statement. I agree with Meyer changing the whole view of vampires as the glittering, marble hard and pale creatures. While I haven’t read Atermis Fowl series (which I will, soon), I’m pretty much aware of its popularity (my sister is living, breathing testimony of it). So as far as agreeing with that bold remark, I’m more on the not-so-much side. However, I’m not saying it’s bad, I like the book in fact. But regarding it as a breakthrough series and changing the popular angel culture, sad to say, Angel by L.A. Weatherly is not quite there.
On first with the positives, it’s kinda nice that the book has an alternating perspective (from first pov to third pov), so you see a different angle of the story instead of one way vision through the narrator’s eye. A little confusing at times but you’ll get the hang of it.
For the characters, Alex is a nice guy. The third pov on his side doesn’t give too much, but at least you get a glimpse of what the guy thinks. He is somehow…hmm, subtle for a guy. Having said that, I’m not doubting his masculinity (subtleness is absolutely not a way to measure a guy’s manliness). The only book I have read that have the guy’s point of view is Perfect Chemistry and When It Happens. Both of the guy, let say for honesty, they have a very vulgar minds. Alex is a bit restrained and I like it. The simple gesture, and understanding of Willow’s action is much more, in a lack proper word, romantic. And truth to be told, I like (preferred) guys like him – respectful. You know what he thinks is more than what meets the eye. There’s a definite depth to his personality that pass the superficial impression.
Willow, on the other hand, is a cool chick – know a lot about cars (for a girl that’s cool); a loving daughter, and doesn’t care about what people think, hence wearing clothes from thrift shops. Aside from being practical, I like her overall personality – vulnerable at times, strong in other ways. Making her more, um, real (sans the half angel dilemma) to me.
The relationship of Willow and Alex to sum up is sweet, a little corny and somewhat romantic. I like how they find time to understand each other’s feelings and took this familiarity to know the person. Was it love at first sight, a little (fictionally speaking that is, but I don’t believe at love at first sight, lust at first sight, yes. Love? Nah, it isn’t possible). But you know that they like in each other is more than just raging hormones. I guess, a bit matured for a teenage relationship.
So getting back to the whole reinventing the angel, I guess, if you give it a chance – it might have work. Like 10 percent out of one hundred (yes, it so slim). I mean, making angels a parasite; a creature sucking your life force is very different from gorgeous winged beings who protects you from harm (unless it’s a fallen angel, then I don’t know if it’d care for your welfare), the way they’re popularly known. So maybe unique in a way. But I like the kind ones, so yeah, not much to ponder. I didn’t totally give in to the idea.
I enjoy the books mostly because of the characters, let’s just say that I pretended that it wasn’t angel (guess I can’t completely disregard my religious stance). Prejudices aside though, I like the story and the characters left a great impact on me.