Now on the run from the Church of Angels, Willow and Alex are running out of options. As a half-angel with an Angel Killer boyfriend, Willow knows there aren’t many places to turn to. Their only hope is to follow one of Willow’s psychic dreams to Mexico. As the pair find their bearings in the midst of a group of AKs, Willow feels everyone’s eyes on her. Alone, not trusted and under suspicion, Willow finds peace in Seb, the boy from her dreams. However, Seb is also a half-angel, something Willow thought didn’t exist and she cannot help but be drawn to someone who has been searching for her his whole life.
What I thought
First of all, let me start by saying that Angel Fire is one beast of a book. At 720 pages long, it hit my floor coming through the letter box with a massive THUMP! It sat there sitting on my shelf for a few days before I could even start reading it because to be honest, it intimidated me a little bit!
I completely and utterly loved the first book in this trilogy, Angel and fully immersed myself in the lives of Willow and Alex and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store next for them. I really liked the way that the story started off. With Willow and Alex on the run from the insane Church of Angels, I liked how they decided where they were going to go next and how all of that happened. Also, as the book doesn’t focus solely on Willow and Alex it meant that we get to meet Seb extremely quickly.
To start with, I was a massive fan of Seb and thought that I was going to completely change my allegiance from Alex to him. The build up of Seb and Willow meeting was the best thing about his character and I hate having to say that. I enjoyed reading about Seb’s upbringing, his past and the things he has been through but as soon as he met Willow, everything changed. Their relationship was far too much too soon for my liking and it all felt unnatural. I understand that Seb had been looking for Willow his whole life and felt a connection to her but it just didn’t sit right with me.
I have always wanted to go to Mexico so I was very excited by the fact that most of the book is set here. L.A. Weatherly paints a picture so vivid and clear that I could imagine myself there with the characters, watching what they were getting up to. At different stages, the scenery was beautiful and peaceful but then she would take you to the streets filled with busy markets and then to the AK headquarters. There was so much variety for me as a reader to take in and I really liked getting to explore different aspects of Willow and Alex’s adventure.
When it comes to the plot, there was so much going on. With the addition of some exciting new characters and the Church of Angels being thrown into the mix once again, there is always something exciting happening in Angel Fire. While I did like most aspects of the plot, there were some I wasn’t so crazy about. I really thought that the 12 Angels were going to be so much more of a big deal than they actually were so I was left quite disappointed about this. I wanted to get to know the 12 and to find out what they were all like but there wasn’t much given away unfortunately. Even so, making up for this was a lot of action, massive fights and a hell of a lot of tension between some of the characters.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like Angel Fire nearly as much as I did Angel. I think this was mainly down to not getting to know some things and the way that I felt about Seb. I am firmly on Team Alex when it comes to this series and I really don’t think I’ll be changing my mind any time soon! Even though I didn’t like this as much as Angel, I do think the final instalment will prove to be explosive, exciting and emotional!