Move over vampires, there’s a new craze in town … angels! And not the godly, serene sort either. These are evil, power-hungry angels who survive by feeding off human energy. Once satiated, their human victims are left touched by the presence of the angel but destined to die.
Alex is an AK – ‘Angel Killer’ – who wants to rid the world of these creatures in retribution for the deaths of his mother, father and brother. He meets up with Willow – who is half-angel, half-human – and they embark on a road trip where they assassinate angels, while working out various issues they have with each other – such as Alex being sent to kill Willow.
Although the plot is rather formulaic and reminiscent of other urban fantasy novels – for example, Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight series – Angel is a dark, fast-moving, energetic page-turner that will most definitely appeal to fans of Meyers’ work. The characters are well drawn and likeable.
The narrative is told through the eyes of Willow and also by an omniscient narrator, which gives the reader greater insight into Willow’s character. While I’m not sure I liked the connection between the feeding of the angels and diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, Angel is destined to appear on the big screen at a cinema near you!