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L. A Weatherly was born in Arkansas, and moved to the UK in 1995. Her first book, Child X, was shortlisted for the Sheffield, Leicester and Red House Book Awards and was also chosen by the American Library Association as one of their ‘Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers’. She lives in Hampshire.
L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel, the first in the trilogy:
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.
Willow came to me at the same time that Alex first did – her name was Jhia at that point – but she didn't feel fully formed until I started thinking about a contemporary storyline. Then her name changed to Willow, and I realised that not only was she psychic, but that she loved tinkering around with cars.
Once I had that, I had the rough premise of the story: suddenly I knew that Willow had psychically seen something that she shouldn't have, and Alex was a teenaged hit man. The two of them join forces instead, and fall in love.
I loved the feel of this, but that was as far as I got for several years. Though I kept writing snippets of the story (it nagged and nagged at me, really wanting to be told!), I knew that the premise as it stood wouldn't work. If Alex was a real-life hit man, then a happy ending wouldn't be very likely! And I like happy endings. I wanted this to be an action-packed, epic story, but also essentially a romance. So, the story stayed in the wardrobe of my mind for a long time – taken out occasionally to think about, but nothing more.
Then, in a bookstore about a year ago, I saw all of the books about angels that were out. Rather than focusing on the religious aspects of angels, these books seemed to be about something more: the idea of angels as very personal helpers to humans; friendly beings who you could call on for anything from helping you find a parking space to saving your life.
And as I looked at all the titles, I thought…what if angels weren't really what they seemed? What if we only thought they were kind, but in fact they had their own agenda? What if they were really beings to be feared, instead of admired?
With one of those almost-audible clicks that writers sometimes get, the two story ideas came together into a glorious whole.
Angel happened very quickly after that; it seemed to write itself. Writers aren't supposed to have favourites of their own books, but Angel is incredibly special to me – I've known and loved the characters for a very long time. I'm thrilled that Alex and Willow finally have their own story, and are going out into the world. It's been a long time coming!
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | March 2017 Book of the Month A fitting and truly fabulous end to the breathtaking Broken Trilogy. It’s 1942, nearly two thousand years after time was reset and war and atomic weapons were banned, yet a terrifying regime is attempting to stamp and bully its way across the world. The resistance has a voice, Amity is determined to fight to the bitter end. This is an epic story, 650 pages flew by as my heart sank, wept, and sang. L. A. Weatherly doesn't always allow time to run concurrently, instead significant moments remain hidden, biding their time, waiting to surprise. Uncomfortable truths stride across the page, yet they don’t preach, instead this punchy, vibrant, incredible trilogy allows you to make comparisons, to feel, to think, to decide. l absolutely adore and highly recommend Black Moon, it storms your emotions, echoes the past, and yet, is a warning from the future. ~ Liz Robinson
October 2016 Book of the Month Absolutely thrilling! This is the second in the truly wonderful ‘Broken Trilogy’ and is just as captivating and if possible, even more gripping than the first. This world must be entered through Broken Sky, it may be the 1940’s, but it’s nearly two thousand years after The Cataclysm, war and atomic weapons are banned, yet one man is determined to take over the world. We are launched straight back into action, the prologue sees former Peacefighter Amity on trial for murder and sentenced to a prison camp, after President Gunnison’s Harmony regime steamrollered over the Central States. L.A. Weatherly sends you backwards and forwards in time, feeding information, building fear, never allowing you to settle. I felt alert and constantly aware, ready, waiting for the next adrenaline shot. Disbelief settled in an uncomfortable pit in my stomach as Amity battled to survive the Harmony 5 camp. Darkness Follows is full of clever, original, thought provoking writing, this is one addictive trilogy and I will be impatiently stalking the final instalment, Black Moon. ~ Liz Robinson
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month Broken Sky is the stunning start to ‘The Broken Trilogy’, an intriguing and wonderful mix of dystopian fantasy linked with disconcerting reflections of history and military, plus it’s full of thrills, suspense, espionage and romance. It is nearly two thousand years after the clock restarted due to a terrible war and each country in the world is represented by pilots at the World for Peace complex. Rather than disagreements escalating to war, single Peacefighter pilots battle it out in the sky in a Peacefight, with the aim to win by shooting down the plane, not the pilot. 18 year old Amity is a Western Seaboard pilot, she is captivating and tenacious, the prologue throws her straight into action. L.A. Weatherly doesn't release all the information you need to know about this world straight away, she lets you piece it together, which brings a greater connection and understanding. I found myself completely immersed in this fascinating and original novel and quite simply didn't want to come up for air, I loved it and can’t wait for the second in the series. Due to the content, I would recommend this to older teens. ~ Liz Robinson
Thrilling finale to L.A. Weatherly's thrilling and breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy which began with Soul Mates and continued with Soul Desire. Nate and Iris are from different times but at last they have found a way to be together but can their love for each other survive when the past continues to haunt them? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Iris has always dreamed of being with Nate. But how can that be when they have never met? Something from her memory draws Iris to Los Angeles and even to a particular house. When Nate appears the two know that they want to be together forever but something makes that look to be impossible. A haunting romance shot through with passion and mystery.
The final captivating book in the bestselling trilogy, Angel Fever is a powerful story of heartbreak, revenge and love. The Trilogy consists of Angel, Angel Fire and ends with Angel Fever. L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel: 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.
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ New girl Kylie is determined to fit in to Bankside as quickly as possible. As soon as she sees Jaz she knows that she is the one to impress…But is the price of Jaz’s friendship worth it? Kylie soon finds herself playing very nasty games especially against Adam, the one person who could have been a friend. Kylie has to grow up quickly to recognise what really matters to her. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 12+
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ A touching but tense and dramatic story as Sarah tries to find her mother and to understand why she left. When Sarah discovers that her mother, who had abandoned her as a baby, is living nearby, she is determined to track her down. Initially, Sarah is furious when she learns the truth but gradually she begins to understand her mother better and the two develop a better and more rewarding relationship.
If you're still into paranormal fiction or if you think you've had enough of it then think again. L A Weatherly's Angel sequence is a completely addictive and stunning story of loyalty, conflict and love. Original and fast-paced with characters you really warm to. The Trilogy consists of Angel, Angel Fire and ends with Angel Fever. But don't take our word for it. Here is a review by avid reader and lovereading member Safiyah Afghan: 'Willow is a half-angel and only she has the power to defeat the deadly angels. But she is alone, she is the only half-angel in existence; or so she believes. Willow and Alex know what they must do, train more Angel Killers to help stop the angel invasion. But Willow is alone and isolated by the suspicious and untrusting Angel Killers. Then she has a dream, about a boy who isn't Alex, a boy she can't live without. And then the real test of love, loyalty and survival begins for Willow. Angel Fire is a gripping and thrilling book that readers will not be able to put down. Full of love, adventure, friendship, survival, conflict and loyalty, this novel is a wonderful blend of high impact and high charged emotions. Weatherly excellently combines these raw, powerful emotions to create a fast-paced, emotional and thrilling novel that readers will fall in love with instantly. Told from the perspective of different characters Angel Fire takes readers on an emotional roller coaster and creates an unforgettable impression. The characters are well developed and well expressed and readers will experience their emotions as if they were their own. An excellent plot keeps readers on edge and wanting more. Full of sorrow and anguish, hope and love and loyalty and conflict Angel Fire is the perfect blend of excitement and anticipation. Perfect for all readers Angel Fire covers adventure, romance, adrenaline pumping scenes and slower more emotional moments. The intertwining of slower, deeper moments were the readers gets to know and love the characters and the faster paced more thrilling scenes, really help to engage the reader and make Angel Fire an excellent book for all types of readers. A work of art Angel Fire is unmissable and emotionally charged, perfect for readers looking for a deep, thrilling read.' L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel: 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. Click here for the Angel Fever website. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Winner of 2011 Leeds Book Award Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2011 Shortlisted for Worcestershire Teen Book Award 2011 Longlisted for Southern Schools Book Award 2011
If Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy and Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire then without a doubt L. A. Weatherly has reinvented the angel in this powerful, dark and hugely suspenseful novel that switches effortlessly between fast-paced action adventure and heart-stopping romance. It’s the story of Alex, an angel assassin and it’s his job to rid the world of these despicable creatures before they suck the life force from ordinary mortals who themselves believe they are their future and yearn to catch a glimpse of them. To Alex though the only good angel is a dead one, until that is, he meets Willow, an angel who he finds irresistible and he’s falling in love with… This is the first in a compelling and utterly mesmerising paranormal romance trilogy from a writer to watch. The Trilogy consists of Angel, Angel Fire and ends with Angel Fever. L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel: 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. Click here for the Angel Fever website. ......................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Angel a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Angel is the new sensation that will grip your heart and play with your head. It was the perfect mixture of passion, innocence and adventure that really got my blood boiling.' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance...Leading them is Amity. Working undercover for them is the man who betrayed her. Because even when her world is broken, Amity will risk her life to fix it. Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, Black Moon brings this epic series of corruption, romance and intrigue to an explosive finale.
Welcome to a 'perfect' world. Where war is illegal, where harmony rules. And where your date of birth marks your destiny. But nothing is perfect. And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust? Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, the BROKEN trilogy is an exhilarating epic of deception, heartbreak and rebellion. Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death. Anyone caught trying to escape is executed. But former Peacefighter, Ingo, is prepared to risk everything for freedom.And in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose? The second in a brand-new YA trilogy with an exhilarating mix of irresistible romance, breath-taking action and thrilling mystery. Effortlessly fuses the old-style glamour of 1940s America with the corrupt menace of a futuristic world in a hugely original twist on the steampunk genre - Blitzpunk. Darkness Follows is a chilling and compelling journey of revenge, survival and love.
Welcome to a 'perfect' world. Where war is illegal, where harmony rules. And where your date of birth marks your destiny. But nothing is perfect. And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust? From the bestselling author of the Angel trilogy comes Broken Sky - an exhilarating epic set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America and first in a new trilogy.
Thrilling finale to L.A. Weatherly's breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy. Iris and Nate have spent a lifetime dreaming about each other. They have fought tooth and nail and defeated unimaginable odds to be together. Now, at last, they have found a way of existing in the same time. But Iris and Nate are not out of danger yet - real life could yet tear them apart...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Heart-stopping supernatural romance. Iris and Nate now know that Sibyl's malevolent interference has put a seemingly impossible obstacle in their way - can Iris travel to Nate's time, or he to hers? Or is there a third option? As the pair wrestle with this problem, it becomes clear that Sibyl's demise may not have been as final as they thought...Second instalment of L.A. Weatherly's paranormal romance trilogy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.
Beautiful and intriguing paranormal romance about two teenagers whose love is so special that nothing can keep them apart - not even time. Iris and Nate have dreamed of each other all of their lives. When they meet by chance in an abandoned house, they discover that their dreams were more than fantasy - they are soul mates, destined to be together. But someone or something is watching them, determined to tear them apart. Will Iris and Nate's love be strong enough to survive the test of time? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Willow and Alex are mankind's only hope. The world is devastated, and the angels are slowly enslaving all humanity, moving survivors into camps where they can devour their energy, causing slow but certain death. With their love stronger than ever, Alex and Willow are training a team of Angel Killers, determined to stop the destruction once and for all. But when Willow senses a terrifying shift in the angels' powers, Alex is forced to embark on a deadly solo mission. Now Willow is left to defeat the angels with Seb, and she has no idea if Alex is ever coming back...The final captivating book in the bestselling trilogy, Angel Fever is a powerful story of heartbreak, revenge and love.
Jas has made it clear that if new girl Kylie wants to be in her gang, she'll have to go to some lengths to prove it. Kylie reckons she's up to the challenge, but doesn't realise it will mean hurting her new friend. Will she be able to recognise true friendship and do the right thing? Beautifully packaged new edition from popular teen author L. A. Weatherly. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 12+
A dark and captivating story from an award- winning and internationally acclaimed author is given a brand new package. Sarah's mum walked out on her family seven years ago without explanation. Now she lives just a few miles away - but she refuses to see Sarah. Sarah is desperate to know why her mother left, and why she doesn't want to see her now, but mostly she just wants to make her pay for what she did - A tense, atmospheric page-turner from a top teen author. Particularly suitable for the relucatant, struggling and dyslexic teen
For Jake, playing his guitar is his only respite from life with his alcoholic mother. When he runs away from home to escape his mother's violence, he ends up in a squat and resorts to busking to earn some cash. But will music help him get home? Gritty urban story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels - and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. However, Willow is not alone. She is with Alex, a trained Angel Killer - and her one true love. Together, they must train a new generation of Angel Killers. But as a half-angel, Willow can't help feeling like an outcast, even with Alex by her side. So when a handsome stranger with a tortured past arrives at the AK camp, Willow finds herself inextricably drawn to him.
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.
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