The Angel Fire blog tour is stopping here today! Read on for a fabulous guest post from L.A Weatherly where she discusses the Angel Fire soundtrack. I had fun listening to this yesterday. The song that immediately spoke to me from the soundtrack is Mexico by Incubus where the lyrics seem to capture a certainconflict in Alex and Willow's relationship perfectly. Read on to find out more about the songs behind the book.
If you haven't already started on this series, I highly recommend that you do. Both books are awesome! I'll be reviewing Angel Fire on the blog soon, but for now if you'd like to know why I love these books so much you can check out my review of Angel the first book in this stunning series!
Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Release date: October 1st 2011.
The thrilling second chapter in the electrifying Angel Trilogy. Angels will never be seen in the same way again.
Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. Willow isn’t alone, though. She has Alex by her side – a trained Angel Killer and her one true love. But nothing can change the fact that Willow’s a half-angel, and when Alex joins forces with a group of AKs, she’s treated with mistrust and suspicion. She’s never felt more alone…until she meets Seb. He’s been searching for Willow his whole life – because Seb is a half-angel too.
L.A Weatherly on the Angel Fire Playlist
1. Holy – Mariachi El Bronx
2. Mexico - Incubus
3. Thistles and Weeds – Mumford & Sons
4. I was broken – Marcus Foster
5. Sad Song – Christina Perri
6. Miss Nothing – The Pretty Reckless
7. Ain't no grave – Johnny Cash
8. Iron - Woodkid
9. Big Burned Hand – Iron & Wine
10. Shake it Out – Florence and the Machine
What could be cooler than having people with fabulous musical taste put together a playlist for your book? If you love music as much as I do, the answer is "Not much." I think the playlist for Angel Fire is a real tour de force. The soundtrack for Angel had a very distinct feel to it, and now so does this new one as the story moves further south to Mexico: deceptively simple songs, with a brooding intensity and power that builds as the playlist continues.
Here are some of my favourites, and what they mean to me in terms of the story:
"Holy", by Mariachi El Bronx: A song with a great Latin lilt and dark lyrics, "Holy" to me encapsulates Alex's fears for Willow's safety as he and Willow make the decision to go to Mexico City, with all its dangers. The perfect opening to set the mood for the book.
"Thistles and Weeds", by Mumford and Sons : This is a brilliant song about despair and holding on. To me, this is Seb as he's trying to find Willow against all odds, and feeling both so close and so far away from her.
"Sad Song" by Christina Perri: This song is SO Willow! She's reacting to the situation in the house, with everyone so suspicious of her, and tending to blame herself for not being 'mature' enough to take it all in her stride.
"Ain't No Grave" by Johnny Cash : Such a great theme for Raziel, as he brags that no grave can hold his body down. I love Cash's gravelly voice here, and the dark, rhythmic beat that pulses through the song.
"Iron" by Woodkid. An AMAZING song, absolutely perfect for the scene in the cathedral, with all its violence and horror. And you must, must, go onto YouTube and check out the video. It's jaw-droppingly awesome - genuinely the most beautiful music video I think I've ever seen.
"Big Burned Hand" by Iron & Wine : Alex's reaction to what's happened in the cathedral; his realisation that he might have lost Willow forever. Very powerful - it's sung with just an acoustic guitar, and has absolutely brilliant lyrics, ideal for this moment in the story.
"Shake it Out" by Florence and the Machine : Willow's song: the happy ending. "It's always darkest before the dawn." The perfect catharsis to end it all with.
Huge thanks to Anna and Amy for putting together such an amazing playlist for Angel Fire. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do; I know I'm going to be listening to this for a long time to come!
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The Angel Fire blog tour continues on Thursday at Reading Teenage Fiction. Make sure you check it out!