After a seemingly endless run of books trying to capitalize on the success of Twilight, young adult publishers are experiencing a touch of vampire fatigue. But the next set of supernatural romantic leads won't be werewolves; they'll be angels.
According to Publishers Weekly, this fall will see a dozen new titles with angels in starring roles, including Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush and Lauren Kate's Fallen, which both center on teenage girls who fall for Edward Cullen-esque fallen angels. Some publishers are seeing it as the next logical step for readers of vampire romances, with the added dimension of religion and heavenly wars in lieu of bloodsucking:
Bad-boy angels are the new hotties. Like modern vampires, they can be gorgeous, immortal and otherworldly heartthrobs, unlike, say, zombies. "With all that rotting-off, they're not very sexy," said Justin Chanda, v-p and publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, who calls angels "safe gothic" and "romantic."
But while angels may be shoving aside the undead in the romance department, not all of the angel-themed books are focused on otherworldly love. This year also sees the publication of Libba Bray's Going Bovine about a terminally ill boy who starts seeing a punky angel (who may be a delusion) and Timothy Carter's Evil?, in which an openly gay teenager discovers his new Biblical Studies teacher is a fallen angel controlling the minds of his neighbors.