Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Release Date: February 15th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers – monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell – she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.
A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her – an assassin who has already killed her once.
While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie’s soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian’s most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives – including truths that may be too frightening to remember.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: This is one of those books that has been getting crazy buzz in the book blogging world, so I was beyond thrilled when I received an e-galley of the book. The cover alone drew me in, but the summary sealed my fate and I was swept into the world of Angelfire.
I will admit it did take me a chapter or two to really get into the book, but once I did I could not stop reading. I loved all the mystery that surrounded Ellie and who she was. Bits and pieces of her story are revealed to you, but it is a slow progression. Courtney gives you just enough to keep you wanting more, but not enough that you are ever really aware of everything going on. It was awesomely frustrating, and yes I realize that does not make a lot of sense, but that is how I felt most of the time. So I am making up my own expression 🙂
Ellie is a normal girl by day, but kicks major evil butt when reapers decide to show their faces and threaten her world. She instantly goes into kill mode and has some sweet moves. Watching her take on the reapers is amazing, her instinct instantly kicks into high gear and she is not someone you would want to mess with. I loved how fierce she was when she was in fight mode and would look forward to those parts of the book while reading. Especially when she busts out the swords, those things are sweet!
The emotional tension between Ellie and Will is so thick you can feel their feelings oozing off the page. You can tell the first time you see Will watching Ellie that he is head over heels for her. Though getting him to admit that would be a miracle. Watching the two of them struggle through the book trying to fight how they feel about each other is madding. However, the moments they do share together are so sweet it easily makes up for all the times they are inwardly resisting.
One thing I did not expect from Angelfire, were a couple of events that unfolded towards the end, especially the ones surrounding Ellie. I had my theories about her, but what I got was definitely not what I expected. Which is not a bad thing, just caught me off guard. I am very interested to see how this will unfold in future books. Plus seeing more of Will won’t be bad either 😉
I am also going to throw my theory out there of something being up with Ellie’s dad. I don’t think he is just on a mean streak, I think there is something else there. You will have to read the book and decide for yourself, but I would not be shocked to see him have a larger role in future books. If I am wrong, I feel really sorry for Ellie and her mom because that is one jerk of a dad! I am hoping I am not wrong for their sakes but only time will tell.
Overall Angelfire is a heart-pounding ride that will leave you breathless and craving more. If you have not read it yet, I highly suggest you do!
FTC: Big thank you to Net Galley and the publisher, Harper Collins for letting me read an ARC of this book.