Monday, March 14, 2011
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.
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. (Picture and Summary from Good Reads.)
Okay, I'm not going to say a lot about this because everyone has reviewed it. I actually read this pretty quickly so it's easy to read. The author doesn't drag it down with anything unnecessary. There is a lot of action with great fight scenes and Ellie and Will kick butt a lot. Those are fun to read and it's so great to see a girl be more powerful a fighter than the boy. HA! Loved that about this book. There were some obvious things left open for the next book and I'm not sure how Ellie is going to graduate when she has zero time to study. I wasn't impressed with the romance part of it. Hoping that part will get better in the next book. And I felt like I didn't know Will at all. He only revealed something personal about himself once and that was it. I felt a little cheated. On the other hand, I feel like I know Ellie really well and thought she took her being a reaper fairly well. Of course, she did have the memories that were coming back to her.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I thought the writing was great, the plot is good and despite it being a totally new world to me, the author introduced it slowly, explaining each new level of reaper, it's powers and strength. I never felt lost in the fight scenes. I always knew what Ellie and Will were fighting and why and what to expect. The author did such an excellent job of introducing this new world without information dumping. Other authors could take lessons from her. The ending was satisfying as you know there are another two books on the way, but there are no cliffhangers. I think this was an excellent start to a series with a whole new type of paranormal monsters!
Heather in Sandwich