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Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

February 16th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Reviewed through NetGalley

Publication date: February 15, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: 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.

I don’t know if I’m YA-ed out since this is the second YA book in a row that I had a hard time getting into. The beginning dragged for me and there are a couple times where Will “slams” his palm against Ellie’s forehead to awaken her memories and for the longest time I was just picturing this hot guy smacking her on her forehead like she’s an idiot.   Then at one point one of the bad guys says something along the lines of I’ll be back for you. For you and your guardian. So I kept thinking “I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog too.”  Once I got over these strange random thoughts and about half way through the book I finally starting getting into it.

I loved Will’s character.  First off he’s hot.  Secondly, he’s sweet and thirdly he is total kick ass.  What’s not to love?  He appears in Ellie’s life and although is totally devoted to her as her guardian he avoids being the creepy stalker guy.  He has this intriguing past that he doles out throughout the book and leaves you wanting to dig deeper into his past.  Ellie on the other hand comes across as a little spoiled and I had a harder time liking her.  She lives a life where it apparently is nothing special to get a brand new car from her parents, buys designer shoes and dresses without a thought.  Then she was totally clueless about one of her guy friends liking her even after he buys her a bunch of roses and follows her around like a puppy dog.   But her redeeming quality is the fact that she does not immediately fall head over heels over Will upon first meeting him.  It bugs me when a girl falls for a guy upon first sight.  I know there are some who are into the whole love at first sight but immediately falling for a guy who could potentially be a crazy stalker is kind of creepy to me.  She also has the ability to kick ass and literally bring down buildings with her bare hands.

The developing romance was my favorite part of this book.  I loved the fact that they aren’t immediately all over each other.  I felt like their romance built up through the story and even though you knew it would happen eventually it developed at a nice pace.  The twist at the end that throws the monkey wrench into the romance was great.  It wasn’t something I was expecting and I wonder what is going to happen between the two of them in the next book.

As for the story about why Ellie keeps getting reincarnated it was a little confusing and I don’t get why Will feels the need to be so secretive about Ellie’s past lives.  He keeps insisting the memories will come back to her but doesn’t he thinking talking about it my help the memories come back faster?

Still once the action gets rolling I started getting into the book and when I reached the last page I could not believe it ended the way it did.  I was thinking “Seriously?!  You are ending it there? Such a tease!”  They definitely leave you hanging and wanting to get your hands on the next book.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Pam

    I loved Ragnuk he is so over the top evil. I can’t wait to see what Cadan’s story is.

  2. melissa @ 1lbr

    Hm…I couldn’t get past the first 50 or so pages of this one. Maybe I should give it another try sometime…

  3. dsuzuki

    Pam-lol. The fighting bad guys thing had me thinking of a video game where she would beat a lower level bad guy & then move up to the next level until meeting the boss man.
    Melissa-it took a couple tries before I really got into this one but really enjoyed it by the end.

  4. Tina (Fantastic Book Review)

    I loved the action and fight scenes in this book. If it wasn’t for some of the dialogue, I would have given it a higher rating. I was thrown by some of the repetiveness but other than that I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

  5. Michelle

    I’m not going to read this review yet because I’m right in the middle of this book. I do have to say it’s too long. I’m over 150 pages in and I feel like there hasn’t been much plot progression. Loads of pining, loads of fighting but really nothing to hang my hat on yet.

  6. Ladybug

    Great review, Debbie :) I gave the book a 2.5 star rating only, I just felt the whole story laked something and the fight scenes where so unrealistic.

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