Sunday, August 21, 2011

Book Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Release Date: February 15th, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
4 Stars - I really liked this book


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.

This is a great debut novel by a truly unique up and coming author.  The book started a little slow to me, but kept me reading to find out more.  It was well worth not giving up on.  Once things were explained and truths revealed, it became an extremely exciting and compelling read.  Warning to those with weak stomachs, there are a few very graphic fight scenes.  I will secretly admit to loving the gory battles!  I liked the way the author incorporated current pop-culture with Ellie's love of shopping and upper class nature.  A lot of YA novels focus on more low to middle class teenagers, probably for more drama, but in this book it gives it a funny/catchy edge.
The story was smooth and uninterrupted.  It is a great new concept in YA urban fantasy with lots of twists and unexpected moments.   One of my favorite points to this story was the chemistry between Will and Ellie!  Their playful, flirty, pick on each other relationship works well.        
If you are a fan of Becca Fitzpatricks Hush Hush or Lauren Kates Fallen series, you won't want to miss this! 

synopsis and picture care of goodreads 

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