ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Released: February 15th, 2011
Review Format: Kindle Edition (with thanks to Harper Collins & Netgalley)
Read: January 2011
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My thoughts: I was really excited to start reading this book. I’ve read so many excellent reviews and it seems to be a favourite amongst a lot of book bloggers. It took me 10 days to finish it though, which is a lot longer than usual and I didn’t pick it up half as much as I would normally pick up my current read. Why? Because I was disappointed. I liked it, but I didn’t love it and what is even more frustrating is that I don’t really know why!
Ellie was your average teenage schoolgirl until she hit her 17th birthday, met Will and found out that she is ‘The Preliator’ and the saviour of mankind. Ellie is a nice enough character with just enough teenage angst, snarkyness and attitude and when she was ‘The Preliator’ she was a real kick-ass heroine. I thought it was awesome how Ellie could summon her swords and the Angelfire, and I really liked the idea of the Grim and the Reapers. I liked her, but not enough to care so much about her. We just didn’t gel.
Then we meet Will, the kind of guy who turns all the girls heads and everyone wants a piece, but he only wants Ellie. Will sounded amazing. As Ellie’s 'Guardian' he had to step in and take the worst of the blows for her, ending up cut to pieces, yet he still adored her ... kinda like a cute doe-eyed puppy. Hmm. OK, I did like Will but he also annoyed me. Mainly when he wouldn’t answer Ellie’s questions. Questions that I thought were very reasonable and couldn’t have hurt her to know the answers. She once asked him what her name was in her last ‘life’ and he wouldn’t tell her, saying that it wasn’t important. It might not be of major importance, but if I’d been reborn, I would have liked to have known a bit more about my previous selves and a name would have been a good start.
Saying all that, the writing in this book is lovely. The plot was enjoyable and shows great imagination and promise for future books in the series. Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped, I hold out great hope that kick-ass Ellie will come into her own when she starts remembering more, and I will be reading further books in the series when they are published.
My rating: 3 stars
Discussion point: Those of you who have read this book, what did you think of Ellie's father? His sudden change from nice Daddy to Mr Horrible? I have a feeling more is going to come of this ...