Monday, 17 January 2011

Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton




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 ...

14 comments:

Jenny said...

Nice review! I actually had the opposite reaction to this one, I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. Maybe because I didn't read many reviews for it so I wasn't overly excited to start it. I do agree with you on Will though, I liked him, but there were things that really aggravated me in their relationship. I quite enjoyed Ellie though, I like a girl who kicks butt:) Sorry this one was a little disappointing for you, maybe book 2 will be better:)

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Great review! I've actually heard mixed things about this one. I don't know too much going in, so I might end up liking it, but we'll see. I hate when characters irk me though haha :)

Annette said...

I have this same problem sometimes. I just don't feel like picking up a book, but I don't know why. This was a very good review, and I still might read this one some day.

RebeccaNaomi said...

I want to read this one. I hope I like it as much as your review.

Danny said...

Awesome Review!! I LOVED this book so so much! I gave a full 5 star plus rating since it just blew me away. I get your minus points I just think that they didn't bother me so much.

I loved seeing Ellie in between the kick ass ancient heroine and the "normal human teenie" I lovvved Will's protectiveness and selfishness. They both just clicked with me, if you know what I mean...

Oh and I'm pretty sure that there is something up with her dad...

thebookfairyhaven said...

I haven't read many reviews for this one yet, but have to admit that I really would like to read this! I so hate it when you end up liking the book, but not enough to love it and you're not quite sure why you feel that way. I've experienced that with a couple of books before. Still, I really enjoyed reading your review and your insights into Ellie and Will's characters. Will have to pick this one up at some stage!

Cheree said...

Fantastic review. I can't wait to read it.

Aylee said...

I just got this one from netgalley. I've noticed a lot of hype surrounding this book as well so I hope I don't end up disappointed like you were... here's hoping!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Honestly, I had zero interest in this book until I kept seeing all the 5 star reviews of it. I hadn't even really took the time to read many of the reviews because the book sounded very angel-y and I don't normally enjoy angel books. I have this one lined up to read within the next couple of weeks and I hope Ellie gels better with me than she did with you.

Thanks for the honest review! It's always good to see how the non-lovers view books.

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I've read lots of great reviews of this one too - I'm hoping I can get to it before it expires on Netgalley. I have to admit that I wasn't initially drawn to the book, but it's been buzzed about a lot, and that's what got me interested. Sorry to hear that you were a little let down by it.

Dazzling Mage said...

Loved your review. I also read a lot of great reviews about this, and even though I still want to read it, loving it would be a hit or miss.

Again, great review.

Lauren said...

I felt the same exact way with this book as you did. I thought I was going to LOVE it but I ended up only liking it, and like you, I'm not really sure why... I'll be curious to read the sequel to see if I enjoy it more or not. Great review!

Attack of the Book! said...

I liked your review! I actually had to give up on this book because I just couldn't get into it. And I really wanted to like it, too. I don't know if I could stay with a book that took me ten days to finish :P

Clover said...

What a shame that this one didn't live up to your expectations. I still kind of want to read it!