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Monday, February 7, 2011

Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire (Angelfire - Trilogy)
by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: Feb 15, 2011
Genre: Fiction-Juvenile
Rating: 3 STARS

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.

Ellie Monroe will be turning 17 soon. She is planning a huge party and is even getting a car from her parents. Everything is going perfect, until she meets Will. Now she is thrust into this unbelievable life of angels and reapers and other inhuman beings. Her nightmares that have plagued her entire life are not nightmares but actual memories. Ellie, who has the ability to wield the angelire, and other angelic reapers are the ones that have been chosen to prevent Lucifer's Second War, the Apocalypse. Will is Ellie's guardian sent to serve and protect her. Together they must find the Enshi, the true soul reaper, and destroy it before Bastian, the powerful vir (humanlike reaper), finds it.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I liked it but at times it seemed slow moving. Ellie has a tough time accepting the fact that she has been reincarnated many times and is the secret weapon of the angels (trust me, I think I would too). It was confusing at times with all the different types of reapers and angels. There are lengthy explanations throughout the book giving the background of how the reapers were born and the various wars between them and the angels. Since this is the first book, I understand the need for them, but I still at times thought it tedious. The conclusion of the book was a surprise and I will be on the lookout for the second book.

E-ARC was provided by publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review. 
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