Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
Source: NetGalley and HarperCollins
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.
As some of you may know, I have been in a bit of a reading/blogging slump lately. I am slowly but surely making my way out of it, and Angelfire definitely played a big part in that! It took me longer than usual to finish the book, but I kept going back to it and wanting more. That, to me, is a sign of a good book.
First of all, mad props to Courtney for writing a book set in MICHIGAN. As a former Michigander (or is it Michiganian? who knows), I loved hearing about cities and locations that I was familiar with. While I realize Michigan isn’t exactly the coolest or most exciting state, the author did a great job of incorporating the different areas into the book.
Second item of praise – ONLY ONE LOVE INTEREST! I thoroughly enjoy a good love triangle, but it was so refreshing to read about just one guy and one girl. And wow, was the relationship hot and intense! You could feel the attraction between Ellie and Will pretty much immediately and it only deepened throughout the story. Will = yet another swoonworthy fictional boy. And Ellie = kick-ass mysterious heroine. I love that there is this element of mystery as to where Ellie came from and who/what exactly she is. I am sure this will all reveal itself in due course with the rest of the series.
My one issue with the book – the whole rich-girl-gets-whatever-she-wants thing was a tad annoying. Perhaps it was me being jealous, but I didn’t really think Ellie had to be über rich and spoiled – it wasn’t necessary to the overall storyline. I would not, however, object to a brand new expensive car
All in all, Angelfire was a great read and I am excited to read the rest of the series. Wings of the Wicked is set to release in 2012 and Hymn to the Fallen in 2013. That seems like FOREVER from now but hopefully the time flies by! Plus, I will be attending the Dark Days of Supernatural tour in March when it travels to Illinois and will get to meet Courtney – SCORE!