I finished reading Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton for an Around the World Tour.
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 book seems to be a good start to an awesome trilogy! I really liked the main character, Ellie. She was sarcastic and girly and kick-butt, all at the same time. I liked that she kind of remembered who she really was, while staying true to normal teenage self. And Will was great too! It's so sweet and romantic, in a twisted kind of way, that he always looks for Ellie every time she dies and comes back to life. I mean, I know that its his job, but you could tell how much he cared about her.
Some of the plot got a little weird for me towards the end. Sometimes I found myself getting a little confused at which villain was which. And I want to know more about Ellie's father. I think there is some reason why he is suddenly so mean and I think there might be a subplot there somewhere.
Anyways, I can't wait to see what is going to happen in the next book, Wings of the Wicked.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Angelfire will be released on February 15, 2011.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 158
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 123
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 112
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.