Friday, May 20, 2011

Review: Angelfire

Title: Angelfire
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Date Released: February 15th, 2011
Pages: 453
Rating: 4 out of 5

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.

Angelfire was definitely a really cool book involve angels, involving lots of action and some romance (as stated above ^.^)  I think that it was a pretty great debut for Courtney Allison Moulton, and there were a lot of things that I liked about it, but something things were so-so.
First things first, the totally awesome things!  I really loved the idea of a reincarnated human(ish) being who can kill reapers.  That was awesome.   I like books with a lot of action, and this definitely had A LOT of action.  Ellie was almost always fighting some sort of a reaper or training with Will.  And speaking of Will, he was also one of the really awesome things in Angelfire.  I just sort of fell in love with him throughout the book because he was incredibly sweet, but also had that bad-boy vibe. 
In Angelfire, the only thing that I didn’t like too much was Ellie and her group of friends.  I couldn’t really connect with her and her personality was a little off.  At sometimes she seemed kind of like a baby, while at other times, especially when she was fighting the reapers, she just seemed really strong.  It also annoyed me how she’d constantly ask question after question to Will about what she is.  It was like an interrogation and it would get to be a little too much after a while.  Her friends also seemed sort of distant from her, most likely because she was caught up with all the reapers, but I couldn’t even feel that best friend connection between her and her best friend when they were together. 
One thing I’m like seriously curious about though is Ellie’s dad.  Obviously, he went through some really weird personality change, which I find extremely suspicious, and I’d really like to find out more in the next book. 
Overall, Angelfire wasn’t a bad debut for Moulton.  Some of the aspects of it were pretty awesome (Hahaha sorry for totally overusing the word awesome!)  while other things were meh.  But most was really good!  So, yeah! It was a pretty great debut from Moulton, and I can’t wait to read her next one to find out more about Ellie!
Cover Review:
Ahhh! This cover is really cool!!  It kind of seems a little medieval, so when I first saw the cover I thought it was going to be like about angels, but battling in somewhere like... the Underworld or something, but it's definitely cool.  Especially Ellie's sword.  So cool!

Cleo :)

*Description from
**Review copy won in a giveaway.

1 comment:

  1. I've wanted to read this book for a while- it seems really interesting. And I agree about the cover- I thought it was going to be about angels fighting or something :)


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