Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

There is a very long story behind my journey to reading Angelfire, and it was filled with much sadness, disappointment, and angst. 

Short version:
1. Heard about Angelfire
2. Checked library's website to see if they had Angelfire
3. Put Angelfire on hold
4. Angelfire got in on hold
5. Was unable to pick it up and lost hold.
6. Repeat steps 3-5
7. Repeat step 6
9. Read book in several hours.
10. O.O

*Clears throat* So, yeah. Review.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton 
First there are nightmares.  
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.  
Then come the memories.  
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.  
Now she must hunt.  
Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.  
So let's begin. I really liked this book. A lot. The memory thing reminded me of Shattered Souls, another great read! (Actually, this may have come out first, I'm not sure. But I read SS first, so.) But the other parts of the plot were very different, especially Ellie's and Lenzi's jobs. 

Naturally, I loved Will. He was a fantastic love interest, what with his protectiveness (YES), his seriousness/quietness (YES), his strong/skilled-ness (YES), his loyalty (YES), and, of course, his looks. (BIG YES!) It was easy to see how much he cared about Ellie, and how much he would give up to keep her safe and happy. It's so sweet, and sad at the same time.

Ellie was great, too. She had no idea what was going on, and she could be a bit selfish and spoiled at times, but that's what made her realistic. I mean, if you were thrust into a situation like this with no memory of what you were supposed to be doing, would you be all, "Yeah, let's go kill some reapers! I am ready for ACTION!" or would you be more like, "Um, I still want to hang out with my friends and be with my family and notice how ridiculously hot this Will guy is."

And then on the other hand, when she needed to be, she was brave and strong and smart, and she did what she needed to do, to protect those she cared about and the whole world.

This book was full of great supporting characters, too. I really liked Nathaniel and Lauren, and hope to see more of them in future books. Same with Kate. 

And someone else: This is kinda a spoiler, so I'll hide it. Highlight at your own risk!

Cadan. There is absolutely no way he doesn't come back in later books. Because there is definitely something weird going on with him. I'm almost afraid it's going to become a love triangle. But surely that won't happen. Right? Right??

Spoiler over. 

Altogether, I liked this book a lot and I'm looking forward to reading the next one!

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  1. Yay! So glad you liked it. I got that same vibe about your spoiler. Not sure how I feel about it because I love Will to death. :) Great review Mag!

    1. OH MY GOSH I KNOW! I will (theoretically) DIE. That would be terrible. Seriously.


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