Angelfire (Courtney Allison Moulton)

Angelfire (Angelfire, #1)Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: "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 definitely pulled me along. I started it not quite sure if I'd like it (picked it because of the awesome cover, if you want to get right down to it), and I ran into some problems early on. I didn't really like Ellie, for one. I sympathized with her position, that's true. It's not every day that you get pulled aside and told you're a super warrior with a mission to defeat bad guys. But I kind of got the impression that she was spoiled, and not really used to taking responsibility for herself.

The stories that Moulton created in this book are great. The history of the reapers, and the Preliator -- I gobbled up the history of the book, was blown away by the twist (yes, there is a twist, and it's a good one), and was left at the end wanting to know a whole lot more about the world...but not so much more about Ellie.

I loved most of the other characters. Who doesn't want a Will around? Ellie's mother was believable and present, an uncommon feat in the young adult genre, and to tell the truth, I was suitably freaked out by Ellie's father. There were also some strong supporting characters who made appearances, both on the "good" side and the "bad." In short, I'm looking forward to the next book. I can't pass up the chance to get some answers to the questions that are niggling in my head right now, and to see my favorite characters again. Ellie? Well -- lots of things can happen in a year. Here's hoping she'll grow up a little and make the sequel a resounding success.

*I received an e-galley of this book via Netgalley for review.

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