Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Release Date: February 15, 2011
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.MY THOUGHTS:
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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)
I've heard so many awesome things about this book that I knew I had to pick it up — and I enjoyed it, but didn't fall in love with it like I'd hoped I would!
I loved the world that Moulton created — it was completely original! There were creepy monsters called reapers, complicated angels, and a reincarnation plot that worked perfectly for the story, which is sometimes hard to accomplish. A lot of things were easy to predict, but there were also some things I hadn't seen coming.
And Will... oh, Will! He was such a hot, sweet, protective, and somewhat-awkward-in-the-time-period character that definitely makes my list of book boys to covet! He was the tallest mountain on this otherwise plain book landscape. I adored him!
But Ellie herself was so hard to connect with. I felt like she was several characters at once — a regular over-privileged schoolgirl who just wanted a normal life, the kick-ass warrior she suddenly turned to in the field, and others. She was all over the place as a character, and half the time I couldn't understand why she did what she did.
Other than that, Angelfire was a pretty cool edition to the angel bunch. With kick-butt characters, a fast-moving storyline, and killer fighting scenes, it's sure to be a favourite for some people (and it already is)! Maybe I'm just the exception.
BUY or BORROW?: A close friend of mine claims this book is one of her favourites, so you definitely shouldn't just take my word on it! You should still check it out. :)