Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Angelfire

Book: Angelfire
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 453
Source: KPL
Stars: 3/5
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.  

(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. :)



  1. I've really been wanting to read this one, but I don't actually own it so many I'll just borrow it from someone. Thanks for being honest :) I can always count on your for an awesome review!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  2. Yeah sometimes I start a book KNOWING that I'm going to love it and then I don't. However I will probably try this book becuase

    1) it's a book about angels!
    2) Will sounds...dreamy...

    However it's too bad that the protagonist wasn't very realistic. Thanks for the awesome review (as usual!). I guess I'll borrow this one from the libaray!


  3. Awweee, you didn't like this one? That's too bad! I'm one of those people who adored it completely and truly, though Ellie did bother me sometimes too. Especially when she was mean to Will for no reason. Because I luuuuurved him!

    Thanks a gazillion for the honest review, my sister-from-another-mister! I agree with Anna above me: I can always count on you for an awesome review! :)

  4. Have I heard of this before? Lol, I'm not even sure, but I'm intrigued. o: I'm sorry you didn't like it that much though. I'm not sure if I would be on your or your friend's side, but it would be interesting to see! So far I haven't found too many angel books I've enjoyed though, so I'm not sure if I should even try to pick it up or not. Great review though!

  5. ah-greed! ellie's kick-ass side was my favourite. i S2 will! somewhat awkward yet hot really describes him + i can't wait to read wings of the wicked!

    great review!(:

    -sammie @ sammie can read

  6. Awww, sad you didn't like it as much as you hoped. I hate it when that happens! The cover of this one always catches my eye--mostly due to the freakin' huge sword she has. I think I'll read this one, just not any time soon. Great review!

  7. Fantastic review! I'm sorry to hear you didn't crazy love it like I did, but still glad you enjoyed it. :)

    And yes, WILL! ♥

  8. I kind of liked Will, because I love YA boys with that name. But Ellie drove me crazy-did not like her and as the main character, she really dragged down the book for me.

  9. I enjoyed this one as well, though you do make some good points Mimi! I thought Ellie was great, but now that I look back I can definitely see how she was a bit all over the place like you said. I'm still looking forward to the next one though.

    Awesome review!

  10. I would like to explore more Angel stories. I'll have to check this one out.

  11. MIMI!!! Wow, look at your blog! It's fantastic. Of course, you being you, the blog would explode in no time. Thanks for stopping by :) It's great to be back :D

  12. Hmmm... This is one I still haven't read and have been weary to buy! Lol! I think I need to grab it from the library!!

  13. buuuu, so sad you didnt get all hyper about this book as I XDDD. Though Im glad you liked Will because... well...hell... WILL OH MY WILL!!! XDDDD
    If you read the sequel I hope you like it more XDD Muah!!

    hope u are doing great my dear! excellent and fair review! ^.^

    Dazzling Reads

  14. My goodness my dear Mimi!! you dont have your copy of Shatter Me yet? aaaaaaah!! what are you waiting for!! I got the sexy hardcover from bookdepository!! totally worth having it and re-reading it!!

    muah!!! thnx for stopping by ^.^

  15. Any boy you put on your book boys to covet list is worth getting to know! I must meet this Will.


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