Saturday, January 22, 2011

Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Book:  Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Series or Stand-Alone: Series, Angelfire #1
Pages: 464
Genre: Young Adult / Urban Fantasy
Purchase A Copy: Amazon | Book Depository 
Publication Date: February 15th, 2011
How I Got This Book: ARC Tours at Dark Faerie Tales
Description (From Goodreads): 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.

Good god almighty my friends, that was a book. I am going to warn you right now, this review is going to be a great big love fest. Words cannot express how much I enjoyed Angelfire, but believe me, I am going to try.

Let’s begin with the characters, shall we? With Ellie, Moulton creates a perfect mix of sugar and spice. She has a ton of zingers, but she has a HUGE heart. She is very protective of those she loves and is willing to do almost anything to keep them out of harm’s way. She is also a very strong character. She refuses to see things in black-and-white; she questions things and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions. Oh and kiddies; simply put – Ellie can kick some butt. She thinks she is a normal seventeen year-old girl, but she couldn’t be farther from the truth. She is actually a reincarnated reaper-killer/complete-badass. She can be killed, but her soul never dies. She has come back to earth countless times and always retains her powers and memories on her seventeenth birthday. This time around however, things go a little haywire. First of all, it took Ellie almost four decades to return and this time her memories don’t exactly come flooding back.

But fear not my pretties, because Will has her back. Oh, Will, you are so perfect. Will is Ellie’s guardian and has been for centuries. While he seems to fear human attachment and emotions, he is absolutely devoted to Ellie; he would do absolutely anything to keep her safe. Now, before you haters start pointing fingers about stalkers – let me explain. Will is NOT a creeper. He is not a super, super, old dude preying on a 17 year old girl. Will & Ellie have centuries of history together and it is his JOB to protect her. He isn’t some possessive creeper – he is in awe of Ellie and completely respects her and let’s her do her thing. Plus… he is a stone-cold fox and he is a Journey (yes, that FABULOUS band – don’t scoff, you know you love it) fan and plays the guitar. Oh, and don’t even get me started on their chemistry. I mean, these too are absolutely on FIRE. But, honestly, I think my favorite part of their relationship is that it is actually balanced. They have so much respect for each other and they really depend on one another. But, I think that Moulton is going to put that forbidden love stuff on thick and not let them actually be together until the very end. Although that makes me want to go scream into my pillow, my psychic powers are pointing me in that direction.

Now onto the plot. Can I just say, WOW. Moulton somehow managed to produce nearly 500 pages of brilliant and exciting straight up fabulousness (yes, that is now a word). The storyline is absolutely insane, in a completely spectacular way.  I mean, there are Angels, Demons, Reapers and all kinds of craziness tossed in there. And I bought into it 100%. So there is now a crazed dog/reaper thingy the size of a truck chasing our heroine? Okay! I’m down with that. Her writing is so descriptive and complete that you have no choice but to believe it. 

Plus, man, this woman is funny. Ellie’s internal (and external) dialog is full of wit and charm. There are some great one-liners peppered throughout the book, some of which come from Ellie’s various exchanges with her evil victims. These humorous remarks are reminiscent of cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer  - they have that same over the top edge. 

Honestly, I could go and on and on about Angelfire, but I am going to stop myself before I give something away. Let’s just say that you absolutely need to read this book – if you don’t I may have to stick Ellie on your butt. Believe me, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of her flaming swords. I am absolutely in awe of this book, Courtney Allison Moulton is certainly one to watch!


Misha said...

Fantastic review, Sarah! I have Angelfire from Netgalley . After reading your review, I am really looking forward to reading the book.

Tea and Tomes said...

I was rather imressed with this book, too. I went into it expecting it to be derivative, not very interesting, and by the end, I was quite imressed with it. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series, I can say that for sure!

Mandy said...

I got this book from Netgalley, but haven't read it yet. I plan on doing that soon, though. Great review! So glad you liked it!

Jenny said...

I loved this one too! I went in not knowing what to expect and was really pleasantly surprised. Can't wait for the next book now! Nice review Sarah:)

The Flashlight Reader said...

I'm a new follower of your blog. (I found you on the blog hop.)

I'm excited about Angelfire. It's sitting in my box of "to-read" books. I didn't read too far into your review, however, because the first paragraph told me all I needed to know. I didn't want to spoil my read.

I looked through some of your posts. You've read a lot of books that I haven't heard about yet, so that's pretty exciting. Would you mind if I link your reviews of some of these new books to my blog? I'm sure my students would be interested in reading them (when I finally buy some of them) and I doubt I'll ever find the time to read your extensive list.

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