Author: Courtney Allison MoultonThis was such an awesome, action-packed novel. And now they expect me to wait for the next one?! Grrrrr.
Release Date: Feb 15, 2011
Pages: 454 (ARC)
Publisher: HarperTeenMost Appropriate For Ages: 14+
Where I Got It: For review from Teen Book Scene
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.
This was gory. There was beheading, and slicing and dicing and I LOVED IT. ...Not to say that I'm some creepy blood-lover. I just loved that Courtney Allison Moulten didn't hold back on the fighting and blood, because I felt it gave the story a really nice edge that will help it stand out in my mind.
Speaking of bloody stuff, Ellie could kill me in her sleep. That girl can kick some butt like nobody's business, man. I love to see that! While she still relied on Will a decent amount, since this whole thing is completely new to her, she's still a great heroine and protagonist. And Will? Will was awesome. I haven't been loving guy love interests in paranormals as much lately, but I found Will to be a unique, layered love-interest and really liked his character. Although, Ellie's best friend did annoy me a little.
OK, I do have one complaint: It was painfully obvious to me that someone was an enemy, but nobody realized this at any point in the book. It made my beloved characters seem very dense. I imagine it will be explored further in the next book, but it still irked me a little bit.
I'm not sure what more there is to say. I really enjoyed this one! Full of fascinating mythology, edge-of-your-seat tension, awesome characters, and fast-paced action, paranormal fans do NOT wanna miss Angelfire.
Plot: Fast and original. (Makes me think even reluctant readers would like it.)
Characters: Very likable.
Ending: I AM THE PRELIATOR!...Sorry. Couldn't resist. Very good ending.
Kid friendly? There's gore, teen drinking, and some mild swearing too, I believe.
Should I read it? Definitely.