Book Review: Angelfire (Angelfire #1)

Author: Courtney Allison Moulton

Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Published: February 15th 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 453
Source: Purchased Hardcover
Available at: Amazon | Barnes of Noble

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Angelfire has an amazing amount of action in its pages. It also has a lot of mystery. Reading about reincarnation and the lost memories of past lives, I found Ellie’s recurring nightmares and flashbacks intriguing and captivating. Even the instinct and power which Will could reawaken within her was amazing. And the dark world of the Grim and the reapers that inhabited it enthralled me.

The characters, however, didn’t really capture me. Ellie was great, and don’t get me wrong, I loved how she could kick butt. But I couldn’t connect with her, not like other characters I’ve read. As for Will, honestly, I’m not really sure what to think of him. I like the mystery about his past and how quiet he is about it just seemed to draw me in deeper. Yet something about him really turns me off. It’s like he’s strong in personality, but has completely no will of his own, which I hate. I feel he’s too attached to his duty to the Archangels.

Also, the ending, in my opinion, moved a little too fast, especially when the Archangel, Michael, appears. Just so much information is just dropped right into the reader’s lap at that point that it was very hard for me to take it all in. I even went over the conversation twice, just to make sure I read it right.

In conclusion, this is a good novel overall and while I can’t wait to continue the series, I hope the next book is a little clearer.

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