by: Courtney Allison Moulton
Series: Angelfire #1
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.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Review: I saw this on netgalley originally and the summary really sparked my interest. Plus the names of the main characters are both names that I love. Anyhow, I did not get a chance to read it until recently. While it did not quite live up to my expectations it was still an enjoyable, engaging read.
Ellie was a frustrating character for me. I was irritated by her refusal to believe Will at first, even after an attack, but I guess that would probably be a normal person’s reaction. I also had some issues with her memory, or lack thereof. Thankfully, however, Ellie did mature as a character throughout the novel. Will, on the other hand, I absolutely loved. He is strong, loyal, and mysterious. I really liked his bond to Ellie and the bits of history that was revealed between the two. The romance that bloomed in “this lifetime” seemed a little fast-paced for me, but if more of their back-story is revealed it could work. Nathaniel was awesome. I wish his presence in the book had been greater. Ellie’s mother was another fantastic person. I liked the fact that she was not absent/dead/evil, but she seemed very real in the midst of all the supernatural. Her father, meanwhile, I am convinced is evil. Either that or he is just a horrible person. Overall the author’s characters showed a lot of potential. Since this is a trilogy, I think as the books continue so will the character development.
The mystery was not as strong as it could have been. I found a lot of it to be fairly easy to guess, but the action of the story kept the book moving. The world the author created for her characters is quite interesting. The idea of the Grimm and the reapers is a nice twist on the tales of the grim reaper.
All in all I think that the book was a nice, quick read. Since it was the author’s debut, I think she has a lot of potential for some really good stories. I am curious to see if the next books will be able to improve upon the few issues I had, especially with Ellie, but I would recommend this as worth the read.
Cover Rating: 3 out of 5
This is a very nice cover. The tone fits well with that of the novel, and I really like the font they chose for the title.
Image and description from goodreads.