Book Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

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Young Adult > Paranormal

(Angelfire #1)

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.

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…It could’ve been better =( The premise was promising, but the angel mythology was kinda messy. I was so ready to fall in love with Angelfire! With a heroine so shallow, hateful, and fearful, it was not meant to be. At first, maybe. Because I intend to read the sequel, Wings of the Wicked. I got this feeling that this series will improve.

Shallow.When Ellie knew how Nathaniel has no problems with money, she went like, “Think of all the shoes I can buy with that.” Sheesh. And instead of training, she wants to party. She can’t even handle a single Reaper without Will intercepting! She hasn’t realized her full powers yet, so she needs lots of training, but Nooo… she drags Will to a party dressed as a slutty nurse. Eek.

Hateful. I thought there was some back story on why Ellie’s dad was so belligerent towards her. There was none. So when Will stated that Ellie doesn’t like her dad, she declared, “I hate him.” For what? for calling on her whe she got drunk or totaled her brand new car? I just think her declaration doesn’t merit that kind of anger when she’s also wrong.

Fearful. There are several fighting scenes with the Reapers, and it always,always begin with Ellie frozen with fear and Will taking the damage from the reapers. Every freaking time it’s like that, there was no variance! And she’s supposed to be this unique warrior of heaven. Meh.

The only part I liked? Ellie’s true identity. I am sooo hoping it will develop into something more solid in the sequel. Angelfire was written poorly, with Will sounding like a genie with his repetitive “As you wish” lines to Ellie. I could’ve enjoyed reading it more if not for the unattractive writing.

#4 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013

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ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton

Hardcover, 453 pages

Published February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books

2.5/5 stars

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