Review of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

3 03 2013

So I just finished Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton.

For those of you who have not yet read this book, check out the synopsis below:

First there are nightmares. Then come the memories. Now she must hunt.

Ellie can’t shake the terrifying dreams about monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her. Then she meets Will and 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. When they meet 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. Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. In order to survive, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives, the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Considering this is the first book in a series, I expected the beginning to be a little slow, which it was. Ellie is your typical girl turned heroine in this great view of the whole Angel/Demon thing. Moulton managed to write a very concise world and adventure that, once I entered, really enthralled me.

It tells the story of Ellie, a seemingly normal girl eager for her 17th birthday. But everything about her normal life is turned upside down when her teacher, Mr. Meyer, is murdered and a strange boy named Will enters her life. It is then that she falls into the chaotic world called the Grim and discovers the terrible creatures eager to kill her called Reapers. But there is more. She is the Preliator, the only person capable of wielding angelfire, the only thing that can kill the Reapers. What’s more, her soul is thousands of years old and is constantly being reborn in order to save human souls from being sent to hell by the Reapers. It is her destiny to destroy the Reapers and protect the human souls from joining the ranks of Hell’s army. A destiny that she can’t seem to remember.

But like every main heroine ever written, Ellie does have her faults. For one thing, she was completely oblivious as to her best friend Landon’s feelings for her. I mean, when a guy buys you a dozen roses for your birthday and brings them to school, chances are he’s in love with you. I’ve had a male best friend and he bought me a book that I’d asked him for my birthday.

I really enjoyed the flashbacks that Ellie constantly fell under at felt that Coulton really placed them all in strategic places. I found myself looking forward to the flashbacks the more I read. I loved looking back into Ellie’s past lives and seeing just how different she was. The flashbacks really helped me keep reading when I thought I was ready to give up on it, and once Coulton revealed the overall plot and antagonist, I really fell for the story.

Of course, with every heroine there is a yummy love interest. That man is Will, a 600+ year old angelic reaper sworn to protect Ellie as her Guardian. Besides being super yummy, Will has his share of complexities. He’s secretive, frustrating, ridiculously protective (for obvious reasons), and seems to have been born without a fun bone in his body. There were times when I seriously wanted to punch him in the face for not answering all of Ellie’s questions after he unceremoniously awakened her powers and destiny. (It’s a good thing Ellie punched him when I couldn’t!)

The love aspect of the story was written perfectly! I thought Coulton did an amazing job throwing two characters that obviously had some problems getting along and gradually pulled them closer together. The love didn’t feel forced and wasn’t rushed along like many of the books do. Add the fact that (eventually) it turns out that they can never love each other.

(NOTE: THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH CONTAINS SPOILERS)

So, as it turns out, Ellie is in fact Gabriel, the archangel of revelation, mercy, resurrection, and death, trapped in human form. As for the reason why she is in human form, that has not been answered yet. Because she is an archangel (and because the archangel Michael basically said no) Will and Ellie can never be together. Will is completely loyal and a major rule-follower, so after a one steamy and passionate good-bye kiss, he locked away his feelings for her and swore he would only be her Guardian and nothing more.

(END SPOILER)

So overall, I thought the story was one filled with amazing action scenes (I wish I could write such fabulous scenes), a strong heroine desperate for normalcy, a forbidden love, and a destiny that decides the fate of the world. Coulton spun a fabulous tale that I am eager to continue. I give this juicy read 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

4 and a half stars

Angelfire

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