Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Title: Angelfire
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 15, 2011)
Source: My Choice; Library

From GoodReads:

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.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton has been on my TBR pile forever! I kept putting the ebook on hold at the library, receiving it, then not having time to read it due to internship/dissertation/review ARCs, etc. I finally made sure to clear some room in my schedule so I could get to this one and I'm glad I did. :D

Angelfire is the kind of book that's great for fans of fantasy series with a romantic angle. There's a lot going on in Angelfire, from the angel mythology, fatal monsters and fight scenes, hot guys, a divine mission to save souls and, of course, high school drama. I often think that books like this aren't particularly skilled at integrating the whole I-want-to-be-a-normal-teen aspect, but Angelfire does. Ellie's high school friends and scenes get quite a bit of page time. Enough for me to feel a connection to those characters without taking away from the rest of the plot.

The plot is pretty high stakes too. It's a classic "Save the world, one soul at a time," type thing...and, oh, by the way, the bad guys have finally found a way to defeat the awesome good guy (or in this case, girl). It was a race to the finish to find out which side would complete their mission first. Could the bad guys release the ultimate evil or could the good guys dispose of it before the bad guys got a chance? Good stuff.

There are also some random things in the book that brought a true smile to my face. First off, Marshmallow? That's just about the coolest car name ever. Especially because of the description of the car. It fits. Second, any author who can make a Super Trooper reference is good in my book. If you don't know what I'm talking about, shame on you.

Overall, Angelfire was an enjoyable read. I'm excited to continue the story with Wings of the Wicked.

Final thoughts: Borrow.

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