Tuesday, February 1, 2011

YA review: Angelfire

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.(summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...Angelfire is the first book in the trilogy and it did a great job of setting up the world that Ellie is living in. One day, it is normal. Ellie is a very wealthy, yet fairly normal girl who suffers from extreme nightmares. The next day, she finds herself in a strange world filled with foul creatures who want to kill her and a new identity of the Preliator. Not to mention this unusual boy, who oozes mystery. There are some suspicious characters that may be hiding some secrets, I am sure more will be revealed in future books.

There is quite a bit of action in Angelfire, some of it gruesome. Ellie struggles to remember her strength and role as protector. She fights some pretty scary creatures and takes a few good hits. There is the beginning a relationship developing, but I think more of that will develop in future books.

Overall, I liked Angelfire. It is a solid start to a new series, one that I will continue to read!

For more information, visit Courtney Allison Moulton at her website.

*ARC received from Around the World Tours


Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Ellz!

Just finished Angelfire myself, and I loved it! Excellent start to a new series, can't wait to see where the story leads next.

Thanks for sharing!

Dottie :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Thanks for the gruesome warning. This sounds fab.

Jenny N. said...

One of the top debut books I want to read this year. Can't wait to get my own copy :).

Tea and Tomes said...

Angelfire was a pretty good book, wasn't it? It wasn't the best YA urban fantasy I've ever read, but it was getting pretty high up on the list, and I still enjoyed reading it. I want to see what's in store for the rest of the series, too.

Rebecca said...

Great review. Angelfire looks quite interesting. I might give it a read.

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